The Reading / Listening - Video-conferencing - Level 4

A new study looked at how long spells of video-conferencing affect our health. A communications expert wrote about what he called "Zoom fatigue". He said it is not restricted to just Zoom. In the past year, most of us have spent lots of time video-conferencing. The coronavirus pandemic has meant tools like Zoom have been the only way we have seen loved ones. Many companies have relied heavily on Zoom for meetings, and teachers have used it for online classes.

There are many reasons why video-conferencing creates fatigue. It is not just tiredness and strained eyes. It also comes from "cognitive overload" and feeling pressure to always be online and available for family, friends, bosses or students. This can lead to burnout, stress and even severe depression. This anxiety can negatively affect self-confidence. Many faces staring at you in online meetings is like the stress of public speaking.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Video-conferencing - Level 5 or  Video-conferencing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://lifehacker.com/how-to-overcome-zoom-fatigue-1846347171
  • https://newatlas.com/telecommunications/zoom-fatigue-video-exhaustion-tips-help-stanford/
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/academics-have-identified-exactly-why-video-conferencing-has-you-feeling-exhausted


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. long spells
  2. affect our
  3. what he called
  4. it is not restricted
  5. spent lots of time
  6. the only way we have
  7. companies have relied
  8. teachers have used it
  1. Zoom fatigue
  2. heavily on Zoom
  3. video-conferencing
  4. for online classes
  5. health
  6. of video-conferencing
  7. to just Zoom
  8. seen loved ones

Paragraph 2

  1. There are many
  2. tiredness and strained
  3. It also comes from cognitive
  4. feeling pressure to always
  5. burnout, stress and
  6. anxiety can negatively affect
  7. Many faces staring
  8. the stress
  1. self-confidence
  2. be online
  3. of public speaking
  4. reasons why
  5. overload
  6. at you
  7. even severe depression
  8. eyes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new study looked at (1) ___________________ of video-conferencing affect our health. A communications expert wrote about what he (2) ___________________. He said it is not restricted to just Zoom. In the past year, most of us have (3) ___________________ time video-conferencing. The coronavirus pandemic has (4) ___________________ Zoom have been the only way we have (5) ___________________. Many companies (6) ___________________ on Zoom for meetings, and teachers have used it for online classes.

There are (7) ___________________ video-conferencing creates fatigue. It is not (8) ___________________ strained eyes. It also comes from "cognitive overload" and (9) ___________________ always be online and available for family, friends, bosses or students. This can (10) ___________________, stress and even severe depression. This (11) ___________________ affect self-confidence. Many faces staring at you in online meetings is like the (12) ___________________ speaking.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewstudylookedathowlongspellsofvideo-conferencingaffectourh
ealth.Acommunicationsexpertwroteaboutwhathecalled"Zoomfatigu
e".HesaiditisnotrestrictedtojustZoom.Inthepastyear,mostofushave
spentlotsoftimevideo-conferencing.Thecoronaviruspandemichasm
eanttoolslikeZoomhavebeentheonlywaywehaveseenlovedones.Man
ycompanieshavereliedheavilyonZoomformeetings,andteachershav
euseditforonlineclasses.Therearemanyreasonswhyvideo-conferen
cingcreatesfatigue.Itisnotjusttirednessandstrainedeyes.Italsocome
sfrom"cognitiveoverload"andfeelingpressuretoalwaysbeonlineanda
vailableforfamily,friends,bossesorstudents.Thiscanleadtoburnout,s
tressandevenseveredepression.Thisanxietycannegativelyaffectself
-confidence.Manyfacesstaringatyouinonlinemeetingsislikethestre
ssofpublicspeaking.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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