The Reading / Listening - Mental Health - Level 0

Amazon wants to help workers with mental health problems. It will make "wellness chambers" so workers can sit down and watch videos about relaxation. This is called "AmaZen". Amazon said: "Employees can visit AmaZen stations and watch short videos featuring easy-to-follow well-being activities."

Many Twitter users criticised the working conditions at Amazon. One Amazon worker talked about working at Amazon. He said: "They work you like a robot…You don't have time to go to the bathroom." Amazon said the health and safety of its workers has always been its most important goal.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mental Health - Level 1 Mental Health - Level 2   or  Mental Health - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57287151
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-rolls-zenbooth-warehouse-employees-135253883.html
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/amazon-amazen-union-alabama-warehouse-b1855408.html


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. Amazon wants to
  2. mental
  3. workers can
  4. watch videos
  5. This is called
  6. Employees can visit AmaZen
  7. watch short
  8. easy-to-follow
  1. videos
  2. help workers
  3. "AmaZen"
  4. well-being activities
  5. health problems
  6. about relaxation
  7. stations
  8. sit down

Paragraph 2

  1. working
  2. One Amazon
  3. talked about working
  4. They work you like
  5. You don't have
  6. go to the
  7. the health and safety
  8. its most important
  1. bathroom
  2. conditions
  3. goal
  4. time
  5. of its workers
  6. at Amazon
  7. worker
  8. a robot

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amazon (1) ___________________ workers with mental health problems. (2) ___________________ "wellness chambers" so workers (3) ___________________ and watch videos about relaxation. (4) ___________________ "AmaZen". Amazon said: "(5) ___________________ AmaZen stations and watch short videos featuring (6) ___________________ well-being activities."

Many Twitter (7) ___________________ working conditions at Amazon. One Amazon (8) ___________________ working at Amazon. He said: "(9) ___________________ like a robot…You don't have (10) ___________________ to the bathroom." Amazon said the (11) ___________________ of its workers has always been its (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amazonwantstohelpworkerswithmentalhealthproblems.Itwillmake
"wellnesschambers"soworkerscansitdownandwatchvideosaboutrel
axation.Thisiscalled"AmaZen".Amazonsaid:"EmployeescanvisitAm
aZenstationsandwatchshortvideosfeaturingeasy-to-followwell-bei
ngactivities."ManyTwitteruserscriticisedtheworkingconditionsatAm
azon.OneAmazonworkertalkedaboutworkingatAmazon.Hesaid:"Th
eyworkyoulikearobot…Youdon'thavetimetogotothebathroom."Ama
zonsaidthehealthandsafetyofitsworkershasalwaysbeenitsmostimpo
rtantgoal.

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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