The Reading / Listening - De-stressing - Level 0

Nike gave its office workers a week-long holiday to de-stress. The sportswear company closed its offices so workers could "enjoy additional time off to rest and recover". Nike wanted workers to "take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with…loved ones." Nike's store workers worked as usual.

Nike said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well.…This past year has been rough. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." The holiday shows that Nike cares about mental health. The company wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    De-stressing - Level 1 De-stressing - Level 2   or  De-stressing - Level 3

Sources
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nike-closes-offices-one-week-163533653.html
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/do-not-work-nike-closed-its-corporate-offices-for-a-week-giving-employees-a-break-to-help-them-avoid-burnout/ar-AANUnZF
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/31/nike-closes-head-office-bumble-covid-pandemic


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. office
  2. a week-
  3. sportswear
  4. workers could enjoy additional
  5. rest and
  6. take the time
  7. spend time with loved
  8. Nike's store workers worked
  1. company
  2. recover
  3. long holiday
  4. as usual
  5. ones
  6. workers
  7. to unwind
  8. time off

Paragraph 2

  1. Taking time for
  2. recovery
  3. This past year has
  4. We're all
  5. living through a traumatic
  6. The holiday shows that
  7. Support your
  8. the right thing
  1. Nike cares
  2. human
  3. is key
  4. to do
  5. people
  6. rest
  7. event
  8. been rough

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nike (1) ___________________ workers a week-long holiday to de-stress. The sportswear company (2) ___________________ so workers could "(3) ___________________ off to rest and recover". Nike (4) ___________________ to "take the time to unwind, de-(5) ___________________ time with...loved ones." Nike's store workers (6) ___________________.

Nike said: "Taking (7) ___________________ and recovery is key to performing well....This past year (8) ___________________. We're all (9) ___________________ through a traumatic event." The holiday shows that Nike (10) ___________________ health. The company wrote: "(11) ___________________. It's good business, but it's also the right (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Nikegaveitsofficeworkersaweek-longholidaytode-stress.Thesport
swearcompanycloseditsofficessoworkerscould"enjoyadditionaltime
offtorestandrecover".Nikewantedworkersto"takethetimetounwind,
de-stressandspendtimewith...lovedones."Nike'sstoreworkersworke
dasusual.Nikesaid:"Takingtimeforrestandrecoveryiskeytoperformi
ngwell....Thispastyearhasbeenrough.We'reallhumanandlivingthrou
ghatraumaticevent."TheholidayshowsthatNikecaresaboutmentalhe
alth.Thecompanywrote:"Supportyourpeople.It'sgoodbusiness,butit
'salsotherightthingtodo."

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

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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