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talking about work models

LESSON OVERVIEW

The main objectives of this lesson are to:

  • discuss post-lockdown work-life adjustments;
  • learn and practise vocabulary related to workplace changes;
  • watch and discuss a news story about companies changing the way they work.

This lesson focuses on talking about work models. Students discuss work-life after lockdown, read the results of surveys, work on vocabulary to talk about workplace changes and express agreement or disagreement on them. They also watch a short video of a news story and talk about their perspectives on different work models.      

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

DISCUSSION AND VOCABULARY

This lesson starts with a warm-up in which students discuss how they and the people they know felt about adjusting to work life when the first lockdown started. After that, they read the results of different surveys about preferences and challenges in remote work and choose the most suitable options to complete the sentences. Students check the answers and discuss which trends they find surprising. Then, they match the beginnings of sentences about flexibility in workplace policies with their possible endings. Afterwards, students work with some vocabulary and match the words and phrases in bold from the previous task with their definitions. Following that, they engage in talking about work models and choose two sentences they agree or disagree with the most and explain their point of view.

VIDEO AND VOCABULARY PRACTISE

In this part of the lesson, students continue talking about work models. They watch the first part of a news video about companies making changes to the way they work and note down what Google is planning to do to make employees return to the office. Then, they read statements about the benefits of office work and people’s attitudes towards returning to the office and say if they agree with them. Students also provide arguments to support their views.

After that, students watch the second part of the video and tick the points mentioned in it. Next, they complete comments about the video using vocabulary from the lesson in their correct forms (e.g. embrace, urge, hybrid, etc.). Afterwards, they choose four comments and discuss how they feel about them and why. Finally, students choose two topics from the task (hybrid work model, returning to the office, motivation or perks) and discuss questions related to them.

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This lesson also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students rewrite an email from HR using the vocabulary from the lesson and create three questions to ask HR about their email. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.

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