Why is quitting a job while working remotely so distressing?

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ARTICLE: https://eslbrains.com/crc015


In this lesson students discover some expressions related to leaving a job and share their views on some stressful aspects of starting and ending a job while working remotely.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
30 minCritical Reading ClubUnlimited Plan

This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.


To generate students’ interest in the topic of the lesson, the first activity invites students to share their experiences related to onboarding, offboarding and the last day of work. Then, they move on to seven expressions about leaving a job while working remotely, divided into halves. They try to match the halves to create correct and logical phrases (e.g. get closure, hand in your notice, set the last Out of Office message). Next, they get six other phrases (e.g. staff turnover, blurring boundaries) and have to decide how they’re connected with the article. Afterwards, they engage in a discussion about different aspects of starting and finishing a job without physically meeting the other workmates. As the final task, students try to imagine they work for an HR department. They want to convince their colleagues that even though the company employees work remotely, a proper offboarding process needs to be put in place. In pairs, students prepare three well-rounded arguments and present them to the rest of the class.





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