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Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world. Amazon has more than 600,000 employees worldwide. Amazon has been accused of being bad to their employees. They make their employees work very hard. They fire the employees if they don’t work fast. Some employees have said they cannot go to the toilet.

The biggest problem is in Amazon’s warehouses. This is where most of the problems are. Now, Amazon has been accused of making employees write fake reviews. The reviews were found on Twitter. Amazon workers have been tweeting to say how great their job is. People accused some of these workers of being fake. They said the tweets don’t match the accounts. One account had a tweet from a Grandma but the account picture is of a young man.

There have been many stories about how bad Amazon is for workers. Amazon may have been trying to respond to these stories. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

Difficult words

Employee (n): A person who works for someone.

Accuse (v): To say someone has done something wrong.

Fire (v): To take away someone’s job.

Warehouse (n): A large building where many things are kept.

Match (v): For two things to be similar or go together.

Respond (v): To answer someone who is talking to you or about you.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Employee  A. Take someone’s job.
 2. Accuse  B. Large building.
 3. Fire  C. Worker
 4. Warehouse  D. Similar
 5. Match  E. Say someone did something wrong.

True or False?

1.  Amazon is one of the smallest companies in the world. T / F

2. More than 600,000 employees work for Amazon. T / F

3. It’s okay for Amazon employees to work slowly. T / F

4. Amazon made fake reviews on Facebook. T / F

5. There are very few problems in their warehouses. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. companies / Amazon / biggest / the / of / one / is

2. their / They / make / work / employees

3. on / The / reviews / Twitter / found / were

4. most / the / of / problems are / This / is where

5. many / have / been / There / stories

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Amazon is one of the biggest ____________ in the world. Amazon has more than 600,000 employees worldwide. Amazon has been accused of being bad to their employees. They make their employees work very hard. They fire the employees if they don’t work _______. Some employees have said they cannot go to the toilet.

The ___________ problem is in Amazon’s warehouses. This is where most of the problems are. Now, Amazon has been accused of making employees write fake reviews. The reviews were __________ on Twitter. Amazon workers have been tweeting to say how great their job is. People accused some of these workers of being fake. They said the tweets don’t match the accounts. One __________ had a tweet from a Grandma but the account picture is of a young man.

There have been many stories about how bad Amazon is for workers. Amazon may have been trying to _________ to these stories. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is Amazon popular in your country?
5. What are regular working conditions like in your country?
6. Do the Amazon ambassadors help Amazon’s situation?
7. What kind of job do people want to get in your country?
8. Who is the biggest employer in your country?
9. What do you know about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses?
10. Have you ever experienced bad working conditions? If so, what?
11. Do you think fake accounts on social media are a problem?
12. Should there be rules for what companies are allowed to post on social media?
13. Should governments force companies to improve working conditions?
14. Are there limits to what governments should be allowed to force companies to do?
15. Are workers’ unions popular in your country?
16. Do politicians support workers in your country?
17. What are the unemployment levels like in your country?
18. Is your country a good place for small businesses?
19. What is the biggest problem for workers in your country?
20. Should Jeff Bezos be punished for the working conditions at Amazon?