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The coronavirus is changing many things. One change is that people are working from home. Before the virus started, most people would go to work. Some jobs cannot be done from home but many can. People are discovering that they can do their jobs from home.

In many countries, working from home is not normal. Businesses want people to come to work every day. People could work from home but businesses would not allow it. Now, people are being forced to work from home. For some people, it has been challenging. Working with family in the house can be difficult. It can also be difficult to learn new ways to work.

For many people, working from home has been good. It has shown them that they can work from home very well. Some people want to continue working from home in the future. Some people like meeting their colleagues at work. In the future, we might see many more people working from home.

Difficult words

Discovering (v): Finding for the first time.

Allow (v): Let someone do something.

Force (v): Make someone do something, even if they don’t want to.

Challenging (v): Hard, difficult.

Colleagues (n): People you work with.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Discovering  A. Let
 2. Allow  B. Difficult
 3. Force  C. Work people.
 4. Challenging  D. Find
 5. Colleagues  E.  Make them do it.

True or False?

1.  Nothing has changed since the coronavirus was discovered. T / F

2. Not all jobs can be done from home. T / F

3. Working from home is normal everywhere. T / F

4. It is not difficult to work at home with your family. T / F

5. Some people like seeing their colleagues. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. many / things / The / changing / is / coronavirus

2. be / cannot / Some / from / done / home / jobs

3. work / come / Businesses / every day / to / want people / to

4. house / can / Working with / the / family / be difficult / in

5. working / to / continue / Some / people / want

Listening and Vocabulary

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

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Businesses Home Future
Metting Changing Difficult

The coronavirus is (1)_____________ many things. One change is that people are working from home. Before the virus started, most people would go to work. Some jobs cannot be done from home but many can. People are discovering that they can do their jobs from (2)_________.

In many countries, working from home is not normal. (3)______________ want people to come to work every day. People could work from home but businesses would not allow it. Now, people are being forced to work from home. For some people, it has been challenging. Working with family in the house can be (4)___________. It can also be difficult to learn new ways to work.

For many people, working from home has been good. It has shown them that they can work from home very well. Some people want to continue working from home in the (5)__________. Some people like (6)____________ their colleagues at work. In the future, we might see many more people working from home.

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. Are you working from home?
5. Would you prefer to work from home or in an office?
6. Is your job able to be done from home?
7. Do you think people are just as efficient working from home as they are in an office?
8. Does work culture in your country easily allow people to work from home?
9. Is there anything that you would like to change about work culture in your country?
10. Have TV shows in your country changed the way they film their shows?
11. Have you used any video chatting apps more frequently recently?
12. How are children being educated in your country?
13. Is socialising an important part of going to work?
14. Do you have a long commute to work?
15. Would you be willing to work from home to help the environment?
16. Do you think work-culture will permanently change once this crisis is over?
17. What jobs do you think should never be done from home?
18. Has your company reacted well to the Covid-19 crisis?
19. Is it possible to successfully work from home with family?
20. Is it important to have a strong separation between work-life and home-life?