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The coronavirus is changing many things around the world. One change is that people are now having to work from home. Before the virus began, most people would go to work in an office or other physical location. Many jobs can be done from home using computers and the internet and people are discovering that their jobs can be done from home. However, some people cannot do the same job from home or it is much more difficult.

In many countries, working from home is not normal and businesses want people to come to work every day. Some bosses and business owners are resistant to the idea of people working from home and they would not allow it. They often believe that if people work from home, they won’t work as hard. Now, however, people are being forced to work from home and companies don’t have a choice. For some people it has been challenging as working with family in the house can be difficult and it can also be difficult to learn new ways to work. People have had to find new solutions to do their work as efficiently as before.

For many people, working from home has been good. It has shown them that their job can be done without going to an office. Some people want to continue working from home after the current crisis is over. Although, there are many people who prefer to meet work colleagues in the workplace. They miss the social part of working together in one place. In the future, we could see many more people choosing to work full or part-time from home.

Difficult Words

Resistant (adj): Be unwilling to do something, have negative feelings about it.

Solution (n): A way to fix a problem.

Efficiently (adv): Do something in the best way.

Crisis (n): A problem.

Workplace (n): The place someone works.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Resistant  A. Productive
 2. Solution  B. Problem
 3. Efficiently  C. Negative feelings.
 4. Crisis  D. Job location.
 5. Workplace  E. Answer

True or False?

1. Not many people have started working from home. T / F

2. Most jobs can be done from a computer. T / F

3.  All bosses are happy for their employees to work from home. T / F

4. Most people have found it easy to work at home with their families.  T / F

5. Some people want to continue working at home after the crisis. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. around the / The / things / is changing / many / world / coronavirus

2. can be / Many / home / jobs / using computers / from / done

3. the / same / do / However, / some people / cannot / job / from home

4. owners / business / and / bosses / Some / resistant / are

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: 

Social Current Internet
Around Allow Difficult

The coronavirus is changing many things (1)___________ the world. One change is that people are now having to work from home. Before the virus began, most people would go to work in an office or other physical location. Many jobs can be done from home using computers and the (2)_____________ and people are discovering that their jobs can be done from home. However, some people cannot do the same job from home or it is much more difficult.

In many countries, working from home is not normal and businesses want people to come to work every day. Some bosses and business owners are resistant to the idea of people working from home and they would not (3)__________ it. They often believe that if people work from home, they won’t work as hard. Now, however, people are being forced to work from home and companies don’t have a choice. For some people it has been challenging as working with family in the house can be difficult and it can also be (4)____________ to learn new ways to work. People have had to find new solutions to do their work as efficiently as before.

For many people, working from home has been good. It has shown them that their job can be done without going to an office. Some people want to continue working from home after the (5)______________ crisis is over. Although, there are many people who prefer to meet work colleagues in the workplace. They miss the (6)__________ part of working together in one place. In the future, we could see many more people choosing to work full or part-time 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?