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Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Alternative A. Test
 2. Trial B. Be part of.
 3. Success C. Boss
 4. Include D. Going well.
 5. Employer  E. Choice

Answers:

  1. Alternative = E. Choice
  2. Trial = A. Test
  3. Success = D. Going well.
  4. Include = B. Be part of.
  5. Employer = C. Boss

True or False?

1. Ireland is testing a four day work week. False

2. The four day work week was not a success. False

3. The five day work week has been used for about 100 years. True

4. The trial included 1% of workers in Iceland. True

5. Spain is testing a six day work week. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Iceland has been testing a new way for people to work.

2. Normally, people would work five days a week.

3. The trial included about 1% of workers.

4. It has been good for employers too.

5. Other countries have been doing their own tests.

Listening and Vocabulary

WorkingTestingBusinesses
FourBetweenTalked
  1. Testing
  2. Talked
  3. Between
  4. working
  5. Four
  6. Businesses

Level 2

Match the Synonym!

1. EmployerA. Difficulty
2. ProposeB. Boss
 3. StrugglingC. Getting work done.
 4. ProductivityD. Most
 5. MajorityE. Suggest

Answers:

  1. Employer = B. Boss
  2. Propose = E. Suggest
  3. Struggling = A. Difficulty
  4. Productivity = C. Getting work done.
  5. Majority = D. Most

True or False?

1. Iceland has been testing a two-day workweek. False

2. Most countries in the world use a five-day workweek. True

3. The five-day workweek has only been used for the past 20 years. False

4. The trial in Iceland has been a success. True

5. A New Zealand company has allowed their workers to work less. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Iceland has been testing a new way for people to work.

2. The five-day workweek has been around for over 100 years.

3. The test reduced the working days down to four.

4. In response to the test, workers said they felt less stress.

5. Other countries have been doing their own tests.

Listening and Vocabulary

BalanceTrialReacted
SuccessDiscussionsLowering
  1. Reacted
  2. Discussions
  3. Success
  4. Balance
  5. Trial
  6. Lowering

Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. HailA. Higher level.
2. WorkforceB. Employees
3. DominantC. Accept
4. OutgrownD. Present everywhere.
5. AutomationE. Too big
6. EmbraceF. Take on.
7. AdoptG. Discover
8. UbiquitousH. Praise
9. NewfoundI. Done by itself.

Answers:

  1. Hail = H. Praise
  2. Workforce = B. Employees
  3. Dominant = A. Higher level.
  4. Outgrown = E. Too big.
  5. Automation = I. Done by itself.
  6. Embrace = C. Accept
  7. Adopt = F. Take on.
  8. Ubiquitous = D. Present everywhere.
  9. Newfound = G. Discover

True or False?

1. Iceland has been trialling a three-day workweek. False

2. The trial was done with 50% of the population. False

3. During the trial, worker productivity mostly increased or stayed the same. True

4. More than 80% of Iceland’s workforce now have a shorter workweek or have the option. True

5. The five-day workweek became the standard in the 1920s. True

6. In the 1950s, people believed employees would be working more in the future. False

7. Workers have slowly worked less and less over the years because of automation. False

8. COVID-19 has forced companies to adopt new working methods. True

9. Nobody wants to continue working from home after the pandemic. False

10. Spain and New Zealand are trying out a shorter workweek as well. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Iceland has been conducting a trial of a four-day workweek.

2. The success of the trial has come after discussions in multiple countries.

3. Employees have hardly benefited from the increased productivity.

4. Working from home became ubiquitous in industries that could make the transition.

5. The four-day workweek is being trialled in other countries like Spain.

Listening and Vocabulary

OverallEstablishedMonumental
RemainedMaintainingSalary
EfficientlyAlternativeForced
  1. Monumental
  2. Overall
  3. Established
  4. Efficiently
  5. Remained
  6. Salary
  7. Forced
  8. Maintaining
  9. Alternative