Home or Office?

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting various aspects of remote work and sharing ideas for making it effective in an English lesson.

Lesson Description

Ahh… 9 a.m.… time to change my night pajamas into day pajamas! In this lesson, students will discuss different aspects of remote work and share ideas on making it effective. Also, students will revise and practice vocabulary related to the topic. The lesson includes a video with some people commenting on working from home. The lesson activities and worksheets have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of remote work

  • To learn and use new vocabulary in practice


Do you like working from home or do you prefer to socialize in the office? Watch this video and listen to the different perspectives people have on remote work.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

telecommuting [noun]: the practice of working from home, making use of the internet, email, and the telephone
off-site [adjective]: taking place or situated away from a particular place or site
confidentiality [noun]: the state of keeping or being kept secret or private
invaluable [adjective]: extremely useful; indispensable
schedule [noun]: a plan for carrying out a process or procedure, giving lists of intended events and times
on track [noun phrase]: acting or thinking in a way that is likely to achieve what is required; on time or schedule
dedicated [adjective]: designed to be used for one particular purpose
online fatigue [noun]: the overwhelming sense of exhaustion, anxiety, stress, or burnout employees feel due to constant online calls and meetings
back-to-back calls [noun phrase]: the process of having several phone calls in a row after each other
cut corners [idiom]: to do something in what appears to be the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, especially by omitting to do something important or ignoring rules
be in the loop [idiom]: aware of information about a particular matter
digital nomad [noun]: a person who earns a living working online in various locations of their choosing (rather than a fixed business location)
miss out on [phrasal verb]: to not be able to experience or fail to take advantage of an opportunity or chance
quota [noun]: a fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute
outing [noun]: a trip taken for pleasure, especially one lasting a day or less
workation a combination of work and vacation
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