Home or Office?

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa I May 03, 2022
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
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 Overview

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

  • Listening: By watching a video where people share their thoughts about remote work, students will develop their listening skills. They will listen for key vocabulary and ideas, identifying specific points like flexible scheduling, social isolation, and the advantages of remote work.

  • Speaking: Learners will discuss their views on remote work by sharing the pros and cons. They'll discuss different scenarios to practice expressing ideas about how remote work impacts areas like communication, technical issues, and supervision.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary includes "dedicated workspace," "online fatigue," "social isolation," and "out of the loop." Students will match terms to their definitions and use these words in discussions and sentences.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will compare different attitudes toward remote work across cultures. They may also discuss the various challenges people face globally, such as time zone differences and technical issues, and analyze how different companies adapt to these challenges.

  • Homework: Students will practice using mixed grammar and vocabulary by filling in blanks and matching definitions to correct terms. They'll reflect on statements made by different speakers and analyze how issues like social isolation and communication are relevant in the context of remote work.


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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