Learn English with the News – Microsoft Implements 4-Day Work Week

In Japan, with a very severe and intense work culture, Microsoft is trying to change the norm. Last summer, they tried a new experiment which saw the company cut the work day from 5 to 4 days. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Definition Match

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Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Fill in the Blank

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Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Percent Multiple Choice

Match the percentage with the correct statistic.

 

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Full Text:

“The technology company Microsoft says it has successfully trialed a four-day working week in its Japan offices, which noticed improvements in worker productivity and job satisfaction. The trial took place last summer at its headquarters in Tokyo. Employees had every Friday off as paid leave in August. The company monitored the effects a three-day weekend had on total performance. Company executives said the shorter working week resulted in additional benefits. Productivity increased by 40 percent and 92 percent of employees declared satisfaction with the scheme. The trial could lead to a revolution in Japan’s traditional work culture, which is generally characterized by long hours and excessive overtime.
Microsoft named the trial the “Work-Life Choice Challenge.” The company said it aimed to “establish an environment where each employee can choose a diverse and flexible way of working according to the circumstances of their work and life”. Other aspects of the trial included shorter meetings, with a maximum of 30 minutes, and encouraging workers to choose online chats instead of face-to-face ones. There were additional advantages to the trial. Microsoft said that there was a decrease of 23 percent in electricity consumption and a drop of 59 percent in pages printed compared with August of the year before. Additionally, employee commute decreased by 20% and therefore reduced pollution. Microsoft has scheduled another experiment in Japan later this year and will ask employees for feedback.”

Learn English with the News – Companies Decide to Boycott Facebook

Facebook has received intense backlash in the last few weeks from some of the biggest companies in the world, which means a gigantic drop in funding.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Companies Decide to Boycott Facebook - Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Companies Decide to Boycott Facebook - Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Companies Decide to Boycott Facebook - True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Learn English with the News – Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter

Super model Joan Smalls is putting money where her mouth is after criticizing the fashion industry for not doing enough to counteract the social and political controversy that it taking America by storm. In order to back her views, she’s pledging to donate half of her wages to Black Lives Matter movements. Watch the video and do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

Full Text:

” While anti-racist protests continue daily around the world and online, the fashion industry finds itself in controversies about offensive business and creative practices. Brands and publications have been ridiculed by former employees for discrimination, and statements of solidarity, including the popular use of black squares on social media in support of Black Lives Matter, have been seen as empty gestures when compared to systemic racism in the industry. In response to this current climate, supermodel Joan Smalls has decided to take action — and she is asking others to follow suit.
Pledging half of her wages for the rest of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organizations, Smalls has launched DonateMyWage.org to encourage those in the fashion and entertainment industries in particular to donate a percentage of their wages — from hourly to yearly — to the organizations of their choice. In a film posted on Donatemywage.org, the 31-year-old Puerto Rico-born Smalls speaks directly to the issue of racial discrimination in the fashion industry. “I see all the agencies, magazines, brands posting black screens on their Instagram accounts. But what does that really mean? What is the fashion industry actually going to do about it? Is it just another trend?” Smalls says. Smalls is urging people in the industry to stand together and fight this cause, which she believes is relevant to everyone. “

 

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