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  1. 1. Intermediate Instant Lesson™ Sleepy Workers Costing Billions Pre-Reading Activities A: Sharing Knowledge Work in small groups and write answers for the lists below. 1. When you don't get enough sleep... you may feel unwell. you forget things. other ideas (you continue)... 2. In my country these types of people work the longest hours... doctors lawyers other ideas (you continue)... 3. When you have too much work, you should... talk to your boss about the workload. do the most important work first. tidy your desk so you feel more positive about things. other ideas (you continue)... Reading Activities A: Complete The Summary Read Part One of the article. Part One Sleepy Japanese workers costing economy billions T c e c I w o u s e y ( OKYO, June 9 (Reuters) - Japan's orporate warriors aren't getting nough sleep -- and it's costing the ountry billions. n the country that gave the world the ord "karoshi", or death from verwork, drowsy employees turning p late, taking days off or struggling to tay awake on the job are causing conomic losses of some $30 billion a ear, according to a survey. Continued.../) Article © 2006 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2006
  2. 2. Complete the summary below by using the words to fill the gaps in the text. There are some extra words. 10, 30, Australia, early, Germany, late, Japan, plan, sleepy, survey In 1.__________ business people aren't sleeping enough. They are feeling 2. __________ at work, taking days off or arriving at work 3.__________ . A 4. __________ says overworking is costing Japan around 5. __________ billion dollars a year. B: Word Hunt Read Part One again and find a word with the same meaning as... 1. business ______________________________________ 2. sleepy ______________________________________ 3. having too much work ______________________________________ 4. not asleep ______________________________________ 5. financial ______________________________________ C: Choose The Best Answer Read Part Two of the article and choose the best answer for each of these questions. 1. Who organized the survey? 2. What is the aim of the survey? i. Professor Makoto Uchiyama. ii. A chemical company. iii. Both answers i. and ii. i. To make Japanese employers realize overwork can cause a company to lose money. ii. To make Japanese employers feel sorry for lazy workers. iii. Both answers i. and ii. 3. How was the research done? 4. What is common in Japan? i. Workers in Japanese business were interviewed. ii. Workers at a chemical company were interviewed. iii. Both answers i. and ii. i. Businessmen often sleep on trains. ii. At the end of a workday employees are afraid to leave work before other employees. iii. Both answers i. and ii. 5. Where is the problem of overworking common? i. In Japan. ii. It's worldwide. iii. In developed countries.
  3. 3. Part Two Sleepy Japanese workers costing economy billions "T pr pr of Sc su "N la ar le Ja m le vo na co tra T w ha ef 40 of U a "I pr he idea is to raise awareness of the oblem," said Makoto Uchiyama, ofessor and chairman of the department neuropsychiatry at Nihon University hool of Medicine, who conducted the rvey. sle So ot everyone who is sleepy at work is zy. It's hard to tell your boss that you e sleepy, but ignoring the problem can ad to losses in the long run." panese routinely work long hours, as uch from cultural constraints on aving before colleagues as from lume of work. Suited salarymen pping, often standing up, are a mmon sight on crowded commuter ins. he survey questioned some 3,075 orkers at a chemical company on their eping and working habits for a month. me 37 percent of respondents said they d problems sleeping. They said their ficiency at work was reduced by about percent and reported a high frequency accidents, lateness and absenteeism. chiyama said other countries may be in similar situation. t may be thought that this is a Japanese oblem. But it's not, it's global." Article © 2006 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2006 D: Matching Information Below are some sentences with information from the whole article. Write the name or fact that best fits each sentence. 1. ____________ This problem costs $30 billion a year. 2. ____________ This work provides information on the habits of more than 3,000 Japanese workers. 3. ____________ Believes that overwork can lead to economic loss. 4. ____________ Said that overwork caused them to have accidents, be late or miss work.
  4. 4. The sun is shining. He is always falling asleep at his desk. I am sending emails to everyone about the problem. I am tidying my desk. Japanese workers aren't getting enough sleep. A: Language The present continuous is used to talk about something that is happening now or around this time. 1. Workers in Japan ____________________ too hard. 2. It ____________________ the country billions of dollars each year. 3. Some workers ____________________ up for work late. 4. Others ____________________ to stay awake during working hours. turn cost struggle work Fill the gaps in the sentences with the words below. Put them in the present continuous tense. Post-Reading Activities You may do one or more of these. It is also used to talk about a future arrangement. We're having a meeting about overwork next month. I'm seeing Tom about the problem on Tuesday. Now read this email. Fill the gaps in the sentences with the words below. Put them in the present continuous tense.
  5. 5. arrive, call, go, hold, nap, report, , speak, spend
  6. 6. B: Write An Email Write an email to Sam Byers (from Post-Reading Activity A). Choose one of these purposes: 1. You are a team leader (use your own name) and you want to know whether all the members of your team have to go to the workshop. You are working on a new advertising campaign and the completion date is August 12. Don't forget to include your name: (Your name and position)<
  7. 7. 2. You are Jenni Douglas. You are confirming that you will be available for the workshop and also want to know whether the room for the workshop has teleconference facilities available.
  8. 8. B: Write An Email - Notes Students could also roleplay these purposes as phonecalls with Sam Byers--with one student acting as Sam Byers. It is often useful to have students do this first and then write an email as it helps them clarify the purpose and spend time thinking about what language and vocabulary they will need. When students are writing their emails, they do not need to use the present continuous tense unless it is necessary. A: Language - Answers 1. are working, 2. is costing, 3. are turning, 4. are struggling, 5. are reporting, 6. are napping, 7. are arriving, 8. are calling, 9. is spending, 10. are going, 11. are holding, 12. is speaking. Post-Reading Activities D: Matching Information - Answers 1. overwork, 2. a survey done by Nihon University School of Medicine, 3. Professor Uchiyama, 4. 37% of those chemical workers questioned in a survey. C: Choose The Best Answer - Answers 1.i, 2. i, 3. ii, 4. iii, 5. ii. B: Word Hunt - Answers 1. corporate, 2. drowsy, 3. overwork, 4. awake, 5. economic. A: Complete The Summary - Answers 1. Japan, 2. sleepy, 3. late, 4. survey, 5. 30. Reading Activities TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY