The Reading / Listening - Egg Freezing - Level 6

Female workers in the UK are to be offered an unusual perk by their employers. British companies are considering offering egg freezing as a perk. Tech companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing as a benefit to female employees, and now other companies may follow the tech giants' lead. Many British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about providing the option of egg freezing to women. The UK's largest chain of fertility clinics, CARE Fertility, said it has been in discussion with several high-profile employers. The perk comes at a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a cost of up to £16,000 ($20,000) per employee.



Companies will provide the egg-freezing perk to allow women in their 20s or 30s to focus on their careers. The idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right partner or are financially stable. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful pregnancy at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that guarantee at the back of their mind." Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to conceive later in life. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think this is liberating."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Egg Freezing - Level 4  or  Egg Freezing - Level 5

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/egg-freezing-offered-as-perk-to-female-employees-10848413
  • http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/british-companies-in-talks-to-offer-egg-freezing-as-a-perk-to-female-employees/15313.article
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/egg-freezing-perk-for-female-staff-qv5rnsx2q


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. PERKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about perks. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       unusual / perk / employers / benefit / IVF / clinics / discussion / cost / subsidized /
       focus / careers / idea / director / mind / pregnancy / conceive / protect / liberating

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. EGG FREEZING: Students A strongly believe egg freezing is a wonderful idea; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. BENEFITS: What do you think of these job benefits? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Free uniform

 

 

Free chocolate

 

 

Free personal advice

 

 

Free matchmaking

 

 

Free water

 

 

Free newspapers

 

 

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5. EGG: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "egg". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. HAVING CHILDREN: Rank these with your partner. Put the best age to start having children at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • 32
  • 35
  • 38
  • 41
  • 20
  • 23
  • 26
  • 29

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Companies in the USA will start freezing eggs for female employees.     T / F
  2. Apple and Facebook already freeze eggs for their female workers.     T / F
  3. Fertility clinics are talking to famous companies about egg freezing.     T / F
  4. Egg freezing is not so expensive for companies like Apple and Facebook.  T / F
  5. Egg freezing lets young women focus on their job.     T / F
  6. A fertility clinic director said pregnancy was successful at older ages.     T / F
  7. Critics said it was good women chose careers over starting a family.     T / F
  8. A critic suggested egg freezing was not liberating for women.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. perk
  2. lead
  3. talks
  4. option
  5. considerable
  6. stable
  7. conceive
  8. critics
  9. extraordinary
  10. liberating
  1. remarkable
  2. choice
  3. sizable
  4. detractors
  5. example
  6. emancipating
  7. negotiations
  8. become pregnant
  9. secure
  10. benefit

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. other companies may follow the tech giants'
  2. The UK's largest chain
  3. The perk comes at a considerable
  4. offering subsidized
  5. at a cost
  6. allow women in their 20s or 30s to
  7. financially
  8. couples wanting to conceive
  9. done purely
  10. it's extraordinary that women think
  1. focus on their careers
  2. egg freezing
  3. to protect their job
  4. lead
  5. stable
  6. cost to employers
  7. this is liberating
  8. of fertility clinics
  9. later in life
  10. of up to £16,000

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
perk
option
unusual
cost
considering
comes
follow
fertility

Female workers in the UK are to be offered an (1) ____________ perk by their employers. British companies are (2) ____________ offering egg freezing as a (3) ____________. Tech companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing as a benefit to female employees, and now other companies may (4) ____________ the tech giants' lead. Many British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about providing the (5) ____________ of egg freezing to women. The UK's largest chain of (6) ____________ clinics, CARE Fertility, said it has been in discussion with several high-profile employers. The perk (7) ____________ at a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a (8) ____________ of up to £16,000 ($20,000) per employee.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
focus
option
pregnancy
liberating
stable
careers
allow
guarantee

Companies will provide the egg-freezing perk to (9) ____________ women in their 20s or 30s to (10) ____________ on their careers. The idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right partner or are financially (11) ____________. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful (12) ____________ at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that (13) ____________ at the back of their mind." Mr Smith said the perk was also an (14) ____________ for couples wanting to conceive later in life. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise (15) ____________ over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think this is (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Female workers in the UK are to be offered an unusual ______ employers
     a.  perky by their
     b.  perk by their
     c.  perch by their
     d.  perks by their

2)  British companies are considering ______
     a.  offer in egg freezing
     b.  offered in egg freezing
     c.  offering egg freezing
     d.  offering in egg freezing

3)  companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing ______
     a.  as a benefit
     b.  as the benefit
     c.  has a benefit
     d.  as a beneficial

4)  British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about ______
     a.  providing the caption
     b.  provision the option
     c.  providing an option
     d.  providing the option

5)  offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a ______ £16,000
     a.  cost off up to
     b.  cost of up to
     c.  cost for up to
     d.  cost on up to

6)  in their 40s when they meet the right partner or ______
     a.  are finance shall stable
     b.  are fire nan shall I stable
     c.  are financially stable
     d.  are financial stable

7)  by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that guarantee at the ______
     a.  back of their mindless
     b.  back of their minded
     c.  back of their minds
     d.  back of their mind

8)  Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to ______
     a.  conceive later in life
     b.  receive later in life
     c.  perceive later in life
     d.  con sieve later in life

9)  One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to ______"
     a.  protects their job
     b.  protect their job
     c.  protected their job
     d.  protective their job

10)  I think it's extraordinary that women think ______
     a.  this is liberation
     b.  this is liberate in
     c.  this is liver rating
     d.  this is liberating

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Female workers in the UK are (1) ___________________ unusual perk by their employers. British companies are (2) ___________________ egg freezing as a perk. Tech companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing (3) ___________________ female employees, and now other companies may follow the tech giants' lead. Many British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about providing (4) ___________________ freezing to women. The UK's largest chain of fertility clinics, CARE Fertility, said it has been in discussion with (5) ___________________ employers. The perk comes at a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female (6) ___________________ up to £16,000 ($20,000) per employee.

Companies will provide the egg-freezing (7) ___________________ women in their 20s or 30s (8) ___________________ careers. The idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right partner (9) ___________________ stable. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful pregnancy at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs (10) ___________________ will just have that guarantee at the back of their mind." Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to conceive (11) ___________________. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. In which country will female workers be offered egg freezing?
  2. Which tech companies already offer egg freezing to their employees?
  3. Who are companies talking to?
  4. What is the name of the fertility clinic mentioned in the article?
  5. How much does a tech company subsidize its workers for egg freezing?
  6. What can women in their 20s and 30s focus on?
  7. What kind of stability for women was mentioned in the article?
  8. Who is Rob Smith?
  9. What did a critic say it was wrong to prioritise careers over?
  10. What did a critic suggest IVF should not be used to protect?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In which country will female workers be offered egg freezing?
a) the USA
b) the UK
c) the UAE
d) the Philippines

2) Which tech companies already offer egg freezing to their employees?
a) Sony and Google
b) Microsoft and Samsung
c) Twitter and Reddit
d) Apple and Facebook

3) Who are companies talking to?
a) parents
b) high-profile companies
c) IVF clinics
d) employees

4) What is the name of the fertility clinic mentioned in the article?
a) CARE Fertility
b) CARB Fertility
c) CARD Fertility
d) CARS Fertility

5) How much does a tech company subsidize its workers for egg freezing?
a) up to $2,000 per worker
b)  up to $20,000 per worker
c) up to $12,000 per worker
d) up to $22,000 per worker

6) What can women in their 20s and 30s focus on?
a) their career
b) families
c) money
d) IVF

7) What kind of stability for women was mentioned in the article?
a) mental
b) emotional
c) financial
d) psychological

8) Who is Rob Smith?
a) clinical director
b) a Facebook executive
c) a carer
d) a critic of IVF

9) What did a critic say it was wrong to prioritise careers over?
a) liberating
b) IVF
c) money
d) having children

10) What did a critic suggest IVF should not be used to protect?
a) life
b) IVF
c) jobs
d) pregnancy

Role play

Role  A – 20

You think 20 is the best age to start having children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their ages are not so good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these ages (and why): 29, 35 or 41.

Role  B – 29

You think 29 is the best age to start having children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their ages are not so good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these ages (and why): 20, 35 or 41.

Role  C – 35

You think 35 is the best age to start having children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their ages are not so good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these ages (and why): 29, 20 or 41.

Role  D – 41

You think 41 is the best age to start having children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their ages are not so good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these ages (and why):  29, 35 or 20.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'egg'

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  • and 'freezing'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • allow
    • use
    • meet
    • mind
    • later
    • job
    • unusual
    • benefit
    • follow
    • option
    • high
    • staff




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Egg freezing offered as perk to female employees

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'egg'?
    3. What kind of perks do companies usually give to their workers?
    4. Why do companies give perks to their employees?
    5. What do you think of offering egg freezing as a perk?
    6. What do you think of IVF?
    7. What do you think of the cost of egg freezing?
    8. What do you know about IVF?
    9. What are the best companies to work for?
    10. What are the risks of egg freezing?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'freezing'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about egg freezing?
    5. To what degree is egg freezing like Frankenstein?
    6. What is the best age to have children?
    7. Why do some people think a career is more important than children?
    8. What would critics of egg freezing say about it?
    9. How liberating (or otherwise) is egg freezing for women?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a fertility clinic boss?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Female workers in the UK are to (1) ____ offered an unusual perk by their employers. British companies are considering offering egg freezing (2) ____ a perk. Tech companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing as a (3) ____ to female employees, and now other companies may follow the tech giants' lead. Many British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about (4) ____ the option of egg freezing to women. The UK's largest chain of fertility clinics, CARE Fertility, said it has been in discussion with (5) ____ high-profile employers. The perk comes at a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff (6) ____ a cost of up to £16,000 ($20,000) per employee.

    Companies will provide the egg-freezing perk to (7) ____ women in their 20s or 30s to focus on their careers. The idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right partner or are financially (8) ____. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful pregnancy at that age is very low (9) ____ so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that guarantee at the (10) ____ of their mind." Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to (11) ____ later in life. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done (12) ____ to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think this is liberating."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     bee     (b)     being     (c)     been     (d)     be    
    2. (a)     is     (b)     has     (c)     was     (d)     as    
    3. (a)     beneficial     (b)     benefit     (c)     beneficiary     (d)     benefits    
    4. (a)     provides     (b)     provider     (c)     providing     (d)     provision    
    5. (a)     several     (b)     severe     (c)     seventies     (d)     servile    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     what     (c)     that     (d)     vat    
    7. (a)     allowable     (b)     allowing     (c)     allowance     (d)     allow    
    8. (a)     stable     (b)     cowshed     (c)     barn     (d)     shack    
    9. (a)     indebted     (b)     indeed     (c)     indie     (d)     indent    
    10. (a)     side     (b)     interior     (c)     back     (d)     middle    
    11. (a)     perceive     (b)     receive     (c)     conceive     (d)     sieve    
    12. (a)     pure     (b)     purely     (c)     purity     (d)     pureness

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a cost of up to £16,000 ($20,000) per employee.

    (    )     of their mind." Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to conceive later

    (    )     comes at a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been

    (    )     talks with IVF clinics about providing the option of egg freezing to women. The UK's largest

    (    )     done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think this is liberating."

    (    )     chain of fertility clinics, CARE Fertility, said it has been in discussion with several high-profile employers. The perk

    (    )     on their careers. The idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right

    (    )     partner or are financially stable. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful

    1  )     in life. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is

    (    )     Companies will provide the egg-freezing perk to allow women in their 20s or 30s to focus

    (    )     Female workers in the UK are to be offered an unusual perk by their employers. British companies are

    (    )     considering offering egg freezing as a perk. Tech companies like Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing as

    (    )     a benefit to female employees, and now other companies may follow the tech giants' lead. Many British companies are in

    (    )     pregnancy at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that guarantee at the back

    Put the words in the right order

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    6. their  on   focus  to   30s   or   20s  their   in   women   Allow  careers   .
    7. could   make   use   of   their   frozen   eggs   in  their   40s   Women   .
    8. indeed   age   Successful   is   pregnancy   very   at   low   that   .
    9. in   option   wanting   later   An   couples   conceive   life   for   to   .
    10. that  this   I   extraordinary  think   liberating   it's   women  is   think   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Companies will provision / provide the egg-freezing perk to allowing / allow women in their 20s or 30s to focus on their careers. The idea is that women could make use / useful of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right / righted partner or are financially stable. Rob Smith, clinical director of CARE London, said: "Successful pregnant / pregnancy at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have those / that guarantee at the back of their mind / brain." Mr Smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to convince / conceive later in life. Critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over / under having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary / extraneous that women think this is liberating."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    female workers in the uk are to be offered an unusual perk by their employers british companies are considering offering egg freezing as a perk tech companies like apple and facebook already offer egg freezing as a benefit to female employees and now other companies may follow the tech giants lead many british companies are in talks with ivf clinics about providing the option of egg freezing to women the uks largest chain of fertility clinics care fertility said it has been in discussion with several high-profile employers the perk comes at a considerable cost to employers apple and facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a cost of up to £16000 ($20000) per employee

    companies will provide the egg-freezing perk to allow women in their 20s or 30s to focus on their careers the idea is that women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they meet the right partner or are financially stable rob smith clinical director of care london said "successful pregnancy at that age is very low indeed so by freezing eggs earlier on they will just have that guarantee at the back of their mind" mr smith said the perk was also an option for couples wanting to conceive later in life critics of the idea said it was wrong to prioritise careers over having children one said "when [ivf] is done purely to protect their job i think its extraordinary that women think this is liberating"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    yers.Britishcompaniesareconsideringofferingeggfreezingasaperk.T
    echcompanieslikeAppleandFacebookalreadyoffereggfreezingasabe
    nefittofemaleemployees,andnowothercompaniesmayfollowthetech
    giants'lead.ManyBritishcompaniesareintalkswithIVFclinicsaboutpro
    vidingtheoptionofeggfreezingtowomen.TheUK'slargestchainoffertili
    tyclinics,CAREFertility,saidithasbeenindiscussionwithseveralhigh-
    profileemployers.Theperkcomesataconsiderablecosttoemployers.A
    ppleandFacebookhavebeenofferingsubsidizedeggfreezingtofemales
    taffatacostofupto£16,000($20,000)peremployee.Companieswillpr
    ovidetheegg-freezingperktoallowwomenintheir20sor30stofocuso
    ntheircareers.Theideaisthatwomencouldmakeuseoftheirfrozeneggs
    intheir40swhentheymeettherightpartnerorarefinanciallystable.Rob
    Smith,clinicaldirectorofCARELondon,said:"Successfulpregnancyatt
    hatageisverylowindeedsobyfreezingeggsearlierontheywilljusthavet
    hatguaranteeatthebackoftheirmind."MrSmithsaidtheperkwasalsoa
    noptionforcoupleswantingtoconceivelaterinlife.Criticsoftheideasaidi
    twaswrongtoprioritisecareersoverhavingchildren.Onesaid:"When[I
    VF]isdonepurelytoprotecttheirjob,Ithinkit'sextraordinarythatwome
    nthinkthisisliberating."

    Free writing

    Write about egg freezing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the pros and cons of IVF? Do you agree with it? Why (not)?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. EGG FREEZING: Make a poster about egg freezing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PERKS: Write a magazine article about ending all company perks. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on egg freezing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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