The Reading / Listening - Smiley Face Emojis - Level 4

Using smiley face emojis in work e-mails could damage your career. Research shows that if you put emojis in work mails, people might think you are incompetent. Researchers asked 549 people from 29 countries for their reaction to emojis. The people judged the competence and warmth of the e-mail writer. A researcher said: "Smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence….A smiley is not a smile."



Emojis are often misunderstood. In some cases, technological problems can mean that an emoji displays differently in e-mails. This is because the writer and reader use different software or operating systems. Emojis started in Japan in the late 1990s. They quickly became very popular. Over six billion of them are sent every day around the world. There is even a World Emoji Day. This is on July the 17th every year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smiley Face Emojis - Level 5 or  Smiley Face Emojis - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4241146/putting-smiley-face-emojis-in-work-emails-will-make-colleagues-hate-you-and-think-youre-incompetent/
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/14/using-emojis-makes-people-think-incompetent-research-finds/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Using smiley face emojis in
  2. damage
  3. Researchers asked
  4. their reaction
  5. the competence and warmth of
  6. Smileys do not increase perceptions
  7. decrease perceptions of
  8. A smiley is not a
  1. the e-mail writer
  2. work e-mails
  3. smile
  4. your career
  5. 549 people
  6. competence
  7. to emojis
  8. of warmth

Paragraph 2

  1. Emojis are often
  2. In some
  3. technological
  4. an emoji displays differently
  5. the writer and reader use
  6. operating
  7. They quickly
  8. Over six billion of
  1. became very popular
  2. in e-mails
  3. different software
  4. cases
  5. them are sent
  6. misunderstood
  7. systems
  8. problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Using smiley face (1) ___________________ e-mails could damage your career. Research (2) ___________________ put emojis in work mails, people might think (3) ___________________. Researchers asked 549 people from 29 countries for (4) ___________________ emojis. The people judged the competence and warmth of the e-mail writer. A researcher said: "Smileys (5) ___________________ perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence….A smiley (6) ___________________."

Emojis (7) ___________________. In some cases, technological problems can mean (8) ___________________ displays differently in e-mails. This is because the (9) ___________________ use different software or operating systems. Emojis started in Japan (10) ___________________ 1990s. They quickly became very popular. Over (11) ___________________ them are sent every day around the world. (12) ___________________ World Emoji Day. This is on July the 17th every year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Usingsmileyfaceemojisinworke-mailscoulddamageyourcareer.Res
earchshowsthatifyouputemojisinworkmails,peoplemightthinkyouar
eincompetent.Researchersasked549peoplefrom29countriesforthei
rreactiontoemojis.Thepeoplejudgedthecompetenceandwarmthofth
ee-mailwriter.Aresearchersaid:"Smileysdonotincreasepercep
tionsofwarmthandactuallydecreaseperceptionsofcompetence….As
mileyisnotasmile."Emojisareoftenmisunderstood.Insomecases,tec
hnologicalproblemscanmeanthatanemojidisplaysdifferentlyine-ma
ils.Thisisbecausethewriterandreaderusedifferentsoftwareoroperati
ngsystems.EmojisstartedinJapaninthelate1990s.Theyquicklybeca
meverypopular.Oversixbillionofthemaresenteverydayaroundthewo
rld.ThereisevenaWorldEmojiDay.ThisisonJulythe17theveryyear.

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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