Unit 3
2 • Working worlds

Working in Silicon Valley
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What makes Silicon Valley's iconic IT companies tick?

Your final project

Make a video presenting the pros and cons of working in Silicon Valley
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Read the brainstorming questions below and discuss them with your group.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Tech companies

Tech companies 1-2
Tech companies 3-4-5

  • business /ˈbɪznɪs/ (n.)
  • career (n.)
  • company (n.)
  • media service provider (n.)
  • online marketplace (n.)
  • perks (n.)
  • salary (n.)
  • startup (n.)
  • workplace (n.)

  • corner a market (v.)
  • be hired /ˈhaɪəd/ ≠ be fired (v.)
  • benefit from / take advantage of (v.)
  • earn money from (v.)
  • improve / get better (v.)
  • promote (v.)
  • push the limits (v.)
  • start a company (v.)

  • community manager (n.)
  • computer engineer /ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə/ (n.)
  • graphic designer /dɪˈzaɪnə/ / artist (n.)
  • programmer (n.)
  • tech behemoth /bɪˈhiːmɒθ/ (n.)
  • web developer (n.)

  • appealing /əˈpiːlɪŋ/ / attractive / trendy (adj.)
  • innovative / cutting-edge (adj.)
  • pioneering /ˌpaɪəˈnɪərɪŋ/ / trailblazing (adj.)
  • plugged ≠ unplugged /ʌnˈplʌɡd/ (adj.)
  • revolutionary / groundbreaking (adj.)
  • wired /ˈwaɪəd/ / connected (adj.)

  • applicant (n.)
  • CEO /ˌsiːiːˈəʊ/ (n.)
  • chief executive /ɪgˈzɛkjʊtɪv/ officer (n.)
  • investor (n.)
  • job seeker (n.)
  • staff member (n.)
  • trainee / intern (n.)
  • workaholic (adj.)

Step 3

Post your opinion on Anxy Magazine.
Activity 5


  • prominent / well-known (adj.)
  • chip /ˈtʃɪp/ (n.)
  • headquarters /ˌhɛdˈkwɔːrtəz/(n.)
  • high-tech hub (n.)
  • manufacturer /ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃərə/
  • media service provider (n.)
  • social media /ˈmiːdɪə/ (n.)
  • (be) located (v.)
  • set up = establish (v.)

Let's learn!

Guessing game

Find the names of 5 famous hightech companies located in Silicon Valley. Then, define them with words from the vocabulary lists below.

Get ready!

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Brainstorm about the expression “Silicon Valley” and try to classify the words in categories.
Then compare your findings with the vocabulary lists bellow.


a. Look at the picture and the title to guess what the video is going to be about.

b. Watch the video. Be ready to present it. Workbook p. 16

c. Pick out two adjectives from this list to describe Silicon Valley. Justify your choice by making a complete sentence.


d. Use the video to find two advantages of working in Silicon Valley. Guess what the disadvantages of working there could be.

On your way to the task - Step 1

Design a promotional campaign on Silicon Valley.
Activity 1
Activity 2

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, Ympact, 2015.

Step 2

Participate in the wellbeing@work conference.
Activity 3
Activity 4

Brainstorming question

What are the benefits of working for famous tech companies?

Brainstorming question

What is Silicon Valley famous for?


Brainstorming question

What makes Silicon Valley special?

IDIOM of the week!

Make something tick

IDIOM of the week!
A clock that ticks is working correctly. We can say that Steve Jobs made the computer world tick: namely, he helped it function by leading it into a great innovative spirit. What made Steve Jobs tick?
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