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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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3
GROUP WORK
Read the brainstorming questions below and discuss them with your group.

4
IDIOM
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

1
  • business /ˈbɪznɪs/ (n.)
  • career (n.)
  • company (n.)
  • media service provider (n.)
  • online marketplace (n.)
  • perks (n.)
  • salary (n.)
  • startup (n.)
  • workplace (n.)

3
  • 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.)

4
  • community manager (n.)
  • computer engineer /ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə/ (n.)
  • graphic designer /dɪˈzaɪnə/ / artist (n.)
  • programmer (n.)
  • tech behemoth /bɪˈhiːmɒθ/ (n.)
  • web developer (n.)

5
  • appealing /əˈpiːlɪŋ/ / attractive / trendy (adj.)
  • innovative / cutting-edge (adj.)
  • pioneering /ˌpaɪəˈnɪərɪŋ/ / trailblazing (adj.)
  • plugged ≠ unplugged /ʌnˈplʌɡd/ (adj.)
  • revolutionary / groundbreaking (adj.)
  • wired /ˈwaɪəd/ / connected (adj.)

2
  • 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

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • 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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1
PAIR WORK
Brainstorm about the expression “Silicon Valley” and try to classify the words in categories.
Then compare your findings with the vocabulary lists bellow.

2

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.

dynamic
slow
young
boring
modern
fast

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

3
What are the benefits of working for famous tech companies?

Brainstorming question

1
What is Silicon Valley famous for?

clock

Brainstorming question

2
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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