Pros and Cons of Teleworking

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 12, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Talking about the pros and cons of teleworking is an excellent choice for English learners to discuss as it offers them a practical and relevant subject matter while enhancing their language skills.

Engaging in discussions about teleworking allows learners to explore a contemporary phenomenon that has gained prominence in recent years. Through these conversations, learners can practice expressing their opinions, debating advantages and disadvantages, and developing critical thinking skills.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Teleworking

Teleworking is when you work at home and communicate with your work colleagues by phone or internet. It used to be rare to work this way, but with modern technology and a more relaxed approach from employers, it is slowly becoming increasingly popular.

People usually think of teleworking as a great idea with many benefits and very little disadvantages, but is this really the case?

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • teleworking (noun)
  • telework (verb)
  • downside (adjective)
  • upside (adjective)
  • communicate (verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are your thoughts on teleworking? Do you think it has more advantages or disadvantages?
  • Have you ever teleworked?
  • How do you think teleworking has changed the way people work and communicate?
  • Are some jobs more beneficial for teleworking than others?
  • Do you think teleworking provides more benefits to the worker or the employer?
  • Will the number of people teleworking increase in the next 10 years?
  • What are some of the challenges of teleworking?
  • How has teleworking affected work-life balance?
  • If teleworking became more common, how do you think it would impact transportation and urban areas?
  • What measures can be taken to ensure effective communication and collaboration among remote teams?
  • Should companies require employees to telework on a regular basis?
  • If you had the opportunity to telework permanently, would you take it?
  • If you were a manager, how would you ensure effective communication among remote team members?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.