Language Work

Millennials in the Workplace

Study Guide

  • Activity One: Video-viewing
  • You will watch part of an interview with Simon Sinek (  on the defining features that typify millennials as well as the implications they have for the labour market. For questions 1 – 10, complete the sentences with a word or a short phrase.

Simon Sinek portrays millennials as a cohort of individuals who were born approximately (1) ___________. This generation is alleged to be entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy. The feature Simon singles out as the source of the myriad problems associated with millennials is (2) _____________.

     In describing the detrimental factors that have moulded millennials, the interviewee catalogues four of them; namely, (3) ________________, _______________, ______________ and ________________. All of them seem to mutually (4) _______________ each other -  none of them could be said to be the genesis of all difficulties millennials will run into. 

     The outcome of this cluster of factors is that millennials are caught, (5) _________________________, in a predicament from which they cannot extricate themselves. On an emotional and a psychological level, they are ill-equipped to deal with stress on account of their lack of (6) _______________________ and ______________ strategies. In order to relieve this kind of stress, Millennials resort to social apps and networking sites in an indiscriminate fashion. This immoderate use of technology and media as a short-term panacea for distress  is likened by Sinek to a(n) (7) _______________________. Such problem is hardly possible to overcome because a substance called (8)______________ is highly additive and , moreover, becomes essential to endure frustration and discomfort.

     Relationship wise, millennials are unable to form genuine and significant bonds. The overriding need for (9) _______________ prevents them from carrying out the gruelling process that meaningful relationships necessitate. The void is filled by turning to devices and media.

    The interviewee also explains that millennials should not blame themselves for their inability to tackle the countless pitfalls they will encounter in life. In fact, the blame should be pinned on (10) ______________ and _________________, both of whom seem to put a premium on “the numbers”, underestimating the importance of the human factor as a result.


  • Activity Two: language work
  1. Watch the interview and find lexical items which mean the following:
  1. To cause surprise or confusion in sb, especially by not according with their expectations:
  2. To express in words:
  3. To separate, or to separate something, into smaller parts:
  4. To end or severely damage sthg:
  5. to be unlucky from the beginning because you did not get a fair share of opportunities.
  6. Making sb unable to feel emotions or think clearly:
  7. Not limited by rules or any other controlling influence:
  8. To change so that you become more like people from a different culture, or to make someone change in this way:
  9. automatically thinking or behaving in a particular way:
  10. To do the things that someone else is not able or willing to do:


  1. Complete the sentences below with a suitable lexical item from exercise a.


  1. It is believed that, unlike human beings, animals are not ________ language. 
  2. Most citizens were opposed to the laws passed by our last infamous government and yet, none of them had any opportunity to _____________ their opposition.
  3. Migration is an arduous process which involves relinquishing one´s cultural traits in order to acculturate to life in an altogether social political context. 
  4. On having conducted a close analysis of the subjects under study, we can ______________ (them) into three clearly delineated generational categories.
  5.  Dickens is said to __________________ in his early years. Yet, he succeeded in making a name for himself as a writer and his fame still lingers on.


Now, write illustrative sentences for the lexical items from exercise a. which remain unused.


  • Activity Three: Skills Training (BEC Higher – speaking test – part # 3)
  • In this section of the BEC Higher speaking test, the interlocutor will give you a discussion topic. There will be 30 seconds for you to review the task prompt, see the example below, and then you will be expected to discuss the topic with your BEC Higher speaking test partner. Once you have finished the discussion, the examiner will normally ask you both some follow-up questions which are relevant to the topic of your discussion.

Task Prompt:

Personnel Management:

You and your partner have been employed as managers of the staff department by a company whose personnel is comprised primarily by millennials. The company´s CEO is concerned over the lacklustre performance of the aforementioned employees and, with a view to solving this situation, has assigned you the task of developing strategies to improve their performance and boost their morale.

  • In pairs, complete the task as instructed by the rubrics. Ensure that you make use of the lexical items discussed in activities one and two.
Fecha: 19/4/2018 | Creado por: Gaston Maximiliano
Categoria: Assignments