II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference
- stuck |stək| verb [past and past participle of stick |stik| [with adverbial of place] informal be or remain in a specified place or situation, typically one perceived as tedious or unpleasant: I don’t want to be stuck in an office all my life.
- toil |toil| verb [no object] work extremely hard or incessantly: we toiled away | [with infinitive] : Richard toiled to build his editorial team.
- feedback |ˈfēdˌbak| noun 1 information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement
- to-do list noun a list of tasks that need to be completed, typically organized in order of priority: social security reform was at the top of the president’s to-do list.
- solution səˈlo͞oSH(ə)n| noun1 a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation: there are no easy solutions to financial and marital problems.
- circumstance |ˈsərkəmˌstans ˈsərkəmstəns| noun (usually circumstances) a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action: we wanted to marry but circumstances didn’t permit.
- struggle |ˈstrəɡəl| verb [no object] strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance: [with infinitive] : many families struggle to make ends meet | new authors are struggling in the present climate.
- subsume |səbˈso͞om| verb [with object] include or absorb (something) in something else: most of these phenomena can be subsumed under two broad categories.
- infographic |ˌinfōˈɡrafik| noun a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data: a good infographic is worth a thousand words.
- provocative |prəˈväkədiv| adjective causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction, especially deliberately: a provocative article | his provocative remarks on religion.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1-You’re
You’re stuck working from home during the pandemic.
II – 2 – your
Ask your manager what you should focus on now.
III – 2 – their
People like to be noticed for their strengths.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Wonya Lucas, chief executive at Crown Media Family Networks. “It’s OK to seek feedback more often now that people aren’t in the same office.”
- Elizabeth Umphress, a management professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.“Managers can be struggling, too, so they’re not necessarily thinking about you.”
- C.J. Liu Rosenblatt, an executive coach in Seattle.“Getting started can sometimes take courage. “Terrified of writing? Take a writing class!”
- Jean Choy, an associate dean at the Foster School of Business. “Figure out the other person’s style and adapt to it, to communicate most effectively with them…Learn how to express empathy better, as well. “