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A team meeting about diversity

Listen to a team meeting about diversity to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Preparation

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Listening B1: A team meeting about diversity – preparation

Match the words with the definitions

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when different people, things or ideas are included

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when you feel separate from others

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a document that describes the beliefs of a group

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when everyone has the same rights and advantages

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when people feel part of a group

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to think carefully about

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to help something to happen

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a place where an event happens

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Transcripts

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Nina: As you know, our team has grown a lot in the past year and we feel we need to address the diversity in the team.

Brenda: How do you mean, ‘address the diversity’?

Nina: Well, we all know that diversity in teams is a good thing, but it can also be a challenge for some people to respect and value people’s differences. We’ve got a really diverse team here – people of different nationalities, backgrounds, religions, ages … and sometimes I don’t feel we make the most of this.

Stefano: Yes, and even if it isn’t specifically challenging, many people are simply unaware of the isolation that some team members may feel because they are different.

Brenda: So, what does this mean? What are we going to do?

Nina: Well, we need to create a workplace charter. You know, one that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

Brenda: That sounds like a good idea. But will people just see it as something the management team has created? Maybe they won’t even pay attention to it.

Nina: I know. That’s why we’re going to involve everyone in creating it.

Stefano: That’s a good idea. We could run some workshops and get ideas from the employees about how we can create a more inclusive workplace.

Nina: Exactly. I was thinking that before that we could run some team-building sessions so they can experience the value of diversity for themselves.

Brenda: Yes, I like that. Many people see diversity as something negative, often because there are different opinions or ways of doing things.

Nina: Yes, I know, but if there’s no diversity, then the risk is that we all work in the same way, think the same and see the world the same. This makes it hard to be creative and to innovate.

Stefano: I completely agree, Nina. OK. So, what do you want us to do?

Nina: Stefano, can you look for a successful trainer who specialises in running workshops and team-building sessions on diversity and inclusion?

Stefano: Sure. I’ll be happy to.

Nina: And Brenda, can you find a fun venue? Somewhere that is quite diverse itself. Something that’s not the usual seminar-style environment?

Brenda: Sure. That’ll be fun.

Nina: And I’m going to do some further research into how other organisations are benefiting from their diversity. I can share this with the whole team.

Task 1

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Listening B1: A team meeting about diversity – 1

Are the sentences true or false?

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1. The team has grown and become more diverse in the past year.

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2. Everyone in the team respects and values everyone else.

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3. They’re going to create a workplace charter to encourage diversity, equality and inclusion.

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4. They’re going to involve the whole team when creating the charter.

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5. They have already run some successful workshops this year.

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6. Nina has already shared some positive research.

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Task 2

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Listening B1: A team meeting about diversity – 2

Choose the best answer.

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Stefano is going to …

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Brenda is going to …

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Nina is going to …

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