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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.



Nivel de idioma

Intermediate: B1


In my workplace diversity is good. The diversity benefited the teams because each individual of the team has different perspectives and ideas that improve the projets with their experiences and expertise.

At the moment I'm not working in an office, but I think diversity is cool, and knowing different ways to see reality through people with different cultures and perspectives is interesting. We have to see diversity like something good with respect and ethics.

My company has been promoting last years an inclusion and diversity environment. It has invested much money to support all kind of communities, employees and beliefs.

Benefits of diversity in the workplace are numerous. First of all, it promotes the share of skills and cultures. Moreover, if all team members have similar background and same way of analyzing and solving problems, then there will be little creativity and working out issues and challenges the team might face won't be as fast as in a diverse group.

I've been thinking diversity is an important key for creativity or innovation though, unfortunately, I didn't have any chance to work in diversity.
Now then, I'm feeling diversity with this course!

I work in a small company, formed for little group people. But, the company is very friendly to diversity, equality, and respect for everyone. Some peoples word there is older or other nationalities.

I used to work in a Chinese company once and that was a very interesting experience. Turned up we are completely different. We look at the same things at a different angle and it's not easy to accept at first if truth to be told. I remember I needed some time to adjust myself to work in a foreign company. And I'm not talking about necessity speaking in English all day but about cultural differences.
Actually, I think the diversity is the way to the perfectness. To create something valuable you have to look at your job from all possible points of view, using all available experience and knowledge.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Stefano: That's a good idea. We could run some workshops and get ideas from the employees.
The question is:
The word 'could run' in that sentence refer to the past or future??? (Because the workshop not done yet).
As we know that:
'could' past form from can.
We do confuse.
Thank you very much for your answer.

Hello fahri,

In this sentence 'could' describes a possible future.

'Could' has several uses, including ability and possibility.

When talking about ability, 'could' is the past form of 'can'. For example:

When I was younger I could run a marathon. Now that I'm older I can't.


When we talk about possibility, 'could' refers to the present and the future:

Where's John?

I don't know. He could be stuck in traffic. [present possibility]

If we finished the project early, we could take the weekend off. [future possibility]


You can read more about modal verbs on these pages:



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
 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.
The question is :
What does it mean 'I don't feel we make the most of this' ??
The word 'this' is refer to 'diversity' or something else??
Thank you very much for your explanation.