Session 2

A Google engineer has sent an anti-diversity memo. Neil and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Anti-diversity Google engineer fired

A Google employee has sent an internal email stating that men and women are biologically different and this affects their choice of jobs. He has been criticised by many and has now lost his job.

Language challenge

A Google software engineer has sent an internal memo which criticises the company’s policy on employing a wide range of people. What is this policy officially called?

a) stereotype policy
b) gender equality policy
c) diversity policy

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The story

A software engineer working for Google, who criticised the company’s diversity policy in an internal memo, says he’s been sacked for perpetuating gender stereotypes.

James Damore had claimed there were biological causes for men and women having different preferences and abilities, which might explain the lack of women in leadership and technical roles.

Google has said it won’t discuss individual cases.

Key words and phrases

criticises strongly

causing argument or disagreement

hits a nerve
upsets someone

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Language challenge - answer

c) diversity policy

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • slams
    criticises strongly

    causing argument or disagreement

    hits a nerve
    upsets someone