The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The CEO of Google Larry Page has told European leaders they need to be more like Silicon Valley. He said Europe does not support technology companies enough. Many of the world's largest tech companies have their headquarters in Silicon Valley. Mr Page said Silicon Valley is a great place for technology companies because it is easy to do business there. He told Britain's 'Financial Times' newspaper that it was easy to invest in science in Silicon Valley, and to make money by starting new technology companies. He said Europe's politicians needed to start investing in big ideas.



Mr Page said he had $62 billion to invest in new ideas. He wants to use the money to help societies in Europe. He said he was thinking about how to use the money  to have a more positive impact on the world. Page is not the first business leader to tell Europe it is too slow to invest in technology. Experts say European schools should teach technology more. He said in Silicon Valley kids have better tech skills. Many top teachers think there should be a much bigger focus on technology in schools. Some think elementary schools should have coding classes for children.

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Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11202850/Google-boss-Larry-Page-Europe-needs-to-be-more-like-Silicon-Valley-and-support-technology.html
  • http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2378988/google-chief-slams-european-governments-poor-technology-investment
  • http://www.modernreaders.com/google-ceo-tells-european-govs-follow-silicon-valleys-example/13022/ed-jones


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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The CEO

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for technology companies

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European

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in big ideas

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Many of the world's largest

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business there

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a great place

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leaders

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it is easy to do

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in science

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invest

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of Google

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make

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tech companies

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start investing

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money



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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he had $62

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the money

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new

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in technology

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He wants to use

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societies in Europe

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help

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classes

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have a more positive

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billion to invest

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too slow to invest

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tech skills

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have better

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ideas

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coding

h.

impact on the world

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The CEO of Google Larry Page (1) ___________________ leaders they need (2) ___________________ Silicon Valley. He said Europe does not support technology companies enough. Many of the world's largest tech companies (3) ___________________ in Silicon Valley. Mr Page said Silicon Valley (4) ___________________ technology companies because it is easy to do business there. He told Britain's 'Financial Times' newspaper that (5) ___________________ in science in Silicon Valley, and to make money by starting new technology companies. He said Europe's politicians (6) ___________________ investing in big ideas.

Mr Page said he had (7) ___________________ in new ideas. He wants to use the money (8) ___________________ Europe. He said he was thinking about how to use the money  to have a more (9) ___________________ world. Page is not the first business leader to tell Europe it is (10) ___________________ in technology. Experts say European schools should teach technology more. He said in Silicon Valley kids have (11) ___________________. Many top teachers think there should be a much bigger focus on technology in schools. Some think (12) ___________________ should have coding classes for children.



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TheCEOofGoogleLarryPagehastoldEuropeanleaderstheyneedtobem
orelikeSiliconValley.HesaidEuropedoesnotsupporttechnologycomp
aniesenough.Manyoftheworld'slargesttechcompanieshavetheirhea
dquartersinSiliconValley.MrPagesaidSiliconValleyisagreatplaceforte
chnologycompaniesbecauseitiseasytodobusinessthere.HetoldBritai
n's'FinancialTimes'newspaperthatitwaseasytoinvestinscienceinSilic
onValley,andtomakemoneybystartingnewtechnologycompanies.He
saidEurope'spoliticiansneededtostartinvestinginbigideas.MrPagesai
dhehad$62billiontoinvestinnewideas.Hewantstousethemoneytohel
psocietiesinEurope.Hesaidhewasthinkingabouthowtousethemoney
tohaveamorepositiveimpactontheworld.Pageisnotthefirstbusinessl
eadertotellEuropeitistooslowtoinvestintechnology.ExpertssayEurop
eanschoolsshouldteachtechnologymore.HesaidinSiliconValleykidsh
avebettertechskills.Manytopteachersthinkthereshouldbeamuchbig
gerfocusontechnologyinschools.Somethinkelementaryschoolsshoul
dhavecodingclassesforchildren.

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