The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Volkswagen (VW) will recall around 11 million cars because of the emissions tests scandal. It is in big trouble. Some experts say the recall could cost VW more than $6.5 billion. VW admitted cheating in emissions tests in the USA and Europe. It changed data to show that VW cars were more fuel-efficient than they really are. VW is Europe's largest carmaker. It has over 750,000 workers. It has lost more than a third of its market value and has damaged its image.



Bosses at VW could face criminal charges. Some staff acted criminally because they knew about the cheating. Others decided to install the cheating software. A company spokesperson said they must take responsibility. He added: "We only found out about the problems in the last board meeting, shortly before the media did….We need to find out why the board wasn't informed earlier about the problems when they were known about over a year ago."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/29/uk-volkswagen-emissions-plan-idUKKCN0RT0P820150929
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34397426
  • http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/vw-board-member-some-staff-were-warned-about-cheat-year-ago


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The Activities

VOLKSWAGEN SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Volkswagen in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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FREE WRITING

Write about Volkswagen for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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