The Reading / Listening - Level 1

The gun maker Kalashnikov will soon sell clothes. Kalashnikov is one of Russia's most famous companies. It makes the AK-47 rifle. The company said it must make different things because the USA and European countries have stopped buying Russian weapons. This was because of events in Ukraine. Kalashnikov will make 'military style' casual clothes. The company also plans to open 60 clothes stores across Russia by the end of this year.



Kalashnikov is not the first Russian arms company to sell clothes. A tank maker started selling T-shirts, jackets, shoes and bags in 2014. The Kalashnikov CEO said his company would still make most of its money from guns. He wants to double the sales of guns by 2017. He added that the company would start making at least 10 new products. Kalashnikov's clothes could sell well because Russians want to support their country.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36228350
  • http://sputniknews.com/business/20160506/1039183639/russia-kalashnikov-clothing.html#ixzz47wlxLMRB
  • https://www.rt.com/news/342198-kalashnikov-military-style-clothing/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Kalashnikov will soon
  2. one of Russia's most
  3. The company said it must make
  4. countries have stopped
  5. This was because of events
  6. casual
  7. open 60 clothes stores
  8. by the end
  1. in Ukraine
  2. across Russia
  3. famous companies
  4. of this year
  5. different things
  6. buying Russian weapons
  7. sell clothes
  8. clothes

Paragraph 2

  1. the first Russian arms company
  2. A tank maker started
  3. The Kalashnikov
  4. make most of its money
  5. double the
  6. start making at
  7. Kalashnikov's clothes could sell
  8. Russians want to support
  1. sales of guns
  2. well
  3. selling T-shirts
  4. their country
  5. CEO
  6. from guns
  7. to sell clothes
  8. least 10 new products

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The gun maker Kalashnikov will (1) ___________________. Kalashnikov is one of Russia's (2) ___________________. It makes the AK-47 rifle. The company said it must make different (3) ___________________ USA and European countries have stopped buying Russian weapons. This (4) __________________ events in Ukraine. Kalashnikov (5) ___________________ style' casual clothes. The company also plans to open 60 clothes stores across Russia by the (6) ___________________.

Kalashnikov (7) ___________________ Russian arms company to sell clothes. A tank maker (8) ___________________ T-shirts, jackets, shoes and bags in 2014. The Kalashnikov CEO said his company would still (9) ___________________ its money from guns. He wants to (10) ___________________ of guns by 2017. He added that the company would start (11) ________________ 10 new products. Kalashnikov's clothes could sell well because Russians want to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThegunmakerKalashnikovwillsoonsellclothes.KalashnikovisoneofR
ussia'smostfamouscompanies.ItmakestheAK-47rifle.Thecomp
anysaiditmustmakedifferentthingsbecausetheUSAandEuropeancou
ntrieshavestoppedbuyingRussianweapons.Thiswasbecauseofevent
sinUkraine.Kalashnikovwillmake'militarystyle'casualclothes.Theco
mpanyalsoplanstoopen60clothesstoresacrossRussiabytheendofthis
year.KalashnikovisnotthefirstRussianarmscompanytosellclothes.At
ankmakerstartedsellingT-shirts,jackets,shoesandbagsin2014.TheK
alashnikovCEOsaidhiscompanywouldstillmakemostofitsmoneyfrom
guns.Hewantstodoublethesalesofgunsby2017.Headdedthatthecom
panywouldstartmakingatleast10newproducts.Kalashnikov'sclothes
couldsellwellbecauseRussianswanttosupporttheircountry.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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