The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The Russian gun maker Kalashnikov will move into fashion. Kalashnikov is one of Russia's most famous companies. It makes the AK-47 rifle. The company said it has to make different things because Western countries stopped buying Russian weapons. This was because of the conflict in Ukraine. Before the conflict, Kalashnikov sold a lot of weapons to Europe and the USA. Kalashnikov's fashion label will make 'military style' casual clothing and accessories. 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 opened a shop in 2014 selling T-shirts, jackets, shoes and bags. Most of its products have images of its tanks on them. The Kalashnikov CEO said his company would still make most of its money from making guns. He said it would develop new products. He also wants to double the sales of guns by 2017. He added that the company would start making at least 10 new products. A marketing manager said Kalashnikov's fashions could sell well because people wanted to support Russia.

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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 move
  2. one of Russia's most
  3. it has to make
  4. because of the conflict
  5. Kalashnikov sold a lot of
  6. Kalashnikov's fashion
  7. casual clothing
  8. by the end
  1. label
  2. into fashion
  3. of this year
  4. famous companies
  5. different things
  6. and accessories
  7. in Ukraine
  8. weapons to Europe

Paragraph 2

  1. the first Russian
  2. A tank maker opened
  3. its products have images of
  4. make most of its money
  5. double the sales
  6. marketing
  7. Kalashnikov's fashions could sell
  8. people wanted to
  1. of guns
  2. arms company
  3. support Russia
  4. a shop in 2014
  5. its tanks on them
  6. well
  7. from making guns
  8. manager

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Russian gun maker Kalashnikov (1) ___________________ fashion. Kalashnikov is one of Russia's most famous companies. It makes the AK-47 rifle. The company (2) __________________ make different things because (3) ___________________ stopped buying Russian weapons. This was because of the conflict in Ukraine. (4) ___________________, Kalashnikov sold a lot of weapons to Europe and the USA. Kalashnikov's fashion label will make 'military style' (5) ___________________ and accessories. The company also plans to open 60 clothes stores across Russia (6) ___________________ year.

Kalashnikov (7) ___________________ Russian arms company to sell clothes. A tank maker (8) ___________________ in 2014 selling T-shirts, jackets, shoes and bags. Most of its products have images of (9) ___________________. The Kalashnikov CEO said his company would still make most of its money from making guns. He said it (10) ___________________ products. He also wants to double the sales of guns by 2017. He added that the company would start (11) ___________________ 10 new products. A marketing manager said Kalashnikov's fashions could sell well because people (12) ___________________ Russia.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheRussiangunmakerKalashnikovwillmoveintofashion.Kalashnikovi
soneofRussia'smostfamouscompanies.ItmakestheAK-47rifle.Theco
mpanysaidithastomakedifferentthingsbecauseWesterncountriessto
ppedbuyingRussianweapons.ThiswasbecauseoftheconflictinUkrain
e.Beforetheconflict,KalashnikovsoldalotofweaponstoEuropeandthe
USA.Kalashnikov'sfashionlabelwillmake'militarystyle'casualclothin
gandaccessories.Thecompanyalsoplanstoopen60clothesstoresacro
ssRussiabytheendofthisyear.KalashnikovisnotthefirstRussianarmsc
ompanytosellclothes.Atankmakeropenedashopin2014sellingT-shi
rts,jackets,shoesandbags.Mostofitsproductshaveimagesofitstanks
onthem.TheKalashnikovCEOsaidhiscompanywouldstillmakemostofi
tsmoneyfrommakingguns.Hesaiditwoulddevelopnewproducts.Heal
sowantstodoublethesalesofgunsby2017.Headdedthatthecompany
wouldstartmakingatleast10newproducts.AmarketingmanagersaidK
alashnikov'sfashionscouldsellwellbecausepeoplewantedtosupportR
ussia.

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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