The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Toyota is shutting down two elevators at its Tokyo headquarters to save money. It will also save electricity and lower the costs of being in the building. One reason for doing this is the Japanese yen is becoming stronger, especially since the UK voted to leave the EU. In January, one dollar was nearly 120 yen; now it is just above 100 yen. A stronger yen means Toyota cars are more expensive and profits go down. Toyota's profit last year was a record $23 billion.



Toyota said it decided to shut down the elevators weeks ago. It is also changing the temperature of air conditioners to save money. Toyota did similar things after the financial crisis of 2008. That also made the yen stronger against the dollar. Toyota said: "The key objective for the stoppage of elevators…is to raise awareness amongst employees, and to remind them of the commitment that Toyota has towards…reducing waste."

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Sources
  • http://www.wsj.com/articles/at-toyota-elevators-stop-as-yen-rises-1467883278
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36742652
  • https://wwwstrong>rt.com/business/350191-toyota-shuts-lifts-yen/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. elevators at its Tokyo
  2. lower the costs of being
  3. the Japanese yen is
  4. especially since the UK
  5. one dollar was nearly
  6. Toyota cars are more
  7. Toyota's profit
  8. a record
  1. expensive
  2. last year
  3. in the building
  4. headquarters
  5. becoming stronger
  6. $23 billion
  7. 120 yen
  8. voted to leave

Paragraph 2

  1. the temperature
  2. after the financial
  3. made the yen stronger
  4. The key
  5. raise awareness amongst
  6. and to remind
  7. the commitment that Toyota
  8. reducing
  1. employees
  2. has
  3. of air conditioners
  4. waste
  5. them
  6. crisis of 2008
  7. objective
  8. against the dollar

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Toyota is shutting down (1) ___________________ its Tokyo headquarters to save money. It (2) ___________________ electricity and (3) ___________________ of being in the building. One reason for doing this is the Japanese yen is becoming stronger, (4) ___________________ the UK voted to leave the EU. In January, one dollar (5) ___________________ yen; now it is just above 100 yen. A stronger yen means Toyota cars are more expensive and (6) ___________________. Toyota's profit last year was a record $23 billion.

Toyota (7) ___________________ to shut down the elevators weeks ago. It is also changing (8) ___________________ air conditioners to save money. Toyota (9) ___________________ after the financial crisis of 2008. That also made the yen stronger (10) ___________________. Toyota said: "The key objective for the stoppage of elevators… (11) ___________________ awareness amongst employees, and to remind them of the commitment that Toyota (12) ___________________ reducing waste."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ToyotaisshuttingdowntwoelevatorsatitsTokyoheadquarterstosave
money.Itwillalsosaveelectricityandlowerthecostsofbeinginthebuildi
ng.OnereasonfordoingthisistheJapaneseyenisbecomingstronger,es
peciallysincetheUKvotedtoleavetheEU.InJanuary,onedollarwasnear
ly120yen;nowitisjustabove100yen.AstrongeryenmeansToyotacars
aremoreexpensiveandprofitsgodown.Toyota'sprofitlastyearwasare
cord$23billion.Toyotasaiditdecidedtoshutdowntheelevatorsweeksa
go.Itisalsochangingthetemperatureofairconditionerstosavemoney.
Toyotadidsimilarthingsafterthefinancialcrisisof2008.Thatalsomadet
heyenstrongeragainstthedollar.Toyotasaid:"Thekeyobjectiveforthe
stoppageofelevators…istoraiseawarenessamongstemployees,andt
oremindthemofthecommitmentthatToyotahastowards…reducingwa
ste."

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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