The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Toyota is shutting down two elevators at its headquarters to save money. The world's largest carmaker said it will shut down two of eight elevators at its main Tokyo office. This is to save electricity and to cut down on the costs of being in the building. One reason for doing this is the strengthening Japanese yen since the UK voted in June to leave the EU. One dollar was 120 yen in January; now it is just above 100. A stronger yen means Toyota cars are more expensive and profits go down. Toyota's profit for the year ending March 2016 was a record $23 billion.



Toyota said it decided to shut down the elevators several weeks ago because of the rising yen. It is also changing the temperature of air conditioners to save money. Toyota took similar cost-cutting measures after the financial crisis of 2008. That also made the yen stronger against the dollar. Toyota said: "These policies are not new….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 the idea of increasing competitiveness through…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. two elevators at its
  2. to cut down
  3. One reason
  4. One dollar
  5. A stronger yen means Toyota cars
  6. profits go
  7. Toyota's profit for the year
  8. a record
  1. ending March 2016
  2. are more expensive
  3. down
  4. $23 billion
  5. on the costs
  6. headquarters
  7. for doing this
  8. was 120 yen

Paragraph 2

  1. the temperature of air
  2. Toyota took similar cost-
  3. after the financial
  4. key
  5. raise awareness
  6. remind them of the commitment
  7. the idea of increasing
  8. reducing
  1. amongst employees
  2. competitiveness
  3. conditioners
  4. waste
  5. cutting measures
  6. objective
  7. crisis of 2008
  8. that Toyota has

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Toyota is shutting down two elevators (1) ___________________ to save money. The world's largest carmaker said it will shut down two of eight elevators (2) ___________________ office. This is to save electricity and to cut (3) ___________________ of being in the building. One reason for doing this is the strengthening Japanese yen since (4) ___________________ June to leave the EU. One dollar was 120 yen in January; now it (5) ______________ 100. A stronger yen means Toyota cars are more expensive and profits go down. Toyota's profit for (6) ___________________ March 2016 was a record $23 billion.

Toyota said it decided (7) ___________________ the elevators several weeks ago because (8) ___________________. It is also changing the temperature of air conditioners to save money. Toyota took (9) ___________________ measures after the financial crisis of 2008. That (10) ___________________ yen stronger against the dollar. Toyota said: "These policies are not new….The key objective for the stoppage of elevators…is to (11) ___________________ amongst employees, and to remind them of the commitment that Toyota has (12) ___________________ of increasing competitiveness through…reducing waste."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Toyotaisshuttingdowntwoelevatorsatitsheadquarterstosavemoney.
Theworld'slargestcarmakersaiditwillshutdowntwoofeightelevatorsa
titsmainTokyooffice.Thisistosaveelectricityandtocutdownonthecost
sofbeinginthebuilding.OnereasonfordoingthisisthestrengtheningJa
paneseyensincetheUKvotedinJunetoleavetheEU.Onedollarwas120y
eninJanuary;nowitisjustabove100.AstrongeryenmeansToyotacarsa
remoreexpensiveandprofitsgodown.Toyota'sprofitfortheyearendin
gMarch2016wasarecord$23billion.Toyotasaiditdecidedtoshutdownt
heelevatorsseveralweeksagobecauseoftherisingyen.Itisalsochangi
ngthetemperatureofairconditionerstosavemoney.Toyotatooksimila
rcost-cuttingmeasuresafterthefinancialcrisisof2008.Thatalsomadet
heyenstrongeragainstthedollar.Toyotasaid:"Thesepoliciesarenotne
w….Thekeyobjectiveforthestoppageofelevators…istoraiseawarenes
samongstemployees,andtoremindthemofthecommitmentthatToyot
ahastowardstheideaofincreasingcompetitivenessthrough…reducing
waste."

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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