The Reading / Listening - Level 5

The tech giant Samsung has warned owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone to stop the device from catching fire. The company will also stop selling the flagship phone. The device, launched in August, was a rival to Apple's iPhone. Engineers must now investigate why so many phones caught fire. Samsung was already hit by a recall of 2.5 million phones in September. Then, many phones burst into flames after their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the company's image as Samsung said the recently-exploding phones were safe.



Analysts are now guessing how much this trouble will cost Samsung. South Korean media says the company will no longer produce the phone. South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho warned that the country's exports would be damaged by this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the impact will be in the long term. It's up to the company and the government cannot interfere." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction above anything else."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com/news/business-37614770
  • https://www. cnet.com/news/samsung-asks-all-galaxy-note-7-owners-new-and-replacement-to-shut-down-phones/
  • https://www. koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2016/10/202_215870.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. stop the device from
  2. stop selling the flagship
  3. a rival
  4. investigate why so many phones
  5. burst into
  6. This new
  7. further damages
  8. the recently-exploding phones
  1. caught fire
  2. episode
  3. phone
  4. were safe
  5. catching fire
  6. the company's image
  7. to Apple's iPhone
  8. flames

Paragraph 2

  1. Analysts are now
  2. the company will no longer
  3. South Korea's finance
  4. the country's exports would be
  5. Right now
  6. what the impact will be
  7. the government cannot
  8. customer
  1. interfere
  2. damaged
  3. satisfaction
  4. produce the phone
  5. in the long term
  6. minister
  7. guessing how much
  8. we can't tell

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The tech giant Samsung (1) ___________________ of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone to (2) ___________________ from catching fire. The company will also stop selling the flagship phone. The device, launched in August, (3) ___________________ Apple's iPhone. Engineers must now investigate (4) ___________________ phones caught fire. Samsung was already hit by a recall of 2.5 million phones in September. Then, many phones (5) ___________________ after their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the (6) ___________________ Samsung said the recently-exploding phones were safe.

Analysts are now guessing how (7) ___________________ will cost Samsung. South Korean media says the company (8) ___________________ the phone. South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho warned that the country's exports (9) ___________________ by this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the impact will (10) ___________________. It's up to the company and the government cannot interfere." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company (11) ___________________ image and the only way to do this is to place quality and (12) ___________________ above anything else."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThetechgiantSamsunghaswarnedownersoftheGalaxyNote7toturnof
ftheirphonetostopthedevicefromcatchingfire.Thecompanywillalsost
opsellingtheflagshipphone.Thedevice,launchedinAugust,wasarivalt
oApple'siPhone.Engineersmustnowinvestigatewhysomanyphonesc
aughtfire.Samsungwasalreadyhitbyarecallof2.5millionphonesinSep
tember.Then,manyphonesburstintoflamesaftertheirbatteriesexplo
ded.Thisnewepisodefurtherdamagesthecompany'simageasSamsun
gsaidtherecently-explodingphonesweresafe.Analystsarenowguessi
nghowmuchthistroublewillcostSamsung.SouthKoreanmediasaysth
ecompanywillnolongerproducethephone.SouthKorea'sfinanceminis
terYooIl-howarnedthatthecountry'sexportswouldbedamagedbythi
s.Hesaid:"Rightnowwecan'ttellwhattheimpactwillbeinthelongterm.I
t'suptothecompanyandthegovernmentcannotinterfere."TheKoreaTi
messaid:"Itisurgentthatthecompanyrecoveritsbrandimageandtheo
nlywaytodothisistoplacequalityandcustomersatisfactionaboveanyt
hingelse."

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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