The Reading / Listening - Working Week - Level 0

Businessman Elon Musk said people must work up to 100 hours a week to "change the world". Mr Musk started SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal. His companies have changed our lives. He is a workaholic. He loves working. He said: "There are easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week."



Mr Musk said "everyone" at Tesla has worked 100 hours per week at times this year. Some workers are unhappy with their long hours. Others like to work 70 hours per week. Musk said the "pain level" increases above 80 hours a week. The CEO of a billion-dollar company works about 70 hours a week.

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Sources
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-says-80-hours-per-week-needed-change-the-world-2018-11
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/05/elon-musk-on-working-120-hours-a-week-youll-go-bonkers.html
  • https://thetechportal.com/2018/11/04/elon-musk-minute-interview/


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. work up to 100
  2. Mr Musk started
  3. His companies have
  4. He is a
  5. He loves
  6. There are easier
  7. changed
  8. 40 hours a
  1. week
  2. working
  3. hours a week
  4. places to work
  5. SpaceX
  6. the world
  7. changed our lives
  8. workaholic

Paragraph 2

  1. everyone at Tesla
  2. 100 hours per
  3. Some workers are
  4. Others like to
  5. pain
  6. increases above
  7. The CEO of a billion-
  8. about 70 hours
  1. dollar company
  2. work
  3. a week
  4. week
  5. unhappy
  6. level
  7. has worked
  8. 80 hours

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Businessman Elon Musk (1) ___________________ work up to 100 hours a week (2) ___________________ world". Mr Musk started SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal. (3) ___________________ changed our lives. He (4) ___________________. He loves working. He said: "There (5) ___________________ to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 (6) ___________________."

Mr Musk said "everyone" at Tesla (7) ___________________ hours per week (8) ___________________ year. Some workers are unhappy (9) ___________________ hours. Others like to work 70 hours per week. Musk said (10) ___________________ increases above 80 hours a week. (11) ___________________ a billion-dollar company works (12) ___________________ a week.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BusinessmanElonMusksaidpeoplemustworkupto100hoursaweekto"
changetheworld".MrMuskstartedSpaceX,Tesla,andPayPal.Hiscomp
anieshavechangedourlives.Heisaworkaholic.Helovesworking.Hesai
d:"Thereareeasierplacestowork,butnobodyeverchangedtheworldon
40hoursaweek."MrMusksaid"everyone"atTeslahasworked100hours
perweekattimesthisyear.Someworkersareunhappywiththeirlongho
urs.Othersliketowork70hoursperweek.Musksaidthe"painlevel"incre
asesabove80hoursaweek.TheCEOofabillion-dollarcompanyworksab
out70hoursaweek.

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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