The Reading / Listening - Working Week - Level 2

Successful businessman Elon Musk has said that people must work from 80 to 100 hours per week to "change the world". Mr Musk knows. He has his finger in many pies. He is the founder, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX; the co-founder of the car company Tesla; and the co-founder of PayPal. He works very hard on many projects that have changed our lives. He is a workaholic but he loves what he does. He talked about hard work in an interview with a technology news website. He said: "There are easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week."



Workers at Mr Musk's companies also put in very long hours. He said "everyone" at Tesla has worked 100 hours per week at times this year. This was to make sure a Tesla car could survive. He said: "There wasn't some other way to do this." Musk said some Tesla employees were unhappy with their long hours. Some called the hours "excessive". Others said they prefer to work 70 or more hours per week. Musk said the "pain level" increases above 80 hours a week, but he didn't say what the pain was. The average CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company works about 70 hours a week.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Working Week - Level 0 Working Week - Level 1   or  Working Week - Level 3

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 from 80 to 100
  2. lead designer
  3. He works very hard on
  4. He is a workaholic but he loves
  5. He talked about hard work
  6. a technology news
  7. There are easier
  8. changed the world on
  1. places to work
  2. hours per week
  3. in an interview
  4. 40 hours a week
  5. many projects
  6. of SpaceX
  7. website
  8. what he does

Paragraph 2

  1. put in very
  2. There wasn't some other
  3. Some called the hours
  4. Others said they prefer to
  5. the "pain level" increases
  6. he didn't say what
  7. CEO of a multi-billion-
  8. about 70 hours
  1. "excessive"
  2. dollar company
  3. above 80 hours
  4. a week
  5. long hours
  6. work 70 or more
  7. way to do this
  8. the pain was

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Successful businessman Elon Musk (1) ___________________ people must work from 80 to 100 (2) ___________________ to "change the world". Mr Musk knows. He has (3) ___________________ many pies. He is the founder, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX; the co-founder of the car company Tesla; and the co-founder of PayPal. He works (4) ___________________ many projects that have changed our lives. He is a workaholic but he loves what he does. He talked about hard (5) ___________________ interview with a technology news website. He said: "There are easier places to work, but nobody ever changed (6) ___________________ 40 hours a week."

Workers at Mr Musk's companies also put in (7) ___________________. He said "everyone" at Tesla has worked 100 hours per week at times this year. This was to make sure a Tesla (8) ___________________. He said: "There wasn't some other way to do this." Musk said some Tesla employees were unhappy with (9) ___________________. Some called the hours "excessive". Others said they (10) ___________________ 70 or more hours per week. Musk said (11) ___________________ increases above 80 hours a week, but he didn't say what the pain was. The average CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company (12) ___________________ hours a week.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SuccessfulbusinessmanElonMuskhassaidthatpeoplemustworkfrom
80to100hoursperweekto"changetheworld".MrMuskknows.Hehashi
sfingerinmanypies.Heisthefounder,CEOandleaddesignerofSpaceX;t
heco-founderofthecarcompanyTesla;andtheco-founderofPayPal.H
eworksveryhardonmanyprojectsthathavechangedourlives.Heisawo
rkaholicbutheloveswhathedoes.Hetalkedabouthardworkinanintervi
ewwithatechnologynewswebsite.Hesaid:"Thereareeasierplacestow
ork,butnobodyeverchangedtheworldon40hoursaweek."Workersat
MrMusk'scompaniesalsoputinverylonghours.Hesaid"everyone"atTe
slahasworked100hoursperweekattimesthisyear.Thiswastomakesur
eaTeslacarcouldsurvive.Hesaid:"Therewasn'tsomeotherwaytodothi
s."MusksaidsomeTeslaemployeeswereunhappywiththeirlonghours.
Somecalledthehours"excessive".Otherssaidtheyprefertowork70or
morehoursperweek.Musksaidthe"painlevel"increasesabove80hour
saweek,buthedidn'tsaywhatthepainwas.TheaverageCEOofamulti-
billion-dollarcompanyworksabout70hoursaweek.

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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