The Reading / Listening - Textbooks - Level 5

The world's largest education publisher will gradually phase out printed textbooks. Pearson has decided to make all its learning resources "digital first". It said the industry's future is in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon told the BBC: "We are now over the digital tipping point. Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided...like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products." He said: "I am increasingly confident and excited about this."



Pearson said a big advantage of e-books is they can be continually updated. This means teachers will always have access to the latest versions. Mr Fallon said Pearson would end its business model of revising printed course books every three years. This model has dominated the industry for over four decades. Fallon said a digital environment enables learning in "a much more effective way". He added the e-books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less as digital products are sold on a subscription basis.

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    Textbooks - Level 4 or  Textbooks - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48998789
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pearson-textbooks/pearson-goes-digital-first-in-u-s-college-market-idUSKCN1UA2IU
  • https://www.ft.com/content/c1940696-a74d-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. gradually phase
  2. the industry's future is
  3. over the digital tipping
  4. half our annual revenues
  5. other industries like
  6. it is time to flick
  7. how we primarily make and
  8. I am increasingly
  1. point
  2. create our products
  3. in e-books
  4. confident
  5. out printed textbooks
  6. come from digital sales
  7. the switch
  8. newspapers

Paragraph 2

  1. they can be continually
  2. business
  3. revising printed course books
  4. This model has dominated
  5. learning in a much more
  6. appeal to the Netflix and Spotify
  7. they will earn
  8. sold on a subscription
  1. less
  2. the industry
  3. model
  4. basis
  5. generation
  6. every three years
  7. updated
  8. effective way

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's largest education publisher will (1) ___________________ printed textbooks. Pearson has decided to make all its learning resources "digital first". It said (2) ___________________ is in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon told the BBC: "We are now over the (3) ___________________. Over half our (4) ___________________ from digital sales, so we've decided...like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to (5) ___________________ in how we primarily make and create our products." He said: "I am increasingly confident and (6) ___________________."

Pearson said a big advantage of e-books is they (7) ___________________ updated. This means teachers will always have access to (8) ___________________. Mr Fallon said Pearson would end its business model of (9) ___________________ books every three years. This model has dominated the industry for (10) ___________________. Fallon said a digital environment enables learning in "a much (11) ___________________". He added the e-books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less (12) ___________________ are sold on a subscription basis.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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extbooks.Pearsonhasdecidedtomakeallitslearningresources"digitalf
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nCEOJohnFallontoldtheBBC:"Wearenowoverthedigitaltippingpoint.
Overhalfourannualrevenuescomefromdigitalsales,sowe'vedecided.
..likeinotherindustrieslikenewspapersormusicorinbroadcast,thatitis
timetoflicktheswitchinhowweprimarilymakeandcreateourproducts.
"Hesaid:"Iamincreasinglyconfidentandexcitedaboutthis."Pearsonsa
idabigadvantageofe-booksistheycanbecontinuallyupdated.Thisme
ansteacherswillalwayshaveaccesstothelatestversions.MrFallonsaid
Pearsonwouldenditsbusinessmodelofrevisingprintedcoursebooksev
erythreeyears.Thismodelhasdominatedtheindustryforoverfourdeca
des.Fallonsaidadigitalenvironmentenableslearningin"amuchmoreef
fectiveway".Headdedthee-bookswillappealtothe"NetflixandSpotif
ygeneration".Textbookwritersareworriedtheywillearnlessasdigitalp
roductsaresoldonasubscriptionbasis.

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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