The Reading / Listening - Netflix - Level 1

The number of new Netflix subscribers doubled in the past three months. Netflix makes and streams movies and TV shows. It said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up this year. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home watching films and shows. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth more than the oil company ExxonMobil. Its value is around $196 billion.



Netflix said the rise in membership was probably temporary and would go down after lockdowns end. It said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down]." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and...no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end....We are fortunate to have a service that is even more meaningful to people confined at home." Netflix will produce more new shows in the future.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Netflix - Level 0 Netflix - Level 2   or  Netflix - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/apr/21/netflix-new-subscribers-covid-19-lockdown
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/netflix-gains-158-million-customers-amid-coronavirus-lockdowns-a4420526.html
  • https://www.ft.com/content/f9bf15cd-12fe-4b99-9640-4ff94c1af905


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. doubled in the
  2. Netflix makes and streams
  3. because of the coronavirus
  4. Millions of
  5. staying at home
  6. one of the world's most
  7. It is worth more than the oil
  8. Its value is around
  1. pandemic
  2. valuable companies
  3. watching films
  4. company
  5. movies
  6. people
  7. $196 billion
  8. past three months

Paragraph 2

  1. the rise in
  2. go down after lockdowns
  3. We expect viewing
  4. reached every corner
  5. how or when this terrible
  6. people confined
  7. Netflix will produce
  8. new shows in
  1. crisis will end
  2. the future
  3. of the world
  4. at home
  5. end
  6. membership
  7. to decline
  8. more

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ Netflix subscribers doubled in the (2) ___________________. Netflix makes and streams movies and TV shows. It said 15.77 million new subscribers (3) ___________________ year. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are (4) ___________________ watching films and shows. Netflix is now one of the world's (5) ___________________. It is worth more than the oil company ExxonMobil. Its (6) ___________________ $196 billion.

Netflix said (7) ___________________ membership was probably temporary and would (8) ___________________ lockdowns end. It said: "We expect viewing (9) ___________________ membership growth to [slow down]." It added: "The coronavirus has reached (10) ___________________ the world and...no one knows how or when this terrible (11) ___________________....We are fortunate to have a service that is even more meaningful to people confined at home." Netflix will produce (12) ___________________ in the future.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThenumberofnewNetflixsubscribersdoubledinthepastthreemonths.
NetflixmakesandstreamsmoviesandTVshows.Itsaid15.77millionne
wsubscriberssignedupthisyear.Thisisbecauseofthecoronaviruspand
emic.Millionsofpeoplearestayingathomewatchingfilmsandshows.Ne
tflixisnowoneoftheworld'smostvaluablecompanies.Itisworthmoreth
antheoilcompanyExxonMobil.Itsvalueisaround$196billion.Netflixsa
idtheriseinmembershipwasprobablytemporaryandwouldgodownaft
erlockdownsend.Itsaid:"Weexpectviewingtodeclineandmembershi
pgrowthto[slowdown]."Itadded:"Thecoronavirushasreachedeveryc
orneroftheworldand...nooneknowshoworwhenthisterriblecrisiswille
nd....Wearefortunatetohaveaservicethatisevenmoremeaningfultop
eopleconfinedathome."Netflixwillproducemorenewshowsinthefutur
e.

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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