The Reading / Listening - Netflix - Level 2

Netflix has doubled the number of new subscribers it thought it would get this year. Netflix makes and streams movies and TV shows for subscribers to watch online. The company said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up in the past three months. It expected an increase of half this number. The increase in subscriptions is due to 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. It would probably go down and return to normal after lockdowns end. It said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down as lockdowns] end, which we hope is soon." 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." The company hopes to start producing more new shows in the future.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Netflix - Level 0 Netflix - Level 1   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. Netflix makes and
  2. signed up in the past
  3. an increase of half
  4. due to the coronavirus
  5. Millions of people are
  6. one of the world's most valuable
  7. It is worth more than the oil
  8. Its value is around
  1. pandemic
  2. company
  3. companies
  4. $196 billion
  5. three months
  6. streams movies
  7. staying at home
  8. this number

Paragraph 2

  1. the rise in
  2. It would probably go
  3. return to
  4. after lockdowns
  5. We expect viewing
  6. reached every corner
  7. when this terrible
  8. people confined
  1. normal
  2. crisis will end
  3. to decline
  4. membership
  5. end
  6. down
  7. at home
  8. of the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Netflix (1) ___________________ number of new subscribers it thought it would (2) ___________________. Netflix makes and streams movies and TV shows for subscribers (3) ___________________. The company said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up in the past three months. It expected an increase of (4) ___________________. The increase in subscriptions is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home watching (5) ___________________. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth more than the oil company ExxonMobil. Its (6) ___________________ $196 billion.

Netflix said the (7) ___________________ was probably temporary. It would probably go down and (8) ___________________ after lockdowns end. It said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership (9) ___________________ down as lockdowns] end, which we hope is soon." It added: "The coronavirus has reached (10) ___________________ the world and...no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end....We are (11) ___________________ a service that is even more meaningful to people confined at home." The company hopes to start producing (12) ___________________ in the future.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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hisyear.NetflixmakesandstreamsmoviesandTVshowsforsubscribers
towatchonline.Thecompanysaid15.77millionnewsubscriberssigned
upinthepastthreemonths.Itexpectedanincreaseofhalfthisnumber.T
heincreaseinsubscriptionsisduetothecoronaviruspandemic.Millions
ofpeoplearestayingathomewatchingfilmsandshows.Netflixisnowon
eoftheworld'smostvaluablecompanies.Itisworthmorethantheoilcom
panyExxonMobil.Itsvalueisaround$196billion.Netflixsaidtheriseinm
embershipwasprobablytemporary.Itwouldprobablygodownandretu
rntonormalafterlockdownsend.Itsaid:"Weexpectviewingtodeclinea
ndmembershipgrowthto[slowdownaslockdowns]end,whichwehopei
ssoon."Itadded:"Thecoronavirushasreachedeverycorneroftheworld
and...nooneknowshoworwhenthisterriblecrisiswillend....Wearefort
unatetohaveaservicethatisevenmoremeaningfultopeopleconfinedat
home."Thecompanyhopestostartproducingmorenewshowsinthefut
ure.

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) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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