The Reading / Listening - Netflix - Level 3

Netflix has more than doubled the number of new subscribers it thought it would get this year. Netflix makes movies and TV shows, and provides a service for subscribers to watch these online. The streaming giant said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months. It expected an increase of around half this number. The doubling of subscriptions is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home and are using their free time by watching films and TV programmes. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth more than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Financial analysts say its value is around $196 billion.



A Netflix official said the surge in membership numbers was probably temporary. The rate of new memberships would probably go down and return to normal after lockdowns end. The company said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down] as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end. We are aware that 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 near future.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Netflix - Level 0 Netflix - Level 1   or  Netflix - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. NETFLIX: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Netflix. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       Netflix / doubled / subscribers / online / three months / films / valuable / oil / value /
       surge / membership / lockdown / free time / streaming / crisis / fortunate / confined
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TV: Students A strongly believe TV is essential during times of lockdown; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LOCKDOWN: What are the pros and cons of doing these things at home during lockdown? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros (Good Things)

Cons (Bad Things)

Watching films and shows

 

 

Reading

 

 

Cooking

 

 

Phoning loved ones

 

 

Studying English

 

 

Working from home

 

 

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5. DOUBLE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "double". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TV SHOWS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Comedies
  • News
  • Cartoons
  • Movies
  • Gardening shows
  • Cooking shows
  • Sport
  • Chat shows

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. doubled a. A very, very, very big company.
      2. subscriber b. Went up to twice the size, price, number or amount.
      3. streaming c. A method of sending or getting data (especially video and audio) over the Internet to watch or listen to as it is sent.
      4. giant d. Worth a lot of money.
      5. expected e. A person who looks at numbers and situations to provide information to other people.
      6. valuable f. A person who pays regularly to get a service or product.
      7. analyst g. Believed or thought would happen.

    Paragraph 2

      8. surge h. Become smaller in number, amount, size, amount, etc.
      9. temporary i. A time of great danger, difficulty or trouble.
      10. rate j. The lack of something.
      11. decline k. The speed with which something moves, happens, or changes.
      12. confinement l. Having to stay in one place (a room. your house, a prison, etc.) without being able to go out.
      13. absence m. A sudden large increase.
      14. crisis n. Lasting for only a short period of time.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The number of Netflix subscribers trebled in the past three months.     T / F
  2. Netflix makes and streams TV shows.     T / F
  3. Netflix expected just a quarter of the subscribers it got.     T / F
  4. The oil giant ExxonMobil is worth more than Netflix.     T / F
  5. Netflix thinks the increase in membership will be permanent.     T / F
  6. Netflix thinks the growth in membership will return to normal levels.     T / F
  7. Netflix said coronavirus reached most corners of the world.     T / F
  8. Netflix said it hopes to make more new shows soon.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. doubled
  2. movies
  3. expected
  4. due to
  5. value
  6. surge
  7. decline
  8. reached
  9. crisis
  10. producing
  1. increase
  2. because of
  3. making
  4. believed
  5. extended
  6. films
  7. worth
  8. emergency
  9. increased twofold
  10. go down

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Netflix has more than doubled the
  2. in the past
  3. It expected an increase of around
  4. using their free time
  5. Financial analysts say its value is
  6. the surge in
  7. return to normal
  8. We expect viewing
  9. the absence of a widespread treatment
  10. in the near
  1. half this number
  2. future
  3. membership
  4. three months
  5. to decline
  6. number of new subscribers
  7. or vaccine
  8. after lockdowns end
  9. around $196 billion
  10. by watching films

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
giant
due
doubled
analysts
subscribers
valuable
expected
free

Netflix has more than (1) ____________ the number of new subscribers it thought it would get this year. Netflix makes movies and TV shows, and provides a service for (2) ____________ to watch these online. The streaming (3) ____________ said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months. It (4) ____________ an increase of around half this number. The doubling of subscriptions is (5) ____________ to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home and are using their (6) ____________ time by watching films and TV programmes. Netflix is now one of the world's most                      (7) ____________ companies. It is worth more than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Financial (8) ____________ say its value is around $196 billion.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
soon
temporary
crisis
confined
surge
absence
near
viewing

A Netflix official said the (9) ____________ in membership numbers was probably (10) ____________. The rate of new memberships would probably go down and return to normal after lockdowns end. The company said: "We expect (11) ____________ to decline and membership growth to [slow down] as home confinement ends, which we hope is (12) ____________." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and, in the (13) ____________ of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible (14) ____________ will end. We are aware that we are fortunate to have a service that is even more meaningful to people (15) ____________ at home." The company hopes to start producing more new shows in the (16) ____________ future.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Netflix has more than doubled the number of new subscribers it thought ______
     a.  it would gets
     b.  it would getting
     c.  it would get
     d.  it would got
2)  Netflix makes movies and TV shows, and ______
     a.  provides a service
     b.  provides a serviced
     c.  provides a services
     d.  provides a serve ice
3)  It expected an increase of around ______
     a.  half this number
     b.  halve this number
     c.  have this number
     d.  huff this number
4)  Millions of people are staying at home and are using their free time ______
     a.  buy watch in films
     b.  by watch in film
     c.  by watching films
     d.  buy watch in film
5)  Financial analysts say its value is ______
     a.  around $196 billion
     b.  abound $196 billion
     c.  aground $196 billion
     d.  are round $196 billion

6)  A Netflix official said the surge in membership numbers ______
     a.  was probable temporary
     b.  was probably temporarily
     c.  was probably temporary
     d.  was probable temporarily
7)  memberships would probably go down and return to normal ______
     a.  after locking downs end
     b.  after locks downs end
     c.  after locked downs end
     d.  after lockdowns end
8)  expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down] as ______
     a.  home confined meant ends
     b.  home confidante ends
     c.  home confident ends
     d.  home confinement ends
9)  treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible ______
     a.  crisis will end
     b.  crises will end
     c.  cry sis will end
     d.  cry seas will end
10)  The company hopes to start producing more new shows in ______
     a.  the nearly future
     b.  the nears future
     c.  the neared future
     d.  the near future

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Netflix has more than (1) ___________________ of new subscribers it thought it would get this year. Netflix makes movies and TV shows, and provides a service for subscribers to watch these online. The (2) ___________________ 15.77 million new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months. It (3) ___________________ of around half this number. The doubling of subscriptions (4) ___________________ the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home and are using their (5) ___________________ watching films and TV programmes. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth more than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Financial analysts (6) ___________________ is around $196 billion.

A Netflix official said (7) ___________________ membership numbers was probably temporary. The rate of new memberships would probably go down and (8) ___________________ after lockdowns end. The company said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down] as home confinement ends, which we (9) ___________________." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every (10) ___________________ world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this (11) ___________________ end. We are aware that 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 (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What doubled at Netflix in the past three months?
  2. How many new subscribers did Netflix get?
  3. What did the article say the doubling of subscriptions was due to?
  4. How many people did the article say were staying at home?
  5. What company is Netflix now worth more than?
  6. What did a Netflix official say about the surge in membership?
  7. When will the rate of new Netflix memberships return to normal?
  8. Where in the world did Netflix say coronavirus had reached?
  9. Where did Netflix say many people were confined?
  10. When does Netflix hope to start making new shows?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What doubled at Netflix in the past three months?
a) profits
b) new subscribers
c) the number of new movies
d) employees
2) How many new subscribers did Netflix get?
a) 17.57 million
b) 15.75 million
c) 15.55 million
d) 15.77 million
3) What did the article say the doubling of subscriptions was due to?
a) the coronavirus pandemic
b) great movies
c) many new TV shows
d) people staying at home
4) How many people did the article say were staying at home?
a) hundreds of millions
b) billions
c) millions
d) tens of millions
5) What company is Netflix now worth more than?
a) Google
b) ExxonMobil
c) AT&T
d) Amazon

6) What did a Netflix official say about the surge in membership?
a) cool
b) it was great
c) it was probably temporary
d) it will continue
7) When will the rate of new Netflix memberships return to normal?
a) soon
b) next week
c) June the 7th
d) after lockdowns end
8) Where in the world did Netflix say coronavirus had reached?
a) every corner
b) every continent
c) every country
d) every crevice
9) Where did Netflix say many people were confined?
a) at home
b) in foreign countries
c) on cruise ships
d) in prisons
10) When does Netflix hope to start making new shows?
a) 2021
b) in the near future
c) in September
d) next weekend

Role play

Role  A – Movies
You think movies are the best things to watch on TV during lockdown. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): chat shows, sport or cooking shows.

Role  B – Chat Shows
You think chat shows are the best things to watch on TV during lockdown. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): movies, sport or cooking shows.

Role  C – Sport
You think sport is the best thing to watch on TV during lockdown. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): chat shows, movies or cooking shows.

Role  D – Cooking Shows
You think cooking shows are the best things to watch on TV during lockdown. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): chat shows, sport or movies.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'movie'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'TV'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • number
    • streaming
    • due
    • free
    • valuable
    • value
    • surge
    • rate
    • growth
    • ends
    • terrible
    • more




    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 - Netflix

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'movie'?
    3. What do you know about Netflix?
    4. What do you think of movies?
    5. Which are better - movies or TV shows?
    6. What do you think of streaming?
    7. What are the state TV channels like in your country?
    8. Is it better to watch a movie on TV or your smartphone?
    9. What could people do instead of watching movies?
    10. Why are movies and TV so popular?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'TV show'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would you do if there were no movies or TV?
    5. Is Netflix the best streaming service?
    6. How will you feel when scientists find a vaccine?
    7. When do you think this terrible crisis will end?
    8. How important are companies like Netflix?
    9. What advice do you have for Netflix?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Netflix's boss?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Netflix has more than (1) ____ the number of new subscribers it thought it would get this year. Netflix makes movies and TV shows, and (2) ____ a service for subscribers to watch these online. The streaming (3) ____ said 15.77 million new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months. It expected an increase of around half this number. The doubling of subscriptions is (4) ____ to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people are staying at home and are using their free time (5) ____ watching films and TV programmes. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth more than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Financial analysts say its (6) ____ is around $196 billion.

    A Netflix official said the (7) ____ in membership numbers was probably temporary. The rate of new memberships would probably go down and return (8) ____ normal after lockdowns end. The company said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to [slow down] (9) ____ home confinement ends, which we hope is soon." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every (10) ____ of the world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end. We are (11) ____ that 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 (12) ____ future.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     doubled     (b)     doubling     (c)     doublet     (d)     double    
    2. (a)     bargains     (b)     sales     (c)     provides     (d)     costs    
    3. (a)     gremlin     (b)     ogre     (c)     fairy     (d)     giant    
    4. (a)     though     (b)     due     (c)     however     (d)     because    
    5. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    6. (a)     expensive     (b)     worthwhile     (c)     value     (d)     worthy    
    7. (a)     purge     (b)     surge     (c)     urge     (d)     merge    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     as     (b)     was     (c)     is     (d)     has    
    10. (a)     cornet     (b)     cover     (c)     concern     (d)     corner    
    11. (a)     warren     (b)     beware     (c)     wary     (d)     aware    
    12. (a)     ahead     (b)     near     (c)     post     (d)     closely

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  and TV shows, and provides a service for subscribers to watch these online. The streaming giant said 15.77 million
    (...)  of around half this number. The doubling of subscriptions is due to the coronavirus
    (...)  home." The company hopes to start producing more new shows in the near future.
    (...)  A Netflix official said the surge in membership numbers was probably temporary. The rate
    (...)  watching films and TV programmes. Netflix is now one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth
    (...)  more than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Financial analysts say its value is around $196 billion.
    (...)  new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months. It expected an increase
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    (...)  that we are fortunate to have a service that is even more meaningful to people confined at
    (...)  vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end. We are aware
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    (...)  is soon." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or
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    Put the words in the right order

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    9. more   even   Have   meaningful   .   is   service   that   a
    10. new   The   shows   .   to   company   start   producing   hopes

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    A Netflix official said the urge / surge in membership numbers was probably temporary. The rate / late of new memberships would probably going / go down and return to / for normal after lockdowns end. The company said: "We expect viewing to decline and membership grow / growth to [slow down] as home confinement ends, which we hope is finish / soon." It added: "The coronavirus has reached every edge / corner of the world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible crisis / critics will end. We are aware that we are fortunate to have a service that is even more / most meaningful to people confined at home." The company hopes to start producing more new shows in the nearly / near future.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    netflix has more than doubled the number of new subscribers it thought it would get this year netflix makes movies and tv shows and provides a service for subscribers to watch these online the streaming giant said 1577 million new subscribers signed up for its services in the past three months it expected an increase of around half this number the doubling of subscriptions is due to the coronavirus pandemic millions of people are staying at home and are using their free time by watching films and tv programmes netflix is now one of the worlds most valuable companies it is worth more than the oil giant exxonmobil financial analysts say its value is around 196 billion

    a netflix official said the surge in membership numbers was probably temporary the rate of new memberships would probably go down and return to normal after lockdowns end the company said we expect viewing to decline and membership growth to slow down as home confinement ends which we hope is soon it added the coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end we are aware that 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 near future

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Netflixhasmorethandoubledthenumberofnewsubscribersitthoughtit
    wouldgetthisyear.NetflixmakesmoviesandTVshows,andprovidesas
    erviceforsubscriberstowatchtheseonline.Thestreaminggiantsaid15.
    77millionnewsubscriberssignedupforitsservicesinthepastthreemont
    hs.Itexpectedanincreaseofaroundhalfthisnumber.Thedoublingofsu
    bscriptionsisduetothecoronaviruspandemic.Millionsofpeoplearesta
    yingathomeandareusingtheirfreetimebywatchingfilmsandTVprogra
    mmes.Netflixisnowoneoftheworld'smostvaluablecompanies.Itiswor
    thmorethantheoilgiantExxonMobil.Financialanalystssayitsvalueisar
    ound$196billion.ANetflixofficialsaidthesurgeinmembershipnumber
    swasprobablytemporary.Therateofnewmembershipswouldprobably
    godownandreturntonormalafterlockdownsend.Thecompanysaid:"
    Weexpectviewingtodeclineandmembershipgrowthto[slowdown]ash
    omeconfinementends,whichwehopeissoon."Itadded:"Thecoronavir
    ushasreachedeverycorneroftheworldand,intheabsenceofawidespre
    adtreatmentorvaccine,nooneknowshoworwhenthisterriblecrisiswill
    end.Weareawarethatwearefortunatetohaveaservicethatisevenmor
    emeaningfultopeopleconfinedathome."Thecompanyhopestostartpr
    oducingmorenewshowsinthenearfuture.

    Free writing

    Write about Netflix for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Watching movies and TV shows is the best thing to do during lockdown. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. NETFLIX: Make a poster about Netflix. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. STREAMING: Write a magazine article about a limit being put on the number of hours of streaming people do every day. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Netflix. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas for new shows. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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