The Reading / Listening - Tech Stocks - Level 6

Stock prices rose sharply on Monday led by shares in technology giants. This caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to rise by 353 points, or 1.2 per cent. Other financial indicators also saw gains, with the Nasdaq Composite advancing 2.9 per cent and the S&P 500 rising 1.9 per cent. The three indices are the most-followed stock markets in the United States. A key performer on Monday was Apple, which soared an impressive six per cent. Analysts say this was on the back of investors anticipating the tech giant to unveil its first 5G smartphone later this week. Other tech giants fared well. Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft jumped 5.3 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.



Trading on Wall Street on Monday saw its best performance in three months. Confidence among investors continues to be strong, despite the economic ravages created by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for the bullish markets. Most of these companies have proved largely immune to the economic downturn experienced this year. Sales and use of many of their products and services have skyrocketed as people stay at home and become more dependent on the Internet. Energy stocks were the only stragglers on Monday. Their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in U.S. crude oil prices.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tech Stocks - Level 4  or  Tech Stocks - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/11/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/asian-shares-mostly-higher-us-065647023.html
  • https://www.investors.com/market-trend/stock-market-today/dow-jones-up-200-points-stock-market-rallies-stimulus-deal-hopes/


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. TECHNOLOGY STOCKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about technology stocks. 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?
       stock prices / technology giants / Dow Jones / key performer / investors / Apple /
       trading / Wall Street / confidence / markets / economic downturn / energy / oil prices
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. STOCKS AND SHARES: Students A strongly believe we should all invest in stocks and shares; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TECH GIANTS: What do you think of these tech giants? How important are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What You Think

Importance

Apple

 

 

Google

 

 

Facebook

 

 

Amazon

 

 

Microsoft

 

 

Huawei

 

 

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

  • technology
  • art
  • car companies
  • space travel
  • alcohol companies
  • chocolate companies
  • jeans companies
  • English schools

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. indicator a. Separately or individually and in the order already mentioned.
      2. indices b. A thing, especially a trend or fact that indicates the state or level of something.
      3. key c. Guessing or being aware of what will happen and take action in order to be prepared.
      4. soared d. The plural of index (a sign, or measure of something).
      5. anticipating e. Increased rapidly above the usual level.
      6. unveil f. Of great or essential importance.
      7. respectively g. Show or announce publicly for the first time.

    Paragraph 2

      8. confidence h. The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
      9. ravages i. Unrefined petroleum.
      10. bullish j. The severely damaging or destructive effects of something.
      11. immune k. An untidy group of people or things that cannot keep up with the normal pace or speed of something.
      12. skyrocketed l. Characterized by rising sock market and share prices.
      13. straggler m. Not affected or influenced by something.
      14. crude oil n. Of a price, rate, or amount increase very steeply or rapidly.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The Dow Jones Index rose by over 350 points on Monday.     T / F
  2. The S&P 500 index rose by nearly 2% on Monday.     T / F
  3. Apple stocks rose by5% on Monday.     T / F
  4. Microsoft stocks fared better than Amazon's stocks on Monday.     T / F
  5. Wall Street hadn't performed so well in three months.     T / F
  6. The article said tech companies were responsible for a bear market.     T / F
  7. Tech companies are working on a vaccine to male workers immune.     T / F
  8. Energy companies fared poorly because of a drop in crude oil prices.     T / F

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

  1. rose
  2. indicators
  3. key
  4. anticipating
  5. fared
  6. confidence
  7. ravages
  8. immune
  9. dependent
  10. crude
  1. damaging effects
  2. did
  3. faith
  4. untreated
  5. signs
  6. reliant
  7. shot up
  8. expecting
  9. resistant
  10. important

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

  1. Stock prices rose
  2. the most-followed
  3. A key
  4. Analysts say this was on the
  5. unveil its first
  6. trading
  7. Confidence among investors
  8. responsible for the bullish
  9. largely immune to
  10. Their prices dropped after
  1. the economic downturn
  2. performer
  3. 5G smartphone
  4. on Wall Street on Monday
  5. continues to be strong
  6. sharply on Monday
  7. markets
  8. an unexpected fall
  9. stock markets
  10. back of investors

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
key
giants
respectively
impressive
indices
fared
indicators
unveil

Stock prices rose sharply on Monday led by shares in technology (1) _____________________. This caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to rise by 353 points, or 1.2 per cent. Other financial (2) _____________________ also saw gains, with the Nasdaq Composite advancing 2.9 per cent and the S&P 500 rising 1.9 per cent. The three (3) _____________________ are the most-followed stock markets in the United States. A (4) _____________________ performer on Monday was Apple, which soared an (5) _____________________ six per cent. Analysts say this was on the back of investors anticipating the tech giant to (6) _____________________ its first 5G smartphone later this week. Other tech giants (7) _____________________ well. Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft jumped 5.3 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
dependent
skyrocketed
ravages
immune
performance
crude
stragglers
bullish

Trading on Wall Street on Monday saw its best (9) _____________________ in three months. Confidence among investors continues to be strong, despite the economic (10) _____________________ created by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for the (11) _____________________ markets. Most of these companies have proved largely (12) _____________________ to the economic downturn experienced this year. Sales and use of many of their products and services have (13) _____________________ as people stay at home and become more (14) _____________________ on the Internet. Energy stocks were the only (15) _____________________ on Monday. Their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in U.S. (16) _____________________ oil prices.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Stock prices rose sharply on Monday led by shares ______
     a.  in technology giant
     b.  in technology gigantic
     c.  in technology giants
     d.  in technology gargantuan
2)  Average to rise by 353 points, or 1.2 per cent. Other financial indicators ______
     a.  also saw gain
     b.  also saw grains
     c.  also saw again
     d.  also saw gains
3)  markets in the United States. A key performer on Monday was ______
     a.  Apple, which soared
     b.  Apple, what soared
     c.  Apple, such soared
     d.  Apple, witch soared
4)  on the back of investors anticipating the tech giant to ______ 5G smartphone
     a.  unwell its first
     b.  unveil its first
     c.  un vile its first
     d.  unveils its first
5)  Amazon and Microsoft jumped 5.3 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 3.5 ______
     a.  per cent respective
     b.  per cent respect lively
     c.  per cent respectably
     d.  per cent respectively

6)  Confidence among investors continues to be strong, despite ______
     a.  the economic ravages
     b.  the economic lava gist
     c.  the economic rampages
     d.  the economic lavished
7)  Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for ______
     a.  the ball list markets
     b.  the bull lush markets
     c.  the bullish markets
     d.  the bull dish markets
8)  people stay at home and become more ______ Internet
     a.  dependent on the
     b.  depend dent on the
     c.  depend ant on the
     d.  deep end ant on the
9)  Energy stocks were the only ______
     a.  straggler zone Monday
     b.  stragglers zone Monday
     c.  stragglers one Monday
     d.  stragglers on Monday
10)  Their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in U.S. ______
     a.  crud oil prices
     b.  crudely oil prices
     c.  crude oil prices
     d.  crudest oil prices

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Stock prices (1) ____________________ Monday led by shares in technology giants. This caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average (2) ____________________ 353 points, or 1.2 per cent. Other financial indicators also saw gains, with the Nasdaq Composite advancing 2.9 per cent and the S&P 500 rising 1.9 per cent. The (3) ____________________ the most-followed stock markets in the United States. A (4) ____________________ Monday was Apple, which soared an impressive six per cent. Analysts say this was on the back of (5) ____________________ tech giant to unveil its first 5G smartphone later this week. Other tech (6) ____________________. Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft jumped 5.3 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.

Trading on Wall Street on Monday saw its best performance in three months. Confidence (7) ____________________ to be strong, despite the economic ravages created by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for (8) ____________________. Most of these companies have (9) ____________________ to the economic downturn experienced this year. Sales and use of many of their products and services (10) ____________________ people stay at home and become more dependent on the Internet. Energy stocks were (11) ____________________ on Monday. Their prices dropped after (12) ____________________ in U.S. crude oil prices.

Comprehension questions

  1. By how many points did the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise?
  2. What rose by 1.9 per cent?
  3. What company did the article say was a key performer?
  4. What might Apple unveil later?
  5. Which company saw its shares jump by 3.5%?
  6. What saw its best trading in three months?
  7. What did the article say continues to be strong?
  8. How did the article describe the markets as being?
  9. What did the article say happened to sales of tech company products?
  10. What commodity saw an unexpected fall in its prices?




Multiple choice quiz

1) By how many points did the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise?
a) 355 points
b) 533 points
c) 353 points
d) 535 points
2) What rose by 1.9 per cent?
a) the S&P 500
b) the Nasdaq
c) the London Stock Exchange
d) Euronext Paris
3) What company did the article say was a key performer?
a) Microsoft
b) Facebook
c) Amazon
d) Apple
4) What might Apple unveil later?
a) a new computer
b) a 5G smartphone
c) its next-generation watch
d) a smart car
5) Which company saw its shares jump by 3.5%?
a) Apple
b) Facebook
c) Microsoft
d) Amazon

6) What saw its best trading in three months?
a) Apple
b) Wall Street
c) the Nasdaq
d) a market in Florida
7) What did the article say continues to be strong?
a) production
b) Apple
c) sales
d) consumer confidence
8) How did the article describe the markets as being?
a) piggish
b) bullish
c) hawkish
d) sheepish
9) What did the article say happened to sales of tech company products?
a) they skyrocketed
b) they nosedived
c) they plummeted
d) the peaked
10) What commodity saw an unexpected fall in its prices?
a) silicon chips
b) pork bellies
c) iron ore
d) crude oil

Role play

Role  A – Technology
You think technology is the best thing to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these to invest in (and why): art, chocolate companies or English schools.

Role  B – Art
You think art is the best thing to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these to invest in (and why): technology, chocolate companies or English schools.

Role  C – Chocolate Companies
You think chocolate companies are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these to invest in (and why): art, technology or English schools.

Role  D – English Schools
You think English schools are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these to invest in (and why): art, chocolate companies or technology.

After reading / listening

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

'tech'

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  • and 'stock'.

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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:

    • led
    • caused
    • followed
    • key
    • unveil
    • fared
    • performance
    • ravages
    • strength
    • sales
    • energy
    • oil




    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 - Tech Stocks

    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 'tech'?
    3. What do you think of stocks and shares?
    4. How risky is it to invest in tech stocks?
    5. What do you think of investing in stocks and shares
    6. What do you know about Wall Street?
    7. What financial indicators are you interested in?
    8. What do you think of tech giants?
    9. Would you prefer to invest in Apple or Amazon?
    10. What is the difference between a 4G and 5G smartphone?

    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 'stock'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about stock markets?
    5. How interested are you in corporate finances?
    6. How has coronavirus affected your country's economy?
    7. Why are shares in tech giants strengthening during coronavirus?
    8. Why are energy companies faring badly?
    9. What affects the value of oil company stocks?
    10. What questions would you like to ask tech giant bosses?

    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)

    Stock prices rose (1) ____ on Monday led by shares in technology giants. This caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to rise by 353 points, or 1.2 per cent. Other financial (2) ____ also saw gains, with the Nasdaq Composite advancing 2.9 per cent and the S&P 500 rising 1.9 per cent. The three (3) ____ are the most-followed stock markets in the United States. A key performer on Monday was Apple, which (4) ____ an impressive six per cent. Analysts say this was on the back of investors anticipating the tech giant to (5) ____ its first 5G smartphone later this week. Other tech giants (6) ____ well. Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft jumped 5.3 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.

    Trading on Wall Street on Monday saw its best performance (7) ____ three months. Confidence among investors (8) ____ to be strong, despite the economic ravages created by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for the (9) ____ markets. Most of these companies have proved largely immune to the economic downturn experienced this year. Sales and use of many of their products and services have (10) ____ as people stay at home and become more dependent on the Internet. Energy stocks were the only (11) ____ on Monday. Their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in U.S. (12) ____ oil prices.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     bluntly     (b)     sharply     (c)     edgily     (d)     bevelled    
    2. (a)     grants     (b)     indicators     (c)     strategies     (d)     conclusions    
    3. (a)     equations     (b)     matrixes     (c)     converses     (d)     indices    
    4. (a)     seared     (b)     soared     (c)     skied     (d)     spied    
    5. (a)     valid     (b)     unveil     (c)     repast     (d)     repose    
    6. (a)     brayed     (b)     shod     (c)     fared     (d)     shored    
    7. (a)     as     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    8. (a)     continuance     (b)     continuing     (c)     continues     (d)     continue    
    9. (a)     piggish     (b)     dovish     (c)     sheepish     (d)     bullish    
    10. (a)     skyrocketed     (b)     orbited     (c)     time-warped     (d)     launched    
    11. (a)     stragglers     (b)     polluters     (c)     stockers     (d)     sharers    
    12. (a)     vulgar     (b)     rude     (c)     crude     (d)     dark

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  skyrocketed as people stay at home and become more dependent on the Internet. Energy
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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Trading on Wall Street on Monday saw its baste / best performance in three months. Confidence / Confident among investors continues to be strength / strong, despite the economic ravages / ravines created by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for the bullet / bullish markets. Most of these companies have proved largely immune / immunity to the economic downturn experienced this year. Sales and use of many of their produce / products and services have skyrocketed as people stay at home and become more dependent / repellant on the Internet. Energy stocks were the only stragglers / hagglers on Monday. Their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in U.S. vulgar / crude oil prices.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    stock prices rose sharply on monday led by shares in technology giants this caused the dow jones industrial average to rise by 353 points or 12 per cent other financial indicators also saw gains with the nasdaq composite advancing 29 per cent and the sp 500 rising 19 per cent the three indices are the mostfollowed stock markets in the united states a key performer on monday was apple which soared an impressive six per cent analysts say this was on the back of investors anticipating the tech giant to unveil its first 5g smartphone later this week other tech giants fared well facebook amazon and microsoft jumped 53 per cent 52 per cent and 35 per cent respectively

    trading on wall street on monday saw its best performance in three months confidence among investors continues to be strong despite the economic ravages created by the coronavirus pandemic analysts say the strength of tech companies is largely responsible for the bullish markets most of these companies have proved largely immune to the economic downturn experienced this year sales and use of many of their products and services have skyrocketed as people stay at home and become more dependent on the internet energy stocks were the only stragglers on monday their prices dropped after an unexpected fall in us crude oil prices

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    StockpricesrosesharplyonMondayledbysharesintechnologygiants.T
    hiscausedtheDowJonesIndustrialAveragetoriseby353points,or1.2p
    ercent.Otherfinancialindicatorsalsosawgains,withtheNasdaqCompo
    siteadvancing2.9percentandtheS&P500rising1.9percent.Thethreei
    ndicesarethemost-followedstockmarketsintheUnitedStates.Akeyp
    erformeronMondaywasApple,whichsoaredanimpressivesixpercent.
    Analystssaythiswasonthebackofinvestorsanticipatingthetechgiantt
    ounveilitsfirst5Gsmartphonelaterthisweek.Othertechgiantsfaredwe
    ll.Facebook,AmazonandMicrosoftjumped5.3percent,5.2percentand
    3.5percentrespectively.TradingonWallStreetonMondaysawitsbestp
    erformanceinthreemonths.Confidenceamonginvestorscontinuestob
    estrong,despitetheeconomicravagescreatedbythecoronaviruspand
    emic.Analystssaythestrengthoftechcompaniesislargelyresponsiblef
    orthebullishmarkets.Mostofthesecompanieshaveprovedlargelyimm
    unetotheeconomicdownturnexperiencedthisyear.Salesanduseofm
    anyoftheirproductsandserviceshaveskyrocketedaspeoplestayatho
    meandbecomemoredependentontheInternet.Energystockswerethe
    onlystragglersonMonday.Theirpricesdroppedafteranunexpectedfalli
    nU.S.crudeoilprices.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Everyone should invest in stocks and shares. 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. TECHNOLOGY STOCKS: Make a poster about technology stocks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. INVEST: Write a magazine article about everybody having to invest in stocks and shares. 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 technology stocks. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on investing. 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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