The Reading / Listening - Nintendo Switch - Level 4

Nintendo predicted the year ending March 2021 will be a bumper one for its Switch games console. It said sales will be 26 per cent higher than initial forecasts. It will sell 24 million consoles by the end of March. They said demand for the console is because of a pandemic-driven boom in gaming. Millions of people stayed indoors and bought a new games console. The result gave Nintendo reason for optimism - its profit forecast is up by 50 per cent.



The Switch was unveiled in 2016 and released worldwide in 2017. It is a hybrid console. It can be used as a standalone device. Its controllers have motion sensing and tactile feedback. These support handheld-style play, like the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play online as well as on a local wireless network. Developers have created over 320 games for Switch. Sales have been led by Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nintendo Switch - Level 5 or  Nintendo Switch - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-results/nintendo-raises-switch-forecast-to-24-million-units-on-pandemic-gaming-boom-idUSKBN27L0QH
  • https://www.engadget.com/nintendo-switch-lite-sales-paper-mario-3d-all-stars-earnings-082905737.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Switch


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. the year
  2. higher than initial
  3. by the end
  4. a pandemic-driven
  5. Millions of people stayed
  6. bought a new
  7. The result gave Nintendo
  8. its profit forecast is
  1. of March
  2. games console
  3. forecasts
  4. up by 50 per cent
  5. ending March 2021
  6. reason for optimism
  7. boom in gaming
  8. indoors

Paragraph 2

  1. The Switch was unveiled
  2. It can be used as a standalone
  3. motion sensing and tactile
  4. These support handheld-
  5. Gamers can play online
  6. on a local
  7. Developers have created
  8. Sales have been led by Nintendo-
  1. wireless network
  2. in 2016
  3. created games
  4. feedback
  5. style play
  6. over 320 games
  7. device
  8. as well

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nintendo predicted (1) ___________________ March 2021 will be a (2) ___________________ its Switch games console. It said sales will be 26 per cent higher (3) ___________________. It will sell 24 million consoles by the end of March. They said (4) ___________________ console is because of a pandemic-driven (5) ___________________. Millions of people stayed indoors and bought a new games console. The result gave Nintendo reason for optimism - its (6) ___________________ up by 50 per cent.

The Switch (7) ___________________ 2016 and released worldwide in 2017. It is (8) ___________________. It can be used as (9) ___________________. Its controllers have motion (10) ___________________ feedback. These support handheld-style play, like the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play online as well as on (11) ___________________ network. Developers have created over 320 games for Switch. Sales have (12) ___________________ Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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tgaveNintendoreasonforoptimism-itsprofitforecastisupby50perce
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ssnetwork.Developershavecreatedover320gamesforSwitch.Salesh
avebeenledbyNintendo-createdgamessuchasTheLegendofZeldaan
dAnimalCrossing.

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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Free writing

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