The Reading / Listening - Jeff Bezos - Level 1

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will stop being CEO. Mr Bezos, 57, will finish later this year. He will be Amazon's executive chair. The new CEO is currently head of Amazon Web Services - a cloud computing business. Mr Bezos started Amazon in his garage in 1995. It started as an online bookseller but turned into a global marketplace. It now does streaming of video, music, and audiobooks. It also makes electronics and devices, like Kindle e-readers.



Amazon is one of the world's most valuable companies. It is worth around $1.7 trillion. Mr Bezos is one of the world's richest people. He spoke about his success. He said: "This journey began some 27 years ago. Amazon was only an idea, and it had no name....Today, we employ 1.3 million talented, dedicated people, serve hundreds of millions of customers...and are widely recognized as one of the most successful companies in the world."

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/02/tech/amazon-earnings-bezos/index.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/technology/jeff-bezos-amazon.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55912878


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. Mr Bezos, 57, will finish
  2. He will be Amazon's executive
  3. cloud
  4. Mr Bezos started Amazon
  5. It started as an online
  6. turned into a global
  7. streaming of
  8. It also makes electronics
  1. in his garage
  2. bookseller
  3. and devices
  4. chair
  5. video
  6. computing
  7. later this year
  8. marketplace

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the world's most
  2. It is worth
  3. Amazon was only an
  4. we employ
  5. talented,
  6. hundreds of millions
  7. widely
  8. the most successful companies
  1. in the world
  2. idea
  3. 1.3 million
  4. recognized
  5. around $1.7 trillion
  6. dedicated people
  7. of customers
  8. valuable companies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (1) ___________________ CEO. Mr Bezos, 57, will (2) ___________________ year. He will be Amazon's executive chair. The new CEO (3) __________________ of Amazon Web Services - a cloud computing business. Mr Bezos started Amazon (4) ___________________ in 1995. It started as an online bookseller but turned into (5) ___________________. It now does streaming of video, music, and audiobooks. It also makes (6) ___________________, like Kindle e-readers.

Amazon is one of the (7) ___________________ companies. It is worth around $1.7 trillion. Mr Bezos is one of the world's richest people. He spoke (8) ___________________. He said: "This journey began some 27 years ago. Amazon was (9) ___________________, and it had no name....Today, we employ 1.3 million talented, dedicated people, (10) ___________________ millions of customers... (11) ________________ recognized as (12) ___________________ most successful companies in the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmazonfounderJeffBezoswillstopbeingCEO.MrBezos,57,willfinishlat
erthisyear.HewillbeAmazon'sexecutivechair.ThenewCEOiscurrently
headofAmazonWebServices-acloudcomputingbusiness.MrBezossta
rtedAmazoninhisgaragein1995.Itstartedasanonlinebooksellerbuttu
rnedintoaglobalmarketplace.Itnowdoesstreamingofvideo,music,an
daudiobooks.Italsomakeselectronicsanddevices,likeKindlee-rea
ders.Amazonisoneoftheworld'smostvaluablecompanies.Itisworthar
ound$1.7trillion.MrBezosisoneoftheworld'srichestpeople.Hespokea
bouthissuccess.Hesaid:"Thisjourneybegansome27yearsago.Amazo
nwasonlyanidea,andithadnoname....Today,weemploy1.3milliontal
ented,dedicatedpeople,servehundredsofmillionsofcustomers...and
arewidelyrecognizedasoneofthemostsuccessfulcompaniesintheworl
d."

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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