The Reading / Listening - Jeff Bezos - Level 2

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will step down from his role as CEO. Mr Bezos, 57, will finish as CEO later this year. Instead of being CEO, he will be Amazon's executive chair. The new CEO will be Andy Jassy, who is currently head of Amazon Web Services - a cloud computing business. Mr Bezos has been in charge of Amazon since starting the company in his garage in 1995. It started as an online bookseller but turned into a global marketplace. It branched out into streaming video, music, and audiobooks. It also produces consumer electronics and devices, including Kindle e-readers.



Amazon is one of the world's most valuable Internet companies and is worth around $1.7 trillion. Mr Bezos is now 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. The question I was asked...at that time was, 'What's the Internet?' 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." Mr Bezos also owns a newspaper and space travel company.

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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. Bezos will step down from
  2. he will be Amazon's executive
  3. a cloud
  4. Mr Bezos has been in
  5. It started as an
  6. turned into a global
  7. It branched out into
  8. consumer electronics
  1. marketplace
  2. charge
  3. and devices
  4. his role as CEO
  5. streaming video
  6. computing business
  7. chair
  8. online bookseller

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the world's most
  2. worth around
  3. one of the world's
  4. He spoke about his
  5. This journey began
  6. 1.3 million talented,
  7. hundreds of millions
  8. Mr Bezos also
  1. of customers
  2. richest people
  3. some 27 years ago
  4. owns a newspaper
  5. dedicated people
  6. valuable
  7. $1.7 trillion
  8. success

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (1) ___________________ from his role as CEO. Mr Bezos, 57, will finish as CEO later this year. (2) ___________________ CEO, he will be Amazon's executive chair. The new CEO will be Andy Jassy, who (3) ___________________ of Amazon Web Services - a cloud computing business. Mr Bezos has been in charge of Amazon (4) ___________________ company in his garage in 1995. It started as an online bookseller but turned into a global marketplace. It (5) ___________________ streaming video, music, and audiobooks. It also produces consumer (6) ___________________, including Kindle e-readers.

Amazon is one of the (7) ___________________ Internet companies and (8) ___________________ $1.7 trillion. Mr Bezos is now one of the world's richest people. He spoke (9) ___________________. He said: "This journey began some 27 years ago. Amazon was only an idea, and it (10) ___________________. The question I was asked...at that time was, 'What's the Internet?' Today, we employ 1.3 million talented, dedicated people, serve (11) ___________________ of customers...and are widely recognized as one of the most successful companies in the world." Mr Bezos also (12) ___________________ and space travel company.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmazonfounderJeffBezoswillstepdownfromhisroleasCEO.MrBezos,
57,willfinishasCEOlaterthisyear.InsteadofbeingCEO,hewillbeAmazo
n'sexecutivechair.ThenewCEOwillbeAndyJassy,whoiscurrentlyhead
ofAmazonWebServices-acloudcomputingbusiness.MrBezoshasbee
ninchargeofAmazonsincestartingthecompanyinhisgaragein1995.It
startedasanonlinebooksellerbutturnedintoaglobalmarketplace.Itbr
anchedoutintostreamingvideo,music,andaudiobooks.Italsoproduce
sconsumerelectronicsanddevices,includingKindlee-readers.Amazo
nisoneoftheworld'smostvaluableInternetcompaniesandiswortharou
nd$1.7trillion.MrBezosisnowoneoftheworld'srichestpeople.Hespoke
abouthissuccess.Hesaid:"Thisjourneybegansome27yearsago.Amaz
onwasonlyanidea,andithadnoname.ThequestionIwasasked...atthat
timewas,'What'stheInternet?'Today,weemploy1.3milliontalented,d
edicatedpeople,servehundredsofmillionsofcustomers...andarewidel
yrecognizedasoneofthemostsuccessfulcompaniesintheworld."MrBe
zosalsoownsanewspaperandspacetravelcompany.

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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Answers

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