The Reading / Listening - Semiconductors - Level 4

The car industry is facing production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. General Motors (GM) has halted production at many of its plants in America. A GM spokesperson told reporters that the company is focused on resolving its supply-chain difficulties. He said it was a complex and "fluid" situation, but he remains confident in the company's ability to find "creative solutions to minimize the impact".

Semiconductors are a key part of many products we use every day. Other multinational companies also have the same supply problems. One reason is staff shortages from COVID-19. Factories that manufacture the chips have been affected. An analyst said the shortages will continue until at least 2023. He said there were no immediate solutions. He added: "GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Semiconductors - Level 5 or  Semiconductors - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.engadget.com/gm-halts-car-production-chip-shortages-200334864.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/general-motors-halts-production-at-eight-north-american-factories-due-to-chip-shortage-12398110
  • https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/570587-gm-cutting-production-further-due-to-chip-shortage


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. facing production
  2. due to a shortage
  3. General Motors (GM) has halted
  4. many of its plants
  5. focused on resolving its supply-
  6. it was a complex and
  7. he remains confident in the company's
  8. creative solutions to minimize
  1. chain difficulties
  2. production
  3. the impact
  4. "fluid" situation
  5. challenges
  6. ability
  7. in America
  8. of semiconductors

Paragraph 2

  1. semiconductors are a
  2. multinational
  3. staff
  4. Factories that manufacture
  5. shortages will continue
  6. He said there were no immediate
  7. GM likely won't be the
  8. change its production
  1. companies
  2. schedule
  3. until at least 2023
  4. shortages
  5. last company
  6. key part
  7. the chips
  8. solutions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The car (1) ___________________ production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. General Motors (GM) (2) ___________________ at many of its plants in America. A GM spokesperson told reporters that the company is (3) ___________________ its supply-chain difficulties. He said it was a (4) ___________________ situation, but (5) ___________________ in the company's ability to find "creative solutions to (6) ___________________".

Semiconductors are a (7) ___________________ many products we use every day. Other multinational companies also have (8) ___________________ problems. One reason is (9) ___________________ COVID-19. Factories that manufacture the chips (10) ___________________. An analyst said the shortages will continue until at least 2023. He said there were (11) ___________________. He added: "GM likely won't be the (12) ___________________ change its production schedule."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thecarindustryisfacingproductionchallengesduetoashortageofsemi
conductors.GeneralMotors(GM)hashaltedproductionatmanyofitspla
ntsinAmerica.AGMspokespersontoldreportersthatthecompanyisfoc
usedonresolvingitssupply-chaindifficulties.Hesaiditwasacomplexan
d"fluid"situation,butheremainsconfidentinthecompany'sabilitytofin
d"creativesolutionstominimizetheimpact".Semiconductorsareakey
partofmanyproductsweuseeveryday.Othermultinationalcompanies
alsohavethesamesupplyproblems.OnereasonisstaffshortagesfromC
OVID-19.Factoriesthatmanufacturethechipshavebeenaffected.An
analystsaidtheshortageswillcontinueuntilatleast2023.Hesaidthere
werenoimmediatesolutions.Headded:"GMlikelywon'tbethelastcom
panytochangeitsproductionschedule."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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