The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has warned owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone after more reports of the device catching fire. The company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to stores. The device, launched in August, was set to rival Apple's iPhone. Samsung engineers must now conduct an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire. Samsung had already been hit following a recall of 2.5 million phones in September after many burst into flames when their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the company's credibility as many of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in September and were deemed to be safe.



Industry analysts are now predicting how much the latest trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is reporting that the company could discontinue producing the phone. However, South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho has warned that the country's exports would be damaged if it did this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the impact will be in the long term. It's up to the company and the government cannot interfere, but if they do scrap the model, it will have a negative impact on exports." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction above anything else."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com/news/business-37614770
  • https://www. cnet.com/news/samsung-asks-all-galaxy-note-7-owners-new-and-replacement-to-shut-down-phones/
  • https://www. koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2016/10/202_215870.html


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. SMARTPHONES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about smartphones. 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?

       Samsung / tech / giant / device catching fire / rival / investigation / flames / batteries
       industry / analysts / discontinue / finance / impact / interfere / negative / satisfaction

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SAMSUNG: Students A strongly believe Samsung makes the world's best tech products; Students B strongly believe another company does.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. TECH COMPANIES: What are the strengths and weaknesses of these companies? What advice do you have for them? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Amazon
  • Wikipedia
MY e-BOOK
See a sample

5. FIRE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "fire". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. DEVICES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best devices at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • wireless headphones
  • drone
  • hover board
  • printer
  • smartphone
  • games console
  • laptop computer
  • music player

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says Samsung has phoned all Galaxy Note owners.     T / F
  2. Samsung will stop sending the Galaxy Note to shops.     T / F
  3. The Galaxy Note 7 was released in August.     T / F
  4. Batteries that Samsung said were safe caught fire.     T / F
  5. Analysts are predicting how much customers will have to pay Samsung.  T / F
  6. South Koreas finance minister said exports would be unharmed.     T / F
  7. The foreign minister said the government should get involved.     T / F
  8. A newspaper said Samsung needed to work on customer satisfaction.     T / F

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

  1. warned
  2. device
  3. rival
  4. exploded
  5. deemed
  6. predicting
  7. impact
  8. scrap
  9. urgent
  10. satisfaction
  1. effect
  2. blew up
  3. pressing
  4. opponent
  5. abandon
  6. contentment
  7. cautioned
  8. forecasting
  9. gadget
  10. considered

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

  1. the South Korean tech
  2. set to rival
  3. Samsung had already been hit following a recall of
  4. This new episode further damages the company's
  5. deemed
  6. finance
  7. what the impact will be in
  8. the government cannot
  9. it will have a negative impact
  10. customer
  1. interfere
  2. credibility
  3. on exports
  4. to be safe
  5. the long term
  6. Apple's iPhone
  7. satisfaction
  8. giant
  9. minister
  10. 2.5 million phones

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
conduct
giant
credibility
launched
deemed
recall
catching
flames

Samsung, the South Korean tech (1) ____________, has warned owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone after more reports of the device (2) ____________ fire. The company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to stores. The device, (3) ____________ in August, was set to rival Apple's iPhone. Samsung engineers must now (4) ____________ an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire. Samsung had already been hit following a (5) ____________ of 2.5 million phones in September after many burst into (6) ____________ when their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the company's (7) ____________ as many of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in September and were (8) ____________ to be safe.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
discontinue
interfere
latest
scrap
else
impact
urgent
exports

Industry analysts are now predicting how much the (9) ____________ trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is reporting that the company could (10) ____________ producing the phone. However, South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho has warned that the country's (11) ____________ would be damaged if it did this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the (12) ____________ will be in the long term. It's up to the company and the government cannot (13) ____________, but if they do (14) ____________ the model, it will have a negative impact on exports." The Korea Times said: "It is (15) ____________ that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction above anything (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Samsung, the South Korean ______
     a.  techie giant
     b.  tech gigantic
     c.  tech giant
     d.  techno giant

2)  turn off their phone after more reports of the device ______
     a.  catch in fire
     b.  catching fire
     c.  catch chin fire
     d.  catching fiery

3)  The device, launched in August, was set to ______ iPhone
     a.  rivals Apple's
     b.  rivalry Apple's
     c.  libel Apple's
     d.  rival Apple's

4)  This new episode further damages the ______
     a.  company's incredulity
     b.  company's credibility
     c.  company's credit ability
     d.  company's credible utility

5)  those that had batteries replaced in September and were ______
     a.  deemed to be safe
     b.  doomed to be safe
     c.  damned to be safe
     d.  teamed to be safe

6)  Industry analysts are now predicting how much the latest ______
     a.  troubled will cost
     b.  trouble will costs
     c.  trouble will cost
     d.  troubling will cost

7)  Right now we can't tell what the impact will be ______
     a.  in the long time
     b.  in the long term
     c.  in the long team
     d.  in the long tram

8)  It's up to the company and the government ______
     a.  cannot interference
     b.  cannot interferes
     c.  cannot interfered
     d.  cannot interfere

9)  It is urgent that the company recover ______
     a.  its bland image
     b.  its brand image
     c.  its braid image
     d.  its bard image

10)  place quality and customer satisfaction above ______
     a.  anything else
     b.  anything ails
     c.  anything ills
     d.  anything easel

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has (1) ___________________ the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone after more reports of the device (2) ___________________. The company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to stores. The device, launched in August, (3) ___________________ Apple's iPhone. Samsung engineers must now conduct an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire. Samsung had already been hit (4) ___________________ of 2.5 million phones in September after many burst into flames when their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the company's (5) ___________________ of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in September and (6) ___________________ safe.

Industry (7) ___________________ predicting how much the latest trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is reporting that the company (8) ___________________ producing the phone. However, South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho has warned that the country's exports would be damaged (9) ___________________. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the impact will be (10) ___________________. It's up to the company and the government cannot interfere, but if they do scrap the model, it will have a (11) ___________________ exports." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where will Samsung stop sending the Galaxy Note?
  2. What was the Samsung Galaxy Note meant to rival?
  3. How many phones were recalled in September?
  4. What does this new episode damage about Samsung?
  5. What did Samsung deem phones that exploded in September to be?
  6. Who is predicting how much the latest trouble will cost Samsung?
  7. Who warned that South Korea's export industry could be damaged?
  8. Who cannot interfere with what Samsung is doing?
  9. What did the Korea Times say Samsung needs to recover?
  10. What kind of satisfaction must Samsung place above anything else?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where will Samsung stop sending the Galaxy Note?
a) to magazine reviewers
b) to shops
c) to factories
d) to Russia

2) What was the Samsung Galaxy Note meant to rival?
a) Xiaomi
b) the Blackberry
c) Nokia phones
d) Apple's iPhone

3) How many phones were recalled in September?
a) 2.5 million
b) 25 million
c) 250 thousand
d) two-and-a-half billion

4) What does this new episode damage about Samsung?
a) its pride
b) its batteries
c) its credibility
d) its factories

5) What did Samsung deem phones that exploded in September to be?
a) world-beating
b) safe
c) expensive
d) explosive

6) Who is predicting how much the latest trouble will cost Samsung?
a) industry analysts
b) Samsung's boss
c) customers
d) Apple

7) Who warned that South Korea's export industry could be damaged?
a) the president
b) the CEO
c) the finance minister
d) Tim Cook

8) Who cannot interfere with what Samsung is doing?
a) the government
b) Apple
c) customers
d) the CEO

9) What did the Korea Times say Samsung needs to recover?
a) its brand image
b) batteries
c) cases
d) software

10) What kind of satisfaction must Samsung place above anything else?
a) Rolling Stones
b) good
c) personal
d) customer

Role play

Role A — A smartphone

You think a smartphone is the best device. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their devices. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a drone, a hover board or a microwave oven.

Role B — A drone

You think a drone is the best device. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their devices. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a smartphone, a hover board or a microwave oven.

Role C — A hoverboard

You think a hover board is the best device. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their devices. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a drone, a smartphone or a microwave oven.

Role D — A microwave oven

You think a microwave oven is the best device. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their devices. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a drone, a hover board or a smartphone.

After reading / listening

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

'smart'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'phone'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • latest
    • could
    • did
    • model
    • recover
    • else
    • giant
    • more
    • rival
    • causing
    • 2.5
    • safe




    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 - Samsung: Don't use dangerous Galaxy Note

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'smartphone'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the company Samsung?
    5. What do you think is the best smartphone and why?
    6. What would life be like without a mobile phone?
    7. How could a company like Samsung make such a big mistake?
    8. What will Samsung's competitors think of this?
    9. What would you think if your phone caught fire?
    10. How damaging is this for Samsung?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How much do you think this will cost Samsung?
    3. What will the company do if it no longer makes the Galaxy Note?
    4. Should Korea's government step in and help Samsung?
    5. What effect will scrapping the Galaxy Note have?
    6. How dangerous is technology?
    7. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    8. How can Samsung recover its brand image?
    9. What can Samsung do for its customers?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Samsung's boss?

    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)

    Samsung, the South Korean tech (1) ____, has warned owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off their phone after more reports of the device (2) ____ fire. The company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to stores. The device, launched in August, was (3) ____ to rival Apple's iPhone. Samsung engineers must now    (4) ____ an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire. Samsung had already been hit following a recall of 2.5 million phones in September after many burst (5) ____ flames when their batteries exploded. This new episode further damages the company's credibility as many of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in September and were (6) ____ to be safe.

    Industry (7) ____ are now predicting how much the latest trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is reporting that the company could discontinue    (8) ____ the phone. However, South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho has warned that the country's exports would be damaged if it did this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the (9) ____ will be in the long (10) ____. It's up to the company and the government cannot interfere, but if they do scrap the model, it will have a negative impact (11) ____ exports." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction (12) ____ anything else."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     giant     (b)     gigantic     (c)     gargantuan     (d)     gorilla    
    2. (a)     caught     (b)     catches     (c)     catching     (d)     catch    
    3. (a)     bet     (b)     let     (c)     set     (d)     wet    
    4. (a)     condemn     (b)     contain     (c)     concern     (d)     conduct    
    5. (a)     into     (b)     onto     (c)     as to     (d)     up to    
    6. (a)     doomed     (b)     deemed     (c)     domed     (d)     dimed    
    7. (a)     analytics     (b)     analyse     (c)     analysis     (d)     analysts    
    8. (a)     produce     (b)     producing     (c)     production     (d)     producers    
    9. (a)     intern     (b)     impale     (c)     impact     (d)     implant    
    10. (a)     trump     (b)     tram     (c)     trim     (d)     term    
    11. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     on    
    12. (a)     higher     (b)     above     (c)     top     (d)     topping

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     reports of the device catching fire. The company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to

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    (    )     interfere, but if they do scrap the model, it will have a negative impact on

    (    )     of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in September and were deemed to be safe.

    (    )     now we can't tell what the impact will be in the long term. It's up to the company and the government cannot

    (    )     exploded. This new episode further damages the company's credibility as many

    (    )     minister Yoo Il-ho has warned that the country's exports would be damaged if it did this. He said: "Right

    (    )     reporting that the company could discontinue producing the phone. However, South Korea's finance

    (    )     exports." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its brand

    (    )     stores. The device, launched in August, was set to rival Apple's iPhone. Samsung engineers must now conduct

    (    )     a recall of 2.5 million phones in September after many burst into flames when their batteries

    (    )     Industry analysts are now predicting how much the latest trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is

    (    )     an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire. Samsung had already been hit following

    (    )     image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction above anything else."

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Industry analysis / analysts are now predicting how much the latest troubled / trouble will cost the company. South Korean media is reporting that the company could discontinue production / producing the phone. However, South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho has warned / waned that the country's exports would be damaged if it did this. He said: "Right now we can't tell what the imprint / impact will be in the long term. It's up / high to the company and the government cannot interfere, but if they do scrape / scrap the model, it will have a negative impact in / on exports." The Korea Times said: "It is urgent that the company recover its bland / brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction / satisfying above anything else."

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    samsung the south korean tech giant has warned owners of the galaxy note 7 to turn off their phone after more reports of the device catching fire the company will also stop shipping the flagship phone to stores the device launched in august was set to rival apple's iphone samsung engineers must now conduct an investigation into what is causing so many phones to catch fire samsung had already been hit following a recall of 25 million phones in september after many burst into flames when their batteries exploded this new episode further damages the company's credibility as many of the exploding phones are those that had batteries replaced in september and were deemed to be safe

    industry analysts are now predicting how much the latest trouble will cost the company south korean media is reporting that the company could discontinue producing the phone however south korea's finance minister yoo il-ho has warned that the country's exports would be damaged if it did this he said "right now we can't tell what the impact will be in the long term it's up to the company and the government cannot interfere but if they do scrap the model it will have a negative impact on exports" the korea times said "it is urgent that the company recover its brand image and the only way to do this is to place quality and customer satisfaction above anything else"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Samsung,theSouthKoreantechgiant,haswarnedownersoftheGalaxy
    Note7toturnofftheirphoneaftermorereportsofthedevicecatchingfire.
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    ce,launchedinAugust,wassettorivalApple'siPhone.Samsungenginee
    rsmustnowconductaninvestigationintowhatiscausingsomanyphone
    stocatchfire.Samsunghadalreadybeenhitfollowingarecallof2.5millio
    nphonesinSeptemberaftermanyburstintoflameswhentheirbatteries
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    smanyoftheexplodingphonesarethosethathadbatteriesreplacedinS
    eptemberandweredeemedtobesafe.Industryanalystsarenowpredict
    inghowmuchthelatesttroublewillcostthecompany.SouthKoreanmed
    iaisreportingthatthecompanycoulddiscontinueproducingthephone.
    However,SouthKorea'sfinanceministerYooIl-hohaswarnedthatthec
    ountry'sexportswouldbedamagedifitdidthis.Hesaid:"Rightnowweca
    n'ttellwhattheimpactwillbeinthelongterm.It'suptothecompanyandt
    hegovernmentcannotinterfere,butiftheydoscrapthemodel,itwillhav
    eanegativeimpactonexports."TheKoreaTimessaid:"Itisurgentthatth
    ecompanyrecoveritsbrandimageandtheonlywaytodothisistoplacequ
    alityandcustomersatisfactionaboveanythingelse."

    Free writing

    Write about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Technology has made our lives a lot safer. What do you think? Discuss this.

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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 smartphones. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SAMSUNG: Make a poster about Samsung. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FIRE: Write a magazine article about the Samsung smartphones catching fire. Include imaginary interviews with people who think technology is safe and with people who think it is not safe.

    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 smartphones. Ask him/her three questions about smartphones. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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