The Reading / Listening - Carlos Ghosn - Level 4

Carlos Ghosn, the well-known business leader, said he will step down as Nissan's CEO from April. The successful Mr Ghosn will stay with Nissan as chairman. He will look after a group that includes Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi. Ghosn said it was the right moment to step down. He added that after 16 years as CEO of Nissan, he could not bring anything else to the company. He said: "Nissan is profitable, financially healthy, with a clear strategy."



Ghosn joined Nissan as Chief Operating Officer in 1999. He became CEO in 2001. He made Nissan profitable by making attractive new cars and models. His cost cutting got him the nickname "The Cost Killer". Fortune magazine named him as Asia Businessman of the Year in 2002. The magazine also said he was one of the 10 most powerful business leaders outside the USA. He became a celebrity in Japan, where his life story is a manga comic book.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carlos Ghosn - Level 5 or  Carlos Ghosn - Level 6

Sources
  • http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Nissan-s-Ghosn-shifts-from-CEO-to-guardian-of-alliance
  • http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/23/business/corporate-business/ghosn-taps-veteran-nissan-exec-saikawa-replace-ceo/
  • http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1109016_carlos-ghosn-steps-down-as-ceo-of-nissan
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ghosn


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the well-
  2. step
  3. a group
  4. it was the
  5. after
  6. he could not bring anything
  7. Nissan is
  8. a clear
  1. that includes Nissan
  2. profitable
  3. 16 years as CEO
  4. else to the company
  5. known business leader
  6. strategy
  7. down as Nissan's CEO
  8. right moment

Paragraph 2

  1. Ghosn joined Nissan as
  2. He made Nissan
  3. making attractive
  4. His cost cutting got
  5. one of the 10 most powerful
  6. He became a celebrity
  7. his life
  8. a manga
  1. business leaders
  2. story
  3. Chief Operating Officer
  4. comic book
  5. profitable
  6. him the nickname
  7. new cars and models
  8. in Japan

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Carlos Ghosn, (1) ___________________ business leader, said he will (2) ___________________ Nissan's CEO from April. The successful Mr Ghosn will stay with Nissan as chairman. He (3) ___________________ group that includes Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi. Ghosn said it (4) ___________________ to step down. He added that after 16 years as CEO of Nissan, he could not (5) ___________________ to the company. He said: "Nissan is profitable, financially healthy, (6) ___________________."

Ghosn (7) ___________________ Chief Operating Officer in 1999. He became CEO in 2001. He made Nissan (8) ___________________ attractive new cars and models. His (9) ___________________ him the nickname "The Cost Killer". Fortune magazine (10) ___________________ Asia Businessman of the Year in 2002. The magazine also said (11) ___________________ 10 most powerful business leaders outside the USA. He became a celebrity in Japan, where (12) ___________________ manga comic book.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

CarlosGhosn,thewell-knownbusinessleader,saidhewillstepdowna
sNissan'sCEOfromApril.ThesuccessfulMrGhosnwillstaywithNissanas
chairman.HewilllookafteragroupthatincludesNissan,RenaultandMit
subishi.Ghosnsaiditwastherightmomenttostepdown.Headdedthataf
ter16yearsasCEOofNissan,hecouldnotbringanythingelsetothecomp
any.Hesaid:"Nissanisprofitable,financiallyhealthy,withaclearstrate
gy."GhosnjoinedNissanasChiefOperatingOfficerin1999.HebecameC
EOin2001.HemadeNissanprofitablebymakingattractivenewcarsand
models.Hiscostcuttinggothimthenickname"TheCostKiller".Fortune
magazinenamedhimasAsiaBusinessmanoftheYearin2002.Themaga
zinealsosaidhewasoneofthe10mostpowerfulbusinessleadersoutside
theUSA.HebecameacelebrityinJapan,wherehislifestoryisamangaco
micbook.

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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