Tag Archive: Business & Economy – Intermediate

Human workers needed as robots ramp up

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Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you think that robots will replace teachers someday? How do you feel about that? In what way can robots be dangerous? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. package /PAK-ij/ [noun] – an object or set of objects wrapped in paper, usually in order to be sent by mail When will we receive the package? breakthrough /BREYK-throo/ [noun] – an important discovery or event that helps to improve a situation or provide an answer to a problem Researchers claim to have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against cancer. heavily…
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Royal Caribbean to tie up with SpaceX for faster internet

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you think having fast internet adds up to good service? Why do you think so? How is tourism in your country now? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. establish /ih-STAB-lish/ [verb] – to start a company or organization that will continue for a long time The company was established in 1822. vast /vast/ [adjective] – extremely big This treatment is not available in the vast majority of hospitals. satellite /satellite/ [SAT-l-ahyt] – a device sent up into space to travel around the earth, used for collecting information or communicating by…
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California to prohibit the sale of all-petrol automobiles in 2035

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you think of electric vehicles? What is the largest city in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. contribution /kon-truh-BYOO-shuhn/ [noun] – something that you contribute or do to help produce or achieve something together with other people, or to help make something successful I can make a great contribution to society. pressure /PRESH-er/ [verb] – to strongly persuade someone to do something they do not want to do She was pressured to enter the contest. objective /uhb-JEK-tiv/ [noun] – something that you plan to do or achieve…
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Northern Ireland with the lowest employment rate for disabled people

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© GETTY IMAGES via BBC News Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What laws for disabled people does your country have? Are the same laws applied in your school/workplace? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. disability /dis-uh-BIL-i-tee/ [noun] – an illness, injury, or condition that makes it difficult for someone to do some things that other people do, and that is usually permanent or lasts for a long time Samantha is incredibly self-assured despite her disability. seek /seek/ [verb] – to try to find or get something, especially something that is…
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Airbnb bookings surpass record as travel recovers

Happy young woman with credit card booking vacation at travel agency or making hotel reservation online, using laptop computer, planning abroad trip at home, copy space

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What places have you been to this year? Please share your best travel experience. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. decline /dih-KLAHYN/ [noun] – when something becomes less in amount, importance, quality, or strength There has been a general decline in employment. reservation /rez-er-VEY-shuhn/ [noun] – an arrangement in which something such as a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant is kept for you When is the reservation deadline? investor /in-VE-stuhr/ [noun] – a person who puts money into something in order to make a profit or…
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Netflix and Microsoft collaborate on a lower-cost plan with advertisements

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you like watching movies/series? Why or why not? Why is collaboration a good idea? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. loss /laws/ [noun] – the fact that you no longer have something or have less of something I want to report the loss of a package. selection /si-LEK-shuhn/ [noun] – the act of choosing someone or something The careful selection of projects leads to success. consumer /kuhn-SOO-mer/ [noun] – a person who buys goods or services for their own use All consumers, including businesses, will be affected by the new…
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Singapore uses rooftop farms to increase food production

Rooftop Gardens of University library in center of Warsaw. Green building, plants and many trees. Good location for rest, reading book. Outdoors

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What crops are abundant in your country? What is your idea of a rooftop farm? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. import /im-PAWRT/ [verb] – to buy or bring in products from another country We import a lot of cars from Japan. resources /REE-sohrsiz/ [noun] – things of value such as money or possessions that you can use when you need them We lack the resources necessary to update our computer software. run /ruhn/ [verb] – to be in control of something He has been running a restaurant since graduating from…
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Chat platform Slack to make its pricing higher

August 21, 2019 San Francisco / USA - Slack Technologies, Inc. sign at their HQ in SOMA district; Slack (its main product) is a cloud-based set of collaboration software tools and online services

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you use messaging platforms for things other than talking to people? How do you use it if so? If not, what other things can a chat platform do that you can think of? Do you think people need to use online chat platforms? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. increase /in-KREES/ [verb] – to (make something) become larger in amount or size Peter’s height increased after drinking the growth enhancer vitamin. secondly /SEK-uhnd-lee/ [adverb] – used when stating the second of two or more reasons or…
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Gbike buys Hyundai’s transportation business

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Can you ride a bicycle?? If so, please describe your experience. If not, how will you learn to do it? Do you know what an e-bike is? If so, please describe. If not, If so, could you guess what it is? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. source /SOHRS/ [noun] – the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something He is the source of information for their company. deal /DEEL/ [noun] – an agreement or an arrangement, especially in business Their deal is to get all…
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Offshore wind farms to create 29,000 jobs

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you do for a living? Do you think wind farms are an efficient source of energy? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. proposal /pruh-POH-zuhl/ [noun] – a suggestion, sometimes a written one His proposal is not acceptable. generate /JEN-uh-reyt/ [verb] – to cause something to exist Her latest film has generated a lot of support. eager /EE-ger/ [adjective] – having or showing desire or interest The call for volunteers attracted a large number of eager participants. economy /ih-KON-uh-mee/ [noun] – the system of trade and…
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