Business|Adults|Pre-Int|6. Company History
Look at the picture. What can you see? Answer the questions:
1. Do you know the history of your company? How old is the company you work for?
2. Is it important for an employee to know the company’s history?
3. How long do you plan to work for your organization?
4. How are your job responsibilities evolving?
Match each company with the date it was set up
What do you know about the Levi’s company? Read the questions and choose True or False
Look at the verbs in the table and nouns below. Find thirteen verb-noun collocations
Listen to the audio. For each question 1-7, fill in the missing information in the space using a word, numbers or letters
PART 2 Note completion
This part tests the candidates’ ability to listen for specific information. Each correct answer in Part 2 receives 1 mark.
This part consists of a short conversation, typically lasting around a minute and a half, which contains factual information. On the question paper there is a form, table, chart or set of notes with seven gaps where information is missing. Candidates have to fill in each of the gaps. The answers may include dates, prices, percentages or figures. This part has a numerical focus and sometimes there are names that are spelled out on the recording; answers to these questions have to be written with correct spelling.
Skim the text about Levi Strauss & Co. and choose the best heading for each of the paragraphs. You won’t need one of the headings
|1. How did the company begin?||3. How did they continue after Levi’s death?|
|2. Why were they so successful?||4. How did they find sponsors?|
Choose the best title for the article from the following
Watch the video and answer the questions
1. Where are people in the commercial?
2. What is so unusual about the way he washed his jeans?
3. Do you like this commercial?
Read the second paragraph of the text again and decide which two of the following statements are correct
Study more examples
Past simple questions
Past simple questions using most verbs are formed with did plus the verb in the base form:
✔️ How did the company begin? (The company began …)
✔️ How did they continue after Levi’s death? (They continued …)
Past simple questions with was/were are formed by inverting the verb and subject:
✔️ Why were they so successful? (They were so successful because …)
✔️ Why was there a brief decline in sales? (There was a brief decline in sales because …)
Past Simple (to be)
«Was/were» are the past forms of «am, is, are». Isn’t it simple?
✔️ Yesterday Tim was at the museum of illusions.
✔️ He wasn’t alone, he was with his friends.
✔️ They were in the museum for a long time.
✔️ They weren’t bored at all.
- Use was/were for past states.
Yesterday Tim was at the museum of illusions.
— Were you in Dubai last week?
— Yes, I was.
We weren’t late for the show.
||✔️ Ann was late this morning.|
Past Simple of «be»
Remember «am», «is» and «are»? Find out more about their past forms
Do you know Coco Chanel?
She was a fashion designer. Coco was born in 1883 in France. Her early years were not glamorous — Coco’s mother was not with her, and her father left her. But she made a revolution in the fashion industry.
He was not (wasn’t)….
We were not (weren’t)….
- To talk about the past states
She was a designer.
Her early years were not glamorous.
— Was he late?
— Yes, he was.
— Were they at the cinema?
— No, they were not at the cinema.
- Use was/were with the following markers
❖ yesterday (We were busy yesterday.)
❖ last week, last month, last year, etc. (Last week I wasn’t home.)
❖ 2 days ago, one week ago, etc. (She was late for work 2 days ago.)
❖ in 2015, in 1867 (The summer was very hot in 2014.)
|✔️ Were you at home yesterday?
✔️ Why were they late last week?
Write the past simple form of the following verbs. Check your spelling in the text if you’re not sure
The following verbs are irregular. Write the past simple form
The answers to the questions below are all in the Levi Strauss & Co. text. Read the answer and write the missing questions in the past simple
Select the box containing the option you can relate to
I work for…
In this scene Gordon Gekko describes his first successful business deal. Focus on the questions. Put the verbs into the correct form to make questions
Now watch the video twice and answer the questions which you filled in
Match the infinitive form and its Past Simple form
Watch the video again and fill in the gaps with an appropriate verb from. Don’t forget that they are in the Past Simple Tense
Past Simple is often used with expressions which refer to a definite moment or period in the past. Put the sentences in order from the earliest to the most recent events
Read the exam tip on BEC Reading Part 6 Multiple-choice cloze
BEC Reading Part 6 Multiple-choice cloze
This part tests candidates’ grammatical accuracy and understanding of text structure. Each correct answer in Part 6 receives 1 mark. This is a multiple-choice cloze test. Candidates have to select the correct word from three options to complete gaps. This part has a predominantly grammatical focus and tests candidates’ understanding of the general and detailed meaning of a text, and in particular their ability to analyse structural patterns.
Preparation Part 6
Practice in the grammatical and structural aspects of the language is useful for this part.
Analyse the structure and coherence of language within longer discourse so you are encouraged to read for meaning beyond sentence level.
Analyse errors in your own work, as tasks such as this typically focus on common grammatical difficulties.
Read the following definition and read the following information about a business prize
entrepreneur – n. someone who starts up their own business, especially if this involves risk
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year is a business award which recognises outstanding achievement in company development. The award started in the US in 1986 but now it takes place in over 35 nations. One of the winners of the award in 2004 was Socorro Ramos, the owner of the biggest book store in the Philippines.
Read the interview below between Socorro Ramos and a journalist. Choose the correct word to fill each gap
There are many more words in the box than you need. This means that you must make sure that the verb you choose has the right meaning and is also in the correct form — either the past simple or base form.
arrange / arranged / buy / bought / call / called / come / came / dream / dreamed / earn / earned / expect / expected / feel / felt / go / went / grow / grew / leave / left / meet / met / open / opened / start / started / stay / stayed / sweep / swept / win /
won / work / worked
Study the prepositions in the picture, then answer the questions about the following sentences
A. I opened my first bookstore in 1945.
B. My husband swept the floor at 2 am.
C. How did you feel on March 7?
Complete the following sentences (1-5) about Socorro Ramos with the correct time prepositions
Read the task and prepare your 2-minute speech on the topic «Working for a company with a history»
Cover the points:
1. What’s better — working for an international company with a history or a new developing one?
2. Does a long company’s history guarantee stability to its employees?
3. Do you have a corporate culture at work? Which of the traditions do you like most?
4. Are companies with a long history flexible to new ideas or they are rather conservative?
Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared
- Company word collocation
- Levi's facts
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- The Past Simple
- Regular and irregular verbs
- Past Simple
- Time markers
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Dates and time
- Preposition Practice