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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Ratan Tata is the chairman of the Tata Group, India's largest corporation. He is the latest in a long line of Tatas to head the family-owned company. Ratan has revolutionized the company by focusing on high-tech products. He increased the international profile of the company by buying recognized brands. Tata is single and leads a modest lifestyle in his bachelor apartment.

Tata was born in Bombay in 1937. He received a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from America’s Cornell University in 1962 and briefly worked as an architect in California. He returned to India and joined the Tata Group. In 1971 he was appointed director of the radio and electronics division. Tata worked his way up to become chairman of Tata Industries in 1981.

Tata spent the 1980s transforming and modernizing the company. He branched out into business consultancy and high technology enterprises. His success elevated him to overall chairman of the Tata group. He did away with the old styles of management and recruited an army of eager, technology-savvy managers. The Tata Group is now the biggest on the Indian Stock Market.

Ratan Tata is now setting about making Tata an internationally recognized brand. Tata Motors is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and bought the luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover. He stunned the world by creating the Tata Nano – a car selling for less than $2,500. In 2007, he was listed among the 25 most powerful people in world business by ‘Fortune’ magazine.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

corporation

a.

momentarily

2

head

b.

simple

3.

modest

c.

lead

4.

briefly

d.

section

5.

appointed

e.

company

6.

division

f.

named


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

transforming

g.

identified

8.

did away with

h.

wise

9.

savvy

i.

changing

10.

recognized

j.

important

11

stunned

k

got rid of

12

powerful

l

amazed

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

He is the latest in a long

a.

into business consultancy

2

increased the international

b.

creating the Tata Nano

3.

leads a modest

c.

up to become chairman

4.

briefly worked

d.

recognized brand

5.

Tata worked his way

e.

technology-savvy managers

6.

He branched out

f.

lifestyle

7.

He did away with the old

g.

as an architect

8.

recruited an army of eager,

h.

line of Tatas

9.

an internationally

i.

profile of the company

10.

He stunned the world by

j.

styles of management


LISTENING GAP FILL

Ratan Tata is the chairman of the Tata Group, India's largest corporation. He is the latest ______________ of Tatas to head the family-owned company. Ratan has revolutionized the company by ______________  high-tech products. He increased the international ______________ company by buying recognized brands. Tata is single and ______________  lifestyle in his bachelor apartment.

Tata was born in Bombay in 1937. He received a Bachelor’s degree ______________ from America’s Cornell University in 1962 and ______________ an architect in California. He returned to India and joined the Tata Group. In 1971 he was appointed ______________ radio and electronics division. Tata worked ______________ become chairman of Tata Industries in 1981.

Tata ______________ transforming and modernizing the company. He ______________ into business consultancy and high technology enterprises. His success elevated ______________ chairman of the Tata group. He did away with the old styles of management and recruited an ______________, technology-savvy managers. The Tata Group is now the biggest on the Indian Stock Market.

Ratan Tata is now ______________ making Tata an internationally recognized brand. Tata Motors is ______________ New York Stock Exchange and bought ______________ Jaguar and Land Rover. He ________________ by creating the Tata Nano – a car selling for less than $2,500. In 2007, he was listed among the 25 most powerful people in world business by ‘Fortune’ magazine.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

Ratan Tata is the chairman of the Tata Group, India's largest corporation. He is the late / latest in a long line of Tatas to head / heading the family-owned company. Ratan has revolutionized the company by focusing into / on high-tech products. He increased the international profile of the company by buying recognized brands. Tata is single and leads a modestly / modest lifestyle in his bachelor apartment.

Tata was born in Bombay in 1937. He received a Bachelor’s degree on / in architecture from America’s Cornell University in 1962 and brief / briefly worked as an architect in California. He returned to India and joined the Tata Group. In 1971 he was appointment / appointed director of the radio and electronics division. Tata worked his way / weigh up to become chairman of Tata Industries in 1981.

Tata spent the 1980s transforming and modernization / modernizing the company. He branched out into business consultancy and high technology enterprises. His success elevated / elevation him to overall chairman of the Tata group. He did away / off with the old styles of management and recruited an armed / army of eager, technology-savvy managers. The Tata Group is now the biggest on the Indian Stock Market.

Ratan Tata is now setting / seating about making Tata an internationally recognized brand. Tata Motors is listed / lasted on the New York Stock Exchange and brought / bought the luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover. He stunned / stunning the world by creating the Tata Nano – a car selling for less than $2,500. In 2007, he was listed among the 25 most powerful people in world business by ‘Fortune’ magazine.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

the lsaett in a long line of Tatas

2.

He increased the international iepoflr of the company

3.

Tata is nlesgi

4.

leads a tomsde lifestyle


Paragraph 2
 

5.

a Bachelor’s dreeeg in architecture

6.

lfibyer worked as an architect

7.

he was npeoaidpt director

8.

the radio and electronics soiividn


Paragraph 3
 

9.

He hdbaecnr out into business consultancy

10.

His success elevated him to overall rhncamia

11.

He did away with the old lsetsy of management

12.

technology-vavsy managers


Paragraph 4
 

13.

negistt about making Tata…

14.

Tata Motors is stdeil on the New York Stock Exchange

15.

ulrxuy brands

16.

oanmg the 25 most powerful people


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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high technology enterprises. His success elevated him to overall chairman of the Tata group. He did away with the old

(    )

 

Tata was born in Bombay in 1937. He received a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from America’s Cornell University in

(    )

 

1962 and briefly worked as an architect in California. He returned to India and joined the Tata Group. In 1971

(    )

 

savvy managers. The Tata Group is now the biggest on the Indian Stock Market.

(    )

 

line of Tatas to head the family-owned company. Ratan has revolutionized the company by focusing

( 1 )

 

Ratan Tata is the chairman of the Tata Group, India's largest corporation. He is the latest in a long

(    )

 

among the 25 most powerful people in world business by ‘Fortune’ magazine.

(    )

 

on high-tech products. He increased the international profile of the company by buying recognized

(    )

 

brands. Tata is single and leads a modest lifestyle in his bachelor apartment.

(    )

 

on the New York Stock Exchange and bought the luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover. He stunned the world by

(    )

 

styles of management and recruited an army of eager, technology-

(    )

 

creating the Tata Nano – a car selling for less than $2,500. In 2007, he was listed

(    )

 

Ratan Tata is now setting about making Tata an internationally recognized brand. Tata Motors is listed

(    )

 

up to become chairman of Tata Industries in 1981.

(    )

 

he was appointed director of the radio and electronics division. Tata worked his way

(    )

 

Tata spent the 1980s transforming and modernizing the company. He branched out into business consultancy and


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

the    a    of    is    in    line    He    latest    long    Tatas

2.

the    of    profile    international    the    increased    He    company

3.

his    in    lifestyle    modest    a    leads    apartment    bachelor

4.

briefly    as    architect    California    worked    an    in

5.

become    to    up    way    his    worked    Tata    chairman

6.

branched    He    consultancy    business    into    out

7.

did    styles    away    of    with    management    the    He    old

8.

recruited    of    managers    army    ,    technology-savvy    an    eager

9.

stunned    the    the    Tata    world    Nano    by    He    creating

10.

in    people    powerful    most    25    the    business    world


RATAN TATA DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Ratan Tata?

2.

Would you like to meet Ratan Tata?

3.

What would you like to know about Ratan Tata and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Ratan Tata?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Ratan Tata?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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RATAN TATA SURVEY

Write five questions about Ratan Tata in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Ratan Tata for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about Ratan Tata. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. RATAN TATA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Ratan Tata. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Ratan Tata. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Ratan Tata. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Ratan Tata expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

corporation

a.

company

2

head

b.

lead

3.

modest

c.

simple

4.

briefly

d.

momentarily

5.

appointed

e.

named

6.

division

f.

section


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

transforming

g.

changing

8.

did away with

h.

got rid of

9.

savvy

i.

wise

10.

recognized

j.

identified

11

stunned

k

amazed

12

powerful

l

important

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

He is the latest in a long

a.

line of Tatas

2

increased the international

b.

profile of the company

3.

leads a modest

c.

lifestyle

4.

briefly worked

d.

as an architect

5.

Tata worked his way

e.

up to become chairman

6.

He branched out

f.

into business consultancy

7.

He did away with the old

g.

styles of management

8.

recruited an army of eager,

h.

technology-savvy managers

9.

an internationally

i.

recognized brand

10.

He stunned the world by

j.

creating the Tata Nano

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

Look at the text in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.

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