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Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. He was the largest individual shareholder in Walt Disney. Jobs’ name is associated with innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, iTunes and iPad. He was a much-respected corporate leader whose management style is studied worldwide. His attention to design, function and style won him millions of fans.

Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. He became interested in computers when he was a teenager and attended lectures after school at Hewlett Packard. In 1974, Jobs got a job as a technician at the video game maker Atari. He saved enough money to backpack around India and then returned to Atari, where he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple in 1976. Jobs persuaded Wozniak to make a computer and sell it. Together, they developed the Mac. It was the first small computer with a user-friendly interface to be commercially successful. Jobs also built the computer on which the World Wide Web was created. He developed a passion for style and functional perfection, which became Apple trademarks.

Jobs guided Apple to be a major player in the digital revolution. The introduction of the iMac and other cutting-edge products made Apple a powerful brand with a loyal following. Jobs also enjoyed considerable success at Pixar. He created Oscar-winning movies such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. Jobs’ advice for success is: “You’ve got to find what you love." He died in October 2011, aged 56.

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’?

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1.

CEO

a.

followers

2

individual

b.

Chief Executive Officer

3.

fans

c.

went to

4.

attended

d.

went back

5.

backpack

e.

single

6.

returned

f.

travel

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7.

persuaded

g.

innovative

8.

passion

h.

characteristics

9.

trademarks

i.

love

10.

major

j.

lots of

11

cutting-edge

k

big

12

considerable

l

convinced

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

former CEO

a.

passion for style

2

the largest individual

b.

as a technician

3.

innovative

c.

to make a computer

4.

Jobs got a job

d.

with a loyal following

5.

backpack

e.

of Pixar

6.

Jobs persuaded Wozniak

f.

find what you love

7.

a user-friendly

g.

around India

8.

He developed a

h.

shareholder in Walt Disney

9.

made Apple a powerful brand

i.

products like the iPod

10.

You’ve got to

j.

interface

LISTENING GAP FILL

Steve Jobs was the _________________ of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. He was the _______________ shareholder in Walt Disney. Jobs’ name is associated with innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, iTunes and iPad. He was a much-respected _______________ whose management style is studied worldwide. His attention to design, function _______________ millions of fans.

Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. He became interested in computers when he was a teenager and _______________ after school at Hewlett Packard. In 1974, Jobs got a job _______________ the video game maker Atari. He _______________ money to _______________ India and then returned to Atari, where he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple in 1976. Jobs persuaded Wozniak to make a computer and sell it. Together, they _______________. It was the first small computer with a _______________ to be commercially successful. Jobs also built the computer on which the World Wide Web was created. He _________________ for style and functional perfection, which became _______________.

Jobs guided Apple to be _______________ in the digital revolution. The introduction of the iMac and other __________________ made Apple a powerful brand with a _______________. Jobs also enjoyed considerable success at Pixar. He created Oscar-winning movies such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. Jobs’ _________________ is: “You’ve got to find what you love." He died in October 2011, aged 56.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. and formed / former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. He was the largest individually / individual shareholder in Walt Disney. Jobs’ name is associated / association with innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, iTunes and iPad. He was a much-respected corporate leader whose management style is studied worldwide. His attention to design, function and style / stylish won him millions of fans.

Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. He became interesting / interested in computers when he was a teenager and attended lecture / lectures after school at Hewlett Packard. In 1974, Jobs got a job as / was a technician at the video game maker Atari. He saved enough money to backpack / backpacking around India and then returned to Atari, where he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Jobs and Wozniak find / found Apple in 1976. Jobs persuaded Wozniak to make a computer and sell it / them. Together, they developed the Mac. It was the first small computer with a user-friendly interface to be commercially successful. Jobs also built the computer on / into which the World Wide Web was created. He developed a passion for style and functional perfection, which became Apple trademarks / landmarks.

Jobs guided Apple to be a major / media player in the digital revolution. The introduction of the iMac and other cutting-edge produce / products made Apple a powerful brand with a loyal / royal following. Jobs also enjoyed considerable success at Pixar. He created Oscar-winning movies such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. Jobs’ advise / advice for success is: “You’ve got to find what you love." He died in October 2011, aged 56.

SPELLING

These jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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1.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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13.

a major player in the itadlig revolution

14.

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15.

a powerful brand with a yolla following

16.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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edge products made Apple a powerful brand with a loyal following. Jobs also enjoyed considerable

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Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. He became interested in computers when he was a teenager and attended lectures

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advice for success is: “You’ve got to find what you love." He died in October 2011, aged 56.

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enough money to backpack around India and then returned to Atari, where he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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success at Pixar. He created Oscar-winning movies such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. Jobs’

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built the computer on which the World Wide Web was created. He developed a passion

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iPad. He was a much-respected corporate leader whose management style is studied

(    )

Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple in 1976. Jobs persuaded Wozniak to make a computer and sell it. Together,

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for style and functional perfection, which became Apple trademarks.

(    )

Jobs guided Apple to be a major player in the digital revolution. The introduction of the iMac and other cutting-

(    )

worldwide. His attention to design, function and style has won him millions of fans.

(    )

they developed the Mac. It was the first small computer with a user-friendly interface to be commercially successful. Jobs also

(    )

after school at Hewlett Packard. In 1974, Jobs got a job as a technician at the video game maker Atari. He saved

( 1 )

Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. He was the largest

(    )

individual shareholder in Walt Disney. Jobs’ name is associated with innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, iTunes and

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the    Walt    largest    Disney    individual    He    shareholder   was    in

2.

name    associated    innovative    Jobs’    is    with    products

3.

computers   was   He   in  he   teenager   interested   when   a  became

4.

Jobs    a    as    technician    got    job    a

5.

around    backpack    to    money    enough    saved    He    India

6.

a    Jobs    Wozniak    make    computer    persuaded    to

7.

which   Wide   created   on   World   was   computer   the   Web   the

8.

He    style    for    passion    a    developed

9.

in    digital    a    player    the    revolution    major

10.

love    got    find    you    You’ve    to    what

STEVE JOBS DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Steve Jobs?

2.

Would you like to have met Steve Jobs?

3.

What would you like to know about Steve Jobs and why?

4.

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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 Steve Jobs?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Steve Jobs?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions have been?

4.

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8.

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STEVE JOBS SURVEY

Write five questions about Steve Jobs 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

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Q.2.

 

 

 

 

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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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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 Steve Jobs 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 Steve Jobs. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. STEVE JOBS POSTER: Make a poster showing the achievements and different stages of the life of Steve Jobs. 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 Steve Jobs. Include an imaginary interview with his friends and rivals.

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

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Apple. Ask the company three questions about Steve Jobs. Give him three suggestions on what the company should do now he has gone. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Apple expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

6. GENIUS: Write a paragraph explaining why Steve Jobs was a genius.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

CEO

a.

Chief Executive Officer

2

individual

b.

single

3.

fans

c.

followers

4.

attended

d.

went to

5.

backpack

e.

travel

6.

returned

f.

went back

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

persuaded

g.

convinced

8.

passion

h.

love

9.

trademarks

i.

characteristics

10.

major

j.

big

11

cutting-edge

k

innovative

12

considerable

l

lots of

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

former CEO

a.

of Pixar

2

the largest individual

b.

shareholder in Walt Disney

3.

innovative

c.

products like the iPod

4.

Jobs got a job

d.

as a technician

5.

backpack

e.

around India

6.

Jobs persuaded Wozniak

f.

to make a computer

7.

a user-friendly

g.

interface

8.

He developed a

h.

passion for style

9.

made Apple a powerful brand

i.

with a loyal following

10.

You’ve got to

j.

find what you love

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