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BlackBerry is one of the world’s leading smart phone and e-mail devices. It currently enjoys a 20% market share of mobile phone sales, but that is under pressure from Apple’s iPhone and similar phones. The BlackBerry is developed by the Canadian IT company RIM (Research In Motion). It started out life in 1999 as a pager but quickly developed into a more communicative tool that exploited Internet capabilities. It soon grew to be the number one choice for business people in the USA. Barack Obama famously was rarely unattached to his device during the 2008 presidential campaign. Today, more than 40 million Blackberries a year are shipped worldwide. The addictive nature of the device means it has picked up the nickname “CrackBerry”, a term borrowed from “crack” cocaine.


 

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1. BRAINSTORM CHAT: Write all the words you can think of about Blackberry on the board or on a piece of paper. Talk about these words with your partner(s).

2. BLACKBERRY MORNING: Each student pretends to be an employee of Blackberry. They walk around the class and talk about the company and their job.

3. RUMOURS: Each student writes down a pretend rumour about Blackberry. They then walk around the class and talk to other students about their rumour.

4. GOOD AND BAD: Brainstorm good and bad things about Blackberry and write them on the board. Students talk about these in pairs.

5. TRUE OR FALSE: Students find out several facts about Blackberry. They write these down and add the same number of things about the company that are false. Students test each other on which of their points are true or false.

6. FACTS: In groups, students write down as many facts as they can about Blackberry. The winner is the group with the most facts. Teacher may wish to have groups share their facts to make sure they are real.

*  LISTENING / READING GAP FILL

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*  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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*  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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*  PUNCTUATE THE TEXT AND ADD CAPITALS

blackberry is one of the world’s leading smart phone and e-mail devices it currently enjoys a 20% market share of mobile phone sales but that is under pressure from apple’s iphone and similar phones the blackberry is developed by the canadian it company rim (research in motion) it started out life in 1999 as a pager but quickly developed into a more communicative tool that exploited internet capabilities it soon grew to be the number one choice for business people in the usa barack obama famously was rarely unattached to his device during the 2008 presidential campaign today more than 40 million blackberries a year are shipped worldwide the addictive nature of the device means it has picked up the nickname “crackberry” a term borrowed from “crack” cocaine

*  CHOOSE THE CORRECT TENSE

BlackBerry .......... (be) one of the world’s leading smart phone and e-mail devices. It currently .......... (enjoy) a 20% market share of mobile phone sales, but that is under pressure from Apple’s iPhone and similar phones. The BlackBerry is .......... (develop) by the Canadian IT company RIM (Research In Motion). It .......... (start) out life in 1999 as a pager but quickly .......... (develop) into a more communicative tool that exploited Internet capabilities. It soon .......... (grow) to be the number one choice for business people in the USA. Barack Obama famously was rarely .......... (unattach) to his device during the 2008 presidential campaign. Today, more than 40 million Blackberries a year are .......... (ship) worldwide. The addictive nature of the device .......... (mean) it has picked up the nickname “CrackBerry”, a term .......... (borrow) from “crack” cocaine.

*  REWRITE WITH SPACES

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*  CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

BlackBerry is one of the world’s leading ____________ phone and e-mail ____________. It currently enjoys a 20% market share of mobile phone sales, but that is under ____________ from Apple’s iPhone and similar phones. The BlackBerry is developed by the Canadian IT company RIM (Research In Motion). It started out ____________ in 1999 as a pager but quickly developed into a more communicative ____________ that exploited Internet capabilities. It soon grew to be the number one ____________ for business people in the USA. Barack Obama famously was ____________ unattached to his device during the 2008 presidential campaign. Today, more than 40 million Blackberries a year are ____________ worldwide. The addictive ____________ of the device means it has picked up the nickname “CrackBerry”, a term ____________ from “crack” cocaine.

 

 

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*  PROJECT BLACKBERRY

Part 1. Your mission is to increase the profits and sales of Blackberry. Complete this  table with your project partner(s):

Main products

 

 

 

How to improve them

 

 

 

A brand new ‘killer’ product

 

How Blackberry is better than the competition

 

How to beat the competition

 

Part 2. Change partners and look at their project. Suggest improvements. Ask for advice on your project:

Part 3. Make a presentation on your project. Give it to the class. Vote the best projects.

*  BLACKBERRY – ROLE PLAY 1

Role  A – Blackberry CEO

You believe your company is the best in the world. It pays its workers very well and working conditions are great. Your company is very green – it cares about the environment. You think your levels of customer service are great. Disagree with person B, C and D.

Role  B – Blackberry worker

You think it’s a bad company to work for. You’re very unhappy with pay, raises and bonuses. You are very unhappy with the working environment. You don’t like the company’s policy on the environment. You keep hearing profits are more important than customers. Disagree with A and C. Tell D the truth.

Role  C – Blackberry customer

You are a customer of Blackberry. You used to think it was great, but not now. Its workers are always very rude. No one ever answers the phone. You are shocked about its policy on the environment. You think all staff should get less pay. You disagree with person A and B. Tell D the truth.

Role  D – A journalist

You keep hearing bad things about Blackberry. You want to tell the world in your newspaper. You heard the CEO gets a huge bonus every year. You found a company memo saying profits are more important than the environment. You want to know why so many staff are ill. Find the truth.

*  BLACKBERRY – ROLE PLAY 2

Role  A – Blackberry New Products Director

You have created a new product for Blackberry. You believe the new product will be the company’s best ever. It will be a bestseller. There are people who do not agree with you. You need B, C and D on your side. Tell them why this is a product that will bring great things to Blackberry.

Role  B – Blackberry Marketing Director

You think the company’s new product is a really bad idea. It will give your company a really bad name. You think the New Products Director is trying to destroy the company. Try to get him/her to understand there’s no way the new product will sell. Try to get person C and D on your side.

Role  C – Blackberry Market Researcher

You have interviewed thousands of people about the new product. They don’t like it or hate it. You think it will be successful if they make many changes. Tell the New Products Director he/she needs to change the product. You neither like nor trust person B. Disagree will him/her.

Role  D – Blackberry Shareholder

You know a lot about Blackberry’s new product. You are worried it will not sell and share prices will go down. You think A is crazy and must find a new job. You agree with everything B says. You don’t agree with C. The new product should not go on the market.

*  JOB INTERVIEW ROLE PLAY

INTERVIEWER  (Write the questions you want to ask the candidate.)

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INTERVIEWEE  (Write questions you want to ask the interviewer.)

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*  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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*  BLACKBERRY SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Blackberry 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.

 

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*  WRITING 1 – SPEED WRITING

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

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*  WRITING 2 – LETTER OF COMPLAINT

Write a letter to Blackberry. Complain about one of its products. Ask for a refund. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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*  WRITING 3 – LETTER OF APOLOGY

Write a letter of apology to the customer. Explain why you cannot give a refund. Show your partner your letter. 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 INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about Blackberry. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Blackberry. What have they done recently? What are their plans? Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. BLACKBERRY POSTER Make a poster about Blackberry. Make sure you sell the company to the public.  Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY BLACKBERRY LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Blackberry. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on BlackBerry. Share your findings with the class.

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