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Royal Dutch Shell, known worldwide simply as Shell, is an Anglo-Dutch petroleum company. It is one of the six largest oil exploration, natural gas, and petroleum companies in the world and was listed as the world's eighth largest company in 2010. Shell was created in 1907 when Holland’s Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Britain’s "Shell" Transport and Trading Company merged. Its distinctive yellow and red shell logo is one of the most recognizable on the planet. The company website says: “We are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 101,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories. Our innovative approach ensures we are ready to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.” Shell produces 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of gas. It has 44,000 service stations worldwide.


 

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

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

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

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

5. TRUE OR FALSE: Students find out several facts about Shell. 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 Shell. 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

Royal Dutch Shell, ________________________ Shell, is an Anglo-Dutch petroleum company. It is one of the ________________________, natural gas, and petroleum companies in the world and was listed as the ________________________ in 2010. Shell was created in 1907 when Holland’s Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Britain’s "Shell" Transport and Trading Company merged. Its ________________________ shell logo is one ________________________ on the planet. The company website says: “We are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 101,000 employees in more than ________________________. Our innovative ________________________ ready to help tackle the challenges ________________________ e.” Shell produces 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of gas. It has 44,000 service stations worldwide.

*  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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*  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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*  PUNCTUATE THE TEXT AND ADD CAPITALS

royal dutch shell known worldwide simply as shell is an anglo-dutch petroleum company it is one of the six largest oil exploration natural gas and petroleum companies in the world and was listed as the world's eighth largest company in 2010 shell was created in 1907 when holland’s royal dutch petroleum company and britain’s "shell" transport and trading company merged its distinctive yellow and red shell logo is one of the most recognizable on the planet the company website says “we are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 101000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories our innovative approach ensures we are ready to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future” shell produces 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of gas it has 44000 service stations worldwide

*  CHOOSE THE CORRECT TENSE

Royal Dutch Shell, .......... (know) worldwide simply as Shell, .......... (be) an Anglo-Dutch petroleum company. It .......... (be) one of the six largest oil exploration, natural gas, and petroleum companies in the world and was .......... (list) as the world's eighth largest company in 2010. Shell was .......... (create) in 1907 when Holland’s Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Britain’s "Shell" Transport and Trading Company .......... (merge). Its distinctive yellow and red shell logo .......... (be) one of the most recognizable on the planet. The company website .......... (say): “We .......... (be) a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 101,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories. Our innovative approach .......... (ensure) we are ready to .......... (help) tackle the challenges of the new energy future.” Shell .......... (produce) 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of gas. It .......... (have) 44,000 service stations worldwide.

*  REWRITE WITH SPACES

RoyalDutchShell,knownworldwidesimplyasShell,isanAnglo-Dutchpetroleumcompany.Itisoneofthesixlargestoilexploration,naturalgas,andpetroleum
companiesintheworldandwaslistedastheworld'seighthlargestcompanyin2010.Shellwas
createdin1907whenHolland’sRoyalDutchPetroleumCompanyandBritain’s"Shell"Transport
andTradingCompanymerged.Itsdistinctiveyellowandredshelllogoisoneofthemost
recognizableontheplanet.Thecompanywebsitesays:“Weareaglobalgroupofenergyand
petrochemicalscompanieswitharound101,000employeesinmorethan90countriesand
territories.Ourinnovativeapproachensureswearereadytohelptacklethechallengesofthe
newenergyfuture.”Shellproduces2%oftheworld’soiland3%ofgas.Ithas44,000service
stationsworldwide.

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*  CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Royal Dutch Shell, known worldwide ____________ as Shell, is an Anglo-Dutch petroleum company. It is one of the six largest oil exploration, ____________ gas, and petroleum companies in the world and was ____________ as the world's eighth largest company in 2010. Shell was created in 1907 when Holland’s Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Britain’s "Shell" Transport and Trading Company ____________. Its distinctive yellow and red shell ____________ is one of the most recognizable on the planet. The company website says: “We are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with ____________ 101,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories. Our ____________ approach ____________ we are ready to help ____________ the challenges of the new energy future.” Shell produces 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of gas. It has 44,000 ____________ stations worldwide.

 

 

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*  PROJECT SHELL

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

Main products

 

 

 

How to improve them

 

 

 

A brand new ‘killer’ product

 

How Shell 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.

*  SHELL – ROLE PLAY 1

Role  A – Shell 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 – Shell 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 – Shell customer

You are a customer of Shell. 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 Shell. 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.

*  SHELL – ROLE PLAY 2

Role  A – Shell New Products Director

You have created a new product for Shell. 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 Shell.

Role  B – Shell 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 – Shell 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 – Shell Shareholder

You know a lot about Shell’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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*  SHELL SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Shell 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 Shell 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 Shell. 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 Shell. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Shell. 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. SHELL POSTER Make a poster about Shell. 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 SHELL LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Shell. 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 Shell. Share your findings with the class.

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