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  1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
  4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
  5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
  6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

Google Executive Becomes Yahoo CEO

dateline: 17 July 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • executive: a senior manager in business
  • resign: to give up a job or position
  • CEO: Chief Executive Officer
  • web portal: a website that offers many different services, such as email, news, and forums
  • credentials: proof of one’s qualifications (e.g. a degree in computer programming)

Google Executive Becomes Yahoo CEO

Former Google executive Marissa Mayer has resigned after landing a job as President and CEO of web portal Yahoo. The was Google’s first female employee and a respected spokesperson for the Internet. Mayer helped create Google’s search engine and home page, and is often credited for the of Google products. She was also in charge of Google Maps and Google Earth. This is Yahoo’s third CEO in one year. Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson resigned after his academic credentials were questioned. Choosing Mayer for the leading role, signals that Yahoo is going to on user experience and product design.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Marissa Mayer?
  2. What new job did Marissa Mayer accept?
  3. What does this appointment suggest about Yahoo’s business plans?

Discussion Question: Do you think one of Google’s top executives can help save Yahoo?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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