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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Fine  A. Sorry
 2. Randomly  B. Use instead.
 3. Apologise  C. Pay money.
 4. Replacement  D. Choose the look.
 5. Design  E.  Not chosen.


  1. Fine = C. Pay money.
  2. Randomly = E. Not chosen.
  3. Apologise = A. Sorry
  4. Replacement = B. Use instead.
  5. Design = D. Choose the look.

True or False?

1. France is making Apple pay money. True

2. Apple made older phones faster. False

3. Everyone believes Apple’s reason for slowing the phones. False

4. Apple made battery replacements cheaper. True

5. Apple has kept their phone’s design the same. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Apple made iPhones slower as they got older.

2. Apple says it was to keep the phones working.

3. Not everyone believes Apple’s reason.

4. They fined Apple for not telling people.

5. 11 million people got a cheaper battery.

Listening and Vocabulary

Price Slowed Fine
Changed Batteries Buying
  1. Fine
  2. Batteries
  3. Slowed
  4. Price
  5. Changed
  6. Buying


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Fine  A. Not chosen.
 2. Randomly  B. Cheaper
 3. Lawsuit  C. Use instead.
 4. Discount  D. Payment
 5. Replacement  E. Go to court.


  1. Fine = D. Payment
  2. Randomly = A. Not chosen.
  3. Lawsuit = E. Go to court.
  4. Discount = B. Cheaper
  5. Replacement = C. Use instead.

True or False?

1. France has been praised for slowing down phones. False

2. Apple has had to pay money in France and the US. True

3. Apple did not tell people about slowing down the phones. True

4. Apple raised the price for battery replacements. False

5. Apple has kept the same design for their phones. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. France has fined Apple for slowing down iPhones.

2. Apple says it was to keep the phones working.

3. Not everyone believes Apple’s reason.

4. France fined Apple for not telling people.

5. They have designed them to keep the batteries working.

Listening and Vocabulary

Turn Slowing Design
Apologised Manage Paid
  1. Slowing
  2. Turn
  3. Paid
  4. Apologised
  5. Design
  6. Manage


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Degrade A. Drain
2. Lifespan B. Satisfactory
3. Deplete C. Satisfy
4. Obsolescence D. Life expectancy.
5. Adequately E. Legal action.
6. Appease F. Devalue
7. Induce G. Agreement
8. Litigation H. Outdated
9. Settlement I. Persuade


  1. Degrade = F. Devalue
  2. Lifespan = D. Life expectancy.
  3. Deplete = A. Drain
  4. Obsolescence = H. Outdated
  5. Adequately = B. Satisfactory
  6. Appease = C. Satisfy
  7. Induce = I. Persuade
  8. Litigation = E. Legal action.
  9. Settlement = G. Agreement

True or False?

1.  The German government has fined Apple. False

2. Apple increased the speed of their phones as they got older. False

3. Apple wanted to maintain the battery life of the phones. True

4. If the power limitation was not implemented, the phones would continue working as normal. False

5. Some people think Apple wanted to force customers to buy new phones. True

6. Most batteries have an unlimited lifespan. False

7. The French government accused Apple of planned obsolescence. False

8.  Apple was accused of not informing consumers of their actions. True

9. Apple has kept battery replacements the same since the accusations started. False

10. Apple denied the accusations from the US. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The French government has fined Apple €25 million.

2. Apple chose to limit the power of older iPhones.

3. The French government didn’t go so far as to accuse Apple.

4. Apple temporarily reduced the price of an iPhone battery.

5. Apple denied the accusations but agreed to pay up to $500 million.

Listening and Vocabulary

Engaging Reasonable Eventually
Case Fined Degraded
Temporarily Limitation Lawsuit
  1. Fined
  2. Eventually
  3. Limitation
  4. Engaging
  5. Temporarily
  6. Degraded
  7. Lawsuit
  8. Case
  9. Reasonable