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Date: Aug 2, 2006
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THE ARTICLE

Russia issues 5,000-rouble note

Russia put a 5,000-rouble banknote back into circulation on July 31st to meet the demands of a more affluent society and rising real incomes. The Russian Central Bank played down rumors that the reintroduction of the high denomination bill was to curb inflation. The last time Russia had a 5,000-rouble note was in 1998 - the year the rouble crashed. A Central Bank spokesperson said that the current need to have high value notes in circulation was "dictated by cash-flow demands and the growth of average incomes in the country". The Russian rouble is currently riding high on the back of the country’s emergence as an energy superpower. It is the world’s second largest oil producer. Russia’s currency reserves are, in fact, so high that the finance ministry agreed to pay back the entire Soviet-era debt of £12.5bn it owed to other countries.

The Siberian News Agency reports Russia’s mint has been at great pains to protect the new note from forgers. A set of high-tech measures in the note’s design has allowed banks and retailers to verify the validity of the new banknote without special equipment. The bill has concealed rainbow stripes on one side, which look monochromatic when viewed at a right angle. Holding up the banknote to the light, one can see the number 5000 formed by a series of small-diameter holes. The Central Bank has launched a competition to find a "catchy" symbol for its currency. Opinion polls suggest Muscovites favor the Latin letter "R" with two Euroesque horizontal lines running through the center. The new note gives Russia a currency commensurate with its superpower status. Other big-money bills include the US’s 100 dollars, the 500 euros and the UAE’s 1,000 dirhams.

WARM-UPS

1. MY CURRENCY: With your partner(s), talk and tell each other about the currency of your country.  When you have finished, find a new partner and report on what you talked about.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.

Banknote / affluence / incomes / inflation / cash flow / superpowers / reserves /  debt / mint / forgers / stripes / competitions / catchy symbols / Muscovites / status

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

3. WORLD CURRENCIES: With your partner(s), talk about these currencies. What things spring to mind when you think of each currency? Change partner(s) and share what you talked about.

  • US dollar
  • Euro
  • British pound
  • Japanese yen
  • Chinese yuan
  • Indian rupee
  • Russian rouble
  • Other ____________

4. QUICK DEBATE: Students A believe cash is no good and credit cards or e-money are better. Students B believe cash is the best and should never be replaced by plastic or digital information. Debate this with your partners. Change partners often.

5. OPINIONS: With your partner(s), talk about the following opinions on the rouble and other currencies. Change partners and share your findings.

  1. It is very risky to invest in the Russian rouble.
  2. One day there should only be one currency in the world.
  3. It is too dangerous to have banknotes with a very high denomination.
  4. Forging high value banknotes is now very easy.
  5. Russians will soon be among the richest people in the world.
  6. The rouble will be replaced by the Euro one day in the future.
  7. The new 5,000-rouble note means nothing to most Russians.
  8. The rouble will eventually be as strong as the US dollar.

6. BANKNOTE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the work ‘banknote’. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.


 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

The 5,000-rouble note is to curb inflation.

T / F

b.

It is the first time Russia has had such a high denomination note.

T / F

c.

Russia’s currency is going through a sticky patch and is very weak.

T / F

d.

Russia recently agreed to pay off all of a $12.5 Soviet-era debt.

T / F

e.

The Central Bank hired expert forgers to make the new bill.

T / F

f.

The bill has a hidden rainbow that reveals its colors from any angle.

T / F

g.

The bill has the number 5,000 formed by lots of small-diameter holes.

T / F

h.

Russians are currently deciding on a new symbol for their rouble.

T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

a.

circulation

rise

b.

denomination

90 degrees

c.

curb

check

d.

emergence

control

e.

reserves

counterfeiters

f.

forgers

equivalent

g.

verify

distribution

h.

right angle

memorable

i.

catchy

supply

j.

commensurate

value

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

put a 5,000-rouble banknote back

inflation

b.

meet the demands of

pains to protect the new note

c.

curb

symbol for its currency

d.

dictated by cash-flow demands and the

a more affluent society

e.

The Russian rouble is currently

with its superpower status

f.

Russia’s mint has been at great

into circulation

g.

high-tech measures

riding high on the back of…

h.

find a "catchy"

in the note’s design

i.

two Euroesque horizontal lines

growth of average incomes

j.

a currency commensurate

running through the center

WHILE READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the gaps in the text.

Russia issues 5,000-rouble note

Russia put a 5,000-rouble banknote back into ________ on July 31st to meet the demands of a more ________ society and rising real incomes. The Russian Central Bank played ________ rumors that the reintroduction of the high denomination bill was to ________ inflation. The last time Russia had a 5,000-rouble note was in 1998 - the year the rouble crashed. A Central Bank spokesperson said that the current need to have high value notes in circulation was "________ by cash-flow demands and the growth of average incomes in the country". The Russian rouble is currently ________ high on the back of the country’s ________ as an energy superpower. It is the world’s second largest oil producer. Russia’s currency reserves are, in fact, so high that the finance ministry agreed to pay back the ________ Soviet-era debt of £12.5bn it owed to other countries.

 

 

riding
curb
affluent
emergence
dictated
circulation
entire
down

The Siberian News Agency reports Russia’s ________ has been at great pains to protect the new note from forgers. A set of high-tech ________ in the note’s design has allowed banks and retailers to verify the ________ of the new banknote without special equipment. The bill has ________ rainbow stripes on one side, which look monochromatic when viewed at a right ________. Holding up the banknote to the light, one can see the number 5000 formed by a series of small-________ holes. The Central Bank has launched a competition to find a "catchy" symbol for its currency. Opinion polls suggest Muscovites ________ the Latin letter "R" with two Euroesque horizontal lines running through the center. The new note gives Russia a currency ________ with its superpower status. Other big-money bills include the US’s 100 dollars, the 500 euros and the UAE’s 1,000 dirhams.

 

angle
favor
measures
concealed
mint
commensurate
diameter
validity

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

Russia issues 5,000-rouble note

Russia put a 5,000-rouble banknote back into circulation on July 31st to meet the demands of a ____________ society and rising real incomes. The Russian Central Bank played down rumors that the reintroduction of the high denomination bill was to ____________. The last time Russia had a 5,000-rouble note was in 1998 - the year the rouble crashed. A Central Bank spokesperson said that the current need to have high value notes in circulation was "____________ cash-flow demands and the growth of average incomes in the country". The Russian rouble is currently riding high on ____________ the country’s ____________ an energy superpower. It is the world’s second largest oil producer. Russia’s currency reserves are, in fact, so high that the finance ministry agreed to pay back the entire ____________ of £12.5bn it owed to other countries.

The Siberian News Agency reports Russia’s mint has been at ____________ protect the new note from forgers. A set of high-tech measures in the note’s design has allowed banks and retailers to ____________ of the new banknote without special equipment. The bill has concealed rainbow stripes on one side, which look monochromatic when viewed ____________ angle. Holding up the banknote to the light, one can see the number 5000 formed by ____________ small-diameter holes. The Central Bank has launched a competition to find a "catchy" symbol for its currency. Opinion polls suggest ____________ favor the Latin letter "R" with two ____________ horizontal lines running through the center. The new note gives Russia a currency ____________ with its superpower status. Other big-money bills include the US’s 100 dollars, the 500 euros and the UAE’s 1,000 dirhams.


 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘bank’ and ‘note’.

  • Share your findings with your partners.
  • Make questions using the words you found.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

  • Share your questions with other classmates / groups.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

5. STUDENT “CURRENCY” SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about the world’s currencies.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

6. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

  • affluent
  • rumors
  • crashed
  • dictated
  • riding
  • era
  • mint
  • verify
  • angle
  • symbol
  • center
  • commensurate

DISCUSSION

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

  1. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  2. What do you think of Russia’s emergence as an economic superpower?
  3. Do you think Russia will be able to eliminate its social problems?
  4. Do you think the higher denomination banknote is a good idea?
  5. Which world currencies do you like or dislike and why?
  6. Have you ever invested in foreign currencies?
  7. What do you think of the currency of your own country?
  8. Do you think there will be just one currency in the world one day?
  9. Do you think it’s strange we still have paper money in this digital age?
  10. What would you buy in Moscow if you had a lot of 5,000-rouble notes?

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

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What do you think about what you read?
  3. Would you invest in the Russian rouble?
  4. What’s the largest amount of cash you’ve ever had in your wallet / purse?
  5. What aspects of your culture would you like your banknotes to depict?
  6. Do you think it’s interesting to collect banknotes and coins?
  7. What do you think Russians who lived in the Soviet / communist times would think of the new 5,000-rouble banknote?
  8. Do you think computer keyboards should have more keys for the world’s most common currencies?
  9. If there was a single world currency, what do you think it should be called?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  2. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  3. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  4. What did you like talking about?
  5. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

NATIONAL UPGRADE: With your partner(s), decide on ideas on how to upgrade / improve different aspects of your country’s (or each other’s country's) culture. You have to upgrade the following:

 

Ideas

Currency

 

Flag

 

Electoral system

 

Banking system

 

Transportation system

 

Taxation system

 

Country motto

 

Other ____________

 

Change partners and exchange your ideas. Decide which are the best ideas.

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 information on Russia’s rouble. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. POSTER: Make a poster about the currency of your country. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson.

4. ARTICLE: Write an imaginary newspaper article about the day the new 5,000-rouble notes were put into circulation in Russia. Include interviews with what different (imaginary) Russians said about their new banknote. Read your article to your classmates in the next lesson. Which article did you like best and why?

ANSWERS

TRUE / FALSE:

a. F

b. F

c. F

d. T

e. F

f. F

g. T

h. T

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

circulation

distribution

b.

denomination

value

c.

curb

control

d.

emergence

rise

e.

reserves

supply

f.

forgers

counterfeiters

g.

verify

check

h.

right angle

90 degrees

i.

catchy

memorable

j.

commensurate

equivalent

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

put a 5,000-rouble banknote back

into circulation

b.

meet the demands of

a more affluent society

c.

curb

inflation

d.

dictated by cash-flow demands and the

growth of average incomes

e.

The Russian rouble is currently

riding high on the back of…

f.

Russia’s mint has been at great

pains to protect the new note

g.

high-tech measures

in the note’s design

h.

find a "catchy"

symbol for its currency

i.

two Euroesque horizontal lines

running through the center

j.

a currency commensurate

with its superpower status

GAP FILL:

Russia issues 5,000-rouble note

Russia put a 5,000-rouble banknote back into circulation on July 31st to meet the demands of a more affluent society and rising real incomes. The Russian Central Bank played down rumors that the reintroduction of the high denomination bill was to curb inflation. The last time Russia had a 5,000-rouble note was in 1998 - the year the rouble crashed. A Central Bank spokesperson said that the current need to have high value notes in circulation was "dictated by cash-flow demands and the growth of average incomes in the country". The Russian rouble is currently riding high on the back of the country’s emergence as an energy superpower. It is the world’s second largest oil producer. Russia’s currency reserves are, in fact, so high that the finance ministry agreed to pay back the entire Soviet-era debt of £12.5bn it owed to other countries.

The Siberian News Agency reports Russia’s mint has been at great pains to protect the new note from forgers. A set of high-tech measures in the note’s design has allowed banks and retailers to verify the validity of the new banknote without special equipment. The bill has concealed rainbow stripes on one side, which look monochromatic when viewed at a right angle. Holding up the banknote to the light, one can see the number 5000 formed by a series of small-diameter holes. The Central Bank has launched a competition to find a "catchy" symbol for its currency. Opinion polls suggest Muscovites favor the Latin letter "R" with two Euroesque horizontal lines running through the center. The new note gives Russia a currency commensurate with its superpower status. Other big-money bills include the US’s 100 dollars, the 500 euros and the UAE’s 1,000 dirhams.

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