The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Even the U.S. President has embarrassing moments with credit cards. Barack Obama had one last month in an expensive restaurant in New York. The cashier couldn't accept his credit card. The President said: "I went to a restaurant during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected….I guess, I don't use it enough." He said the cashier thought his card was being used for illegal reasons. He explained that he did not have enough cash to pay for the restaurant bill. Luckily, his wife paid using her credit card, so they could leave the restaurant.



Mr Obama was signing a new law to protect consumers. It will tighten the controls on credit cards and help stop identity theft. Identity theft is a growing problem all over the world. Up to 100 million Americans have been affected in the past year because someone stole their private information. The new law is called "BuySecure". It wants credit cards to change from cards with magnetic strips to ones with microchips and PIN numbers. Magnetic strips are old technology. It is easy for hackers to read them. Hackers then put the information on other cards.

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Sources
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/17/president-obamas-credit-card-was-rejected-last-month/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-credit-card-declined-at-restaurant/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29664831


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

embarrassing

a.

accept his credit card

2.

an expensive

b.

cash to pay

3.

The cashier couldn't

c.

the restaurant

4.

the U.N. General

d.

using her credit card

5.

being used for

e.

moments

6.

he did not have enough

f.

illegal reasons

7.

his wife paid

g.

Assembly

8.

so they could leave

h.

restaurant



MY e-BOOK
See a sample

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Mr Obama was signing

a.

theft

2.

protect

b.

on credit cards

3.

tighten the controls

c.

magnetic strips

4.

help stop identity

d.

consumers

5.

a growing problem

e.

to read them

6.

change from cards with

f.

numbers

7.

microchips and PIN

g.

a new law

8.

It is easy for hackers

h.

all over the world

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Even the U.S. President has (1) ___________________ with credit cards. Barack Obama had one last month (2) ___________________ restaurant in New York. The (3) ___________________ accept his credit card. The President said: "I went to a restaurant during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card (4) ___________________….I guess, I don't use it enough." He said the cashier thought his card was being (5) ___________________. He explained that he did not have enough cash to pay for the restaurant bill. Luckily, (6) ___________________ her credit card, so they could leave the restaurant.

Mr Obama was signing a new (7) ___________________ consumers. It will tighten the controls on credit cards and help stop identity theft. Identity theft (8) ___________________ all over the world. Up to 100 million Americans (9) ___________________ in the past year because someone stole their private information. The new law is called "BuySecure". It wants credit cards (10) ___________________ cards with (11) ___________________ to ones with microchips and PIN numbers. Magnetic strips are old technology. It is easy for hackers to read them. Hackers then (12) ___________________ on other cards.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

EventheU.S.Presidenthasembarrassingmomentswithcreditcards.B
arackObamahadonelastmonthinanexpensiverestaurantinNewYork.
Thecashiercouldn'taccepthiscreditcard.ThePresidentsaid:"Iwenttoa
restaurantduringtheU.N.GeneralAssembly,andmycreditcardwasrej
ected….Iguess,Idon'tuseitenough."Hesaidthecashierthoughthiscar
dwasbeingusedforillegalreasons.Heexplainedthathedidnothaveeno
ughcashtopayfortherestaurantbill.Luckily,hiswifepaidusinghercredi
tcard,sotheycouldleavetherestaurant.MrObamawassigninganewla
wtoprotectconsumers.Itwilltightenthecontrolsoncreditcardsandhel
pstopidentitytheft.Identitytheftisagrowingproblemallovertheworld.
Upto100millionAmericanshavebeenaffectedinthepastyearbecauses
omeonestoletheirprivateinformation.Thenewlawiscalled"BuySecur
e".Itwantscreditcardstochangefromcardswithmagneticstripstoones
withmicrochipsandPINnumbers.Magneticstripsareoldtechnology.Iti
seasyforhackerstoreadthem.Hackersthenputtheinformationonothe
rcards.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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WRITING

Write about credit cards for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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