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People hate telephone calls from companies trying to sell things. These calls are called 'nuisance calls'. Britain wants to stop them. It wants to stop companies hiding their telephone number. People could report companies who make nuisance calls. In the future, nuisance callers could get a fine of up to $720,000.



Around 75% of people in Britain get monthly cold calls. This number is increasing. One company made 40 million cold calls in three months. A British politician said: "There is no simple solution to the problem." She said companies should show their number. She added that these calls made some people angry and sad.

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Sources
  • http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500270607/New-rules-to-clamp-down-on-nuisance-calls
  • http://www.themoneypages.com/latest-news/cold-callers-could-be-fined-500000-in-new-crackdown/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35290780


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

companies

a.

$720,000

2.

These calls are

b.

trying to sell things

3.

Britain wants to stop

c.

who make nuisance calls

4.

stop companies hiding

d.

called 'nuisance calls'

5.

People could report companies

e.

get a fine

6.

In the

f.

them

7.

nuisance callers could

g.

their telephone number

8.

up to

h.

future



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Around 75%

a.

increasing

2.

monthly

b.

their number

3.

This number is

c.

cold calls

4.

One company made 40 million cold calls

d.

some people angry

5.

A British

e.

of people in Britain

6.

There is no simple solution

f.

politician

7.

companies should show

g.

in three months

8.

these calls made

h.

to the problem

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People hate telephone (1) ___________________ trying to sell things. These (2) ___________________ 'nuisance calls'. Britain wants (3) ___________________. It wants to stop companies hiding their telephone number. (4) ___________________ companies who make nuisance calls. (5) ___________________, nuisance callers could get a fine (6) ___________________.

(7) ___________________ people in Britain get monthly cold calls. This (8) ___________________. One company made 40 million (9) ___________________ three months. A British politician said: "There is (10) ___________________ to the problem." She said companies (11) ___________________ number. She (12) ___________________ calls made some people angry and sad.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Peoplehatetelephonecallsfromcompaniestryingtosellthings.Thesec
allsarecalled'nuisancecalls'.Britainwantstostopthem.Itwantstostop
companieshidingtheirtelephonenumber.Peoplecouldreportcompani
eswhomakenuisancecalls.Inthefuture,nuisancecallerscouldgetafine
ofupto$720,000.Around75%ofpeopleinBritaingetmonthlycoldcalls.
Thisnumberisincreasing.Onecompanymade40millioncoldcallsinthre
emonths.ABritishpoliticiansaid:"Thereisnosimplesolutiontotheprobl
em."Shesaidcompaniesshouldshowtheirnumber.Sheaddedthatthes
ecallsmadesomepeopleangryandsad.

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).

a)

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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 nuisance calls for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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