The Reading / Listening - Level 2

People hate nuisance telephone calls - those from companies trying to sell us something that we do not want. They are also called 'cold calls'. Britain's government is thinking about stopping these calls. It wants to make sure the company that calls cannot hide its telephone number. With most nuisance calls, we cannot see the telephone number, but that could change. People could report companies who make nuisance calls. Britain's government is also looking at fining companies that make nuisance calls. Cold callers could get a fine of up to $720,000.



Three-quarters of people with a landline in Britain get monthly cold calls. The number of people who get monthly nuisance calls on their mobiles increased by 20 per cent in the last two years. One company made 40 million cold calls in three months. Britain's minister for data protection said: "There is no simple solution to the problem of nuisance calls, but making direct marketing companies display their telephone number will help consumers…take action." She added: "Being pestered by marketing calls is annoying at the best of times, and at its worst it can bring real misery for…people."

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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


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.

sell us something that

a.

the telephone number

2.

They are also called

b.

make nuisance calls

3.

thinking about stopping

c.

we do not want

4.

hide its

d.

up to $720,000

5.

With most nuisance calls, we cannot see

e.

these calls

6.

People could report

f.

telephone number

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fining companies that

g.

companies

8.

get a fine of

h.

'cold calls'



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Three-quarters of people

a.

in three months

2.

people who get monthly

b.

the last two years

3.

increased by 20 per cent in

c.

marketing companies

4.

One company made 40 million cold calls

d.

to the problem

5.

data

e.

with a landline

6.

There is no simple solution

f.

protection

7.

direct

g.

by marketing calls

8.

Being pestered

h.

nuisance calls

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People hate nuisance telephone calls - those from companies trying to sell (1) ___________________ we do not want. They are also (2) ___________________. Britain's government is thinking about stopping these calls. It wants (3) ___________________ company that calls cannot hide its telephone number. With most nuisance calls, we cannot see (4) ___________________, but that could change. People could report companies who make nuisance calls. Britain's government (5) ___________________ fining companies that make nuisance calls. Cold callers (6) ___________________ of up to $720,000.

Three-quarters of people (7) ___________________ Britain get monthly cold calls. The number of people (8) __________________ nuisance calls on their mobiles increased by 20 per cent in the last two years. One company (9) ___________________ cold calls in three months. Britain's minister for (10) ___________________ said: "There is no simple solution to the problem of nuisance calls, but making direct marketing companies display their telephone number (11) ___________________…take action." She added: "Being pestered by marketing calls is annoying at the best of times, and at its worst it can (12) ___________________ for…people."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Peoplehatenuisancetelephonecalls-thosefromcompaniestryin
gtosellussomethingthatwedonotwant.Theyarealsocalled'coldcalls'.
Britain'sgovernmentisthinkingaboutstoppingthesecalls.Itwantstom
akesurethecompanythatcallscannothideitstelephonenumber.With
mostnuisancecalls,wecannotseethetelephonenumber,butthatcould
change.Peoplecouldreportcompanieswhomakenuisancecalls.Britain
'sgovernmentisalsolookingatfiningcompaniesthatmakenuisancecall
s.Coldcallerscouldgetafineofupto$720,000.Three-quartersofp
eoplewithalandlineinBritaingetmonthlycoldcalls.Thenumberofpeopl
ewhogetmonthlynuisancecallsontheirmobilesincreasedby20percen
tinthelasttwoyears.Onecompanymade40millioncoldcallsinthreemo
nths.Britain'sministerfordataprotectionsaid:"Thereisnosimplesoluti
ontotheproblemofnuisancecalls,butmakingdirectmarketingcompan
iesdisplaytheirtelephonenumberwillhelpconsumers…takeaction."Sh
eadded:"Beingpesteredbymarketingcallsisannoyingatthebestoftim
es,andatitsworstitcanbringrealmiseryfor…people."

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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g)

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h)

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WRITING

Write about nuisance calls for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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