The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A company has a new product to help us save money. It is called the Pavlok. It is a wristband that gives us an electric shock if we spend too much money. The Pavlok links to our bank account. It knows how much money we have. It gives us a small electric shock if we buy something but do not have enough money. So far, no banks have said they would give the Pavlok to their customers. This could happen in the future.



The Pavlok wristband is part of the Internet of Things. The Pavlok CEO said people liked it. Shoppers said it was better than getting a big shock from their credit card bill. The Pavlok is good for people who cannot stop spending. People who have no willpower. Many young people are like the ostrich. They stick their heads in the sand to escape real life. They buy things and don't want to know what is in their bank account.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 0 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36301778
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/big-spender-bank-give-you-8004336
  • http://www.thememo.com/2016/05/19/putting-the-buzz-back-into-banking-with-electroshock-therapy/


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A company has a
  2. help us save
  3. a wristband that gives us an
  4. if we spend too
  5. The Pavlok links to our bank
  6. do not have
  7. This could
  8. in the
  1. electric shock
  2. enough money
  3. happen
  4. future
  5. new product
  6. account
  7. money
  8. much money

Paragraph 2

  1. part
  2. credit card
  3. good for people who cannot
  4. People who have no
  5. Many young people
  6. They stick their heads
  7. escape real
  8. what is in
  1. are like the ostrich
  2. their bank account
  3. bill
  4. of the Internet of Things
  5. in the sand
  6. life
  7. willpower
  8. stop spending

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company has (1) ___________________ to help us save money. It (2) ___________________ Pavlok. It is a wristband that (3) ___________________ electric shock if we spend too much money. The Pavlok (4) ___________________ bank account. It knows how much money we have. It gives us a small electric shock if we buy something but (5) __________________ enough money. So far, no banks have said they would give the Pavlok to their customers. This (6) ___________________ the future.

The Pavlok wristband (7) ___________________ Internet of Things. The Pavlok CEO said (8) ___________________. Shoppers said it was better than getting (9) _________________ from their credit card bill. The Pavlok is good for people (10) ___________________ stop spending. People who have no willpower. Many young people are like the ostrich. They stick their heads in the sand to (11) ___________________. They buy things and don't want to know (12) ___________________ their bank account.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acompanyhasanewproducttohelpussavemoney.ItiscalledthePavlok
.Itisawristbandthatgivesusanelectricshockifwespendtoomuchmone
y.ThePavloklinkstoourbankaccount.Itknowshowmuchmoneywehav
e.Itgivesusasmallelectricshockifwebuysomethingbutdonothaveeno
ughmoney.Sofar,nobankshavesaidtheywouldgivethePavloktotheirc
ustomers.Thiscouldhappeninthefuture.ThePavlokwristbandispartof
theInternetofThings.ThePavlokCEOsaidpeoplelikedit.Shopperssaidi
twasbetterthangettingabigshockfromtheircreditcardbill.ThePavloki
sgoodforpeoplewhocannotstopspending.Peoplewhohavenowillpow
er.Manyyoungpeopleareliketheostrich.Theysticktheirheadsinthesa
ndtoescapereallife.Theybuythingsanddon'twanttoknowwhatisinthei
rbankaccount.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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