The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A company has made a new product to help us save money. It is a wristband that gives us an electric shock if we spend too much. The wristband, called Pavlok, is linked to our bank account. It knows how much money we have. If there is not enough money in our bank account when we buy something, the wristband gives us a 255-volt electric shock so we don't overspend. The company wants to help bank customers with their money. So far, no banks have said they would offer the Pavlok to their customers. They could start doing this in the future.



The Pavlok wristband is part of the Internet of Things. Everything in our life will be connected to the Internet. The Pavlok CEO said people liked the idea of the electric shock wristband. Shoppers said it was better than getting a big shock when they saw their credit card bill. The CEO said the Pavlok is good for people who cannot stop spending. They have weak or no willpower. He said many young people are like the bird the ostrich. They stick their heads in the sand to escape real life. They buy things without thinking about how much money they have in their bank.

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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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A company has made a
  2. linked to our bank
  3. If there is not enough
  4. a 255-volt
  5. help bank
  6. offer the Pavlok
  7. They could start
  8. in the
  1. electric shock
  2. future
  3. customers
  4. doing this
  5. account
  6. new product
  7. money
  8. to their customers

Paragraph 2

  1. part
  2. our life will be connected
  3. credit card
  4. They have weak or no
  5. They stick their heads
  6. escape real
  7. buy things without
  8. how much money
  1. life
  2. thinking
  3. to the Internet
  4. of the Internet of Things
  5. willpower
  6. they have
  7. bill
  8. in the sand

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company has made (1) ___________________ to help us save money. It is a wristband (2) ___________________ electric shock if we spend too much. The wristband, called Pavlok, is linked to our bank account. It (3) ___________________ money we have. If there is not enough money in our bank account when we buy something, the wristband gives (4) ___________________ electric shock so we don't overspend. The company wants to help bank customers (5) ___________________. So far, no banks have said they would offer the Pavlok to their customers. They could start (6) ___________________ future.

The Pavlok wristband (7) ___________________ Internet of Things. Everything in our life will be connected to the Internet. The Pavlok CEO said people liked (8) ___________________ electric shock wristband. Shoppers said it was better than getting a big shock (9) ___________________ credit card bill. The CEO said the Pavlok is good for people who cannot (10) ___________________. They have weak or no willpower. He said many young people are like the bird the ostrich. They stick their heads (11) ___________________ escape real life. They buy things (12) ___________________ about how much money they have in their bank.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acompanyhasmadeanewproducttohelpussavemoney.Itisawristban
dthatgivesusanelectricshockifwespendtoomuch.Thewristband,calle
dPavlok,islinkedtoourbankaccount.Itknowshowmuchmoneywehav
e.Ifthereisnotenoughmoneyinourbankaccountwhenwebuysomethi
ng,thewristbandgivesusa255-voltelectricshocksowedon'toverspe
nd.Thecompanywantstohelpbankcustomerswiththeirmoney.Sofar,
nobankshavesaidtheywouldofferthePavloktotheircustomers.Theyc
ouldstartdoingthisinthefuture.ThePavlokwristbandispartoftheInter
netofThings.EverythinginourlifewillbeconnectedtotheInternet.TheP
avlokCEOsaidpeoplelikedtheideaoftheelectricshockwristband.Shop
perssaiditwasbetterthangettingabigshockwhentheysawtheircreditc
ardbill.TheCEOsaidthePavlokisgoodforpeoplewhocannotstopspendi
ng.Theyhaveweakornowillpower.Hesaidmanyyoungpeopleareliketh
ebirdtheostrich.Theysticktheirheadsinthesandtoescapereallife.The
ybuythingswithoutthinkingabouthowmuchmoneytheyhaveintheirb
ank.

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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