The Reading / Listening - Level 4

India's leader Narendra Modi has spoken of his plan to make India a cashless society. He recently banned the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They can no longer be used in India. Mr Modi said the move was to stop banknotes being used to fund terrorism, and to stop fake money. The ban means 80 per cent of India's currency has been withdrawn from use. A lot of business has come to a standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.



Mr Modi went a step further on Sunday and called for a cashless society. He told small merchants it was their chance to enter the digital world. He said: "Learn how to run your business without cash." He asked people to learn how to use bank accounts, apps, and Internet banking. Mr Modi said: "A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He added: "All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and within a month, the world can see a modern India."

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Sources
  • http://gizmodo.com /indias-prime-minister-plans-for-cashless-society-1789403344 http://www..independent.co.uk /news/world/asia/india-cashless-society-banknotes-narendra-modi-ban-currency-a7442316.html
  • http://indianexpress.com /article/india/india-news-india/mann-ki-baat-live-updates-narendra-modi-demonetisation-4397510/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Modi has
  2. 500 and 1,000
  3. They can no
  4. stop banknotes being used
  5. fake
  6. currency has been withdrawn
  7. business has come
  8. unpopular among
  1. money
  2. longer be used
  3. spoken of his plan
  4. most Indians
  5. rupee banknotes
  6. to a standstill
  7. to fund terrorism
  8. from use

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Modi went a step
  2. their chance to enter
  3. Learn how to run your business
  4. bank
  5. Internet
  6. A cashless economy
  7. the youth of India can do it
  8. the world can see a
  1. is secure
  2. accounts
  3. very quickly
  4. without cash
  5. modern India
  6. further on Sunday
  7. banking
  8. the digital world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

India's leader Narendra Modi (1) ___________________ his plan to make India a cashless society. He (2) ___________________ the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They can (3) ___________________ used in India. Mr Modi said the (4) ___________________ stop banknotes being used to fund terrorism, (5) ___________________ money. The ban means 80 per cent of India's currency has (6) ___________________ from use. A lot of business has come to a standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.

Mr Modi went (7) ___________________ on Sunday and called for a cashless society. He told small merchants it was their (8) _______________ the digital world. He said: "Learn (9) ___________________ business without cash." He asked people to learn how to use (10) ___________________, and Internet banking. Mr Modi said: "A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He added: "(11) ___________________ India can do it very quickly, and within a month, the world (12) ___________________ India."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

India'sleaderNarendraModihasspokenofhisplantomakeIndiaacashle
sssociety.Herecentlybannedtheold500and1,000rupeebanknotes.T
heycannolongerbeusedinIndia.MrModisaidthemovewastostopbank
notesbeingusedtofundterrorism,andtostopfakemoney.Thebanmea
ns80percentofIndia'scurrencyhasbeenwithdrawnfromuse.Alotofbu
sinesshascometoastandstill.ItisveryunpopularamongmostIndians.
MrModiwentastepfurtheronSundayandcalledforacashlesssociety.He
toldsmallmerchantsitwastheirchancetoenterthedigitalworld.Hesaid
:"Learnhowtorunyourbusinesswithoutcash."Heaskedpeopletolearn
howtousebankaccounts,apps,andInternetbanking.MrModisaid:"Aca
shlesseconomyissecure.Itisclean."Headded:"AlltheyouthofIndiacan
doitveryquicklyandwithinamonth,theworldcanseeamodernIndia."

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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