The Reading / Listening - Level 5

India's Prime Minister has outlined a controversial plan to make India a cashless society. He recently banned the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes with little warning. They are no longer legal tender in India. The old 500-rupee note was replaced by a new version. The government said the move was to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, and to crack down on fake money. The ban means 80 per cent of India's currency has been withdrawn from circulation. This has brought a lot of business to a standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.



Mr Modi went a step further on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He told small merchants: "This is the chance for you to enter the digital world… Learn how to run your business without cash." He said people should also learn how to use bank accounts, apps, Internet banking and other electronic modes of payment more effectively. Mr Modi said: "A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He asked India's more tech-savvy people to help. He said: "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. outlined a controversial
  2. They are no longer legal
  3. replaced by
  4. being used to
  5. crack down
  6. withdrawn from
  7. brought a lot of business
  8. It is very unpopular
  1. fund terrorism
  2. plan
  3. to a standstill
  4. tender in India
  5. among most Indians
  6. a new version
  7. on fake money
  8. circulation

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Modi went a step
  2. the chance for you to enter
  3. Learn how to run your business
  4. bank
  5. other electronic modes
  6. A cashless economy
  7. tech-
  8. within
  1. without cash
  2. savvy people
  3. of payment
  4. the digital world
  5. a month
  6. accounts
  7. further on Sunday
  8. is secure

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

India's Prime Minister (1) ___________________ controversial plan to make India a cashless society. He (2) ___________________ the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes with little warning. They are no longer legal tender in India. The old 500-rupee note was (3) ___________________ new version. The government said the move (4) ___________________ the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, and to crack down on fake money. The ban means 80 per cent of India's currency has (5) ___________________ from circulation. This has brought a lot of business to a standstill. It is very unpopular (6) ___________________ Indians.

Mr Modi went (7) ___________________ on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He told small merchants: "This (8) ___________________ you to enter the digital world… Learn how to run your business without cash." He said people should also learn how to use (9) ___________________, apps, Internet banking and other electronic modes of payment more effectively. Mr Modi said: "A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He asked India's (10) ___________________ people to help. He said: "(11) ___________________ India can do it very quickly, and within a month, the world (12) ___________________ India."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

India'sPrimeMinisterhasoutlinedacontroversialplantomakeIndiaaca
shlesssociety.Herecentlybannedtheold500and1,000rupeebanknote
swithlittlewarning.TheyarenolongerlegaltenderinIndia.Theold500-
rupeenotewasreplacedbyanewversion.Thegovernmentsaidthemov
ewastostopthebanknotesbeingusedtofundterrorism,andtocrackdo
wnonfakemoney.Thebanmeans80percentofIndia'scurrencyhasbee
nwithdrawnfromcirculation.Thishasbroughtalotofbusinesstoastand
still.ItisveryunpopularamongmostIndians.MrModiwentastepfurther
onSundaywhenhecalledforacashlesssociety.Hetoldsmallmerchants
:"Thisisthechanceforyoutoenterthedigitalworld…Learnhowtorunyou
rbusinesswithoutcash."Hesaidpeopleshouldalsolearnhowtousebank
accounts,apps,Internetbankingandotherelectronicmodesofpaymen
tmoreeffectively.MrModisaid:"Acashlesseconomyissecure.Itisclean
."HeaskedIndia'smoretech-savvypeopletohelp.Hesaid:"Alltheyouth
ofIndiacandoitveryquicklyandwithinamonth,theworldcanseeamode
rnIndia."

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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Free writing

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