The Reading / Listening - Level 6

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined his controversial plan to make India a cashless society. Indians are already up in arms following his recent and sudden decision to ban the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They ceased to be legal tender in India from the 9th of November, although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by an updated version. The government claimed the move was an effort to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, as well as being a crackdown on counterfeit money in India. The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from circulation and business has been brought to a virtual standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.



Mr Modi went a step further on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised speech: "I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter the digital world." He added: "Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn how to effectively use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to run your business without cash. Learn about card payments and other electronic modes of payment….A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He addressed India's more tech-savvy people by declaring that: "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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Warm-ups

1. A CASHLESS SOCIETY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about a cashless society. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       controversial / cashless / society / banknote / legal / terrorism / counterfeit / currency
       speech / merchant / the digital world / bank accounts / electronic / payment / youth

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. DIGITAL: Students A strongly believe digital money is better than cash; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. DIGITAL WORLD: What are the pros and cons of these? Are they better than the physical things? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Digital money
  • MP3 music
  • Digital photos
  • Social media friends
  • Internet birthday card
  • e-Books
MY e-BOOK
See a sample

5. CURRENCY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "currency". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. BANKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about banks at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Bill payment
  • Cheque book
  • Loans
  • Internet banking
  • ATMs
  • Saving accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Financial advice

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. India has already abandoned all forms of cash.     T / F
  2. There are now no 500 rupee notes in circulation in India.     T / F
  3. India's government said ending banknotes was an anti-terrorism measure.  T / F
  4. The withdrawn banknotes represents 80% of India's currency.     T / F
  5. Mr Modi said he wanted all small merchants to enter the digital world.     T / F
  6. Mr Modi advised his brothers and sisters to stop using bank accounts.     T / F
  7. Mr Modi said a cashless economy was clean and secure.     T / F
  8. Mr Modi called on all the older people to make India modern.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. outlined
  2. controversial
  3. up in arms
  4. version
  5. standstill
  6. merchant
  7. effectively
  8. modes
  9. secure
  10. savvy
  1. safe
  2. form
  3. trader
  4. halt
  5. sketched out
  6. ways
  7. problematic
  8. clever
  9. successfully
  10. angry

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. outlined his controversial
  2. Indians are already up
  3. a crackdown on counterfeit
  4. currency has been withdrawn from
  5. business has been brought to a virtual
  6. He said in a televised
  7. effectively use the
  8. run your
  9. other electronic modes
  10. He addressed India's more tech-
  1. of payment
  2. standstill
  3. business without cash
  4. speech
  5. plan
  6. savvy people
  7. circulation
  8. in arms
  9. apps of various banks
  10. money

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fund
legal
circulation
outlined
version
standstill
recent
crackdown

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has (1) ____________ his controversial plan to make India a cashless society. Indians are already up in arms following his (2) ____________ and sudden decision to ban the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They ceased to be (3) ____________ tender in India from the 9th of November, although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by an updated (4) ____________. The government claimed the move was an effort to stop the banknotes being used to (5) ____________ terrorism, as well as being a (6) ____________ on counterfeit money in India. The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from (7) ____________ and business has been brought to a virtual (8) ____________. It is very unpopular among most Indians.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
speech
effectively
further
within
enter
savvy
merchant
payments

Mr Modi went a step (9) ____________ on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised (10) ____________: "I want to tell my small (11) ____________ brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to (12) ___________ the digital world." He added: "Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn how to (13) ____________ use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to run your business without cash. Learn about card (14) ____________ and other electronic modes of payment….A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He addressed India's more tech-(15) ____________ people by declaring that: "All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and (16) ____________ a month, the world can see a modern India."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined his ______
     a.  controversially plan
     b.  controversy plan
     c.  controversies plan
     d.  controversial plan

2)  Indians are already ______
     a.  up in ears
     b.  up in arms
     c.  up in eyes
     d.  up in organs

3)  although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by ______
     a.  an update it version
     b.  an updated vision
     c.  an updated version
     d.  an update it vision

4)  The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency ______
     a.  has been withdrawing
     b.  has been withdrawn
     c.  has been without drawn
     d.  has been within drawn

5)  withdrawn from circulation and business has been brought to ______
     a.  a virtual standstill
     b.  a virtually stands still
     c.  a virtual stood still
     d.  a virtually standstill

6)  Mr Modi went a step further on Sunday when he ______ cashless society
     a.  called for a
     b.  cold for a
     c.  cooled for a
     d.  scald for a

7)  brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter ______
     a.  the digitalise world
     b.  the digitalis world
     c.  the digitals world
     d.  the digital world

8)  Learn how to effectively use the apps of various banks ______
     a.  in your phones
     b.  at your phones
     c.  to your phones
     d.  on your phones

9)  He addressed India's more tech-______
     a.  saviour people
     b.  saving people
     c.  saved people
     d.  savvy people

10)  All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and ______
     a.  with in a month
     b.  within a month
     c.  without a month
     d.  with out a month

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (1) ___________________ controversial plan to make India a cashless society. Indians are already up in arms following (2) ___________________ sudden decision to ban the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They ceased to (3) ___________________ in India from the 9th of November, although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by (4) ___________________. The government claimed the move was an effort to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, as well as (5) ___________________ on counterfeit money in India. The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from circulation and business has been brought to a (6) ___________________. It is very unpopular among most Indians.

Mr Modi went (7) ___________________ on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised speech: "I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance (8) __________________ the digital world." He added: "Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn (9) ___________________ use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to run your business without cash. Learn about card payments (10) ___________________ modes of payment….A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He addressed India's (11) ___________________ people by declaring that: "All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and (12) ___________________, the world can see a modern India."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of plan did the article say Narendra Modi outlined?
  2. What phrase did the article use to say Indians are angry?
  3. What Indian banknote was replaced with a newer version?
  4. What is Mr Modi's plan designed to crack down on?
  5. What percentage of India's currency was withdrawn from circulation?
  6. Where did Mr Modi make a speech about the cashless society?
  7. What did Mr Modi tell small merchants they could enter?
  8. What did Mr Modi encourage people not to use in their businesses?
  9. What did Mr Modi say a cashless economy was besides being secure?
  10. Who did Mr Modi say could make India modern within a month?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of plan did the article say Narendra Modi outlined?
a) a good one
b) a short one
c) a controversial one
d) a very popular one

2) What phrase did the article use to say Indians are angry?
a) up in arms
b) an arm and a leg
c) arm in arm
d) take up arms

3) What Indian banknote was replaced with a newer version?
a) the 1,000-rupee banknote
b) the 500-rupee banknote
c) the 50-rupee banknote
d) the 100-rupee banknote

4) What is Mr Modi's plan designed to crack down on?
a) arms
b) digital money
c) banks
d) counterfeit money

5) What percentage of India's currency was withdrawn from circulation?
a) 20%
b) 45%
c) 80%
d) 60%

6) Where did Mr Modi make a speech about the cashless society?
a) at a bank in Switzerland
b) on TV
c) at the IMF
d) in Brazil

7) What did Mr Modi tell small merchants they could enter?
a) the world of finance
b) any bank
c) the unknown
d) the digital world

8) What did Mr Modi encourage people not to use in their businesses?
a) arms
b) cash
c) ATMs
d) payments

9) What did Mr Modi say a cashless economy was besides being secure?
a) empty
b) clean
c) rich
d) expensive

10) Who did Mr Modi say could make India modern within a month?
a) the youth
b) his party
c) the wealthy
d) bankers

Role play

Role A — ATMs

You think ATMs are the best thing about banks. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): savings accounts, loans or Internet banking.

Role B — Savings Accounts

You think savings accounts are the best thing about banks. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): ATMs, loans or Internet banking.

Role C — Loans

You think loans are the best thing about banks. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): savings accounts, ATMs or Internet banking.

Role D — Internet Banking

You think Internet banking are the best thing about banks. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): savings accounts, loans or ATMs.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'digital'

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  • and 'world'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • step
    • chance
    • apps
    • run
    • clean
    • modern
    • plan
    • recent
    • 9
    • stop
    • 80
    • most




    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 - India to be a cashless society, says Prime Minister

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'cash'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about a cashless society?
    5. What are the pros and cons of cash?
    6. What do you know about the history of cash?
    7. When was the last time you were up in arms over money?
    8. What is your favourite banknote and why?
    9. How would a cashless society deter funding of terrorism?
    10. What do you think of your country' banknotes?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Do you think merchants would prefer a cashless society?
    3. Which is better, cash or credit card?
    4. What are the pros and cons of having only digital money?
    5. What do you think of the digital world?
    6. How could you use banking services more effectively?
    7. How tech-savvy are you?
    8. Why is a cashless economy secure?
    9. How would a cashless society make India more modern?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Narendra Modi?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined his controversial plan to make India a cashless society. Indians are (1) ____ up in (2) ____ following his recent and sudden decision to ban the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They (3) ____ to be legal tender in India from the 9th of November, although the old 500-rupee note was replaced (4) ____ an updated version. The government claimed the move was an effort to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, as well as being a crackdown (5) ____ counterfeit money in India. The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from circulation and business has been brought to a (6) ____ standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.

    Mr Modi went a (7) ____ further on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised speech: "I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance (8) ____ you to enter the digital world." He added: "Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn how to effectively use the apps of (9) ____ banks on your phones. Learn how to (10) ____ your business without cash. Learn about card payments and other electronic modes of payment….A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He addressed India's more tech-(11) ____ people by declaring that: "All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and within a month, the world can see a (12) ____ India."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     readily     (b)     ready     (c)     already     (d)     reading    
    2. (a)     arms     (b)     legs     (c)     heads     (d)     hands    
    3. (a)     ceased     (b)     ceasing     (c)     ceases     (d)     ceasing    
    4. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     as     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     virtue     (b)     virile     (c)     viral     (d)     virtual    
    7. (a)     skip     (b)     hop     (c)     step     (d)     jump    
    8. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     by     (d)     for    
    9. (a)     various     (b)     varies     (c)     variety     (d)     vicarious    
    10. (a)     run     (b)     walk     (c)     jog     (d)     sprint    
    11. (a)     saved     (b)     savvy     (c)     saviour     (d)     saves    
    12. (a)     modernises     (b)     modernity     (c)     modern     (d)     modernize

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism, as well as being a crackdown on counterfeit

    (    )     Mr Modi went a step further on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised

    (    )     world." He added: "Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn

    (    )     without cash. Learn about card payments and other electronic modes of

    (    )     a cashless society. Indians are already up in arms following his recent and sudden decision to ban the old

    (    )     declaring that: "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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    (    )     how to effectively use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to run your business

    (    )     money in India. The ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from

    (    )     payment….A cashless economy is secure. It is clean." He addressed India's more tech-savvy people by

    1  )     India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined his controversial plan to make India

    (    )     although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by an updated version. The government claimed the move was an effort

    (    )     circulation and business has been brought to a virtual standstill. It is very unpopular among most Indians.

    (    )     500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. They ceased to be legal tender in India from the 9th of November,

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Mr Modi went a stair / step further on Sunday when he called for a cashless society. He said in a televised speech: "I want to tell my small machine / merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to entry / enter the digital world." He added: "Learn the different / difference ways you can use your bank accounts and Internet banking. Learn how to effectively / effective use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to ruin / run your business without cash. Learn about card payments and other electronic nodes / modes of payment….A cashless economy is secure / securely. It is clean." He addressed India's more tech-savvy people by declaring what / that: "All the youth of India can do it very quickly, and without / within a month, the world can see a modern India."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    india's prime minister narendra modi has outlined his controversial plan to make india a cashless society indians are already up in arms following his recent and sudden decision to ban the old 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes they ceased to be legal tender in india from the 9th of november although the old 500-rupee note was replaced by an updated version the government claimed the move was an effort to stop the banknotes being used to fund terrorism as well as being a crackdown on counterfeit money in india the ban means 80 per cent of the country's currency has been withdrawn from circulation and business has been brought to a virtual standstill it is very unpopular among most indians

    mr modi went a step further on sunday when he called for a cashless society he said in a televised speech "i want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters this is the chance for you to enter the digital world" he added "learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and internet banking learn how to effectively use the apps of various banks on your phones learn how to run your business without cash learn about card payments and other electronic modes of payment…a cashless economy is secure it is clean" he addressed india's more tech-savvy people by declaring that "all the youth of india can do it very quickly and within a month the world can see a modern india"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ernmentclaimedthemovewasanefforttostopthebanknotesbeinguse
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    l.ItisveryunpopularamongmostIndians.MrModiwentastepfurtheron
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    elyusetheappsofvariousbanksonyourphones.Learnhowtorunyourbu
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    ia."

    Free writing

    Write about cashless society for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the pros and cons of a cashless society? Would you prefer one? Why?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CASH: Make a poster about cash. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. A CASHLESS SOCIETY: Write a magazine article about a cashless society. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on a cashless society. Ask him/her three questions about this. Give him/her three of your ideas on whether a cash-based or cashless society is best. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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