The Reading / Listening - Nuisance Calls - Level 1

A man in America was fined $120 million for making nearly 100 million robocalls. A robocall is made by a computer programme. The police say the man was a threat to public safety. His calls were illegal because many were made to emergency phones. Many other calls went to home telephones without the person being called wanting that call. They were nuisance calls. This is like spam e-mail, which is also unwanted and a nuisance.



The man carried out "one of the largest and most dangerous illegal robocalling campaigns...ever". He made 96 million robocalls in three months. It was a "telemarketing scheme". He used a technique to trick people into thinking the calls were from a local telephone number. He also tricked people into believing the calls were from famous companies. Callers were passed on to call centres. These tried to sell them property. The man said he did nothing wrong.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nuisance Calls - Level 0 Nuisance Calls - Level 2   or  Nuisance Calls - Level 3

Sources
  • http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/11/news/fcc-robocall-fine/index.html
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/05/11/robocaller-fined-120-million-fcc-nearly-100-million-spoofed-calls/601287002/
  • http://fortune.com/2018/05/11/robocall-lawsuit-settlement-fcc/


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. fined
  2. making nearly 100 million
  3. A robocall is made by a computer
  4. a threat to public
  5. made to emergency
  6. the person being
  7. They were nuisance
  8. This is like spam
  1. programme
  2. e-mail
  3. safety
  4. calls
  5. called
  6. $120 million
  7. phones
  8. robocalls

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the largest and
  2. illegal robocalling
  3. 96 million robocalls
  4. a telemarketing
  5. from a local
  6. Callers were passed on
  7. sell them
  8. The man said he did nothing
  1. to call centres
  2. scheme
  3. wrong
  4. telephone number
  5. property
  6. campaigns
  7. most dangerous
  8. in three months

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man in America was fined $120 million                                     (1) ___________________ 100 million robocalls. A robocall is made (2) ___________________ programme. The police say the man was a threat (3) ___________________. His calls were illegal because many were made to emergency phones. Many other calls went to home telephones without the (4) ___________________ wanting that call. They were nuisance calls.                                (5) ___________________ spam e-mail, which is also unwanted (6) ___________________.

The man (7) ___________________ of the largest and most dangerous illegal robocalling campaigns...ever". He made 96 million robocalls (8) ___________________. It was a "telemarketing scheme". He used a technique (9) ___________________ into thinking the calls were from a local telephone number. He also tricked people (10) ___________________ calls were from famous companies. Callers (11) ___________________ to call centres. These tried to sell them property. The man said (12) ___________________ wrong.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmaninAmericawasfined$120millionformakingnearly100millionrob
ocalls.Arobocallismadebyacomputerprogramme.Thepolicesaythem
anwasathreattopublicsafety.Hiscallswereillegalbecausemanywere
madetoemergencyphones.Manyothercallswenttohometelephonesw
ithoutthepersonbeingcalledwantingthatcall.Theywerenuisancecalls
.Thisislikespame-mail,whichisalsounwantedandanuisance.Thema
ncarriedout"oneofthelargestandmostdangerousillegalrobocallingca
mpaigns...ever".Hemade96millionrobocallsinthreemonths.Itwasa"
telemarketingscheme".Heusedatechniquetotrickpeopleintothinking
thecallswerefromalocaltelephonenumber.Healsotrickedpeopleintob
elievingthecallswerefromfamouscompanies.Callerswerepassedonto
callcentres.Thesetriedtosellthemproperty.Themansaidhedidnothin
gwrong.

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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