The Reading / Listening - Cashless Payments - Level 4

New York City lawmakers have banned cashless businesses. With the non-stop push to replace cash with plastic or digital payments, officials decided cash is still important in our lives. Stores, restaurants and other outlets can no longer refuse cash. Officials want people to be able to pay with notes and coins. Businesses in New York City will not be able to insist that customers use cashless payments in any transactions.



Businesses could get fines of up to $1,500 for not following the law. Critics say cashless businesses discriminate against the poor and "communities of color". They say many people do not have bank accounts or credit cards. A city resident said: "It's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get credit." An opponent of the bill said it puts government in "the business of business in a way that we don't have the right to."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cashless Payments - Level 5 or  Cashless Payments - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/nyregion/nyc-cashless-ban.html
  • https://www.wsls.com/business/2020/01/23/new-york-city-council-votes-to-ban-cashless-businesses/
  • https://gothamist.com/news/city-council-passes-bill-requiring-restaurants-other-retail-businesses-accept-cash


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. banned cashless
  2. the non-stop push to
  3. plastic or digital
  4. officials decided cash is still
  5. Stores, restaurants and
  6. Officials want people to
  7. notes and
  8. use cashless payments in
  1. be able to pay
  2. payments
  3. any transactions
  4. other outlets
  5. coins
  6. replace cash
  7. businesses
  8. important

Paragraph 2

  1. Businesses could get fines of
  2. cashless businesses discriminate
  3. A city
  4. discriminatory not to
  5. some people can't get
  6. An opponent of
  7. the business
  8. we don't have
  1. of business
  2. accept cash
  3. the right
  4. resident
  5. the bill
  6. against the poor
  7. credit
  8. up to $1,500

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New York City lawmakers (1) ___________________ businesses. With the non-stop push to replace cash with (2) ___________________ payments, officials decided cash is still important (3) ___________________. Stores, restaurants and (4) ___________________ no longer refuse cash. Officials want people to be able to pay with (5) ___________________. Businesses in New York City will not be able to insist that customers use cashless (6) ___________________ transactions.

Businesses could (7) ___________________ up to $1,500 for not following the law. Critics say cashless businesses discriminate (8) ___________________ and "communities of color". They say many people do not have bank (9) ___________________ cards. A city resident said: "It's incredibly discriminatory not (10) ___________________ because some people can't get credit." An (11) ___________________ bill said it puts government in "the business of business in a way that we don't (12) ___________________ to."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NewYorkCitylawmakershavebannedcashlessbusinesses.Withtheno
nstoppushtoreplacecashwithplasticordigitalpayments,officialsdecid
edcashisstillimportantinourlives.Stores,restaurantsandotheroutlets
cannolongerrefusecash.Officialswantpeopletobeabletopaywithnote
sandcoins.BusinessesinNewYorkCitywillnotbeabletoinsistthatcusto
mersusecashlesspaymentsinanytransactions.Businessescouldgetfi
nesofupto$1,500fornotfollowingthelaw.Criticssaycashlessbusiness
esdiscriminateagainstthepoorand"communitiesofcolor".Theysayma
nypeopledonothavebankaccountsorcreditcards.Acityresidentsaid:"
It'sincrediblydiscriminatorynottoacceptcashbecausesomepeopleca
n'tgetcredit."Anopponentofthebillsaiditputsgovernmentin"thebusin
essofbusinessinawaythatwedon'thavetherightto."

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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