The Reading / Listening - Cashless Payments - Level 6

The advance of technology in our lives has been halted somewhat in New York City. Lawmakers have passed a bill to ban cashless businesses. With many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless drive to replace cash with plastic or digital payments, New York City officials have decided cash still has a valuable part to play in our lives. The officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores, restaurants and other retail outlets from refusing to accept cash. They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay via traditional means, through notes and coins. This means businesses in the city will no longer be able to insist that customers make use of cashless payments in any transactions.



Businesses that violate the new regulation could face hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each offense. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against the poorer sections of society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. One city resident said: "I worry about the real-world discriminatory effect that cashless business can have on New Yorkers, especially in communities of color." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get credit." An opponent of the bill said it was a sign of government interference: He said: "We are inserting ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have the right to."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cashless Payments - Level 4  or  Cashless Payments - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CASHLESS PAYMENTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cashless payments. 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?
       advance / technology / lawmakers / cashless / valuable / restaurants / ability / cash /
       businesses / hefty fines / discriminate / bank accounts / credit cards / interference
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO CASH: Students A strongly believe we should end the use of cash; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CASH: Is cash better than cashless for these things? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Better Than Cashless

Worse Than Cashless

Tips

 

 

Hacking

 

 

Presents for children

 

 

Getting discounts

 

 

Spending less

 

 

No debt

 

 

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5. BAN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "ban". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PAYMENTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Mobile phone
  • PayPal
  • Cash
  • Cheque / check
  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Crypto-currency

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. advance a. The sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.
      2. halted b. Constant; non-stop; incessant.
      3. relentless c. Brought or came to a sudden stop.
      4. legislation d. An instance of buying or selling something; a business deal.
      5. retail e. A development or improvement.
      6. means f. Laws, considered collectively.
      7. transaction g. An action or system by which a result is brought about; a method.

    Paragraph 2

      8. violate h. The unfair or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
      9. hefty i. The action of getting in the way of or trying to stop other people's actions.
      10. resident j. A person who disagrees with or resists a proposal or practice.
      11. discrimination k. Of a number or amount; impressively large.
      12. opponent l. Putting, placing or fitting something into another thing.
      13. interference m. Break or fail to follow a rule or formal agreement.
      14. inserting n. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says technology has enhanced people's lives in New York.     T / F
  2. The article says people use plastic and digital payments when they drive. T / F
  3. The article says NYC officials believe cash is still important.     T / F
  4. Businesses in New York City will not be able to refuse cash.     T / F
  5. Businesses could get a $1,500 fine for not following the new law.     T / F
  6. Critics say the new law will hurt the poorer sections of society.     T / F
  7. A resident said cashless hurt people who cannot get credit.     T / F
  8. An opponent of the bill said government has no right to interfere.     T / F

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

  1. advance
  2. ban
  3. valuable
  4. relentless
  5. prefer
  6. violate
  7. hefty
  8. critics
  9. resident
  10. interference
  1. large
  2. constant
  3. citizen
  4. detractors
  5. outlaw
  6. intrusion
  7. progress
  8. would rather
  9. contravene
  10. crucial

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

  1. The advance
  2. a seemingly relentless
  3. cash still has a valuable part to
  4. The officials have approved
  5. stores, restaurants and
  6. Businesses that violate
  7. they discriminate against the poorer
  8. the real-world discriminatory effect that
  9. it was a sign of government
  10. We are inserting ourselves in the business
  1. the new regulation
  2. legislation
  3. of business
  4. play in our lives
  5. sections of society
  6. of technology in our lives
  7. cashless business can have
  8. interference
  9. drive to replace cash
  10. other retail outlets

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bill
means
valuable
transactions
advance
insist
drive
retail

The (1) ____________ of technology in our lives has been halted somewhat in New York City. Lawmakers have passed a (2) ____________ to ban cashless businesses. With many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless (3) ____________ to replace cash with plastic or digital payments, New York City officials have decided cash still has a (4) ____________ part to play in our lives. The officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores, restaurants and other (5) ____________ outlets from refusing to accept cash. They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay via traditional (6) ____________, through notes and coins. This means businesses in the city will no longer be able to (7) ____________ that customers make use of cashless payments in any (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sections
offense
inserting
communities
right
violate
discriminatory
opponent

Businesses that (9) ____________ the new regulation could face hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each (10) ____________. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against the poorer (11) ____________ of society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. One city resident said: "I worry about the real-world (12) ____________ effect that cashless business can have on New Yorkers, especially in (13) ____________ of color." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get credit." An (14) ____________ of the bill said it was a sign of government interference: He said: "We are (15) ____________ ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have the (16) ____________ to."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The advance of technology in our lives has been ______
     a.  halted sometime
     b.  halted somewhere
     c.  halted somewhat
     d.  halted someone
2)  With many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless ______ cash
     a.  drive to replace
     b.  drive to displace
     c.  drive to in place
     d.  drive tour place
3)  prohibits stores, restaurants and other retail outlets from ______ cash
     a.  refuse in to except
     b.  refuse into accept
     c.  refusing to except
     d.  refusing to accept
4)  They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay ______ means
     a.  via traditional
     b.  buyer traditional
     c.  bile traditional
     d.  vile traditional
5) be able to insist that customers make use of cashless payments ______
     a.  in an transactions
     b.  in any transitions
     c.  in many transaction
     d.  in any transactions

6)  Businesses that violate the new regulation could ______
     a.  stomach heavy fine
     b.  head deft vines
     c.  face hefty fines
     d.  back heft teeth-irons
7)  I worry about the real-world ______
     a.  discriminate tree effect
     b.  discriminatory effect
     c.  discrimination reflect
     d.  this criminal tree infect
8) it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people ______
     a.  can't get debit
     b.  can't get Reddit
     c.  can't get creed it
     d.  can't get credit
9)  An opponent of the bill said it was a sign of ______
     a.  government interval rants
     b.  government interfere rents
     c.  government interfere ants
     d.  government interference
10)  inserting ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have ______
     a.  the right to
     b.  the bright to
     c.  the light to
     d.  the rite to

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The advance of technology in our lives (1) ___________________ somewhat in New York City. Lawmakers have passed a (2) ___________________ cashless businesses. With many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless (3) ___________________ cash with plastic or digital payments, New York City officials have decided cash still has a (4) ___________________ play in our lives. The officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores, restaurants and other (5) ___________________ refusing to accept cash. They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay via traditional means, through notes and coins. This means businesses in the city will no longer be able (6) ___________________ customers make use of cashless payments in any transactions.

Businesses that (7) ___________________ regulation could face hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each offense. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against (8) ___________________ of society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. (9) ___________________ said: "I worry about the real-world discriminatory effect that cashless business can have on New Yorkers, especially in (10) ___________________." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get credit." An (11) ___________________ bill said it was a sign of government interference: He said: "We are (12) ___________________ the business of business in a way that we don't have the right to."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say had been halted somewhat?
  2. What are parts of the world in a seemingly relentless drive to do?
  3. What did city officials say has a valuable part to play in our lives?
  4. What places cannot refuse cash besides stores and restaurants?
  5. What will businesses not be able to insist customers make use of?
  6. How much could a business be fined for violating the law?
  7. Who do critics think cashless payments discriminate against?
  8. What did the article say some people do not have?
  9. What did an opponent say the bill was a sign of?
  10. What did the opponent say the government is interfering in?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the article say had been halted somewhat?
a) banknote production
b) the advance of technology
c) spending in New York
d) the economy
2) What are parts of the world in a seemingly relentless drive to do?
a) invest
b) save
c) spend
d) replace cash
3) What did city officials say has a valuable part to play in our lives?
a) shopping
b) mobile phones
c) cash
d) technology
4) What places cannot refuse cash besides stores and restaurants?
a) other retail outlets
b) governments
c) taxi drivers
d) train stations
5) What will businesses not be able to insist customers make use of?
a) crypto-currencies
b) cashless payments
c) credit cards
d) PayPal

6) How much could a business be fined for violating the law?
a) $1,500
b) $1,000
c) $1,200
d) $15,000
7) Who do critics think cashless payments discriminate against?
a) the government
b) restaurants
c) poorer people
d) employers
8) What did the article say some people do not have?
a) bank accounts
b) mobile phones
c) money
d) hope
9) What did an opponent say the bill was a sign of?
a) the times
b) things to come
c) modern times
d) government interference
10) What did the opponent say the government is interfering in?
a) the payment or payments
b) the right of rights
c) the business of business
d) the cash of cash

Role play

Role  A – Cash
You think cash is the best form of payment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their means of paying. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): mobile phone, credit card or PayPal.

Role  B – Mobile Phone
You think mobile phone is the best form of payment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their means of paying. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): cash, credit card or PayPal.

Role  C – Credit Card
You think credit card is the best form of payment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their means of paying. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): mobile phone, cash or PayPal.

Role  D – PayPal
You think PayPal is the best form of payment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their means of paying. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): credit card, cash or mobile phone.

After reading / listening

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

'cash'

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  • ________________
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  • and 'payment'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • advance
    • parts
    • decided
    • outlets
    • prefer
    • insist
    • face
    • whom
    • worry
    • especially
    • opponent
    • way




    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 - Cashless Payments

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'cash'?
    3. What do you know about cashless payments?
    4. How important are notes and coins?
    5. What are the dangers of cashless payments?
    6. Why are so many places using cashless payment systems?
    7. Will cash ever disappear?
    8. How do you feel about carrying cash?
    9. Which are better - credit cards or mobile phone payments?
    10. Do we spend more money using cashless means of payment?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'payment'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should businesses have the right to choose how to accept payments?
    5. How will poorer people buy things without credit cards?
    6. Are cashless payments discriminatory?
    7. What is your preferred way of paying for things?
    8. Should there be just one world currency?
    9. Will anything replace money in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the lawmakers?

    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)

    The advance of technology in our lives has been halted somewhat in New York City. Lawmakers have (1) ____ a bill to ban cashless businesses. With many parts of the world in a seemingly (2) ____ drive to replace cash with plastic or digital payments, New York City officials have decided cash still has a (3) ____ part to play in our lives. The officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores, restaurants and other retail (4) ____ from refusing to accept cash. They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay (5) ____ traditional means, through notes and coins. This means businesses in the city will no (6) ____ be able to insist that customers make use of cashless payments in any transactions.

    Businesses that (7) ____ the new regulation could face hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each offense. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against the poorer (8) ____ of society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. One city resident said: "I worry about the real-world discriminatory effect that cashless business can (9) ____ on New Yorkers, especially in communities of color." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get (10) ____." An opponent of the bill said it was a sign of government interference: He said: "We are (11) ____ ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have the right (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     past     (b)     parsed     (c)     passed     (d)     paste    
    2. (a)     relentless     (b)     lesser     (c)     lessen     (d)     lest    
    3. (a)     intrinsic     (b)     valuable     (c)     preciously     (d)     worth    
    4. (a)     islets     (b)     sublets     (c)     inlets     (d)     outlets    
    5. (a)     per     (b)     aka     (c)     via     (d)     stet    
    6. (a)     lengthen     (b)     longer     (c)     longish     (d)     lengthy    
    7. (a)     violate     (b)     trite     (c)     satiate     (d)     infiltrate    
    8. (a)     sanctions     (b)     stations     (c)     suctions     (d)     sections    
    9. (a)     be     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     take    
    10. (a)     remit     (b)     Reddit     (c)     debit     (d)     credit    
    11. (a)     reflecting     (b)     inserting     (c)     diverting     (d)     deleting    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     on     (d)     up

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  outlets from refusing to accept cash. They want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay via
    (...)  able to insist that customers make use of cashless payments in any transactions.
    1  ) The advance of technology in our lives has been halted somewhat in New York City. Lawmakers have passed a
    (...)  world discriminatory effect that cashless business can have on New Yorkers, especially in communities of
    (...)  offense. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against the poorer sections of
    (...)  play in our lives. The officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores, restaurants and other retail
    (...)  Businesses that violate the new regulation could face hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each
    (...)  traditional means, through notes and coins. This means businesses in the city will no longer be
    (...)  with plastic or digital payments, New York City officials have decided cash still has a valuable part to
    (...)  color." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people can't get
    (...)  bill to ban cashless businesses. With many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless drive to replace cash
    (...)  inserting ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have the right to."
    (...)  credit." An opponent of the bill said it was a sign of government interference: He said: "We are
    (...)  society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. One city resident said: "I worry about the real-

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. cashless   ban   to   a   passed   bill   Lawmakers   businesses   .
    3. in   play   our   lives   .   part   A   valuable   to
    4. who   means   .   to   prefer   People   via   pay   traditional
    5. of   use   customers   that   Insist   payments   .   cashless   make
    6. hefty   to   $1,500   .   up   Businesses   face   fines   of
    7. society   .   the   of   poorer   against   discriminate   They   sections
    8. the   worry   I   discriminatory   effect   .   real-world   about
    9. incredibly   discriminatory   to   not   is   cash   .   accept   It
    10. business   .   the   We're   in   inserting   business   of   ourselves

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Businesses that violate / inviolate the new regulation could face lefty / hefty fines of up to $1,500 for each offense. Critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against / for the poorer sections of society, many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards. One city residence / resident said: "I worry about the real-world documentary / discriminatory effect that cashless business can have on New Yorkers, especially in communities in / of color." Another said: "I think it's incredibly discriminatory not / that to accept cash because some people can't get debit / credit." An opponent of the bill said it was a sign of government interfere / interference: He said: "We are inserting ourselves in the business of business in a way that we don't have the right / left to."

    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

    the advance of technology in our lives has been halted somewhat in new york city lawmakers have passed a bill to ban cashless businesses with many parts of the world in a seemingly relentless drive to replace cash with plastic or digital payments new york city officials have decided cash still has a valuable part to play in our lives the officials have approved legislation that prohibits stores restaurants and other retail outlets from refusing to accept cash they want to provide the ability for people who prefer to pay via traditional means through notes and coins this means businesses in the city will no longer be able to insist that customers make use of cashless payments in any transactions

    businesses that violate the new regulation could face hefty fines of up to 1500 for each offense critics of cashless businesses say they discriminate against the poorer sections of society many of whom do not have bank accounts or credit cards one city resident said i worry about the realworld discriminatory effect that cashless business can have on new yorkers especially in communities of color another said i think its incredibly discriminatory not to accept cash because some people cant get credit an opponent of the bill said it was a sign of government interference he said we are inserting ourselves in the business of business in a way that we dont have the right to

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    TheadvanceoftechnologyinourliveshasbeenhaltedsomewhatinNewY
    orkCity.Lawmakershavepassedabilltobancashlessbusinesses.With
    manypartsoftheworldinaseeminglyrelentlessdrivetoreplacecashwit
    hplasticordigitalpayments,NewYorkCityofficialshavedecidedcashstil
    lhasavaluableparttoplayinourlives.Theofficialshaveapprovedlegisla
    tionthatprohibitsstores,restaurantsandotherretailoutletsfromrefusi
    ngtoacceptcash.Theywanttoprovidetheabilityforpeoplewhopreferto
    payviatraditionalmeans,throughnotesandcoins.Thismeansbusiness
    esinthecitywillnolongerbeabletoinsistthatcustomersmakeuseofcash
    lesspaymentsinanytransactions.Businessesthatviolatethenewregul
    ationcouldfaceheftyfinesofupto$1,500foreachoffense.Criticsofcashl
    essbusinessessaytheydiscriminateagainstthepoorersectionsofsocie
    ty,manyofwhomdonothavebankaccountsorcreditcards.Onecityresi
    dentsaid:"Iworryaboutthereal-worlddiscriminatoryeffectthatcashl
    essbusinesscanhaveonNewYorkers,especiallyincommunitiesofcolor
    ."Anothersaid:"Ithinkit'sincrediblydiscriminatorynottoacceptcashb
    ecausesomepeoplecan'tgetcredit."Anopponentofthebillsaiditwasasi
    gnofgovernmentinterference:Hesaid:"Weareinsertingourselvesinth
    ebusinessofbusinessinawaythatwedon'thavetherightto."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We no longer need cash in this digital age. Discuss.

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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. CASHLESS PAYMENTS: Make a poster about cashless payments. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CASH: Write a magazine article about ending the use of cash. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 cashless payments. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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