The Reading / Listening - Pay Phones - Level 1

The end is near for New York's public pay phones. Workers are removing 30 of them from the city's streets. In the coming months, the other phones will go. They used to be on every street corner. A New York City spokesman told CNN that the pay phones are outdated and, "take up much-needed sidewalk space". He added: "Removing these booths is a win for pedestrians who navigate these crowded blocks."



Most New Yorkers may not notice the phones are going. Younger people may need instructions to use them. They may not know pay phones need coins. Over 95 per cent of Americans have a mobile phone. The spokesman said many local people complained about the old pay phones. People say they are dangerous and take up much needed sidewalk space. This space could help people with disabilities and families with small children.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pay Phones - Level 0 Pay Phones - Level 2   or  Pay Phones - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/02/us/nyc-pay-phone-removal-trnd/index.html
  • https://gothamist.com/news/last-remaining-pay-phones-nyc-will-be-ripped-out
  • https://nypost.com/2020/02/28/nyc-will-remove-remaining-payphones-replacing-some-with-linknyc-kiosks-report-says/


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. The end is
  2. Workers are
  3. the city's
  4. In the coming
  5. They used to be on every
  6. the pay phones are
  7. a win for
  8. navigate these crowded
  1. months
  2. outdated
  3. blocks
  4. streets
  5. pedestrians
  6. street corner
  7. near
  8. removing 30 of them

Paragraph 2

  1. Most New Yorkers may
  2. need instructions to
  3. pay phones need
  4. many local
  5. People say they are
  6. take up much needed sidewalk
  7. This space could help people
  8. families with small
  1. people complained
  2. with disabilities
  3. not notice
  4. children
  5. coins
  6. dangerous
  7. use them
  8. space

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The end (1) ___________________ New York's public pay phones. Workers are removing 30 of them from (2) ___________________. In the coming months, the other (3) ___________________. They used to be on (4) ___________________. A New York City spokesman told CNN that the pay phones (5) ___________________, "take up much-needed sidewalk space". He added: "Removing these booths is a win for pedestrians who navigate (6) ___________________."

Most New Yorkers (7) ___________________ the phones are going. Younger people may need instructions to use them. They may not know pay (8) ___________________. Over 95 per cent of Americans have a mobile phone. The spokesman (9) ___________________ people complained about the old pay phones. People say they are dangerous (10) ___________________ much needed sidewalk space. This (11) ___________________ people with disabilities and families (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheendisnearforNewYork'spublicpayphones.Workersareremoving3
0ofthemfromthecity'sstreets.Inthecomingmonths,theotherphones
willgo.Theyusedtobeoneverystreetcorner.ANewYorkCityspokesma
ntoldCNNthatthepayphonesareoutdatedand,"takeupmuch-neede
dsidewalkspace".Headded:"Removingtheseboothsisawinforpedestr
ianswhonavigatethesecrowdedblocks."MostNewYorkersmaynotnoti
cethephonesaregoing.Youngerpeoplemayneedinstructionstousethe
m.Theymaynotknowpayphonesneedcoins.Over95percentofAmeric
anshaveamobilephone.Thespokesmansaidmanylocalpeoplecomplai
nedabouttheoldpayphones.Peoplesaytheyaredangerousandtakeup
muchneededsidewalkspace.Thisspacecouldhelppeoplewithdisabiliti
esandfamilieswithsmallchildren.

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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