The Reading / Listening - Pay Phones - Level 2

The end is coming for New York's public pay phones. Workers are removing them all from the city's streets. Pay phones used to be on every street corner in the city. Workers have started the removal work by taking away 30 phones from one area of the city. In the coming months, the other phones will go. A New York City spokesman told the CNN news agency that: "The antiquated and outdated pay phone booths take up much-needed sidewalk space. 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 have to read the instructions to use a pay phone. They may not know pay phones need coins. Public phones are no longer needed. Over 95 per cent of Americans have a mobile phone. New Yorkers no longer want the pay phones. An official said he received many complaints from local people about the old pay phones. People say they are dangerous and take up much needed sidewalk space. This space could better help people with disabilities and families with small children.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pay Phones - Level 0 Pay Phones - Level 1   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 removing
  3. the city's
  4. phones used to be on every
  5. started the removal
  6. In the coming
  7. take up much-needed
  8. Removing these booths is a win
  1. for pedestrians
  2. street corner
  3. work
  4. coming
  5. sidewalk space
  6. them
  7. months
  8. streets

Paragraph 2

  1. may not notice the phones
  2. read the
  3. pay phones need
  4. New Yorkers no longer
  5. complaints from
  6. take up much needed
  7. better help people
  8. families with
  1. with disabilities
  2. coins
  3. local people
  4. small children
  5. instructions
  6. are going
  7. sidewalk space
  8. want the pay phones

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ for New York's public pay phones. Workers are (2) ___________________ from the city's streets. Pay phones used to be on every street corner in the city. Workers have started the (3) ___________________ taking away 30 phones from one area of the city. In (4) ___________________, the other phones will go. A New York City spokesman told the CNN news agency that: "The antiquated (5) ___________________ phone booths take up much-needed sidewalk space. Removing these booths is a win for pedestrians who navigate (6) ___________________."

Most New Yorkers (7) ___________________ the phones are going. Younger people may have to (8) ___________________ to use a pay phone. They may not know pay phones need coins. Public phones are (9) ___________________. Over 95 per cent of Americans have a mobile phone. New Yorkers no longer want the pay phones. An official said he received (10) ___________________ local people about the old pay phones. People say they are dangerous (11) ___________________ much needed sidewalk space. This space could better help people with disabilities (12) ___________________ small children.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheendiscomingforNewYork'spublicpayphones.Workersareremovin
gthemallfromthecity'sstreets.Payphonesusedtobeoneverystreetcor
nerinthecity.Workershavestartedtheremovalworkbytakingaway30
phonesfromoneareaofthecity.Inthecomingmonths,theotherphones
willgo.ANewYorkCityspokesmantoldtheCNNnewsagencythat:"Thea
ntiquatedandoutdatedpayphoneboothstakeupmuch-neededsidewa
lkspace.Removingtheseboothsisawinforpedestrianswhonavigateth
esecrowdedblocks."MostNewYorkersmaynotnoticethephonesaregoi
ng.Youngerpeoplemayhavetoreadtheinstructionstouseapayphone.
Theymaynotknowpayphonesneedcoins.Publicphonesarenolongern
eeded.Over95percentofAmericanshaveamobilephone.NewYorkers
nolongerwantthepayphones.Anofficialsaidhereceivedmanycomplai
ntsfromlocalpeopleabouttheoldpayphones.Peoplesaytheyaredange
rousandtakeupmuchneededsidewalkspace.Thisspacecouldbetterhe
lppeoplewithdisabilitiesandfamilieswithsmallchildren.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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