If you want to talk with your more advanced students about money, this cashless society lesson plan might be of your interest. It looks into countries that are going cashless, i.e. where people almost only use digital payment methods. The lesson plan includes a lot of vocabulary and speaking tasks.
VOCABULARY & SPEAKING
First, students need to revise some vocabulary connected with money, payments and banking. They have to complete sentences with words given. There are such words and phrases as a piggy bank, a contactless card, to tap or to withdraw. Words included in that task will be helpful in the next exercise in which students have to use prompts (photos) to talk about money. There are 6 photos showing different aspects connected with payment methods. Students have to discuss them and tell what have changed over the years when it comes to money, payments and banking. Next, they move to another speaking activity, but this time they need to choose one payment method and think of its pros and cons. Encourage your students to take into consideration such issues as speed, security, costs, etc.
VIDEO & DISCUSSION
Before watching the video, students have to learn some words that might be helpful while doing a comprehension task. Therefore, students read some sentences and have to match underlined words/phrases with their meanings provided. Make sure that they understand the vocab correctly before moving to the video. Then, let your students watch the video twice and answer open-ended questions concerning the issues presented in the video. The video is also a great starting point for a discussion about cashless society, its downsides and people who might suffer due to such a change.
Extra worksheet – Money Phrases and Idioms
We’ve prepared a one-page extra vocabulary worksheet to focus on idioms and phrases around money. Actually, the common denominator is names for American money. Your students will learn what a penny, nickel or dime is and more importantly discover such phrases as put in your two cents, make a quick buck, worth every penny. As usual, the worksheet ends up with some discussion points so that your students can use newly acquired language.