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Bitcoin

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: In the news

  • 80 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of extracts from an authentic radio show about technology
  • Be able to use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions on the main ideas and details of the radio show
  • Define key vocabulary from the radio show and use it in sentences
  • Relate the content of the radio show to your own opinions and experience
  • Learn some short phrases for speaking more clearly and use them in response to new situations

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Discuss the questions with another student, and then check your answers in the video in Warm up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce general concepts of money and its use as a store of value and medium of exchange.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and check your ideas from Warm up 1.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to check their ideas from Warm up 1. so that they have an understanding of the general theory and purpose of money.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read 'Bitcoin explained' and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
This prepares students for the listening activities in Main ideas and Detail.
Language notes

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to predict and then identify the main ideas in the radio show.

Suggested answers
The show follows Syl Turner, who bought some bitcoins about 10 years ago, but lost the hard drive they were on. He tries to find the hard drive in his attic, but there is too much stuff in there and he can't find it. An expert in bitcoin unsuccessfully tries to help. The show also explains how bitcoin transactions work.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Look at the script lines and match the definitions to the words and phrases. You do not need to use all the definitions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the key language from the audio.
This prepares students for the Practice activity.
Language notes

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the sentences about technology. You will need to change the form of some of the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give practice using the key language.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language.
Ensure that students use the correct forms of the words.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen to the radio show again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific information in the radio show.
Students can read a transcript of the show at: www.npr.org/2018/01/18/578800271/finding-your-lost-bitcoins

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the ideas from the radio show according to their own opinions.
Suggested answers
Students will have their own answers. Some might say that if you know what you're doing, you can make a lot of money by buying bitcoin when it is cheap and selling when it is expensive. They may say that trading small amounts of bitcoin could be a good way to learn how markets work, which might be useful for a career in business. Others will point out that it is extremely risky, and there is a real risk that you could lose a lot of money.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to extend the topic of the lesson and to allow students to express their own opinions on money and wealth.
Have students make their notes individually or in pairs before presenting to each other in small groups.
After students have finished presenting, you could have them vote for the most interesting, intelligent, or funniest presentation.

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Look at the list of short phrases that make your speech clearer and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise identifying and using informal phrases in their speech.
This is just an introduction to these phrases, and there are more sophisticated ways of using phrases like this. This activity is mainly an introduction to these phrases.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson, questions they still have, and what they found difficult.

 
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