Конспект уроку на тему: "People and money"

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Навчальний рівень: 


- to enrich students' vocabulary;

- to develop the ability of reading for specific information;

- to develop listening skills;

- to develop students' speaking skills by expressing their vision of the problem;

- to make students aware of t he values in life and the place of money in the modern society;

- to support reasonable attitude to spending money.

Equipment: copies of the text, cards with vocabulary tasks, recordings.



T. Today we are going to start with a statement " I f you want to check a person, give him money." What is your attitude to the idea? (Students express their opinions.)

T. As you can see, we are going to talk about money and its influence on people.



Complete the sentences using the words: wealthy, afford, on, cost, bargain, broke, overdrawn, lend, earns, owe.

1 . An expression for ' t o be in the red' is ' to be ____'.

2. An expression for ' t o have no money' is ' t o be ____'.

3. I got a really good ____ in the sale. A pullover for only 5$.

4. Another adjective for 'rich' is '____ '.

5. You can borrow money from a bank. In other words, a bank can ____ people money.

6. I can't ____ to buy a new car. They are too expensive.

7. I ____ the bank 3000$.

8. We spend lots of money ____ food.

9. She is quite rich now — she ____ lots of money in her job.

10. I'd like a new coat, but they ____ too much.

Key: 1) overdrawn; 2) broke; 3) bargain; 4) wealthy; 5) lend; 6) afford; 7) owe; 8) on; 9) earns; 10) cost.


Which of the following phrases mean 'being rich' and which mean 'being poor'?

Would you be happy or miserable if you:

- fell on hard times? (Poor.)

- lived in the lap of luxury? (Rich.)

- couldn't make ends meet? (Poor.)

- were made of money? (Rich.)

- were down and out? (Poor.)

- had to tighten your belt? (Poor.)

- lived on a shoestring? (Poor.)


While reading

Read the newspaper article about an old lady who left 500000 pounds when she died. What is strange about the way the old woman lived? Why do you think she chose to live like that? Give your opinion.


She had lived alone in a six-bedroom home for fifteen years, and dressed in second hand clothes from jumble sales. She only went out twice a day — early in the morning, to look for useful things on the beach to take home, and then for a session on the fruit machines later on.

Among the rubbish found in her house after her death were her diaries. She had written down every penny she spent, including jumble sale bargains and anything she won on the fruit machines.

Grocer, George Bumstead, 70, says: 'Every Monday she used to come into my shop and buy her weekly order of six eggs, seven bananas and seven pounds of potatoes. The order never changed, and all she had to cook with was an old gas cooker with two rings — the oven didn't work.

The irony of t h e story is that this eccentric old lady, who used to love watching American soap operas, could have lived in the extravagant style of her favourite soap opera 'Dallas' if she had wanted to.

After reading


Do you prefer to spend or save money? Give your reasons.

What do you spend your money on? What do you save your money for?


Are you a 'Shopaholic'?

Answer yes or no. Compare your answers with your friends' replies.

a) Do you always pay cash when you go shopping?

b) Do you feel guilty when you spend a lot of money?

c) Do you only go shopping when you have something specific to buy?

d) Do you usually know how much you have in your purse?

e) Do you sometimes waste money?

f) Do you often owe people money?

g) Do you save money regularly?

h) Do you sometimes go shopping intending to spend a lot of money?

i ) Do you hide what you bought from your parents?


Score one point for each of the following answers:

a) no; b) no; c) no; d) no; e) yes; f) yes; g) no; h) yes; i) yes.

The more points you have got, the more careful you should be with money. Look through the article about a girl suffering from a disease of shopaholism. Imagine that the girl wrote a letter to a magazine explaining her problem, asking for advice. Write the letter that she wrote. Start like this:

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to you for advice because I don't know whom to turn to. It all began... Then exchange your letters with other students.


After splashing out three hundred pounds on t e n pairs of shoes a young girl found that shopping developed into an obsession which left her with debts. This condition known as shopaholism is on the increase all over the country. Diane used to go shopping to cheer herself up. It began with small items of underwear or make-up and developed into buying clothes she didn't need. The habit can only be broken by treating the symptoms in the same way as a drug addict or an alcoholic.


While listening

Listen to the text. Think of the positive and negative traits of character of its heroes.


by A. Cronin

Robert lost both his parents at an early age and was brought up in the family of his grandparents whom he was told to call Mama and Papa. At the beginning of January Mama received a letter. She gave a cry of joy. " From Adam. He is coming on Saturday at one o'clock. On business..." Adam wasn't a frequent visitor to the house. He had been out of touch with the family for some time, so Robert had no opportunity of seeing him yet. Mama told him what a wonderful boy Adam had been — how he had bought and sold a bicycle at a profit of ten shillings before he was thirteen; how a year later he got interested in business; how now, at twenty-seven, he was considered a reliable official by most of t he businessmen he dealt with and earned four hundred pounds a year, even more than Papa.

At one o'clock on Saturday a car pulled up at the door. Adam entered smiling wearing a fashionable coat, and greeted everybody cheerfully.

He sat down to the rich meal which Mama had put before him. The family had had their poor dinner an hour earlier...

After Adam had spoken to the grown-ups about things that Robert did not understand, he turned to the boy and said: "I hope you'll see me to the station, I want to make you a little present."

He showed the boy a gold coin and said: "Money... Money is everything. Not a bad idea to understand it while you are young. Don't think that I don't like spending money. I like to eat the best, to wear the best, to stop at the best hotels. I like everybody running after me. And now look at Grandpa. What is his position? He lives mostly on bread and water."

Waiting for Adam downstairs, Robert thought of t h e day when with pockets full of money he would walk into a restaurant and order an expensive meal. He looked forward to receiving the present Adam would buy him with a gold coin. He was ready to serve him and took the bag which was much heavier than he had expected.

"What sort of present would you like?"

"Anything will do, Adam," the boy said.

"No, no. It must be something you'd really like."

" I ' d be glad to have a pair of skates."

"Oh! Skates! Well, I don't know. You can't skate all year round. A football would be better. But the boys will

 play with it. They will lose it. I know what I'll give you. It will please Mama." The train was at t h e platform. Adam jumped into the first class carriage, took the bag and disappeared for a moment. Then he gave Robert through the window a big brass calendar.

"Take it, Robert. Isn't it lovely?"

"Oh, yes, thank you," the boy answered in a trembling voice. When he came home, he went upstairs to show his preset to Grandpa.

" I t ' s not gold, is it, Grandpa?"

" N o , " he said. "If it is from Adam, you may be sure it is brass."

There was silence. At last he turned and looked at Robert's gloomy face. " D o you feel like skating?" he asked. "I've got no skates," Robert said with tears in his eyes.

"We'll see what we can d o , " Grandpa answered and went downstairs to look for the skates. In half an hour Grandpa fixed the skates on and began to teach the boy how to skate. Robert was happy as he moved about on the ice. As they walked home Grandpa asked: "Did you enjoy skating?"

"Oh, Grandpa, it was lovely, simply wonderful!"

Later that evening the boy thought: " N o , money isn't everything. I don't want those running waiters. What joy it was with those old skates! No, money isn't everything."

After listening


How can you describe the main characters?

What impression did Adam and his ideas about money make on Robert at first?

What made Robert change his attitude to Adam and his ideas?

What is your idea about money?

What is the message of t he story?

Work with proverbs Comment on the following proverbs.

Money answers all things.

Money makes the man.

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain.

Problem solving

T: Money plays the major role in some people's lives. Others think that there are more important things that deserve our attention — family, friends, human values.

What about you?

Can you do without money?

Can you buy everything with money?

What cannot you buy with money?

How would you spend a million if you had one?

Are you going to make a fortune?

What does money mean in your life?

How does money affect your life?


Write a reply to Diane's letter (the letter written during the creative writing part). Use expressions of advice such as:

Why don't you...

Couldn't you...

You should...

If I were you...


1. Harris M., Mower D., Sikorzhinska A. Opportunities intermediate. Students' book. — Longman, 2004.

2. Harris M., Mower D., Sikorzhinska A. Opportunities upper- intermediate. Students' book. — Longman, 2004.

3. Cunningham G. Matters pre-intermediate. — Longman

Джерело: English. – 2010. - № 17- с. 5-7.

Suggested level - B1 intermediate

Tetiana Antonova,

a teacher of English,


Velyka Novosilka, Donets'k region

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