Filming cash machines is a great way to get suspicious looks from members of the public. In my case, I was even lucky enough to be approached by an employee of the bank who asked me what on earth I was doing. I don’t know if she believed me when I said that I was filming cash withdrawals for my students.
- Language level: Intermediate (B1)
- Learner type: Teens; Adults; Business
- Time: 45 minutes
- Activity: Reading instructions; Speaking
- Topic: Money
- Language: Present continuous (passive)
- Materials: Video; Worksheet
Lesson plan outline
- Tell your students that they are going to play a game. You will think of an object and they have to guess what it is by asking closed questions (closed = you can only answer yes or no). The object in question is a cash machine.
- Elicit as much vocabulary and language as possible relating to cash machines.
- Tell your students that you have nine pieces of paper – each one contains an instruction that may appear on the screen of a cash machine (these are included in the PDF download). Ask students if they can predict any of these instructions.
- Quickly stick the nine Cash machine instructions on the classroom walls (in random order).
- Ask students to stand up, walk around the classroom and copy the nine instructions into their books in the order that they would expect to see them if they were withdrawing money.
- Let everyone share and compare their answers.
- Show students the YouTube clip Learn English with cash machines and let them correct their answers. Answers:
- Please insert your card
- Your card details are being checked
- Please key in the PIN
- Which service do you require?
- Please key in the amount you require then press ‘Enter’
- Would you like an advice slip with your cash?
- Please remove your card and your cash will follow shortly
- Your cash is being counted
- Please take your cash
- Ask students if they can recall all four names for the machines in question (Cash machine; Automated teller machine (ATM); Hole in the wall; Cash point)
- Tell your students which term you use. Ask them which one they like.
- Give out copies of the Cash Machine Worksheet (included in the PDF download) and ask students to try to work, guess or remember the answers before they see the clip again.
- Play the clip a second time.
- Do feedback.