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Starting Up

bankingAnswer the following questions

  • Do you like banks?
  • What are the good things about banks?
  • What are the bad things about banks?
  • What do you think of bank charges?
  • Are bank workers always helpful?
  • Has a bank ever made a mistake with your account / money?
  • Would you like to work for a bank?

Listen to the short passage about checking.

Useful Expressions
Match the related choices.

I haven’t had a chance to

2. Is there anything else

3. I’ll probably leave

4. Investing seems very hard to me.

5. Take a look at my calculus book.

Listening & Speaking

Model Dialog
Listen as the teacher reads the model dialog.
(Scenario – Alice is an accountant whose boss calls to give her guidance about making a deposit.)

Alice, have you transferred the funds to the Williams’ account yet?
Alice: No, I haven’t done that yet.
Jane: Good, there are a few changes we need to make.
Alice: Really? It’s good I haven’t had a chance to go to the bank yet. What has been changed?
Jane: They’ve asked to have the funds transferred into three different accounts. Here’s the updated information.
Alice: This looks complicated.
Jane: It’s not that difficult. Just take along the account numbers, amounts, and payment method to the bank with you.
Alice: Am I authorized to make these changes?
Jane: I can call ahead and let them know. Here’s the PIN. PIN means personal identification number.
Alice: Is there anything else I need to do?
Jane: Yes, could you make these deposits also when you go?
Alice: Certainly, which accounts do you want to use?
Jane: Deposit the checks into our savings account. Put the cash into checking.
Alice: OK, I’ll probably leave in about half an hour.

Guided Speaking

Complete the dialog, and practice it, changing roles with a partner.
(Scenario – A father is at home, trying to talk to his son.)

I haven't had a chance to -Is there anything else - It's not that difficult -I'll probably leave - This looks complicated

Father: Son, (1)    tell you about investing your money.
Son: Well, I have about ten minutes. Tell me now.
Father: It will take more time. I’ll start by showing you stocks in the newspaper.
Son: (2)    , Dad.
Father: (3)    . With a little time and study, it will pay off.
Son: (4)    in five minutes because my girlfriend is coming here.
Father: Really, you never seem to stay in one spot for more than a minute.
Son: I know, Dad. I’m sorry. (5)    you want to tell me?
Father: Yes, there is so much I want to tell you.
Son: There’s the doorbell. She’s here. I have to go. See you later, Dad.

Line Graphs

Read the graph, and see how financial services of banks have changed due to non-face-to face services


1. Look at the graph above, and complete the sentences below.

a. In June 2009, the proportion of face-to-face banking services at local branches was only
  %, while non-face-to-face services accounted for    %.
b. The preferred way to make deposits and withdrawals was    ,which made up  %.

Focus on Usage

Focus on Usage (yet vs. already)

• Have you transferred the funds to the Williams’ account yet?
• I haven’t done that yet.
• I’ve already done it.
• Have you finished your homework already?

Reading and Discussions

Read the following passage, and answer the questions.
Use the words provided below each question.

Checking Accounts

Checks are used all over the world in many different ways. In the United States, many people have personal check books. Shoppers often pay at shops and supermarkets by check. Sometimes shops encounter problems with these checks. If there isn’t enough money in the customer’s bank account, the check “bounces.” This means the check is not accepted by the bank and is returned to the shop. At first, the shops don’t get their money, so they wait a little while. Later they try again, hoping that this time there will be enough money in the account. Having checks bounce isn’t good for the customer who issued the check either. Each time the bank bounces a check, it charges the customer a fine. This could become a lot of money if the shop continues to submit the check for payment. The final outcome could be that the shop doesn’t get its money and the customer receives a lot of fines.
In England, shops are protected from bounced checks. Nearly everyone who has a personal check book also has a bank debit card that serves as a check guarantee up to a certain amount. This is the same card that you would use to pay for goods and services or withdraw money from the ATM.
The bankers will pay the shop its money even if there isn’t any money left in the customer’s bank account.

check: a note promising a sum of money to be paid to a certain person
account: a bank record of deposits and withdrawals by a person or business
bounce: (for a check) to be sent back
fine: money to be paid as a penalty
debit card: a bankcard used to make electronic withdrawals from a bank account
ATM: Automated Teller Machine, an electronic banking machine in a public place

1. According to the reading passage, why is it that bounced checks are bad for both the
customer and the shop?

                       issue, charge, fine, submit

Your answer may begin like: The shop doesn’t get its money because of the bounced check and ....

2. Why do you think more people prefer to pay by check than by cash?

        convenient, carry, dangerous, lose, paper

Your answer may begin like: It’s because checks are much more convenient than cash in many ways. Imagine ....