(Updated on 09/07/2016)


  • Gold Costs More than Money - a lesson plan
    "This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video produced by Hothouse Productions in collaboration with The NO Project, an award-winning global educational campaign that specifically targets youth awareness of human trafficking through music, art, dance, film, animation, sport, creative writing and social media. In the lesson students practice vocabulary related to gold, discuss the symbolism of gold, watch and analyse a short video and research ethical gold."


  • Eight billionaires as rich as half the world (January 18, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The world's eight richest men have as much money as half the world. Eight billionaires are as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world."
    Try the same news story at these easier levels:  
     Income Inequality - Level 0Income Inequality - Level 1   or  Income Inequality - Level 2

    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

  • Fake tech support scams on the rise (June 24, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Fraudsters are using a new method to trick people into parting with their money."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2

  • Money can buy happiness (April 11, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A song from the famous English pop group the Beatles told us that money can't buy us love.
    Many people also believe that money cannot buy happiness. In fact..."

  • Man sells British countryside air to China (February 16, 2016) - a lesson plan with audio
    "An English entrepreneur has started a booming business from selling bottled, British countryside air to Chinese consumers."


  • Money makes you a bad person (March 20, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A researcher has made a report that says having a lot of money makes you a bad person."

  • HSBC bank helped the rich hide money - a lesson plan with AUDIO - 12 February 2015
    "The BBC says that HSBC, the world's largest bank, helped rich people to hide money so they would not have to pay tax."

  • Man sues New York City for $2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (May 21, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "There is a phrase in English when someone gets a big salary that they earn ''telephone numbers''.
    A man in New York is suing the city, and others, for so much that it is almost impossible to think of a comparison."

  • Half-a-billion dollars of bitcoins disappear (March 04, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Almost 500 million dollars of bitcoins disappeared from a company in Japan.
    The company is called Mt. Gox and it was one of the world's biggest dealers in bitcoins."

  • Saudi prince spends $19m on Disney party (June 5, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A Saudi Arabian prince spent close to $20 million on a party at Euro Disney near Paris."


Saudi prince spends $19-million on three-day Disneyland party to celebrate graduation

  • Digital currency site removed from Web (June 1, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "An Internet site that let users change real money for digital currency has been shut down by the USA's Department of Justice."

  • Teenager makes millions with news app (March 27, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A British teenager has become a multi-millionaire after selling an app he created to web giant Yahoo. The deal is reported to be worth up to 30 million dollars."

  • Study shows money makes us worry (March 17, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
    "A new study from the BBC shows that looking after money isn't easy. Over 109,000 people took part in the BBC's Big Money Test.
    It was one of the biggest ever studies on the psychology of money."

  • Asia has most of the world's billionaires (March 3, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A newly-published report on global wealth says that for the first time, Asia has more dollar billionaires than the USA."

  • Super-rich 'hiding' over $21 trillion (July 24, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
    "The world's wealthiest people have over $21 trillion dollars - that's 21 followed by 12 zeroes - hidden away from the tax authorities."

  • Lesson Plan on Money and Greed
    "This lesson is based on an award-winning comedy short film called The Black Hole  directed by Philip Sansom and Olly Williams, and the themes of black holes, money and greed."

    + VIDEOS


  • Half Of World’s Richest 1% Live In U.S. (6th January, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio

  • U.K. says goodbye to 500-euro notes (14 May, 2010) - a lesson plan with audio
    THEMES : Money / Criminals

    500 euro note - why criminals love it so - 13 May 2010
    "In some countries they're known as "Bin Ladens" - the banknote everybody knows exists but few, other than criminals, ever see.
    Now the 500 euro note is being withdrawn from sale in the UK...
    After eight months of rigorous analysis of currency trading in the UK, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has established that the 500 euro note is at the heart of money laundering. The reason is simple: it's easier to shift."

    + A VIDEO




    • Consumer society.
      "The consumer society is a human society strongly influenced by consumerism.
      The term describes a critical view of over-consumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items.
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    • Consumer society - a lesson plan
      "The aim of this lesson is to give students practice in reading for information and argument in an article about consumer society and give them an opportunity to discuss their opinions about the topic."

  • Kids and Cash - a lesson plan
    OBJECTIVE : Students will understand the following:
    1. A bank pays interest to people who put money in it.
    2. A bank charges interest to people who borrow money from it.
    3. A bank charges higher interest to borrowers than it pays to savers.

  • British Royal Finances Online
    - a lesson "a news article, listening (MP3 file) , communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."

    The minted Royals
    "Debate over the civil list is often anything but civil. Already wealthy by anyone's standards, the Royals still controversially receive a sizeable chunk of public money."

  • Bank services
    Vocabulary | Practice | Follow-Up