Discuss some questions before reading the text
1. How much do you spend on food every week?
2. Is your phone bill expensive?
3. Is water free in restaurants?
4. What is the price of a liter of milk?
5. Are train fares cheep?
6. Do women earn more than men?
Read the text and translate it.
Father: My son and his pocket money...I give Robert enough pocket money to eat at the school cafeteria for meal break.
Sometimes he would like to eat a little something special and he will ask for a little more and most times he gets enough for that as well. So far so good. There is a little kiosk in the school that sells stationeries. Recently he has been bringing his savings to buy these extras that he obviously doesn’t need...it was okay at first with the odd brand here and there... But recently, he started to purchase the more expensive ones and this has led him to take more and more money to school!
My wife is as worried as me about the overspending.
We have spoken to him many times about it, but it has become something like an addiction to him...
Everyday, he will buy something from that shop. His desk at home is littered with more than enough stationery to last a few lifetimes...
- keep his savings?
- reduce his allowance?
He is 9 years old. Talking doesn’t seem to help.
Correct these false sentences:
a. Robert always buys food from the school canteen.
b. Robert brings his savings to buy the extras that he needs.
c. Robert realizes his addiction.
d. Robert’s mother is more worried than his father.
Read the text and tick the right answer:
The father is complaining about:
- His son’s overspending.
- His son’s bad school results.
- His son’s friends.
He is 15 years old. I’m 15 years old, too. He is…………………………
She spends 15 dinars each week. I spend 15 dinars each week, too. She spends …………………………………………………………………… (much/money)
Now, let’s talk:
Do you get enough pocket money? Are you overspending?
Do you purchase extras that you don’t need? Is it an addiction?
Which is more hard-earned? The pocket money or the father’s paycheque?
Write the answers in a few-line paragraph and describe yourself.