Put the correct words from the table below in the article

1. (a) hunting (b) hunted (c) hunters (d) hint
2. (a) with (b) by (c) at (d) for
3. (a) inside (b) instep (c) instead (d) instant
4. (a) moons (b) planets (c) suns (d) stars
5. (a) immediate (b) immediateness (c) immediacy (d) immediately
6. (a) storing (b) having (c) keeping (d) holding
7. (a) problems (b) problematic (c) problem (d) a problem
8. (a) pear (b) pair (c) pare (d) peer
9. (a) in (b) on (c) down (d) out
10. (a) luck (b) luckless (c) lucky (d) luckily
11. (a) seconds (b) watch (c) clock (d) time
12. (a) was (b) as (c) has (d) were

New Zealand police are (1) ____ for a couple who received nearly US$8 million (2) ____ mistake from their bank. The couple applied to Westpac Bank for a NZ$10,000 overdraft. Bank employees made a huge mistake. They deposited NZ$10 million into their customers bank account (3) ____ of giving them the loan facility. The couple probably thanked their lucky (4) ____. They took the money and ran. The pair, an Asian man and his New Zealand girlfriend, left the country (5) ____. However, they did not take all of the money with them. New Zealand police have told Interpol about the couple leaving the country, so there is now an international manhunt for them. Westpac officials are (6) ____ how much the couple took a secret.

The couple live in the town of Rotorua on New Zealands north island. They ran a gas station which had money (7) ____. They applied for the overdraft to help with their financial difficulties. Locals say the (8) ____ left a note on the door of the gas station saying it had closed (9) ____. A banking lecturer, Claire Matthews from New Zealands Massey University, told the local Newstalk ZB radio station that the couples (10) ____ would soon run out. She said: "They've taken funds that they're not entitled to, that are not theirs.They've [really] become thieves. She said it would only be a matter of (11) ____ before the police caught them. A Westpac Bank spokesman said the bank and police were treating the couple (12) ____ criminals.


Complete this table about your mistakes. Talk about what you wrote to your partner. Change partners and share what you heard.

Mistake What happened? How did you feel? How do you feel now?

Split up into two groups of students A and students B. Students A strongly believe banks are wonderful places we can trust 100 per cent. Students B strongly believe banks should never be trusted. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.


13. Are you tired of companies making mistakes? Talk about these with your partner(s). Vote as a group what kind of company makes the most mistakes:

bank / credit card company telephone Internet / companies school supermarket clothes store online company airline restaurant


14. Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word millionaire. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

15. Search the Internet and find out more about bank errors. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.


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