The Reading / Listening - Phone Zombies - Level 1

Honolulu will soon ban people from walking across the road while using mobile phones. The new law starts in October. It says no one can cross a street or road while looking at mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. There is a $15-$35 fine. People who break the law for a second time will get a $99 fine. Honolulu's mayor said the law was because there were many injuries and deaths when pedestrians use mobile devices.



People who text while walking are called "phone zombies". The ban is so people know more about the dangers of texting while walking. The mayor said there were too many accidents in Honolulu. He added that if people had more common sense, he would not have to pass this law. Another lawmaker said we have a lot of technology today but we forget about staying safe. The new law is like one that bans texting while driving.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Phone Zombies - Level 0 Phone Zombies - Level 2   or  Phone Zombies - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.govtech.com/policy/Honolulu-Distracted-Walking-Law-Outlaws-Texting-within-Crosswalks.html
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/29/540140824/its-now-illegal-to-text-while-crossing-the-street-in-honolulu
  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/honolulu-bans-texting-while-crossing-the-street-2017-07-29


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The new law starts
  2. It says no one can cross
  3. There is a $15-$35
  4. break the
  5. for a second
  6. Honolulu's
  7. there were many injuries
  8. pedestrians
  1. fine
  2. and deaths
  3. time
  4. use mobile devices
  5. in October
  6. law
  7. mayor
  8. a street or road

Paragraph 2

  1. People who text while walking are called
  2. The ban is so people
  3. there were too
  4. if people had more common
  5. pass this
  6. we have a lot of technology
  7. we forget about staying
  8. one that bans
  1. today
  2. "phone zombies"
  3. texting
  4. law
  5. safe
  6. many accidents
  7. know
  8. sense

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Honolulu (1) ___________________ ban people from walking (2) ___________________ while using mobile phones. The new law starts in October. It says (3) ___________________ cross a street or road while looking at mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. There is a $15-$35 fine. People (4) ___________________ law for a second time will get a $99 fine. Honolulu's mayor said (5) ___________________ because there were many (6) ___________________ when pedestrians use mobile devices.

People who text while (7) ___________________ called "phone zombies". The (8) ___________________ people know more about the (9) ___________________ while walking. The mayor said there were too many accidents in Honolulu. He added that if people had more (10) ___________________, he would not have to pass this law. Another lawmaker said we have a lot of technology today but we (11) ___________________ staying safe. The new (12) ___________________ one that bans texting while driving.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Honoluluwillsoonbanpeoplefromwalkingacrosstheroadwhileusingm
obilephones.ThenewlawstartsinOctober.Itsaysnoonecancrossastre
etorroadwhilelookingatmobilephones,tabletsanddigitalcameras.Th
ereisa$15-$35fine.Peoplewhobreakthelawforasecondtimewillge
ta$99fine.Honolulu'smayorsaidthelawwasbecausethereweremanyi
njuriesanddeathswhenpedestriansusemobiledevices.Peoplewhotex
twhilewalkingarecalled"phonezombies".Thebanissopeopleknowmor
eaboutthedangersoftextingwhilewalking.Themayorsaidthereweret
oomanyaccidentsinHonolulu.Headdedthatifpeoplehadmorecommo
nsense,hewouldnothavetopassthislaw.Anotherlawmakersaidwehav
ealotoftechnologytodaybutweforgetaboutstayingsafe.Thenewlawisl
ikeonethatbanstextingwhiledriving.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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