In this lesson we’ll watch and listen to a news report on a bank which has been found guilty of behaving illegally.
Discuss these topics with your partner / group:
- Do you trust big businesses?
- Should banks be more trustworthy than other organisations? Why?
- How important is it to you that a business behaves in a correct way?
Before watching and listening, think about this question:
Who is most likely to be held responsible for Barclay’s illegal activities?
Before listening, check that you understand the meaning of these words:
|Word||Part of speech||Example|
|fine||noun||I parked illegally and the fine was $80.|
|penance||noun||He’s already doing penance for his mistake. Don’t punish him any more.|
|bonus||noun||The bonus this year was only $500, on top of my salary.|
|fraud||noun||By using someone else’s credit card, she was guilty of fraud.|
|interest rate||noun||I’m getting a fantastic interest rate on my savings.|
|lending rate||noun||The lending rate on my mortgage is killing me.|
|benchmark||noun||Porsche is a benchmark automobile. All cars should be like that.|
|corporate||adjective||The corporate culture was one of greed.|
|held to account||You will be held to account for this mistake and you can expect to be punished.|
|integrity||noun||I trust him. He shows great integrity.|
Now watch the video:
Please open the exercise to continue.