o Giving a child pocket money can educate them about money management, and give them a sense of independence.
o The main reason for giving pocket money is to help children learn to manage money while they are young.
o Pocket money is a great way to introduce children to the ideas of saving, spending and budgeting.
o Pocket money could be a good tool for awarding a child for something done very well.
o Even a very small amount can give a child the feeling of some independence.
o Giving kids pocket money is a great opportunity to teach children the value of money and help them understand about saving and spending.
o Giving your children money can help them to make money decisions.
o They can choose whether to spend their money now or save it up for something bigger.
o Pocket money helps the child learn to handle money sensibly.
o They can just waste money. They are not careful while spending money on frivolous and useless things.
o Young children do not know how to use pocket money appropriately.
o Pocket money could be paid to encourage good work at school and at home.
o With no supervision, a child might get into trouble in matters of money.
Exercise 3. Complete the sentences. Use the ideas of exercise 2.
1. Some people think that pocket money can cause a number of problems because ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. There is an opinion that giving a child pocket money can educate him/her about money management because ______________________________________________
3. The money can motivate them to work and study because _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Pocket money causes acquiring bad habits, such as smoking or drinking because
Exercise 5. Say and write down the arguments for giving pocket money to children. Use the example.
Opinion: Children should be given some pocket money.
Example:Firstly, pocket money is a great way to introduce children to the ideas of saving, spending and budgeting because giving your children money can help them to make money decisions. Secondly, the money can motivate them to work and study. Thirdly, having some pocket money children realize the value of money as they feel responsible to pay back for their purchases.
Opinion: Children shouldn’t be given any pocket money.
Example: Young children do not know how to use pocket money appropriately. Besides, with no supervision, a child might get into trouble in matters of money and it can lead to acquiring bad habits, such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Moreover, teenagers can just waste money because they are sometimes not careful while spending money on frivolous things.
Exercise 6. Change the underlined words and expressions. Use the example.
A number of people believe that pocket money teaches teenagers to be responsible with money.Others say that teenagers are too young to deal with money and that their parents should just buy them what they need.
Example:Many people suppose that pocket money can educate children about money management and teach them to make money decisions.Others disagree and say that with no supervision, teenagers might get into trouble in matters of money.
Exercise 7. Write the conclusion. Change the underlined words and expressions. Be sure your paragraph make sense. Use the previous exercises.
In conclusion, giving pocket money to children has both advantages and disadvantages. But I personally believe that teenagers should have a chance to get some pocket money and learn to be responsible without any supervising. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In conclusion, giving pocket money to children has both advantages and disadvantages. But I personally believe that are too young to deal with money and that their parentsshould just buy them what they need. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Exercise 8. Read the essay and analyze it as if you are a teacher. Mind the structure. Correct some mistakes. Which ideas could you find reasonable and could use them in your own essay?
Some people think that young people become more serious and sensible getting the pocket money. Others claim that teenagers can not deal with money and spend it unwisely and believe that they always buy useless things. Now I would like to express my point of view on the problem of pocket money.
Pocket money, in my opinion is very useful for teenagers. I think that pocket money helps children to learn how to plan their budget. Teenagers always want to spend their money on many things, but the amount of money is limited. Furthermore, young people begin to understand the value of money. It helps them to realize what kind of job to choose in future to earn enough money for everything they want to get.
On the other hand, many people think that teenagers waste money. I can not agree with this argument because most of us spend our money on very useful things. We buy food because we spend a lot of time at school. Teenagers buy clothes because look smart is very important today. We pay for the mobile phones and internet because without it we can not study. Moreover many people are in favour of idea how difficult to earn money in our days. I disagree because adults forget that most of us have part time job and of course we realize that to make good money we have to be hardworking, responsible and diligent.
Taking everything into consideration, there are two different points of view on this problem. To my mind parents should give their children pocket money and do not care how do they spend it (of course it is not about drugs and alcohol). I am sure that sensible spending of it teaches them a lot.