PayPal, the future is now. That's the theme of the e-commerce company's Super Bowl commercial, which is set to air during the first quarter of Sunday's CBS telecast. The 45-second spot marks the brand's first big-game appearance. Read more >>
I always look forward to the Super Bowl every year, not because I'm a fan of American football (I'm not!), but because you can usually rely on there being some ads that can be used in class. So far, this year's ads have been disappointing apart from this one featuring Christopher Walken, which I liked, but which is a bit too 'weird' for my students. However, this ad for PayPal is perfect - plenty of good visuals and onscreen text.
1. Stop the ad after about 12 seconds and see if students can define 'new money'.
2. What do you mean if you say something is 'not a dirty word'?
3. What is meant by the phrase 'old money closes at five'?
4. Work on vocabulary: cash, banknotes, bills, dollar, buck, grand, coins, nickel, dime.
5. What does the phrasal verb 'move over' mean?
6. Discuss other forms of old and new means of payment (cash, cheques, credit card, debit card, mobile devices such as smartphones and watches, Apple Pay).
7. Get students to talk about how they pay for their purchases. You could get them to produce a market survey questionnaire.
• Contactless Payment (VISA)
• What are contactless payment cards? (London Transport)
• Previous Super Bowl posts on The English Blog
• PayPal says it's the future of money in its first Super Bowl ad (The Verge)