The Reading / Listening - Level 1

The World Pie Eating Championships ended in disaster because the pies were too big. A worker ordered pies that were the wrong size. They were twice as big as they should be. The competition stopped because the rules were broken. The pies should be a diameter of 12cm and a depth of 3.5cm. The meat and potatoes should be no bigger than 1cm. A fitness instructor had the fastest eating time of 42.6 seconds before the contest ended.



The World Pie Eating Championship has been held since 1992. It started with people eating pies as fast as they could. Healthy-eating guidelines changed that, so people now eat just one pie as quickly as they can and not as many pies as they can. In 2006, a vegetable pie was added. In 2005, people were angry because the pies were not from the competition's town. In 2007, the competition ran out of pies.

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Sources
  • http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/world-pie-eating-championships-declared-8313400
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Pie_Eating_Championship
  • http://www.skynews.com.au/news/offbeat/2014/12/20/world-pie-eating-champs-abandoned.html#sthash.IQxVBQRp.dpuf


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

ended in

a.

rules were broken

2.

the pies were

b.

they should be

3.

A worker ordered

c.

of 12cm

4.

the wrong

d.

pies

5.

They were twice as big as

e.

disaster

6.

The competition stopped because the

f.

size

7.

a diameter

g.

the contest ended

8.

42.6 seconds before

h.

too big



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

held since

a.

pies as they can

2.

It started with people

b.

pie was added

3.

Healthy-

c.

eating pies

4.

eople now eat just one pie

d.

competition's town

5.

as many

e.

out of pies

6.

In 2006, a vegetable

f.

eating guidelines

7.

the pies were not from the

g.

1992

8.

the competition ran

h.

as quickly as they can

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The World Pie Eating Championships (1) ___________________ because the pies (2) ___________________. A worker ordered pies that were the wrong size. They (3) ___________________ as they should be. The competition stopped because the rules were broken. The pies should be (4) ___________________ and a depth of 3.5cm. The meat and potatoes (5) ___________________ than 1cm. A fitness instructor had the fastest eating time of 42.6 seconds (6) ___________________ ended.

The World Pie Eating Championship (7) ___________________ 1992. It started (8) ___________________ pies as fast as they could. Healthy-eating (9) ___________________ that, so people now eat just one (10) ___________________ they can and not as many pies as they can. In 2006, (11) ___________________ was added. In 2005, people were angry because the pies were not from the competition's town. In 2007, (12) ___________________ out of pies.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

TheWorldPieEatingChampionshipsendedindisasterbecausethepies
weretoobig.Aworkerorderedpiesthatwerethewrongsize.Theyweret
wiceasbigastheyshouldbe.Thecompetitionstoppedbecausetherules
werebroken.Thepiesshouldbeadiameterof12cmandadepthof3.5cm.
Themeatandpotatoesshouldbenobiggerthan1cm.Afitnessinstructor
hadthefastesteatingtimeof42.6secondsbeforethecontestended.The
WorldPieEatingChampionshiphasbeenheldsince1992.Itstartedwith
peopleeatingpiesasfastastheycould.Healthy-eatingguideli
neschangedthat,sopeoplenoweatjustonepieasquicklyastheycanand
notasmanypiesastheycan.In2006,avegetablepiewasadded.In2005,
peoplewereangrybecausethepieswerenotfromthecompetition'stow
n.In2007,thecompetitionranoutofpies.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about pies for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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