The Reading / Listening - Level 0

A new sweet potato won the 2016 World Food Prize. The sweet potato has extra Vitamin A. This means it has more nutrition. A researcher said farmers didn't want to help him grow the potato. He said: "They told me it was a bad idea." The farmers wanted more potatoes, not extra nutrition.



The sweet potato could stop people dying from not enough Vitamin This harms 140 million children in 118 countries. It affects millions of pregnant women. It also makes children blind. The prize-winning sweet potatoes could help people get enough Vitamin A. Maybe farmers will grow more vegetables with extra nutrition.

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Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com /news/science-environment-37619154
  • http:// iowapublicradio.org /post/historic-move-world-food-prize-honors-four-laureate-team#stream/0
  • http:// pulse.ng /food_drinks_travel/world-food-prize-sweet-potato-vitamin-a-research-emerges-winner-id5601487.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A new sweet potato won the
  2. The sweet potato has extra
  3. This means it
  4. farmers didn't want to
  5. grow the
  6. They told
  7. it was a
  8. The farmers wanted
  1. me
  2. has more nutrition
  3. help him
  4. bad idea
  5. 2016 World Food Prize
  6. more potatoes
  7. Vitamin A
  8. potato

Paragraph 2

  1. The sweet potato could stop people
  2. from not
  3. This harms 140 million children
  4. pregnant
  5. It also makes children
  6. The prize-winning
  7. help people
  8. grow more vegetables with extra
  1. get enough Vitamin A
  2. in 118 countries
  3. blind
  4. nutrition
  5. dying
  6. enough Vitamin A
  7. sweet potatoes
  8. women

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new sweet (1) ___________________ 2016 World Food Prize. The sweet potato (2) ___________________ Vitamin A. This means (3) ___________________ nutrition. A researcher said farmers didn't want (4) ___________________ grow the potato. He said: "They told me it was (5) ___________________." The farmers wanted more potatoes, not (6) ___________________.

The sweet (7) ___________________ stop people dying from not (8) ___________________ A. This harms 140 million children in 118 countries. (9) ___________________ millions of pregnant women. It also makes (10) ___________________. The prize-winning sweet potatoes (11) ___________________ people get enough Vitamin A. Maybe farmers (12) ___________________ vegetables with extra nutrition.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewsweetpotatowonthe2016WorldFoodPrize.Thesweetpotatohas
extraVitaminA.Thismeansithasmorenutrition.Aresearchersaidfarm
ersdidn'twanttohelphimgrowthepotato.Hesaid:"Theytoldmeitwasa
badidea."Thefarmerswantedmorepotatoes,notextranutrition.Thes
weetpotatocouldstoppeopledyingfromnotenoughVitaminA.Thishar
ms140millionchildrenin118countries.Itaffectsmillionsofpregnantwo
men.Italsomakeschildrenblind.Theprizewinningsweetpotatoescoul
dhelppeoplegetenoughVitaminA.Maybefarmerswillgrowmoreveget
ableswithextranutrition.

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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Answers

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