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Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the global agricultural research group the International Potato Center. They won the prize for enriching sweet potatoes. This has resulted in health benefits for millions of people across the world. The scientists developed a way to grow sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of Vitamin A in them. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him with his work. Many farmers did not think it was a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job was to increase yields, pest resistance and reduce poverty; it wasn't to improve nutrition."



The sweet potato could change the lives of many people across the globe. People without food can die of malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is one of the most harmful examples of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children up to the age of four in 118 countries. It also affects more than seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big reason for children becoming blind in developing countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference in making sure hungry people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will focus on increasing nutrition in vegetables.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. POTATOES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about potatoes. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       scientists / global / agricultural / health / benefits / nutrition / good idea / poverty /
       lives / malnutrition / harmful / countries / pregnant / reason / developing / focus

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. VEGETABLES: Students A strongly believe it is OK for scientists to change vegetables; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MALNUTRITION: How can we stop hunger around the world? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Money
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Food aid / charities
  • Relocate people
  • Better leaders
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5. PRIZE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "prize". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. HEALTHY: Rank these with your partner. Put the healthiest things at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • rice
  • orange
  • water
  • salmon
  • sweet potato
  • beef
  • spinach
  • milk

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Two scientists won the World Food Prize for 2016.     T / F
  2. The scientists are from the Global Sweet Potato Agency (GSPA).     T / F
  3. The new sweet potatoes have more Vitamin A in them.     T / F
  4. Many farmers wanted to increase nutrition in sweet potatoes.     T / F
  5. Scientists say the sweet potato will not help fight malnutrition.     T / F
  6. Malnutrition affects 7 million pregnant women around the globe.     T / F
  7. Malnutrition is a big cause of blindness in children.     T / F
  8. A scientist said the sweet potatoes will help people get more Vitamin A.   T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. global
  2. enriching
  3. resulted in
  4. extra
  5. reduce
  6. change
  7. lack
  8. examples
  9. sure
  10. focus
  1. absence
  2. additional
  3. lower
  4. lead to
  5. cases
  6. worldwide
  7. certain
  8. concentrate
  9. improving
  10. alter

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Four scientists have won the
  2. They won the prize for enriching
  3. This has resulted in health benefits
  4. the sweet potato contains
  5. reduce
  6. People without food can die
  7. affects
  8. pregnant
  9. a big reason for children becoming
  10. making sure hungry people get enough
  1. of malnutrition
  2. for millions of people
  3. poverty
  4. more than 140 million children
  5. sweet potatoes
  6. blind
  7. Vitamin A
  8. 2016 World Food Prize
  9. extra nutrition
  10. women

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
benefits
extra
increase
enriching
poverty
research
nutrition
work

Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the global agricultural (1) ____________ group the International Potato Center. They won the prize for (2) ____________ sweet potatoes. This has resulted in health (3) ____________ for millions of people across the world. The scientists developed a way to grow sweet potatoes that have (4) ____________ amounts of Vitamin A in them. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra (5) ____________. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him with his (6) ____________. Many farmers did not think it was a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job was to (7) ____________ yields, pest resistance and reduce (8) ____________; it wasn't to improve nutrition."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lack
age
focus
lives
pregnant
difference
examples
developing

The sweet potato could change the (9) ____________ of many people across the globe. People without food can die of malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A (10) ____________ of Vitamin A is one of the most harmful (11) ____________ of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children up to the (12) ____________ of four in 118 countries. It also affects more than seven million (13) ____________ women. Scientists also say it is a big reason for children becoming blind in (14) ____________ countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big (15) ____________ in making sure hungry people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will (16) ____________ on increasing nutrition in vegetables.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  This has resulted in health benefits for millions of people ______
     a.  across the worlds
     b.  across a world
     c.  a cross the world
     d.  across the world

2)  a way to grow sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of ______
     a.  Vitamin A on them
     b.  Vitamin A in them
     c.  Vitamin A at these
     d.  Vitamin A in these

3)  More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains ______
     a.  extra nutrition all
     b.  extra nutritional
     c.  extra nutrition
     d.  extra nutritionally

4)  Many farmers did not think it was ______
     a.  a good idealism
     b.  a good ideally
     c.  a good ideal
     d.  a good idea

5)  Their job was to increase yields, pest resistance and ______
     a.  reduce poverty
     b.  reduce property
     c.  reduce impoverish
     d.  reduce pottery

6)  The sweet potato could change the lives of many people ______
     a.  across the global
     b.  across the globes
     c.  across the globe
     d.  across the globalise

7)  People without food can die of malnutrition – not having ______
     a.  enough for eat
     b.  enough to eat
     c.  enough then eat
     d.  enough that eat

8)  malnutrition affects more than 140 million children up to ______
     a.  the age at four
     b.  the age by four
     c.  the age for four
     d.  the age of four

9)  Scientists also say it is a big reason for children ______
     a.  become blinding
     b.  becomes in blind
     c.  becoming blinding
     d.  becoming blind

10)  She hopes more scientists will focus on increasing nutrition ______
     a.  in vegetable
     b.  in vegetables
     c.  on vegetables
     d.  on vegetable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The (1) ___________________ the global agricultural research group the International Potato Center. They (2) ___________________ enriching sweet potatoes. This has resulted in health benefits for millions of people across the world. The scientists developed (3) ___________________ sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of Vitamin A in them. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers (4) ___________________ his work. Many farmers did not think it was a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job (5) ___________________ yields, pest resistance and reduce poverty; it wasn't (6) ___________________."

The sweet potato (7) ___________________ lives of many people across the globe. People without (8) ___________________ of malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is one of the most harmful examples of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children (9) ___________________ of four in 118 countries. It also affects more than seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big reason for children (10) ___________________ in developing countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference (11) ___________________ hungry people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists (12) ___________________ increasing nutrition in vegetables.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many scientists won the World Food Award?
  2. What did the scientists enrich?
  3. What do the new sweet potatoes contain more of?
  4. Who didn't think growing the new sweet potatoes was a good idea?
  5. What did farmers want to reduce?
  6. Where could the sweet potato change people's lives?
  7. How many small children does malnutrition affect?
  8. How many pregnant women does malnutrition affect?
  9. What kind of difference did Jan Low say the sweet potatoes could make?
  10. What did Jan Low want scientists to focus on increasing in vegetables?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many scientists won the World Food Award?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

2) What did the scientists enrich?
a) sweet potatoes
b) prizes
c) agriculture
d) benefits

3) What do the new sweet potatoes contain more of?
a) magnesium
b) Vitamin A
c) zinc
d) calories

4) Who didn't think growing the new sweet potatoes was a good idea?
a) a potato center
b) supermarkets
c) the WHO
d) farmers

5) What did farmers want to reduce?
a) temperatures
b) prices
c) poverty
d) production

6) Where could the sweet potato change people's lives?
a) on farms
b) across the globe
c) in a potato center
d) in kitchens

7) How many small children does malnutrition affect?
a) 140 thousand
b) 1,400,000
c) 14,000,000
d) 140,000,000

8) How many pregnant women does malnutrition affect?
a) 8 million
b) 7 million
c) 5 million
d) 6 million

9) What kind of difference did Jan Low say the sweet potatoes could make?
a) a welcome difference
b) a big difference
c) a tiny difference
d) no difference

10) What did Jan Low want scientists to focus on increasing in vegetables?
a) nutrition
b) size
c) weight
d) price

Role play

Role A — Sweet potato

You think sweet potato is the healthiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as healthy. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): milk, beef or spinach.

Role B — Milk

You think milk is the healthiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as healthy. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): sweet potato, beef or spinach.

Role C — Beef

You think beef is the healthiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as healthy. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): milk, sweet potato or spinach.

Role D — Spinach

You think spinach is the healthiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as healthy. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): milk, beef or sweet potato.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'sweet'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'potato'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • change
    • harmful
    • 140
    • seven
    • reason
    • hopes
    • group
    • resulted
    • way
    • means
    • good
    • pest




    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 - Sweet potato scientists win World Food Prize

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'potato'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important are potatoes?
    5. What are three differences between potatoes and sweet potatoes?
    6. What food do you think should win a World Food Prize (and why)?
    7. What is your country's best food?
    8. Where do you get your vitamins from?
    9. How good or bad is the nutrition in the food you eat?
    10. How do you think the new sweet potato will help the world?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How many different ways can you cook sweet potato?
    3. How can sweet potato be used as a dessert?
    4. What can we do to end malnutrition?
    5. Why is there still so much malnutrition in the world?
    6. What is your favourite vegetable, and why?
    7. What can you do to help hungry children?
    8. What malnutrition is there in your country?
    9. How will nutrition in vegetables be different in 50 years?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the prizewinners?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the (1) ____ agricultural research group the International Potato Center. They won the prize for enriching sweet potatoes. This has resulted (2) ____ health benefits for millions of people across the world. The scientists developed a (3) ____ to grow sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of Vitamin A in (4) ____. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him (5) ____ his work. Many farmers did not think it was a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job was to increase yields, (6) ____ resistance and reduce poverty; it wasn't to improve nutrition."

    The sweet potato could change the lives of many people across the globe. People without food can die (7) ____ malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is one of the most harmful examples of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children (8) ____ to the age of four in 118 countries. It also (9) ____ more than seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big (10) ____ for children becoming blind in developing countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference in making (11) ____ hungry people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will focus (12) ____ increasing nutrition in vegetables.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     global     (b)     globally     (c)     globe     (d)     globalise    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     weigh     (b)     wry     (c)     way     (d)     whey    
    4. (a)     these     (b)     that     (c)     it     (d)     them    
    5. (a)     with     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    6. (a)     past     (b)     pest     (c)     post     (d)     paste    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     over     (d)     around    
    9. (a)     affect     (b)     affecting     (c)     affects     (d)     affection    
    10. (a)     why     (b)     reason     (c)     grounds     (d)     sense    
    11. (a)     100%     (b)     positive     (c)     certainly     (d)     sure    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     to

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him with his work. Many farmers did not think it was

    (    )     winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference in making sure hungry

    (    )     to increase yields, pest resistance and reduce poverty; it wasn't to improve nutrition."

    1  )     Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the global agricultural research

    (    )     of malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is one of the most harmful

    (    )     of four in 118 countries. It also affects more than seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big

    (    )     in health benefits for millions of people across the world. The scientists developed a way to grow sweet potatoes that

    (    )     have extra amounts of Vitamin A in them. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra

    (    )     examples of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children up to the age

    (    )     group the International Potato Center. They won the prize for enriching sweet potatoes. This has resulted

    (    )     The sweet potato could change the lives of many people across the globe. People without food can die

    (    )     reason for children becoming blind in developing countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-

    (    )     people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will focus on increasing nutrition in vegetables.

    (    )     a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job was

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. agricultural  are   research   from  group   the   The   global  scientists  .
    3. for   prize   the   won   They   potatoes   sweet   enriching   .
    4. benefits   of   has   health   millions   This   in   for   people   resulted   .
    5. farmers   think   a   Many   not   was   idea   did   it   good   .
    6. many   sweet   change   of   The   could   lives   people   potato   the   .
    7. of   lack   A   examples  harmful   most   the   of  one   is   A   Vitamin  .
    8. million   affects   pregnant   more   women   than   It   seven   also   .
    9. a  big  difference  The  prize  -  winning  sweet  potatoes  could  make  .
    10. on   will   More   in  increasing  focus   scientists  vegetables  nutrition  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Four scientists have win / won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the globally / global agricultural research group the International Potato Center. They won the prize for enriching sweet potatoes. This has resulted on / in health benefits for millions of people across the / a world. The scientists developed a way to grow / growth sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of Vitamin A in there / them. More Vitamin A means the sweet potato contains extra nutrition / nutritious. One researcher said it was difficulty / difficult to get farmers to help him with his work. Many farmers did not think it was a good idea. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea. Their job was to / for increase yields, pest resistance and reduce poverty; it wasn't to / too improve nutrition."

    The sweet potato could change the lives of much / many people across the globe. People without food can die / dead of malnutrition – not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is one of the most harm / harmful examples of malnutrition. Scientists say malnutrition affects / effects more than 140 million children up to the old / age of four in 118 countries. It also affects over / more than seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big reason / reasons for children becoming blind in developing countries. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big different / difference in making sure hungry people get enough Vitamin A. She hopes / hoping more scientists will focus on increasing nutrition in vegetable / vegetables.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    four scientists have won the 2016 world food prize the scientists are from the global agricultural research group the international potato center they won the prize for enriching sweet potatoes this has resulted in health benefits for millions of people across the world the scientists developed a way to grow sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of vitamin a in them more vitamin a means the sweet potato contains extra nutrition one researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him with his work many farmers did not think it was a good idea the researcher said "they told me it was a bad idea their job was to increase yields pest resistance and reduce poverty it wasn't to improve nutrition"

    the sweet potato could change the lives of many people across the globe people without food can die of malnutrition – not having enough to eat a lack of vitamin a is one of the most harmful examples of malnutrition scientists say malnutrition affects more than 140 million children up to the age of four in 118 countries it also affects more than seven million pregnant women scientists also say it is a big reason for children becoming blind in developing countries jan low from the international potato center said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference in making sure hungry people get enough vitamin a she hopes more scientists will focus on increasing nutrition in vegetables

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    mtheglobalagriculturalresearchgrouptheInternationalPotatoCenter
    .Theywontheprizeforenrichingsweetpotatoes.Thishasresultedinhea
    lthbenefitsformillionsofpeopleacrosstheworld.Thescientistsdevelop
    edawaytogrowsweetpotatoesthathaveextraamountsofVitaminAinth
    em.MoreVitaminAmeansthesweetpotatocontainsextranutrition.On
    eresearchersaiditwasdifficulttogetfarmerstohelphimwithhiswork.M
    anyfarmersdidnotthinkitwasagoodidea.Theresearchersaid:"Theytol
    dmeitwasabadidea.Theirjobwastoincreaseyields,pestresistanceand
    reducepoverty;itwasn'ttoimprovenutrition."Thesweetpotatocouldc
    hangethelivesofmanypeopleacrosstheglobe.Peoplewithoutfoodcan
    dieofmalnutrition–nothavingenoughtoeat.AlackofVitaminAisoneo
    fthemostharmfulexamplesofmalnutrition.Scientistssaymalnutrition
    affectsmorethan140millionchildrenuptotheageoffourin118countrie
    s.Italsoaffectsmorethansevenmillionpregnantwomen.Scientistsals
    osayitisabigreasonforchildrenbecomingblindindevelopingcountries.
    JanLow,fromtheInternationalPotatoCenter,saidtheprize-winningsw
    eetpotatoescouldmakeabigdifferenceinmakingsurehungrypeoplege
    tenoughVitaminA.Shehopesmorescientistswillfocusonincreasingnut
    ritioninvegetables.

    Free writing

    Write about sweet potato for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Scientists should not change vegetables or other food. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the World Food Prize. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. POTATOES: Make a poster about sweet potatoes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. NUTRITION: Write a magazine article about adding nutrition to vegetables. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on potatoes. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make them better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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