The Reading / Listening - Level 5

People in the town hit by last week's New Zealand earthquake have received an unusual but welcome air delivery – a lot of fast food. The food flight to the town of Kaikoura was organized by a plasterer from a town 130 kilometres away. Robert Coombes, 49, spent three days collecting donations and bought as much fast food as he could. He filled a friend's plane with 400 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken, 300 McDonald's burgers, 50 Domino's pizzas, and hundreds of candies. He landed in Kaikoura in time for lunch on Friday. Kaikoura was the town worst hit by the magnitude 7.8 quake.



Mr Coombes said he wanted to "put a smile on people's faces, even if it's only for one day". He added: "With kids, you need a bit more than bread and water. I just thought I'd…bring a little bit of happiness to the place…. It's just being a good human being." Coombes said the managers of KFC and McDonald's supported his idea. Staff started work two hours earlier to prepare the food. Transport links to Kaikoura were cut by big landslides. There have been over 2,000 aftershocks since Monday and the government is warning that there will be more.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com/news/world-asia-38023362
  • http://www. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11750955
  • http://www. stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/86643001/earthquake-burgers-pizzas-flown-in-to-quakehit-kaikoura


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. an unusual but
  2. The food flight to the
  3. spent three days collecting
  4. bought as much fast food
  5. 400 pieces of
  6. He landed in Kaikoura in
  7. Kaikoura was the town worst
  8. the magnitude
  1. hit
  2. as he could
  3. town of Kaikoura
  4. 7.8 quake
  5. donations
  6. Kentucky Fried Chicken
  7. welcome air delivery
  8. time for lunch

Paragraph 2

  1. he wanted to put a smile
  2. even if it's
  3. bring a little bit of
  4. being a good
  5. McDonald's supported
  6. Transport links to Kaikoura were cut
  7. There have been over
  8. the government is warning that
  1. 2,000 aftershocks
  2. human being
  3. there will be more
  4. his idea
  5. by big landslides
  6. only for one day
  7. on people's faces
  8. happiness

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People in the (1) ___________________ last week's New Zealand earthquake have received (2) ___________________ welcome air delivery – a lot of fast food. The food (3) ___________________ of Kaikoura was organized by a plasterer from a town 130 kilometres away. Robert Coombes, 49, spent three days collecting donations and (4) ___________________ fast food as he could. He (5) ___________________ plane with 400 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken, 300 McDonald's burgers, 50 Domino's pizzas, and hundreds of candies. He landed in Kaikoura in time for lunch on Friday. Kaikoura was the town (6) ___________________ magnitude 7.8 quake.

Mr Coombes said he wanted to "(7) ___________________ people's faces, even if it's only for one day". He added: "With kids (8) _________________ more than bread and water. I (9) ___________________ …bring a little bit of happiness to the place…. It's just (10) ___________________ human being." Coombes said the managers of KFC and McDonald's supported his idea. Staff started work two (11) ___________________ prepare the food. Transport links to Kaikoura were cut by big landslides. There have been over 2,000 aftershocks since Monday and the government (12) ___________________ there will be more.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peopleinthetownhitbylastweek'sNewZealandearthquakehavereceiv
edanunusualbutwelcomeairdelivery–alotoffastfood.Thefoodflightt
othetownofKaikourawasorganizedbyaplastererfromatown130kilom
etresaway.RobertCoombes,49,spentthreedayscollectingdonations
andboughtasmuchfastfoodashecould.Hefilledafriend'splanewith40
0piecesofKentuckyFriedChicken,300McDonald'sburgers,50Domino'
spizzas,andhundredsofcandies.HelandedinKaikouraintimeforlunch
onFriday.Kaikourawasthetownworsthitbythemagnitude7.8quake.M
rCoombessaidhewantedto"putasmileonpeople'sfaces,evenifit'sonly
foroneday".Headded:"Withkidsyouneedabitmorethanbreadandwat
er.IjustthoughtI'd…bringalittlebitofhappinesstotheplace….It'sjustb
eingagoodhumanbeing."CoombessaidthemanagersofKFCandMcDo
nald'ssupportedhisidea.Staffstartedworktwohoursearliertopreparet
hefood.TransportlinkstoKaikourawerecutbybiglandslides.Therehav
ebeenover2,000aftershockssinceMondayandthegovernmentiswarn
ingthattherewillbemore.

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

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Free writing

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