The Reading / Listening - Subway - Level 5

The sandwich chain Subway is suing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) following a report that said the chain's chicken was only half chicken. The CBC reported that Subway's oven roasted chicken contained only 53.6 per cent chicken and that the rest was a soy filler. The researchers stated that other fast food chains had levels of meat in their chicken-based products that were a lot higher than Subway's. Subway announced: "We have issued a Notice of Action…against CBC that asks for $210 million in damages over allegations…that are defamatory and absolutely false."



Subway said: "Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction." It added: "We do not know how they produced such unreliable and factually incorrect data….Producing high quality food…is our highest priority." CBC said the corporation was standing behind its investigation, story and reporters. It said: "We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that we've seen that would lead us to change our position."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Subway - Level 4 or  Subway - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/17/subway-sue-cbc-chicken-report_n_15424128.html
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/subway-chicken-scandal-2017-3
  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/subway-sues-over-report-that-its-chicken-is-half-soy-filler-2017-03-16


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The sandwich
  2. oven roasted chicken contained
  3. the rest was a
  4. chicken-
  5. a lot higher
  6. $210 million in
  7. allegations that
  8. absolutely
  1. based products
  2. damages
  3. than Subway's
  4. false
  5. are defamatory
  6. only 53.6% chicken
  7. chain Subway
  8. soy filler

Paragraph 2

  1. Despite
  2. share the
  3. the high quality
  4. express our strong
  5. unreliable and factually
  6. Producing high quality food is our
  7. the corporation was standing behind
  8. We believe our journalism to be
  1. incorrect data
  2. objections
  3. sound
  4. facts
  5. its investigation
  6. our efforts
  7. highest priority
  8. of our chicken

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The sandwich chain (1) ___________________ the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (2) ___________________ that said the chain's chicken was only half chicken. The CBC reported that Subway's oven roasted chicken (3) ___________________ 53.6 per cent chicken and that the rest was a soy filler. The researchers stated that other fast food chains had levels of meat in their chicken-based products that (4) ___________________ higher than Subway's. Subway announced: "We (5) ___________________ Notice of Action…against CBC that asks for $210 (6) ___________________ over allegations…that are defamatory and absolutely false."

Subway said: "(7) ___________________ to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and (8) ___________________ strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they (9) ___________________ retraction." It added: "We do not know how they produced such unreliable and (10) ___________________ data….Producing high quality food…is our highest priority." CBC said the corporation was standing behind its investigation, (11) ___________________. It said: "We believe our journalism to be sound and (12) ___________________ that we've seen that would lead us to change our position."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThesandwichchainSubwayissuingtheCanadianBroadcastingCorpora
tion(CBC)followingareportthatsaidthechain'schickenwasonlyhalfchi
cken.TheCBCreportedthatSubway'sovenroastedchickencontainedo
nly53.6percentchickenandthattherestwasasoyfiller.Theresearchers
statedthatotherfastfoodchainshadlevelsofmeatintheirchicken-base
dproductsthatwerealothigherthanSubway's.Subwayannounced:"W
ehaveissuedaNoticeofAction…againstCBCthatasksfor$210millionin
damagesoverallegations…thataredefamatoryandabsolutelyfalse."S
ubwaysaid:"DespiteoureffortstosharethefactswiththeCBCaboutthe
highqualityofourchickenandtoexpressourstrongobjectionstotheirin
accurateclaims,theyhavenotissuedaretraction."Itadded:"Wedonotk
nowhowtheyproducedsuchunreliableandfactuallyincorrectdata….Pr
oducinghighqualityfood…isourhighestpriority."CBCsaidthecorporati
onwasstandingbehinditsinvestigation,storyandreporters.Itsaid:"W
ebelieveourjournalismtobesoundandthereisnoevidencethatwe'vese
enthatwouldleadustochangeourposition."

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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