The Reading / Listening - Halal Snack Pack - Level 1

A new fast food in Australia is helping to bring Australians together. It is also the People's Choice Word of the Year. It is the "halal snack pack", also called an "HSP". It is a mix of kebab meat, fries and a spicy sauce. The snack started in Australia but has its roots in the Middle East. It is now a symbol of multiculturalism and is making people more aware of halal food. There is an HSP Facebook group with 180,000 members. People share their best HSP stories.



The halal snack has got people talking in Australia. The HSP became more popular after a politician refused to eat one. She said halal meat was unacceptable in Australia and that "98% of Australians" were against it. There is no proof of this. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said HSP winning word of the year was fantastic. It said having the word in the dictionary, "takes away the mystery…about the word 'halal'. It's all about what's positive".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Halal Snack Pack - Level 0 Halal Snack Pack - Level 2   or  Halal Snack Pack - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38824058
  • http://www.smh.com.au/national/halal-snack-pack-named-peoples-choice-word-of-2016-by-macquarie-dictionary-20170201-gu2ui2.html
  • http://www.ibtimes.com.au/halal-snack-pack-peoples-choice-word-year-2016-1542096
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/1671991646388258/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. helping to bring Australians
  2. the "halal snack pack", also
  3. a spicy
  4. has its roots
  5. a symbol of
  6. making people more aware
  7. an HSP Facebook group with
  8. share their best
  1. 180,000 members
  2. in the Middle East
  3. called an "HSP"
  4. HSP stories
  5. together
  6. multiculturalism
  7. of halal food
  8. sauce

Paragraph 2

  1. The halal snack has got
  2. The HSP became more
  3. a politician refused
  4. She said halal meat
  5. 98% of Australians
  6. There is no proof
  7. winning word of the
  8. takes away the mystery
  1. popular
  2. of this
  3. was unacceptable
  4. year was fantastic
  5. people talking
  6. about the word 'halal'
  7. to eat one
  8. were against it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ Australia is helping to bring Australians together. It is also the People's Choice Word of the Year. It is the "halal snack pack", also called an "HSP". (2) ___________________ kebab meat, fries and (3) ___________________. The snack started in Australia but has its roots in the Middle East. It is (4) ___________________ multiculturalism and is making people (5) ___________________ halal food. There is an HSP Facebook group with 180,000 members. People (6) ___________________ HSP stories.

The halal (7) ___________________ people talking in Australia. The HSP became more popular after a politician (8) ___________________ one. She said halal meat was (9) ___________________ Australia and that "98% of Australians" were against it. There is (10) ___________________ this. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said HSP winning word of the year was fantastic. It said having the word in the dictionary, "(11) ___________________ mystery…about the word 'halal'. It's all about (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnewfastfoodinAustraliaishelpingtobringAustralianstogether.Itisals
othePeople'sChoiceWordoftheYear.Itisthe"halalsnackpack",alsocall
edan"HSP".Itisamixofkebabmeat,friesandaspicysauce.Thesnacksta
rtedinAustraliabuthasitsrootsintheMiddleEast.Itisnowasymbolofmu
lticulturalismandismakingpeoplemoreawareofhalalfood.ThereisanH
SPFacebookgroupwith180,000members.PeoplesharetheirbestHSPs
tories.ThehalalsnackhasgotpeopletalkinginAustralia.TheHSPbecam
emorepopularafterapoliticianrefusedtoeatone.Shesaidhalalmeatwa
sunacceptableinAustraliaandthat"98%ofAustralians"wereagainstit.
Thereisnoproofofthis.TheAustralianFederationofIslamicCouncilssai
dHSPwinningwordoftheyearwasfantastic.Itsaidhavingthewordinthe
dictionary,"takesawaythemystery…abouttheword'halal'.It'sallabou
twhat'spositive".

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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