The Reading / Listening - Chocolate - Level 5

A company has launched a chocolate powder it says people can snort to get high. The product is based on the cocoa bean. It is called Coko Loko. The company says it provides a drug-free energy "high". The company CEO Nick Anderson explained how he decided there was a market for his product. He said he first heard about people snorting chocolate in Europe. At first, he thought it was a hoax, but then he tried it and decided that it could be a good business. Mr Anderson told reporters that Coko Loko is, "probably equal to about two energy drinks".

The product is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many doctors are worried about the safety of the powder. Expert Dr Jason Russell warned that it had the same risk as other energy supplements. He said this included increased blood pressure, insomnia and increased heart rate. The HuffPost website was worried because the product does not have an ingredients list, so users do not know what is in it. HuffPost advised people to eat chocolate instead of sniffing it. Mr Anderson said: "There are no health issues. It's been out…three years. Everyone seems fine."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chocolate - Level 4 or  Chocolate - Level 6

Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/doctors-question-snortable-chocolates-energy-boost-claim/story?id=48458539
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/07/05/snorting-chocolate-is-now-apparently-a-thing-but-why-would-you-do-it/#23a027bef900
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/coco-loko-snortable-chocolate_us_595e3b67e4b0d5b458e87266


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. chocolate
  2. The product is based on the cocoa
  3. a drug-free energy
  4. there was a market
  5. He said he first heard
  6. he thought it was a
  7. decided that it could
  8. equal to about
  1. for his product
  2. two energy drinks
  3. about people
  4. be a good business
  5. powder
  6. "high"
  7. bean
  8. hoax

Paragraph 2

  1. The product is not
  2. doctors are worried about the
  3. it had the same
  4. energy
  5. increased blood
  6. users do not know what
  7. advised people to eat chocolate
  8. Everyone seems
  1. is in it
  2. risk
  3. supplements
  4. fine
  5. instead
  6. regulated
  7. pressure
  8. safety of the powder

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company (1) ___________________ chocolate powder it says people can snort to get high. The product (2) ___________________ the cocoa bean. It is called Coko Loko. The company (3) ___________________ a drug-free energy "high". The company CEO Nick Anderson explained how he decided there was a market (4) ___________________. He said he first heard about people snorting chocolate in Europe. At first, he thought (5) ___________________, but then he tried it and decided that it could be a good business. Mr Anderson told reporters that Coko Loko is, "probably (6) ___________________ two energy drinks".

The product (7) ___________________ by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many doctors are worried about (8) ___________________ the powder. Expert Dr Jason Russell warned (9) ___________________ same risk as other energy supplements. He said this included increased blood pressure, insomnia (10) ___________________ rate. The HuffPost website was worried because the product does not have an ingredients list, so users do not (11) ___________________ it. HuffPost advised people to eat chocolate instead of sniffing it. Mr Anderson said: "There are (12) ___________________. It's been out…three years. Everyone seems fine."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acompanyhaslaunchedachocolatepowderitsayspeoplecansnorttoge
thigh.Theproductisbasedonthecocoabean.ItiscalledCokoLoko.Thec
ompanysaysitprovidesadrug-freeenergy"high".ThecompanyCEON
ickAndersonexplainedhowhedecidedtherewasamarketforhisproduc
t.HesaidhefirstheardaboutpeoplesnortingchocolateinEurope.Atfirst
,hethoughtitwasahoax,butthenhetrieditanddecidedthatitcouldbeag
oodbusiness.MrAndersontoldreportersthatCokoLokois,"probablyeq
ualtoabouttwoenergydrinks".TheproductisnotregulatedbytheU.S.F
oodandDrugAdministration.Manydoctorsareworriedaboutthesafety
ofthepowder.ExpertDrJasonRussellwarnedthatithadthesameriskas
otherenergysupplements.Hesaidthisincludedincreasedbloodpressu
re,insomniaandincreasedheartrate.TheHuffPostwebsitewasworried
becausetheproductdoesnothaveaningredientslist,sousersdonotkno
wwhatisinit.HuffPostadvisedpeopletoeatchocolateinsteadofsniffingi
t.MrAndersonsaid:"Therearenohealthissues.It'sbeenout…threeyear
s.Everyoneseemsfine."

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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