The Reading / Listening - Potato Chips - Level 3

Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could be in for a big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next few months. This means there could be a lack of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling this situation the "chipocalypse". They combined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter in New Zealand. This has hit potato growers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has particularly hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips will be higher.



A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about the problem. Chris Claridge, head of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and it just simply hasn't stopped. We've had the entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a chance to dry out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe, and so effectively they drown, and then they start to rot because they're submerged in water." A major supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as possible."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Potato Chips - Level 0 Potato Chips - Level 1   or  Potato Chips - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41633997
  • http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/341595/chips-are-down-as-potato-shortage-bites
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11933616


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. POTATO CHIPS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about potato chips. 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?

       potato chips / lovers / big shock / shortage / apocalypse / wet winter / weather /
       news station / raining / average / soil / breathe / drown / supermarket / supplier

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

3. CHIPOCALYPSE: Students A strongly believe a potato chip shortage would be a terrible thing; Students B strongly believe it wouldn't be.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. US / UK ENGLISH: Which of these American and British English words do you like best? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

US

UK

Which is best?

Why?

potato crisp

chip

 

 

hi

hello

 

 

movie

film

 

 

elevator

lift

 

 

gasoline

petrol

 

 

cotton candy

candy floss

 

 

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5. POTATO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "potato". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SNACKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • raisins
  • donut / doughnut
  • sandwich
  • jerky
  • potato chips
  • popcorn
  • peanuts
  • samosas

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Potato lovers in New Zealand will be without potato chips for years.     T / F
  2. The "chipocalypse" is because of a potato-eating insect.     T / F
  3. More than a third of all of New Zealand's potatoes have been lost.     T / F
  4. Potato crisps will be more expensive in New Zealand.     T / F
  5. A potato spokesman said it had been raining non-stop since March.     T / F
  6. Rainfall in New Zealand is 25% above average.     T / F
  7. The spokesman said the potatoes have had a chance to dry out.     T / F
  8. The spokesperson said potatoes are alive and need to breathe.     T / F

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

  1. shock
  2. possible
  3. lack
  4. combined
  5. particularly
  6. spokesman
  7. entire
  8. average
  9. continuous
  10. major
  1. representative
  2. joined
  3. big
  4. potential
  5. normal
  6. especially
  7. surprise
  8. endless
  9. whole
  10. shortage

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

  1. chip lovers in New Zealand could be
  2. New Zealand is facing a possible potato
  3. They combined the words
  4. a third
  5. prices for potato chips
  6. We've had the entire year's worth
  7. above
  8. They need
  9. they start to rot because they're submerged
  10. We are working closely with
  1. will be higher
  2. of the potato crop
  3. average
  4. shortage
  5. in water
  6. our suppliers
  7. in for a big shock
  8. of rainfall already
  9. to breathe
  10. "chip" and "apocalypse"

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
possible
lack
particularly
shock
situation
fewer
shortage
third

Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could be in for a big (1) ____________. New Zealand is facing a possible potato (2) ____________ in the next few months. This means there could be a (3) ____________ of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling this (4) ____________ the "chipocalypse". They combined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. A (5) ____________ chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter in New Zealand. This has hit potato growers. In some areas, a (6) ____________ of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has (7) ____________ hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make (8) ____________ potato chips and prices for potato chips will be higher.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
average
drown
simply
possible
problem
chance
chain
worth

A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about the (9) ____________. Chris Claridge, head of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and it just (10) ____________ hasn't stopped. We've had the entire year's (11) ____________ of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above (12) ____________ and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a (13) ____________ to dry out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe, and so effectively they (14) ____________, and then they start to rot because they're submerged in water." A major supermarket (15) ____________ said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could be in ______ shock
     a.  four as big
     b.  for the big
     c.  for a big
     d.  for as big

2)  This means there could be ______ potato chips
     a.  a slack of
     b.  a black of
     c.  a lack of
     d.  a flack of

3)  They combined the words "chip" and "______" to make this new word
     a.  apocalypse
     b.  a pock a lips
     c.  epoch all lips
     d.  apocalyptic

4)  In some areas, a third of the potato crop ______
     a.  has being lost
     b.  have been loss
     c.  has been lost
     d.  has been loss

5)  makers will make fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips ______
     a.  will be higher
     b.  will be high a
     c.  will being higher
     d.  will been higher

6)  It started raining in March, and it just ______ stopped
     a.  simple hasn't
     b.  simply wasn't
     c.  simple wasn't
     d.  sample hasn't

7)  the entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent ______
     a.  above averaging
     b.  above averaged
     c.  above averages
     d.  above average

8)  Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe, and so effectively ______
     a.  they drawn
     b.  they drown
     c.  they brown
     d.  they frown

9)  then they start to rot because they're ______ water
     a.  submerged on
     b.  submerged in
     c.  submerged inn
     d.  submerged an

10)  We are working closely with our suppliers to ______
     a.  manages supply
     b.  manage supplies
     c.  manage supply
     d.  managed supplies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could (1) ___________________ big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next few months. This means there could (2) ___________________ of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling this situation the "chipocalypse". They (3) ___________________ "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is because of a very (4) ___________________ New Zealand. This has hit potato growers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has (5) ___________________ the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips (6) ___________________.

A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station (7) ___________________. Chris Claridge, head of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and (8) ___________________ hasn't stopped. We've had the entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent (9) ___________________ and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a (10) ___________________ out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe, and so effectively they drown, and then they (11) ___________________ because they're submerged in water." A major supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage (12) ___________________ as possible."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who could be in for a big shock in New Zealand?
  2. What is British English for "potato chips"?
  3. What is the cause of the shortage?
  4. How much of the potato crop has been lost in some areas?
  5. What will happen to the price of potato chips in New Zealand?
  6. When did it start raining in New Zealand?
  7. How much above average has the rainfall been?
  8. What never gets a chance to dry out?
  9. What are the potatoes submerged in?
  10. Who is working closely with suppliers?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who could be in for a big shock in New Zealand?
a) farmers
b) potato chip lovers
c) supermarkets
d) McDonald's

2) What is British English for "potato chips"?
a) pots
b) snacks
c) fries
d) crisps

3) What is the cause of the shortage?
a) a very wet winter
b) too many children's parties
c) an insect
d) global warming

4) How much of the potato crop has been lost in some areas?
a) a quarter
b) two-thirds
c) a third
d) three-quarters

5) What will happen to the price of potato chips in New Zealand?
a) it will go down
b) it will go up
c) nothing
d) it will double

6) When did it start raining in New Zealand?
a) February
b) April
c) March
d) May

7) How much above average has the rainfall been?
a) 30%
b) 50%
c) 15%
d) 25%

8) What never gets a chance to dry out?
a) the soils
b) potatoes
c) farmers
d) potato chip packets

9) What are the potatoes submerged in?
a) water
b) red tape
c) weeds
d) cooking oil

10) Who is working closely with suppliers?
a) farmers
b) a major supermarket
c) potato chip lovers
d) McDonald's

Role play

Role  A – Potato Chips

You think potato chips are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): samosa, raisins or peanuts.

Role  B – Samosas

You think samosas are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): potato chips, raisins or peanuts.

Role  C – Raisins

You think raisins are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): samosa, potato chips or peanuts.

Role  D – Peanuts

You think peanuts are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  samosa, raisins or potato chips.

After reading / listening

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

'potato'

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  • and 'chip'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • told
    • simply
    • average
    • chance
    • rot
    • possible
    • big
    • until
    • make
    • wet
    • lost
    • higher




    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 - Potato shortage causes 'chipocalypse'

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'potato'?
    3. What do you think of potato chips?
    4. How would you feel if there were no potato chips?
    5. What do you think of the word 'chipocalypse'?
    6. How important are potatoes?
    7. What is your favourite snack food?
    8. Where and when do you eat potato chips?
    9. Would you pay higher prices for potato chips?
    10. What do you think a farmer's life is like?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'chip'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What problems do you think potato farmers have?
    5. Would you like to be a farmer?
    6. What do you know about potatoes?
    7. What's your favourite potato chip flavor?
    8. What new potato chip flavors would you like?
    9. How can New Zealanders get more potato chips?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the potato farmers?

    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)

    Potato chip (1) ____ in New Zealand could be in for a big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next few months. This means there could be a (2) ____ of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling this situation the "chipocalypse". They (3) ____ the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter in New Zealand. This has (4) ____ potato growers. In some areas, a (5) ____ of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has particularly hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make (6) ____ potato chips and prices for potato chips will be higher.

    A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about the problem. Chris Claridge, (7) ____ of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and it just (8) ____ hasn't stopped. We've had the entire year's (9) ____ of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's (10) ____, so the soils never get a chance to dry out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe, and (11) ____ effectively they drown, and then they start to rot because they're submerged in water." A major supermarket chain said: "We are working (12) ____ with our suppliers to manage supply as much as possible."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     love-ins     (b)     lovelies     (c)     lovers     (d)     loves    
    2. (a)     lack     (b)     luck     (c)     lock     (d)     lick    
    3. (a)     clamped     (b)     combined     (c)     climbed     (d)     combed    
    4. (a)     punched     (b)     slapped     (c)     smacked     (d)     hit    
    5. (a)     thirdly     (b)     thirds     (c)     third     (d)     thirdhand    
    6. (a)     tastier     (b)     fewer     (c)     under     (d)     lesser    
    7. (a)     head     (b)     face     (c)     back     (d)     front    
    8. (a)     simple     (b)     simpleton     (c)     simpler     (d)     simply    
    9. (a)     value     (b)     valuable     (c)     worth     (d)     price    
    10. (a)     continuously     (b)     continues     (c)     continue     (d)     continuous    
    11. (a)     that     (b)     so     (c)     by     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     closely     (b)     closed     (c)     closeted     (d)     closes

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. calling this ntsatiiuo the "chipocalypse"
    3. They cbnidmeo the words
    4. wet weather has iycruplratal hit the potatoes
    5. make efrew potato chips
    6. rcspei for potato chips

    Paragraph 2

    1. the entire year's owhtr of rainfall
    2. 25 per cent above veegraa
    3. never get a canech to dry out
    4. They need to ahetreb
    5. A ojram supermarket chain
    6. manage pylusp as much as possible

    Put the text back together

    (    )     stopped. We've had the entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above

    (    )     growers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has particularly

    (    )     problem. Chris Claridge, head of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and it just simply hasn't

    (    )     average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a

    (    )     few months. This means there could be a lack of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next

    (    )     year. Newspapers are calling this situation the "chipocalypse". They combined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to

    (    )     fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips will be higher.

    1  )     Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could be in for a big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next

    (    )     make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter in New Zealand. This has hit potato

    (    )     breathe, and so effectively they drown, and then they start to rot because they're submerged in water." A major

    (    )     hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make

    (    )     A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about the

    (    )     supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as possible."

    (    )     chance to dry out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to

    Put the words in the right order

    1. big  in  Zealand  lovers  shock  for  could  in  Potato   a  be  New  chip  .
    2. could   lack   chips   there   a   potato   means   be   of   This   .
    3. very   A   is   a   winter   chipocalypse   of   wet   possible   because   .
    4. has   weather   wet   The   potatoes   the   hit   particularly   .
    5. chips   potato   fewer   make   will   makers   means   This   .
    6. it   simply  hasn't   stopped   It   started   raining   in   March   ,   and   .
    7. had   We've   rainfall   of   worth   year's   entire   the   .
    8. are   need   actually   to   alive   breathe      .   Potatoes   They   .
    9. submerged   to   in   rot   water   because   They   they're   start   .
    10. Working   supply   manage   to   suppliers   our   with   closely   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Potato chip lovers / loves in New Zealand could be in for a big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shorter / shortage in the next few months. This means there could be a luck / lack of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling / called this situation the "chipocalypse". They combed / combined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is because of a very wet wintery / winter in New Zealand. This has hit potato growers / grows. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been loss / lost. The wet weather has particularly / particular hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make fewer potato chips and price / prices for potato chips will be higher.

    A spokesman for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about / around the problem. Chris Claridge, head / face of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started / starting raining in March, and it just simply / simple hasn't stopped. We've had the all / entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above / higher average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a chance to dry / dried out." He added: "Potatoes are actually alive. They need to breathe / breath, and so effectively they drown, and then they start to rot / lot because they're submerged in water." A major supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage / manager supply as much as possible."

    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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    _ sp_k_sm_n f_r N_w Z__l_nd p_t_t_ f_rm_rs t_ld th_ R_d__ L_v_ NZ n_ws st_t__n _b__t th_ pr_bl_m. Chr_s Cl_r_dg_, h__d _f P_t_t__s N_w Z__l_nd, s__d: "_t st_rt_d r__n_ng _n M_rch, _nd _t j_st s_mply h_sn't st_pp_d. W_'v_ h_d th_ _nt_r_ y__r's w_rth _f r__nf_ll _lr__dy, s_ th_ r__nf_ll _s 25 p_r c_nt _b_v_ _v_r_g_ _nd wh_l_ th_t m_ght n_t s__nd l_k_ _ l_t wh_t _t m__ns _s _t's c_nt_n___s, s_ th_ s__ls n_v_r g_t _ ch_nc_ t_ dry __t." H_ _dd_d: "P_t_t__s _r_ _ct__lly _l_v_. Th_y n__d t_ br__th_, _nd s_ _ff_ct_v_ly th_y dr_wn, _nd th_n th_y st_rt t_ r_t b_c__s_ th_y'r_ s_bm_rg_d _n w_t_r." _ m_j_r s_p_rm_rk_t ch__n s__d: "W_ _r_ w_rk_ng cl_s_ly w_th __r s_ppl__rs t_ m_n_g_ s_pply _s m_ch _s p_ss_bl_."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    potato chip lovers in new zealand could be in for a big shock new zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next few months this means there could be a lack of potato chips (crisps in british english) until next year newspapers are calling this situation the "chipocalypse" they combined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word a possible chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter in new zealand this has hit potato growers in some areas a third of the potato crop has been lost the wet weather has particularly hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips this means makers will make fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips will be higher

    a spokesman for new zealand potato farmers told the radio live nz news station about the problem chris claridge head of potatoes new zealand said "it started raining in march and it just simply hasn't stopped we've had the entire year's worth of rainfall already so the rainfall is 25 per cent above average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous so the soils never get a chance to dry out" he added "potatoes are actually alive they need to breathe and so effectively they drown and then they start to rot because they're submerged in water" a major supermarket chain said "we are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as possible"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    chipswillbehigher.AspokesmanforNewZealandpotatofarmerstoldth
    eRadioLiveNZnewsstationabouttheproblem.ChrisClaridge,headofP
    otatoesNewZealand,said:"ItstartedraininginMarch,anditjustsimply
    hasn'tstopped.We'vehadtheentireyear'sworthofrainfallalready,soth
    erainfallis25percentaboveaverageandwhilethatmightnotsoundlikea
    lotwhatitmeansisit'scontinuous,sothesoilsnevergetachancetodryou
    t."Headded:"Potatoesareactuallyalive.Theyneedtobreathe,andsoef
    fectivelytheydrown,andthentheystarttorotbecausethey'resubmerg
    edinwater."Amajorsupermarketchainsaid:"Weareworkingcloselywi
    thoursupplierstomanagesupplyasmuchaspossible."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Potato chips are the world's best snacks. 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 this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. POTATO CHIPS: Make a poster about potato chips. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. POTATOES: Write a magazine article about potatoes being the most important vegetable in the world. 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 potato chips. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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