The Reading / Listening - Cheese - Level 4

China has lifted a ban on cheese that gets its flavor and smell from bacteria. Health officials banned some cheeses after they found the bacteria used to make the cheeses were not approved. The cheeses now approved include Brie and Camembert. The ban was lifted after meetings between the European Commission and Chinese health officials. Chinese health officials said the bacteria used to make these cheeses were not harmful to our health.



Cheese lovers in China were happy the ban was lifted. Cheese is becoming more popular in China. It is not a typical part of the Chinese diet. However, tastes are changing because pizza and other western food are becoming more popular. A Shanghai cheese importer said: "It's a real relief…this category of cheese is legally importable." Cheese sales in China will be worth $820 million this year, up by 25 per cent from last year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cheese - Level 5 or  Cheese - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41717848
  • http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/brie-trade-agreement-china-lifts-soft-cheese-ban-9335524
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/china-smelly-cheese-ban-lift-imports-camembert-stilton-roquefort-a8015681.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China has lifted a ban
  2. flavor and
  3. officials banned some
  4. they found
  5. The cheeses now approved include
  6. health
  7. the bacteria used to make
  8. not harmful
  1. these cheeses
  2. cheeses
  3. to our health
  4. officials
  5. smell
  6. on cheese
  7. the bacteria
  8. Brie

Paragraph 2

  1. Cheese
  2. happy the ban was
  3. Cheese is becoming more
  4. a typical part
  5. tastes are
  6. pizza and other
  7. It's a real
  8. worth
  1. popular in China
  2. $820 million
  3. changing
  4. lovers
  5. relief
  6. lifted
  7. western food
  8. of the Chinese diet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China has (1) ___________________ on cheese that gets its flavor and smell from bacteria. Health officials banned some cheeses (2) ___________________ the bacteria used to make the cheeses were not approved. The cheeses (3) ___________________ Brie and Camembert. The ban was lifted (4) ___________________ the European Commission and Chinese health officials. Chinese (5) ___________________ the bacteria used to make these cheeses were not harmful (6) ___________________.

(7) ___________________ China were happy the ban was lifted. Cheese is becoming more popular in China. It is not a (8) ___________________ the Chinese diet. However, (9) ___________________ because pizza and other western food are becoming more popular. A Shanghai cheese importer said: "It's (10) ___________________ …this category of cheese is legally importable." Cheese sales in China (11) ___________________ $820 million this year, up by 25 per cent (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinahasliftedabanoncheesethatgetsitsflavorandsmellfrombacteria
.Healthofficialsbannedsomecheesesaftertheyfoundthebacteriaused
tomakethecheeseswerenotapproved.Thecheesesnowapprovedinclu
deBrieandCamembert.ThebanwasliftedaftermeetingsbetweentheE
uropeanCommissionandChinesehealthofficials.Chinesehealthofficia
lssaidthebacteriausedtomakethesecheeseswerenotharmfultoourhe
alth.CheeseloversinChinawerehappythebanwaslifted.Cheeseisbeco
mingmorepopularinChina.ItisnotatypicalpartoftheChinesediet.How
ever,tastesarechangingbecausepizzaandotherwesternfoodarebeco
mingmorepopular.AShanghaicheeseimportersaid:"It'sarealrelief…t
hiscategoryofcheeseislegallyimportable."CheesesalesinChinawillbe
worth$820millionthisyear,upby25percentfromlastyear.

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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