The Reading / Listening - Rip-off Restaurant - Level 0

Four tourists are angry. A restaurant in Venice charged them $1,350 for steak. The tourists were students. They were ripped off (overcharged). Venice's mayor is contacting the restaurant. He promised to take action. He said if it is true, he will punish the restaurant. He said: "We are for justice - always."



Tourists often get overcharged. People in Venice are worried about this news. There have been similar cases of rip-off prices in Venice. Someone said the restaurant is giving Venice a bad name. The restaurant has a 1.5 (out of 5) rating on a travel website. This is terrible. The food is average and the service is bad.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rip-off Restaurant - Level 1 Rip-off Restaurant - Level 2   or  Rip-off Restaurant - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/venice-restaurant-bill-charge-meal-tourists-police-osteria-da-luca-st-marks-square-a8172426.html
  • http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/22/venice-s-mayor-pledges-action-over-1-100-dinner-bill
  • http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/22/students-rang-police-given-1000-bill-restaurant-venice-7250997/


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. A restaurant in Venice charged them
  2. The tourists were
  3. They were ripped off
  4. Venice's mayor is contacting the
  5. He promised to take
  6. if it
  7. he will punish
  8. We are for
  1. action
  2. $1,350 for steak
  3. the restaurant
  4. (overcharged)
  5. justice
  6. restaurant
  7. students
  8. is true

Paragraph 2

  1. Tourists often get
  2. People in Venice are worried
  3. There have been similar
  4. rip-
  5. the restaurant is giving Venice
  6. The restaurant has a 1.5
  7. The food is
  8. the service
  1. off prices
  2. average
  3. (out of 5) rating
  4. is bad
  5. cases
  6. overcharged
  7. a bad name
  8. about this news

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four (1) ___________________ . A restaurant in Venice charged them (2) ___________________ for steak. The tourists were students. They (3) ___________________ (overcharged). Venice's mayor (4) ___________________ the restaurant. He promised to take action. He said if (5) ___________________, he will punish the restaurant. He said: "We (6) ___________________ - always."

(7) ___________________ overcharged. People in Venice are worried (8) ___________________. There have been similar cases of (9) ___________________ in Venice. Someone said the restaurant is giving Venice (10) ___________________. The restaurant has a 1.5 (out of 5) rating on (11) _______________. This is terrible. The food (12) ___________________ the service is bad.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Fourtouristsareangry.ArestaurantinVenicechargedthem$1,350for
steak.Thetouristswerestudents.Theywererippedoff(overcharged).V
enice'smayoriscontactingtherestaurant.Hepromisedtotakeaction.H
esaidifitistrue,hewillpunishtherestaurant.Hesaid:"Weareforjustice-
always."Touristsoftengetovercharged.PeopleinVeniceareworriedab
outthisnews.TherehavebeensimilarcasesofripoffpricesinVenice.So
meonesaidtherestaurantisgivingVeniceabadname..Therestauranth
asa1.5(outof5)ratingonatravelwebsite.Thisisterrible.Thefoodisaver
ageandtheserviceisbad.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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