The Reading / Listening - Rip-off Restaurant - Level 1

Four Japanese tourists are angry because a restaurant in Venice charged them $1,350 for a steak dinner. The four tourists say they were ripped off (overcharged) for their steak. They were students on a day trip to Venice. The police and Venice's mayor are contacting the restaurant. The mayor promised to take action. He said: "If this [shocking] episode is [true], we'll do all we can to punish those responsible. We are for justice - always."



Tourists often get overcharged. People in Venice are worried about this news. There have been many similar cases recently of rip-off prices in Venice. One person tweeted that the restaurant is harming the good name of Venice. The restaurant has a 1.5 (out of 5) rating on a travel website. Around 83 per cent of the site's visitors gave it a "Terrible" rating. One person complained about average food, bad service and "hidden fees" of almost $60 in taxes and tips.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rip-off Restaurant - Level 0 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. charged them $1,350
  2. they were ripped off
  3. They were students on a day
  4. contacting the
  5. The mayor promised to
  6. we'll do all
  7. punish those
  8. We are for
  1. take action
  2. for a steak dinner
  3. justice
  4. trip to Venice
  5. responsible
  6. restaurant
  7. (overcharged)
  8. we can

Paragraph 2

  1. Tourists often get
  2. rip-
  3. the restaurant is harming the good
  4. The restaurant has a 1.5
  5. Around 83 per cent of the site's
  6. One person complained about
  7. bad service
  8. almost $60 in
  1. average food
  2. (out of 5) rating
  3. taxes and tips
  4. off prices
  5. and "hidden fees"
  6. name of Venice
  7. visitors
  8. overcharged

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four Japanese (1) ___________________ because a restaurant in Venice charged them $1,350 for (2) ___________________. The four tourists say they (3) ___________________ (overcharged) for their steak. They were students on (4) ___________________ to Venice. The police and Venice's mayor are contacting the restaurant. The mayor promised (5) ___________________. He said: "If this [shocking] episode is [true], we'll do all we can to punish those responsible. We (6) ___________________ - always."

(7) ___________________ overcharged. People in Venice are worried about this news. There have (8) ___________________ cases recently of (9) ___________________ in Venice. One person tweeted that the restaurant is harming the good name of Venice. The restaurant has a 1.5 (out of 5) (10) ___________________ travel website. Around 83 per cent (11) ___________________ visitors gave it a "Terrible" rating. One person complained about average food, bad service and (12) ___________________ almost $60 in taxes and tips.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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them$1,350forasteakdinner.Thefourtouristssaytheywererippedoff(
overcharged)fortheirsteak.TheywerestudentsonadaytriptoVenice.T
hepoliceandVenice'smayorarecontactingtherestaurant.Themayorpr
omisedtotakeaction.Hesaid:"Ifthis[shocking]episodeis[true],we'lld
oallwecantopunishthoseresponsible.Weareforjustice-always."Touri
stsoftengetovercharged.PeopleinVeniceareworriedaboutthisnews.T
herehavebeenmanysimilarcasesrecentlyofrip-offpricesinVenice.On
epersontweetedthattherestaurantisharmingthegoodnameofVenice.
Therestauranthasa1.5(outof5)ratingonatravelwebsite.Around83pe
rcentofthesite'svisitorsgaveita"Terrible"rating.Onepersoncomplain
edaboutaveragefood,badserviceand"hiddenfees"ofalmost$60intax
esandtips.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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