The Reading / Listening - 'Nutella Riots' - Level 1

Shoppers in France have been fighting to buy the hazelnut spread Nutella. A chain of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent on Thursday. The cost went from €4.50 to €1.41. There were long lines of shoppers outside stores. Inside, shoppers got angry in the aisles. A witness described the chaos to French newspapers: He said: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled…and another woman had a bloody hand. It was terrible."



An Italian company called Ferrero makes Nutella. It had nothing to do with the discount. Only the supermarket decided to cut prices. Ferrero was sad at what happened. It said the discount, "created confusion and disappointment among customers". The supermarket did not comment, but a worker said: "It was crazy…like it was the first day of sales….It was like a riot." A tweeter said Nutella is very important and that, "French people eat it by the spoonful".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    'Nutella Riots' - Level 0 'Nutella Riots' - Level 2   or  'Nutella Riots' - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/26/nutella-price-cut-sparks-fights-between-shoppers-in-supermarkets-across-france
  • https://www.thelocal.fr/20180126/what-the-great-nutella-riots-of-2018-tell-us-about-the-french
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/world/europe/nutella-riots-france.html


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. buy the hazelnut
  2. long lines of shoppers
  3. shoppers got angry in the
  4. A witness described the chaos
  5. They fought like
  6. A woman had her hair
  7. another woman had a bloody
  8. It was
  1. to French newspapers
  2. hand
  3. spread Nutella
  4. terrible
  5. aisles
  6. animals
  7. outside stores
  8. pulled

Paragraph 2

  1. It had nothing to do
  2. Only the supermarket decided
  3. Ferrero was sad
  4. created confusion
  5. The supermarket did
  6. it was the first day
  7. It was like
  8. French people eat it by
  1. and disappointment
  2. the spoonful
  3. with the discount
  4. of sales
  5. a riot
  6. at what happened
  7. to cut prices
  8. not comment

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Shoppers in France have been (1) ___________________ the hazelnut spread Nutella. A (2) ___________________ cut the price of it by 70 per cent on Thursday. The (3) ________________ €4.50 to €1.41. There were long lines of shoppers outside stores. Inside, shoppers got angry (4) ___________________. A witness described (5) ___________________ French newspapers: He said: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled…and another woman had (6) ___________________. It was terrible."

(7) ___________________ called Ferrero makes Nutella. It had nothing to do (8) ___________________. Only the supermarket decided to cut prices. Ferrero was sad at what happened. It (9) ___________________, "created confusion and disappointment among customers". The supermarket did not comment, but a worker said: "(10) ___________________ …like it was the first day of sales….It was (11) ___________________." A tweeter said Nutella is very important and that, "French people eat it (12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ShoppersinFrancehavebeenfightingtobuythehazelnutspreadNutella
.Achainofsupermarketscutthepriceofitby70percentonThursday.The
costwentfrom€4.50to€1.41.Therewerelonglinesofshoppersoutside
stores.Inside,shoppersgotangryintheaisles.Awitnessdescribedthec
haostoFrenchnewspapers:Hesaid:"Theyfoughtlikeanimals.Awoman
hadherhairpulled…andanotherwomanhadabloodyhand.Itwasterribl
e."AnItaliancompanycalledFerreromakesNutella.Ithadnothingtodo
withthediscount.Onlythesupermarketdecidedtocutprices.Ferrerowa
ssadatwhathappened.Itsaidthediscount,"createdconfusionanddisa
ppointmentamongcustomers".Thesupermarketdidnotcomment,but
aworkersaid:"Itwascrazy…likeitwasthefirstdayofsales….Itwaslikear
iot."AtweetersaidNutellaisveryimportantandthat,"Frenchpeopleeati
tbythespoonful".

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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