The Reading / Listening - 'Nutella Riots' - Level 2

Shoppers in France have been fighting each other to buy the hazelnut spread Nutella. A nationwide chain of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket started a promotion on the jars on Thursday. The cost was cut from €4.50 to €1.41. There were long queues outside stores. Inside, shoppers lost their cool in the aisles. A witness described the chaos. She told French newspapers: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady had a cardboard box put on her head, and another woman had a bloody hand. It was terrible."



An Italian company called Ferrero makes Nutella. It said it had nothing to do with the discount. It tweeted that only the supermarket decided to cut prices. It criticized what happened, saying the discount, "created confusion and disappointment among customers". The supermarket did not comment. However, an employee said: "It was crazy…like it was the first day of sales. People just rushed in, shoving everyone and breaking things….It was like a riot." A tweeter said Nutella is very important in France. She said: "French people eat it by the spoonful."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    'Nutella Riots' - Level 0 'Nutella Riots' - Level 1   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. the hazelnut
  2. A nationwide chain
  3. The cost was cut
  4. There were long queues
  5. A witness described
  6. They fought
  7. cardboard
  8. another woman had a bloody
  1. like animals
  2. spread Nutella
  3. hand
  4. of supermarkets
  5. box
  6. outside stores
  7. the chaos
  8. from €4.50 to €1.41

Paragraph 2

  1. it had nothing to do
  2. It criticized what
  3. disappointment among
  4. The supermarket did not
  5. it was the first
  6. People just rushed in,
  7. It was like
  8. French people eat it by
  1. a riot
  2. comment
  3. the spoonful
  4. with the discount
  5. shoving everyone
  6. happened
  7. day of sales
  8. customers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Shoppers in France have been (1) ___________________ to buy the hazelnut spread Nutella. A (2) ___________________ supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket started a promotion on (3) ___________________ Thursday. The cost was cut from €4.50 to €1.41. There were long queues outside stores. Inside, shoppers lost their cool (4) ___________________. A witness described the chaos. She told French newspapers: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, (5) ___________________ had a cardboard box put on her head, and another woman had (6) ___________________. It was terrible."

(7) ___________________ called Ferrero makes Nutella. It said it had nothing to do (8) ___________________. It tweeted that only the supermarket decided to cut prices. It criticized what happened, (9) ___________________, "created confusion and disappointment among customers". The supermarket (10) ___________________. However, an employee said: "It was crazy…like it was the first day of sales. People just (11) ___________________ everyone and breaking things….It was like a riot." A tweeter said Nutella is very important in France. She said: "French people eat it (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ShoppersinFrancehavebeenfightingeachothertobuythehazelnutspr
eadNutella.Anationwidechainofsupermarketscutthepriceofitby70pe
rcent.ThesupermarketstartedapromotiononthejarsonThursday.The
costwascutfrom€4.50to€1.41.Therewerelongqueuesoutsidestores.
Inside,shopperslosttheircoolintheaisles.Awitnessdescribedthechao
s.ShetoldFrenchnewspapers:"Theyfoughtlikeanimals.Awomanhadh
erhairpulled,anelderlyladyhadacardboardboxputonherhead,andan
otherwomanhadabloodyhand.Itwasterrible."AnItaliancompanycall
edFerreromakesNutella.Itsaidithadnothingtodowiththediscount.Itt
weetedthatonlythesupermarketdecidedtocutprices.Itcriticizedwhat
happened,sayingthediscount,"createdconfusionanddisappointment
amongcustomers".Thesupermarketdidnotcomment.However,ane
mployeesaid:"Itwascrazy…likeitwasthefirstdayofsales.Peoplejustru
shedin,shovingeveryoneandbreakingthings….Itwaslikeariot."Atwee
tersaidNutellaisveryimportantinFrance.Shesaid:"Frenchpeopleeatit
bythespoonful."

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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