The Reading / Listening - 'Nutella Riots' - Level 3

There have been crazy scenes in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching each other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. A nationwide chain of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion on 950-gram jars of the sweet treat on January 25. The cost was slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long queues formed outside stores, but shoppers lost their cool in the aisles. A witness at one store described the chaos. She told French media: "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."



The maker of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to do with the discount. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was taken [only] by Intermarché." It added: "We condemn the consequences of this operation, which created confusion and disappointment among customers." The supermarket has not commented on this story. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of sales. People just rushed in, shoving everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was like a riot. We nearly called the police." A tweeter explained how important Nutella is in France. She said: "French people eat it by the spoonful. I had it on toast for breakfast as a child."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    'Nutella Riots' - Level 0 'Nutella Riots' - Level 1   or  'Nutella Riots' - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. SUPERMARKETS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about supermarkets. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       crazy / supermarkets / shoppers / fighting / punching / sweet / treat / aisles / media /
       Italian / discount / operation / confusion / riot / police / important / spoonful / toast
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPREADS: Students A strongly believe Nutella is better than peanut butter; Students B strongly believe peanut butter is better than Nutella.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LOSING YOUR COOL: How understandable is it to lose your cool in these situations? What should you do to keep calm? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Lose your cool with…

How understand it is to lose your cool

How to stay calm

a noisy guy in the library

 

 

a dangerous driver

 

 

a litterbug

 

 

a bad boss

 

 

a very naughty child

 

 

rude shoppers

 

 

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5. FIGHT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "fight". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BREAKFAST: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to eat for breakfast at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • eggs
  • cereal
  • pancakes
  • muesli
  • salad
  • fish
  • toast
  • rice

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. scenes a. A round, glass container with a wide mouth that is used to put things in like jam, peanut butter, honey, etc.
      2. shoppers b. Something special and nice that you have or give to someone.
      3. jars c. Actions of something happening.
      4. chain d. People who go to shops to look at or buy things.
      5. promotion e. A large group of shops, hotels, restaurants, etc. owned by the same company (e.g. McDonald's, 7-11, Hilton…).
      6. treat f. A number of actions that are used to get people to buy things or do something.
      7. chaos g. Total confusion.

    Paragraph 2

      8. discount h. Wild, silly and foolish.
      9. decision i. Money taken off the price of something to get people to buy it.
      10. condemn j. A worker who gets a salary.
      11. employee k. Pushing someone hard.
      12. crazy l. Something you choose after thinking about it.
      13. shoving m. When lots of people start fighting and breaking things.
      14. riot n. Strongly say you really don't like someone or something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Shoppers in France punched each other to buy cheap Nutella.     T / F
  2. All supermarkets in France cut the price of Nutella by 70%.     T / F
  3. The discount was on all sizes of Nutella jars.     T / F
  4. A witness said a woman had a bloody mouth.     T / F
  5. The manufacturer of Nutella is from Italy.     T / F
  6. The supermarket boss gave a long statement about the "Nutella riots".    T / F
  7. A supermarket worker didn't call the police.     T / F
  8. A tweeter said French people eat Nutella using spoons.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. crazy
  2. launched
  3. queues
  4. chaos
  5. terrible
  6. maker
  7. consequences
  8. seemed
  9. shoving
  10. nearly
  1. appeared
  2. disorder
  3. almost
  4. manufacturer
  5. started
  6. pushing
  7. mad
  8. results
  9. horrible
  10. lines

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There have been crazy
  2. Shoppers have been fighting and
  3. A nationwide
  4. shoppers lost their
  5. another woman had a bloody
  6. It said it had nothing to
  7. disappointment among
  8. The supermarket has not
  9. it was the first
  10. French people eat it
  1. chain of supermarkets
  2. commented on this story
  3. cool in the aisles
  4. customers
  5. punching each other
  6. day of sales
  7. scenes in supermarkets
  8. by the spoonful
  9. hand
  10. do with the discount

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
spread
chaos
treat
bloody
promotion
cardboard
scenes
queues

There have been crazy (1) ____________ in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching each other to buy jars of the hazelnut (2) ____________ Nutella. A nationwide chain of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a (3) ____________ on 950-gram jars of the sweet (4) ____________ on January 25. The cost was slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long (5) ____________ formed outside stores, but shoppers lost their cool in the aisles. A witness at one store described the (6) ____________. She told French media: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady had a (7) ____________ box put on her head, and another woman had a (8) ____________ hand. It was terrible."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
story
taken
spoonful
sales
maker
discount
riot
confusion

The (9) ____________ of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to do with the (10) ____________. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was (11) ____________ [only] by Intermarché." It added: "We condemn the consequences of this operation, which created (12) ____________ and disappointment among customers." The supermarket has not commented on this (13) ____________. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of (14) ____________. People just rushed in, shoving everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was like a (15) ____________. We nearly called the police." A tweeter explained how important Nutella is in France. She said: "French people eat it by the (16) ____________. I had it on toast for breakfast as a child."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There have been crazy scenes in supermarkets ______
     a.  a cross France
     b.  ache cross France
     c.  acre cross France
     d.  across France
2)  The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion on 950-gram jars of ______
     a.  the Swede treat
     b.  the sweet tweed
     c.  the Swede read
     d.  the sweet treat
3)  Long queues formed outside stores, but shoppers lost their cool ______
     a.  in the aisles
     b.  in the isles
     c.  in the ills
     d.  in the ails
4)  A witness at one store described ______
     a.  the KOs
     b.  the chaos
     c.  the keys
     d.  the cars
5)  an elderly lady had a cardboard box put on her head, and another woman had ______
     a.  a bloody hand
     b.  a blood hand
     c.  a blood die hand
     d.  a bloody hands

6)  It said it had nothing to do ______
     a.  with the discount
     b.  within the discount
     c.  without the discount
     d.  wither the discount
7)  We condemn the consequences of this operation, which ______
     a.  create it confusion
     b.  created confusing
     c.  created confusion
     d.  create it confusing
8)  An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first ______"
     a.  day off sales
     b.  day over sales
     c.  day oft sales
     d.  day of sales
9)  People just rushed in, shoving everyone and ______
     a.  break in things
     b.  breaking things
     c.  broken things
     d.  break in sings
10)  French people eat it by the spoonful. I had it on toast for breakfast ______
     a.  as a child
     b.  is a child
     c.  was a child
     d.  has a child

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There have (1) ___________________ in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching each other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. A (2) ___________________ supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion on 950-gram jars of the (3) ___________________ January 25. The cost was slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long queues formed outside stores, but shoppers (4) ___________________ in the aisles. A witness at one store (5) ___________________. She told French media: "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 (6) ___________________. It was terrible."

The maker of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to do (7) ___________________. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was taken [only] by Intermarché." It added: "We condemn the consequences of this operation, (8) ___________________ and disappointment among customers." The supermarket has (9) ___________________ this story. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of sales. People just (10) ___________________ everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was (11) ___________________. We nearly called the police." A tweeter explained how important Nutella is in France. She said: "French people eat it (12) ___________________. I had it on toast for breakfast as a child."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of scenes did the writer say there were in supermarkets?
  2. How big were the jars of Nutella that were being discounted?
  3. What did shoppers lose in supermarket aisles?
  4. What did a witness say shoppers fought like?
  5. What did someone put on an elderly lady's head?
  6. What country is the maker of Nutella from?
  7. What did the discount create among shoppers besides disappointment?
  8. What did the supermarket say about this news?
  9. Who did a store worker nearly call?
  10. What did a tweeter say she had for breakfast when she was a child?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of scenes did the writer say there were in supermarkets?
a) amazing scenes
b) crazy scenes
c) winter scenes
d) disturbing scenes
2) How big were the jars of Nutella that were being discounted?
a) 850-gram jars
b) 750-gram jars
c) 650-gram jars
d) 950-gram jars
3) What did shoppers lose in supermarket aisles?
a) their cool
b) their wallets
c) their Nutella
d) their shopping list
4) What did a witness say shoppers fought like?
a) nuts
b) champions
c) animals
d) aliens
5) What did someone put on an elderly lady's head?
a) a hat
b) a cardboard box
c) Nutella
d) peanut butter

6) What country is the maker of Nutella from?
a) Brazil
b) France
c) Italy
d) Ghana
7) What did the discount create among shoppers besides disappointment?
a) a Nutella fan club
b) jealousy
c) Nutella lovers
d) confusion
8) What did the supermarket say about this news?
a) nothing
b) They apologised
c) "So what?"
d) "It was crazy"
9) Who did a store worker nearly call?
a) the police
b) Ghostbusters
c) his friends
d) Mrs Nutella
10) What did a tweeter say she had for breakfast when she was a child?
a) Nutella and scrambled eggs
b) Nutella on toast
c) Nutella salad
d) Nutella pancakes

Role play

Role  A – Salad
You think salad is the best breakfast. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): toast, eggs or cereal.

Role  B – Toast
You think toast is the best breakfast. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): salad, eggs or cereal.

Role  C – Eggs
You think an egg is the best breakfast. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): toast, salad or cereal.

Role  D – Cereal
You think cereal is the best breakfast. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  toast, eggs or salad.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'price'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'cut'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • nothing
    • decision
    • created
    • sales
    • breaking
    • toast
    • scenes
    • each
    • sweet
    • formed
    • cool
    • hand




    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 - 'Nutella riots' in France after 70% price cut

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'price'?
    3. What do you know about Nutella?
    4. Have you ever seen anything crazy in a supermarket?
    5. What's your favourite supermarket, and why?
    6. Do you like sweet spreads?
    7. What would you do to buy food at a 70% discount?
    8. When was the last time you lost your cool?
    9. What advice do you have for fighting shoppers?
    10. What's the biggest discount you've ever had?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cut'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important are discounts to you?
    5. Why do you think the supermarket hasn't commented?
    6. Do you like going to sales?
    7. What is the best way to eat Nutella and other spreads?
    8. What are important foods in your country?
    9. What did you have for breakfast as a child?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the supermarket boss?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There have been (1) ____ scenes in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching (2) ____ other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. A nationwide (3) ____ of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion on 950-gram jars of the sweet (4) ____ on January 25. The cost was slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long queues formed outside stores, but shoppers lost their (5) ____ in the aisles. A witness at one store described the chaos. She told French media: "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 (6) ____ hand. It was terrible."

    The maker of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to (7) ____ with the discount. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was taken [only] by Intermarché." It added: "We condemn the consequences (8) ____ this operation, which created confusion and disappointment among customers." The supermarket has not commented (9) ____ this story. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of sales. People just rushed in, (10) ____ everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was like a riot. We nearly (11) ____ the police." A tweeter explained how important Nutella is in France. She said: "French people eat it by the spoonful. I had it on toast for breakfast (12) ____ a child."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     crazily     (b)     crazy     (c)     craze     (d)     crazies    
    2. (a)     as     (b)     each     (c)     one     (d)     them    
    3. (a)     safe     (b)     key     (c)     lock     (d)     chain    
    4. (a)     threat     (b)     treat     (c)     treaty     (d)     trait    
    5. (a)     chilly     (b)     freeze     (c)     cold     (d)     cool    
    6. (a)     blood     (b)     bloods     (c)     bloody     (d)     broody    
    7. (a)     do     (b)     have     (c)     be     (d)     take    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    10. (a)     shoving     (b)     shoved     (c)     shoves     (d)     shovel    
    11. (a)     called     (b)     named     (c)     roared     (d)     buzzed    
    12. (a)     as     (b)     is     (c)     has     (d)     was

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. crazy sneecs in supermarkets
    2. jars of the hazelnut rpsdae Nutella
    3. A nationwide hicna of supermarkets
    4. shoppers lost their cool in the sleisa
    5. an elyerld lady
    6. It was ebirretl

    Paragraph 2

    1. with the uointsdc
    2. The dcoisien for the promotion
    3. the consequences of this otaeropin
    4. created osonuficn
    5. isvghno everyone
    6. enldxaipe how important Nutella is

    Put the text back together

    (   )  media: "They fought like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady had a cardboard
    (   )  on this story. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of sales. People just rushed
    (   )  treat on January 25. The cost was slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long queues formed outside
    (   )  other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. A nationwide chain of supermarkets cut the price
    (   )  box put on her head, and another woman had a bloody hand. It was terrible."
    (   )  of this operation, which created confusion and disappointment among customers." The supermarket has not commented
    (   )  stores, but shoppers lost their cool in the aisles. A witness at one store described the chaos. She told French
    (   )  The maker of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to do with the
    (   )  called the police." A tweeter explained how important Nutella is in France. She
    (   )  in, shoving everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was like a riot. We nearly
    (   )  of it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion on 950-gram jars of the sweet
    (   )  discount. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was taken [only] by Intermarché." It added: "We condemn the consequences
    (   )  said: "French people eat it by the spoonful. I had it on toast for breakfast as a child."
    1  ) There have been crazy scenes in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching each

    Put the words in the right order

    1. supermarkets   .   been   crazy   There   scenes   in   have
    2. jars   other   Punching   to   Nutella   .   of   each   buy
    3. chain   nationwide   cut   the   price   .   of   supermarkets   A
    4. lost   the   their   cool   in   aisles   .   Shoppers
    5. witness   at   chaos   .   A   the   store   one   described
    6. had   discount   .   to   nothing   the   said   it   do   It   with
    7. this   operation   .   of   consequences   condemn   We   the
    8. on   commented   has   supermarket   The   this   .   not
    9. seemed   the   It   sales   .   was   it   like   of   day   first
    10. eat   it   spoonful   .   French   by   people   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There have been crazy / crazily scenes in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching one / each other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. A nationwide chain / chained of supermarkets cut the price of that / it by 70 per cent. The supermarket Intermarché launched a promotion / commotion on 950-gram jars of the sweet threat / treat on January 25. The cost was ripped / slashed from €4.50 to €1.41. Long queues formed outside stores, but shoppers lost their cold / cool in the aisles. A witness / jury at one store described the chaos. She told French media: "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 plasma / bloody hand. It was terrible."

    The maker / spreader of Nutella is an Italian company called Ferrero. It said it had nothing to do / doing with the discount. It tweeted: "The decision for the promotion was taken [only] by Intermarché." It added / attached: "We condemn the consequences of this surgery / operation, which created confusion and disappointment being / among customers." The supermarket has not commented in / on this story. An employee said: "It was crazy. It seemed like it was the first day of sales. People just rushed / cashed in, shoving everyone and breaking things." He added: "It was like a riot / lite. We nearly called the police." A tweeter explained how importance / important Nutella is in France. She said: "French people eat it by the spoonful. I had it on toast for breakfast as / was a child."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T h _ m _ k _ r _ f N _ t _ l l _ _ s _ n I t _ l _ _ n c _ m p _ n y c _ l l _ d F _ r r _ r _ . I t s _ _ d _ t h _ d n _ t h _ n g t _ d _ w _ t h t h _ d _ s c _ _ n t . I t t w _ _ t _ d : " T h _ d _ c _ s _ _ n f _ r t h _ p r _ m _ t _ _ n w _ s t _ k _ n [ _ n l y ] b y I n t _ r m _ r c h é . " I t _ d d _ d : " W _ c _ n d _ m n t h _ c _ n s _ q _ _ n c _ s _ f t h _ s _ p _ r _ t _ _ n , w h _ c h c r _ _ t _ d c _ n f _ s _ _ n _ n d d _ s _ p p _ _ n t m _ n t _ m _ n g c _ s t _ m _ r s . " T h _ s _ p _ r m _ r k _ t h _ s n _ t c _ m m _ n t _ d _ n t h _ s s t _ r y . A n _ m p l _ y _ _ s _ _ d : " I t w _ s c r _ z y . I t s _ _ m _ d l _ k _ _ t w _ s t h _ f _ r s t d _ y _ f s _ l _ s . P _ _ p l _ j _ s t r _ s h _ d _ n , s h _ v _ n g _ v _ r y _ n _ _ n d b r _ _ k _ n g t h _ n g s . " H _ _ d d _ d : " I t w _ s l _ k _ _ r _ _ t . W _ n _ _ r l y c _ l l _ d t h _ p _ l _ c _ . " A t w _ _ t _ r _ x p l _ _ n _ d h _ w _ m p _ r t _ n t N _ t _ l l _ _ s _ n F r _ n c _ . S h _ s _ _ d : " F r _ n c h p _ _ p l _ _ _ t _ t b y t h _ s p _ _ n f _ l . I h _ d _ t _ n t _ _ s t f _ r b r _ _ k f _ s t _ s _ c h _ l d . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there have been crazy scenes in supermarkets across france shoppers have been fighting and punching each other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread nutella a nationwide chain of supermarkets cut the price of it by 70 per cent the supermarket intermarch launched a promotion on 950gram jars of the sweet treat on january 25 the cost was slashed from 450 to 141 long queues formed outside stores but shoppers lost their cool in the aisles a witness at one store described the chaos she told french media 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

    the maker of nutella is an italian company called ferrero it said it had nothing to do with the discount it tweeted the decision for the promotion was taken only by intermarch it added we condemn the consequences of this operation which created confusion and disappointment among customers the supermarket has not commented on this story an employee said it was crazy it seemed like it was the first day of sales people just rushed in shoving everyone and breaking things he added it was like a riot we nearly called the police a tweeter explained how important nutella is in france she said french people eat it by the spoonful i had it on toast for breakfast as a child

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TherehavebeencrazyscenesinsupermarketsacrossFrance.Shoppers
    havebeenfightingandpunchingeachothertobuyjarsofthehazelnutspr
    eadNutella.Anationwidechainofsupermarketscutthepriceofitby70pe
    rcent.ThesupermarketIntermarchélaunchedapromotionon950-
    gramjarsofthesweettreatonJanuary25.Thecostwasslashedfrom€4.
    50to€1.41.Longqueuesformedoutsidestores,butshopperslosttheirc
    oolintheaisles.Awitnessatonestoredescribedthechaos.ShetoldFrenc
    hmedia:"Theyfoughtlikeanimals.Awomanhadherhairpulled,anelder
    lyladyhadacardboardboxputonherhead,andanotherwomanhadablo
    odyhand.Itwasterrible."ThemakerofNutellaisanItaliancompanycalle
    dFerrero.Itsaidithadnothingtodowiththediscount.Ittweeted:"Thede
    cisionforthepromotionwastaken[only]byIntermarché."Itadded:"We
    condemntheconsequencesofthisoperation,whichcreatedconfusiona
    nddisappointmentamongcustomers."Thesupermarkethasnotcomm
    entedonthisstory.Anemployeesaid:"Itwascrazy.Itseemedlikeitwast
    hefirstdayofsales.Peoplejustrushedin,shovingeveryoneandbreakin
    gthings."Headded:"Itwaslikeariot.Wenearlycalledthepolice."Atweet
    erexplainedhowimportantNutellaisinFrance.Shesaid:"Frenchpeople
    eatitbythespoonful.Ihaditontoastforbreakfastasachild."

    Free writing

    Write about Nutella riots for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There is never any need to fight for food. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. NUTELLA: Make a poster about Nutella. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DISCOUNT CAMPAIGNS: Write a magazine article about banning discount campaigns. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Nutella. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to use it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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