The Reading / Listening - Banana Peel - Level 1

There is now a banana with a skin you can eat. Most people would never do this. Banana farmers in Japan made a way of growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new way is called the "freeze-thaw awakening". Farmers keep their banana trees at a freezing temperature of -60°C. They then put the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The change in temperature makes the tree grow very quickly. This makes the skin thin and soft enough to eat.



The new banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers sell it in bunches of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One banana costs six dollars. Farmers don't grow many, so the price is high. They will grow more, so the price will fall. Japan imports about 99% of its bananas. The Mongee could mean Japanese people will eat more bananas that are grown in Japan. The Mongee banana skin is sweet. It has nutrients like vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Banana Peel - Level 0 Banana Peel - Level 2   or  Banana Peel - Level 3

Sources
  • https://qz.com/1191654/a-banana-with-an-edible-peel-is-now-available-for-sale-in-japan/
  • http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/discover-mongee-banana-edible-skin/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/you-eat-these-newly-engineered-bananas-skin-and-all-791546


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 banana with a
  2. Most people would never
  3. banana
  4. a way of
  5. a peel we
  6. The change in
  7. This makes the
  8. soft enough
  1. temperature
  2. growing bananas
  3. to eat
  4. can eat
  5. skin thin
  6. do this
  7. skin you can eat
  8. farmers

Paragraph 2

  1. Farmers sell it in bunches
  2. They
  3. the price will
  4. Japan imports about
  5. Japanese people will eat
  6. bananas that are
  7. The Mongee banana skin
  8. It has nutrients
  1. is sweet
  2. more
  3. like vitamin B6
  4. of 10 bananas
  5. grown in Japan
  6. are not cheap
  7. fall
  8. 99% of its bananas

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is now a banana (1) ___________________ you can eat. Most people would (2) ___________________. Banana farmers in Japan made (3) ___________________ growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new way is called the "freeze-thaw awakening". Farmers keep their banana trees (4) ___________________ temperature of -60°C. They then put the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The (5) ___________________ makes the tree grow very quickly. This makes the skin thin and soft (6) ___________________.

The new banana (7) ___________________ "Mongee". Farmers sell it in bunches of 10 bananas. They (8) ___________________. One banana costs six dollars. Farmers (9) ___________________, so the price is high. They will grow more, so the (10) ___________________. Japan imports about 99% of its bananas. The Mongee could mean Japanese people will eat more bananas that (11) ___________________ Japan. The Mongee banana skin is sweet. (12) ___________________ like vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisnowabananawithaskinyoucaneat.Mostpeoplewouldneverdot
his.BananafarmersinJapanmadeawayofgrowingbananaswithapeel
wecaneat.Thenewwayiscalledthe"freeze-thawawakening".Farmers
keeptheirbananatreesatafreezingtemperatureof-60°C.Theythenpu
tthetreesin27ºCtemperatures.Thechangeintemperaturemakesthet
reegrowveryquickly.Thismakestheskinthinandsoftenoughtoeat.The
newbananaiscalledthe"Mongee".Farmerssellitinbunchesof10banan
as.Theyarenotcheap.Onebananacostssixdollars.Farmersdon'tgrow
many,sothepriceishigh.Theywillgrowmore,sothepricewillfall.Japani
mportsabout99%ofitsbananas.TheMongeecouldmeanJapanesepeo
plewilleatmorebananasthataregrowninJapan.TheMongeebananaski
nissweet.IthasnutrientslikevitaminB6andmagnesium.

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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