The Reading / Listening - Banana Peel - Level 3

It almost seems too hard to believe, but there is now a banana that has an edible peel. Most people would never think of eating the peel of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan have created a special technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing method is called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the west of Japan, keep their banana trees at a freezing cold temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then replant the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel to fully mature. This makes the skin thin, soft and sweet enough to eat.



The new variety of banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in small bunches of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One Mongee banana costs yen 650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grown a lot of Mongee bananas, so the price is high. They want to grow more so they can sell them all over the world. This means the price will come down. Bananas are the most popular fruit in Japan. Similar to other countries, Japan imports most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are imported. The Mongee could mean Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients such as vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Banana Peel - Level 0 Banana Peel - Level 1   or  Banana Peel - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. BANANA PEEL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about banana peel. 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?
       believe / banana / edible / farmers / technique / temperature / tree / Japan / west
       variety / cheap / price / world / popular / import / countries / sweet / nutrients
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CHANGE: Students A strongly believe farmers should not try to change fruit or vegetables; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FRUIT: How would you like to change these fruits, vegetables, etc.? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Changes

Why?

Apple

 

 

Coconuts

 

 

Potatoes

 

 

Rice

 

 

Grapes

 

 

Spinach

 

 

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

  • banana smoothie
  • banana pancake
  • with ice cream
  • banana curry
  • raw
  • fried
  • banana cake
  • frozen

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. edible a. When ice, snow or another frozen thing starts to melt and becomes soft and free from ice.
      2. technique b. Fully developed physically; full-grown.
      3. freeze c. OK to be eaten.
      4. thaw d. Make something very, very cold or turn it to ice.
      5. awakening e. A way of doing something.
      6. temperatures f. An act of waking from sleep.
      7. mature g. How hot or cold something is.

    Paragraph 2

      8. variety h. A number of things of the same kind that are growing together (grapes, bananas, etc.) or that are put together (flowers).
      9. bunches i. Liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group.
      10. popular j. Things in the natural world that we eat that are important for our health and growth.
      11. imports k. A number of different things of the same general type.
      12. contains l. A group of special chemicals that are important for our health.
      13. nutrients m. Have or hold someone or something inside something else.
      14. vitamin n. Buy things from another country to sell in your country.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A new banana has an inedible peel.     T / F
  2. The article said most people would think about eating a banana skin.     T / F
  3. Farmers first freeze banana trees at a temperature of -60ºC.     T / F
  4. Heat makes the banana peel fully mature.     T / F
  5. Farmers will only sell one banana at a time.     T / F
  6. The price of the bananas will come down when farmers grow more.     T / F
  7. Over 98% of bananas in Japan are imported.     T / F
  8. The new banana's peel contains vitamin B6.     T / F

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

  1. hard
  2. created
  3. technique
  4. freezing
  5. mature
  6. cheap
  7. come down
  8. popular
  9. imported
  10. such as
  1. bitterly cold
  2. like
  3. ripen
  4. made
  5. fall
  6. shipped in
  7. difficult
  8. inexpensive
  9. method
  10. well-liked

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

  1. It almost seems too
  2. a banana that has an
  3. a special technique
  4. a freezing cold
  5. fully
  6. Farmers are now selling it in
  7. they can sell them all
  8. This means the price
  9. 99% of bananas in Japanese stores
  10. contains nutrients
  1. for growing bananas
  2. mature
  3. are imported
  4. edible peel
  5. will come down
  6. such as vitamin B6
  7. hard to believe
  8. over the world
  9. small bunches of 10
  10. temperature

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
huge
peel
west
believe
enough
method
farmers
replant

It almost seems too hard to (1) ____________, but there is now a banana that has an edible (2) ____________. Most people would never think of eating the peel of a banana. However, banana (3) ____________ in Japan have created a special technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing (4) ____________ is called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the (5) ____________ of Japan, keep their banana trees at a freezing cold temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then (6) ____________ the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The (7) ____________ change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel to fully mature. This makes the skin thin, soft and sweet (8) ____________ to eat.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
over
imports
bunches
vitamin
variety
mean
down
grown

The new (9) ____________ of banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in small (10) ____________ of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One Mongee banana costs ¥650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not (11) ____________ a lot of Mongee bananas, so the price is high. They want to grow more so they can sell them all (12) ____________ the world. This means the price will come (13) ____________. Bananas are the most popular fruit in Japan. Similar to other countries, Japan (14) ____________ most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are imported. The Mongee could (15) ____________ Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients such as (16) ____________ B6 and magnesium.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  It almost seems too hard to believe, but there is now a banana that has ______
     a.  an inedible peel
     b.  inedible peel
     c.  an audible peel
     d.  an edible peel
2)  The new banana-growing method is called the "freeze-thaw ______
     a.  awaken in" technique
     b.  awakening in" technique
     c.  awake ning" technique
     d.  awakening" technique
3)  keep their banana trees at a freezing cold temperature of ______
     a.  -70° Celsius
     b.  -60° Celsius
     c.  -40° Celsius
     d.  -50° Celsius
4)  temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel ______
     a.  to fully nature
     b.  to fully rapture
     c.  to fully mature
     d.  to fully future
5)  This makes the skin thin, soft and sweet ______
     a.  enough too eat
     b.  enough to wheat
     c.  enough two wheat
     d.  enough to eat

6)  They want to grow more so they can sell them all ______
     a.  over the world
     b.  over a world
     c.  over then world
     d.  over that world
7)  This means the price will come down. Bananas are the most ______ Japan
     a.  popularity fruit in
     b.  popular fruity in
     c.  popular fruit in
     d.  popular fruit inn
8)  About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores ______
     a.  are import it
     b.  are important
     c.  are importer
     d.  are imported
9)  The Mongee could mean Japanese people eat more ______ bananas
     a.  home-growing
     b.  home-groan
     c.  home-grown
     d.  home-gown
10)  The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients such ______
     a.  as vitamin B8
     b.  as vitamin B6
     c.  as vitamin B4
     d.  as vitamin B7

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It almost seems too (1) ___________________, but there is now a banana that has an edible peel. Most people would never think of (2) ___________________ of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan have created a special technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing (3) ___________________ the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the west of Japan, keep their banana trees at (4) ___________________ temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then replant the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly (5) ___________________ for the peel to fully mature. This makes the skin thin, soft and (6) ___________________ eat.

The (7) ___________________ banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in (8) ___________________ 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One Mongee banana costs ¥650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grown a lot of Mongee bananas, so the (9) ___________________. They want to grow more so they can sell them all over the world. This means the price will come down. Bananas are the (10) ___________________ in Japan. Similar to other countries, Japan imports most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese (11) ___________________. The Mongee could mean Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and (12) ___________________ as vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say was hard to do?
  2. How many people would never think of eating the peel of a banana?
  3. Who created a special technique in Japan?
  4. What was the lowest temperature the banana trees grew at?
  5. What did a temperature change not allow banana peel to do fully?
  6. How many bananas are in the bunches that the farmers are selling?
  7. How much is one Mongee banana?
  8. What is the most popular fruit in Japan?
  9. How many of the bananas sold in Japan are imported?
  10. What vitamin does the Mongee banana contain?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say was hard to do?
a) grow bananas in the desert
b) believe you could eat a banana skin
c) grow a pink banana
d) eat 100 bananas in a day
2) How many people would never think of eating the peel of a banana?
a) some people
b) all people
c) many people
d) most people
3) Who created a special technique in Japan?
a) banana farmers
b) banana chefs
c) banana sellers
d) banana testers
4) What was the lowest temperature the banana trees grew at?
a) -62C
b) -63C
c) -60C
d) -61C
5) What did a temperature change not allow banana peel to do fully?
a) get black bits
b) mature
c) burst
d) become yellow

6) How many bananas are in the bunches that the farmers are selling?
a) 10
b) 8
c) 12
d) 6
7) How much is one Mongee banana?
a) ¥560
b) ¥650
c) ¥666
d) ¥605
8) What is the most popular fruit in Japan?
a) bananas
b) pears
c) cherries
d) plums
9) How many of the bananas sold in Japan are imported?
a) 99%
b) 99 million
c) 99,999,999
d) 99 million tons
10) What vitamin does the Mongee banana contain?
a) C6
b) D6
c) V6
d) B6

Role play

Role  A – Fried Banana
You think fried banana is the best banana dish. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their dishes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): frozen banana, banana curry or banana smoothie.

Role  B – Frozen Banana
You think frozen banana is the best banana dish. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their dishes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): fried banana, banana curry or banana smoothie.

Role  C – Banana Curry
You think banana curry is the best banana dish. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their dishes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): frozen banana, fried banana or banana smoothie.

Role  D – Banana Smoothie
You think banana smoothie is the best banana dish. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their dishes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  frozen banana, banana curry or fried banana.

After reading / listening

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

'banana'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'peel'.

  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • selling
    • six
    • all
    • similar
    • home
    • contains
    • believe
    • never
    • special
    • method
    • keep
    • soft




    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 - Japan makes banana with peel you can eat

    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 'banana'?
    3. What do you think of eating banana skin?
    4. Would you like to try the new banana peel?
    5. Do you eat the peel or skin of other fruit?
    6. How healthy do you think the new banana peel is?
    7. What do you think of the freeze-thaw awakening technique?
    8. What could farmers do to improve other types of fruit?
    9. What do you think of edible pineapple skin and coconut husk?
    10. What is your favourite fruit, and why?

    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 'fruit'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is the skin or peel of fruit and vegetables the healthiest part?
    5. What do you think of the price of the new banana?
    6. What is the most delicious fruit your country grows?
    7. What is the best way to eat bananas?
    8. What new desserts could you make with the Mongee banana peel?
    9. What nutrients do bananas have?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the banana farmers?

    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)

    It almost seems too hard to (1) ____, but there is now a banana that has an edible peel. Most people would never think of (2) ____ the peel of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan have created a special (3) ____ for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing method is called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the west of Japan, (4) ____ their banana trees at a freezing cold temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then (5) ____ the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel to (6) ____ mature. This makes the skin thin, soft and sweet enough to eat.

    The new variety of banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in small (7) ____ of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One Mongee banana costs yen 650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not (8) ____ a lot of Mongee bananas, so the price is high. They want to grow more so they can sell them (9) ____ over the world. This means the price will come down. Bananas are the most (10) ____ fruit in Japan. Similar to other countries, Japan imports most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are (11) ____. The Mongee could mean Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients such (12) ____ vitamin B6 and magnesium.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     belief     (b)     believer     (c)     believe     (d)     believes    
    2. (a)     eating     (b)     eaten     (c)     eats     (d)     eatery    
    3. (a)     technique     (b)     technical     (c)     technician     (d)     technically    
    4. (a)     keep     (b)     keeping     (c)     keeps     (d)     keepers    
    5. (a)     repaint     (b)     replant     (c)     repoint     (d)     replicating    
    6. (a)     full up     (b)     fuller     (c)     full     (d)     fully    
    7. (a)     branches     (b)     benches     (c)     bunches     (d)     blanches    
    8. (a)     grows     (b)     grew     (c)     growing     (d)     grown    
    9. (a)     all     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     popular     (b)     populated     (c)     populace     (d)     populates    
    11. (a)     supported     (b)     imported     (c)     reported     (d)     exported    
    12. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     ease

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. created a special eunieqhtc
    3. The new banana-growing dhtemo
    4. egznirfe cold
    5. The huge change in rtuematerep
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    Paragraph 2

    1. The new yvitera of banana
    2. small usecnbh of 10 bananas
    3. Bananas are the most rppolau fruit
    4. 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are rtodipem
    5. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nttiuenrs
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    Put the text back together

    (   )  temperatures. The huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel to fully
    (  1  ) It almost seems too hard to believe, but there is now a banana that has an edible peel. Most people would never think
    (   )  lot of Mongee bananas, so the price is high. They want to grow more so they can sell them all over the
    (   )  of eating the peel of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan have created a special
    (   )  awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the west of Japan, keep their banana trees at a freezing
    (   )  imported. The Mongee could mean Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana
    (   )  10 bananas. They are not cheap. One Mongee banana costs ¥650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grown a
    (   )  The new variety of banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in small bunches of
    (   )  skin is sweet and contains nutrients such as vitamin B6 and magnesium.
    (   )  countries, Japan imports most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are
    (   )  mature. This makes the skin thin, soft and sweet enough to eat.
    (   )  technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing method is called the "freeze-thaw
    (   )  cold temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then replant the trees in 27ºC
    (   )  world. This means the price will come down. Bananas are the most popular fruit in Japan. Similar to other

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. eating   the   would   never   of   peel   .   Most   think   people
    3. with   Growing   can   bananas   a   we   eat   .   peel
    4. cold   at   banana   temperature   .   trees   a   their   Keep   freezing
    5. too   quickly   mature   .   to   the   for   Grow   peel
    6. "Mongee"   .   the   banana   new   is   variety   of   called   The
    7. Farmers   now   selling   it   small   are   bunches   .   in
    8. will   the   means   price   come   down   .   This
    9. the   Japan   .   popular   in   fruit   are   Bananas   most
    10. vitamin   such   contains   skin   The   B6   .   as   nutrients

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    It almost seems too hard to believe / belief, but there is now a banana that has an edible peel. Most people would never think for / of eating the peel of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan have creation / created a special technique / technical for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new banana-growing method is cold / called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in Okayama, in the west of Japan, keep / reap their banana trees at a frozen / freezing cold temperature of -60° Celsius. The farmers then replant / repaint the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly / sudden grow too quickly for the peel to fully mature. This makes the skin think / thin, soft and sweet enough to eat.

    The new varied / variety of banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are now selling it in small bunches / brunches of 10 bananas. They are not cheep / cheap. One Mongee banana costs ¥650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grew / grown a lot of Mongee bananas, so the price is high. They want to grow more so they can sell them all / every over the world. This means the price will come down. Bananas are the most popular / popularity fruit in Japan. Similar to other / another countries, Japan imports most of its bananas. About 99% of bananas in Japanese stores are exported / imported. The Mongee could mean / meant Japanese people eat more home-grown bananas. The Mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients / nutritious such as vitamin B6 and magnesium.

    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 _ n _ w v _ r _ _ t y _ f b _ n _ n _ _ s c _ l l _ d t h _ " M _ n g _ _ " . F _ r m _ r s _ r _ n _ w s _ l l _ n g _ t _ n s m _ l l b _ n c h _ s _ f 1 0 b _ n _ n _ s . T h _ y _ r _ n _ t c h _ _ p . O n _ M _ n g _ _ b _ n _ n _ c _ s t s ¥ 6 5 0 ( _ b _ _ t s _ x d _ l l _ r s ) . T h _ f _ r m _ r s h _ v _ n _ t g r _ w n _ l _ t _ f M _ n g _ _ b _ n _ n _ s , s _ t h _ p r _ c _ _ s h _ g h . T h _ y w _ n t t _ g r _ w m _ r _ s _ t h _ y c _ n s _ l l t h _ m _ l l _ v _ r t h _ w _ r l d . T h _ s m _ _ n s t h _ p r _ c _ w _ l l c _ m _ d _ w n . B _ n _ n _ s _ r _ t h _ m _ s t p _ p _ l _ r f r _ _ t _ n J _ p _ n . S _ m _ l _ r t _ _ t h _ r c _ _ n t r _ _ s , J _ p _ n _ m p _ r t s m _ s t _ f _ t s b _ n _ n _ s . A b _ _ t 9 9 % _ f b _ n _ n _ s _ n J _ p _ n _ s _ s t _ r _ s _ r _ _ m p _ r t _ d . T h _ M _ n g _ _ c _ _ l d m _ _ n J _ p _ n _ s _ p _ _ p l _ _ _ t m _ r _ h _ m _ - g r _ w n b _ n _ n _ s . T h _ M _ n g _ _ b _ n _ n _ s k _ n _ s s w _ _ t _ n d c _ n t _ _ n s n _ t r _ _ n t s s _ c h _ s v _ t _ m _ n B 6 _ n d m _ g n _ s _ _ m .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    it almost seems too hard to believe but there is now a banana that has an edible peel most people would never think of eating the peel of a banana however banana farmers in japan have created a special technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat the new bananagrowing method is called the freezethaw awakening technique farmers in okayama in the west of japan keep their banana trees at a freezing cold temperature of 60 celsius the farmers then replant the trees in 27c temperatures the huge change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow too quickly for the peel to fully mature this makes the skin thin soft and sweet enough to eat
    the new variety of banana is called the mongee farmers are now selling it in small bunches of 10 bananas they are not cheap one mongee banana costs 650 about six dollars the farmers have not grown a lot of mongee bananas so the price is high they want to grow more so they can sell them all over the world this means the price will come down bananas are the most popular fruit in japan similar to other countries japan imports most of its bananas about 99 of bananas in japanese stores are imported the mongee could mean japanese people eat more homegrown bananas the mongee banana skin is sweet and contains nutrients such as vitamin b6 and magnesium.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Italmostseemstoohardtobelieve,butthereisnowabananathathasane
    diblepeel.Mostpeoplewouldneverthinkofeatingthepeelofabanana.H
    owever,bananafarmersinJapanhavecreatedaspecialtechniqueforgr
    owingbananaswithapeelwecaneat.Thenewbanana-growingmethod
    iscalledthe"freeze-thawawakening"technique.FarmersinOkayama,
    inthewestofJapan,keeptheirbananatreesatafreezingcoldtemperatur
    eof-60°Celsius.Thefarmersthenreplantthetreesin27ºCtemperatu
    res.Thehugechangeintemperaturemakesthetreesuddenlygrowtooq
    uicklyforthepeeltofullymature.Thismakestheskinthin,softandsweet
    enoughtoeat.Thenewvarietyofbananaiscalledthe"Mongee".Farmers
    arenowsellingitinsmallbunchesof10bananas.Theyarenotcheap.One
    Mongeebananacosts¥650(aboutsixdollars).Thefarmershavenotgro
    wnalotofMongeebananas,sothepriceishigh.Theywanttogrowmoreso
    theycansellthemallovertheworld.Thismeansthepricewillcomedown.
    BananasarethemostpopularfruitinJapan.Similartoothercountries,Ja
    panimportsmostofitsbananas.About99%ofbananasinJapanesestore
    sareimported.TheMongeecouldmeanJapanesepeopleeatmorehome
    -grownbananas.TheMongeebananaskinissweetandcontainsnutrien
    tssuchasvitaminB6andmagnesium.

    Free writing

    Write about banana peel for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The skin or peel is the healthiest part of fruit and we should eat it. 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. BANANA PEEL: Make a poster about banana peel. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FRUIT SKIN: Write a magazine article about scientists changing bananas and other fruit so we can eat the peel and the skin. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 banana peel. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on eating the skin or peel of fruit and vegetables. 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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