The Reading / Listening - Starbucks Cafes - Level 0

Starbucks has said anyone can enter one of its 8,000 cafes in the USA without buying anything. All staff must treat everyone in the cafe as a customer. Starbucks said anyone who entered a cafe, including restrooms, was a customer. People can now use Starbucks to sit down, relax and use the Internet.



The new rule will make things easier for staff. In April, staff told customers to leave a cafe or to not use the bathroom. Two black men were arrested for waiting for a friend. A week later, a black man was told he could not use the bathroom. Starbucks said its cafes weren't public bathrooms, but the new rule was good.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Starbucks Cafes - Level 1 Starbucks Cafes - Level 2   or  Starbucks Cafes - Level 3

Sources
  • https://mashable.com/2018/05/19/new-starbucks-policy-buy-something-sit-bathroom/
  • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/05/you-can-now-officially-sit-in-any-starbucks-and-use-the-bathroom-without-buying-anything.html
  • https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/11/610337214/starbucks-will-give-people-the-key-to-restroom-regardless-of-purchase-ceo-says


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. anyone
  2. one of its 8,000
  3. without buying
  4. All
  5. treat everyone in the cafe
  6. anyone who
  7. use Starbucks to
  8. use the
  1. staff
  2. sit down
  3. entered a cafe
  4. Internet
  5. anything
  6. can enter
  7. as a customer
  8. cafes

Paragraph 2

  1. The new
  2. make things easier
  3. staff told customers
  4. Two black men were
  5. waiting for
  6. he could not
  7. a public
  8. the new rule was
  1. arrested
  2. bathroom
  3. for staff
  4. good
  5. use the bathroom
  6. to leave
  7. rule
  8. a friend

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Starbucks (1) ___________________ can enter one of its 8,000 (2) ___________________ USA without buying anything. All staff (3) ___________________ in the cafe as a customer. Starbucks said anyone (4) ___________________ cafe, including restrooms, was a customer. People (5) ___________________ Starbucks to sit down, relax and (6) ___________________.

The new (7) ___________________ things easier for staff. In April, staff told customers (8) ___________________ cafe or to not (9) ___________________. Two black men were arrested for waiting (10) ___________________. A week later, a black man was (11) ___________________ not use the bathroom. Starbucks said its cafes weren't public bathrooms, but (12) ___________________ was good.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Starbuckshassaidanyonecanenteroneofits8,000cafesintheUSAwith
outbuyinganything.Allstaffmusttreateveryoneinthecafeasacustome
r.Starbuckssaidanyonewhoenteredacafe,includingrestrooms,wasac
ustomer.PeoplecannowuseStarbuckstositdown,relaxandusetheInte
rnet.Thenewrulewillmakethingseasierforstaff.InApril,stafftoldcusto
merstoleaveacafeortonotusethebathroom.Twoblackmenwerearrest
edforwaitingforafriend.Aweeklater,ablackmanwastoldhecouldnotus
ethebathroom.Starbuckssaiditscafesweren'tpublicbathrooms,butth
enewrulewasgood.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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