The Reading / Listening - Tea Bags - Level 2

Most British people take tea bags with them when they go on holiday or a business trip. British people are famous for tea. They need their cup of tea even when travelling overseas. A survey found that tea bags were the most popular comfort item Britons took abroad. The survey asked over 1,000 holidaymakers what they needed most when visiting other countries. Around 55 per cent said tea bags. Other items Britons packed are toilet paper, fluffy towels, potato chips and bacon. They also take their favourite biscuits, perhaps to dip into their morning cuppa.



One person who took part in the survey explained why he packed tea bags. He said: "I always take my favourite tea bags on holiday. I took them to Thailand. It doesn't matter where I am, the tea bags go with me – even to my parents who live down the road from me." Another person wondered why people needed to take tea bags. She said: "We should try the food and drinks of the culture we are visiting." The survey said: "It's really interesting to see what holidaymakers decide to take with them." It added: "A fifth of people admitted they pack too much."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tea Bags - Level 0 Tea Bags - Level 1   or  Tea Bags - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3132842/Pack-tea-bags-going-holiday-Half-Brits-admit-need-proper-cuppa-abroad.html
  • https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/996145/holiday-essentials-tea bags-biscuits-pillows-brits-abroad
  • https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/biscuits-crisps-and-tea-the-top-10-foods-irish-travellers-confess-they-take-on-holidays-37134522.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. when they
  2. a business
  3. British people are famous
  4. They need their cup
  5. even when travelling
  6. the most popular comfort
  7. what they needed
  8. fluffy
  1. for tea
  2. most
  3. trip
  4. item
  5. go on holiday
  6. towels
  7. of tea
  8. overseas

Paragraph 2

  1. One person who took
  2. take my favourite tea bags
  3. It doesn't matter where
  4. live down the
  5. Another person
  6. We should try
  7. a fifth
  8. they pack
  1. I am
  2. of people
  3. the food
  4. too much
  5. on holiday
  6. part in the survey
  7. wondered why
  8. road from me

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most British people take tea bags (1) ___________________ they go on holiday or (2) ___________________. British people are famous for tea. (3) ___________________ cup of tea even when travelling overseas. A survey found that tea bags were the most (4) ___________________. Britons took abroad. The survey asked over 1,000 holidaymakers what they needed (5) ___________________ other countries. Around 55 per cent said tea bags. Other items Britons packed are toilet paper, fluffy towels, potato chips and bacon. They also take their favourite biscuits, perhaps to (6) ___________________ morning cuppa.

One person who took part (7) ___________________ explained why he packed tea bags. He said: "I always take my favourite tea bags on holiday. I (8) ___________________ Thailand. It doesn't matter where I am, the tea bags go with me – even to my parents who live (9) ___________________ from me." Another person wondered why people needed to take tea bags. She said: "We should try the food (10) ___________________ the culture we are visiting." The survey said: "It's (11) ___________________ see what holidaymakers decide to take with them." It added: "A (12) ___________________ admitting they pack too much."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MostBritishpeopletaketeabagswiththemwhentheygoonholidayorab
usinesstrip.Britishpeoplearefamousfortea.Theyneedtheircupofteae
venwhentravellingoverseas.Asurveyfoundthatteabagswerethemos
tpopularcomfortitemBritonstookabroad.Thesurveyaskedover1,000
holidaymakerswhattheyneededmostwhenvisitingothercountries.Ar
ound55percentsaidteabags.OtheritemsBritonspackedaretoiletpape
r,fluffytowels,potatochipsandbacon.Theyalsotaketheirfavouritebisc
uits,perhapstodipintotheirmorningcuppa.Onepersonwhotookpartin
thesurveyexplainedwhyhepackedteabags.Hesaid:"Ialwaystakemyf
avouriteteabagsonholiday.ItookthemtoThailand.Itdoesn'tmatterwh
ereIam,thetea bagsgowithme–eventomyparentswholivedownther
oadfromme."Anotherpersonwonderedwhypeopleneededtotaketeab
ags.Shesaid:"Weshouldtrythefoodanddrinksoftheculturewearevisiti
ng."Thesurveysaid:"It'sreallyinterestingtoseewhatholidaymakersd
ecidetotakewiththem."Itadded:"Afifthofpeopleadmittingtheypackt
oomuch."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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