The Reading / Listening - Losing Weight - Level 0

Tonga's prime minister Akilisi Pohiva asked other leaders to fight obesity through a year-long weight-loss challenge. The challenge will start in September. He said: "When we meet the following year, we will weigh in again and see who has lost the most." Leaders have talked about this issue for many years.



Tonga's life expectancy has gone down from 71 to 68 because of obesity. He hopes Pacific islanders will look after their weight if they see their leaders doing the same. Pacific island nations are losing the fight against child obesity. The World Health Organization said 20 per cent of children in 10 Pacific island countries are obese.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/14/tonga-pm-obesity-challenges-pacific-leaders-weight-loss-battle
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/14/tonga-pm-challenges-pacific-states-weight-loss-contest-tackle/
  • http://www.sobserver.ws/en/14_08_2018/local/35879/Pohiva-urges-Pacific-leaders-to-set-example.htm


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. Pohiva asked other
  2. fight
  3. a year-long weight-
  4. The challenge will start
  5. When we meet the
  6. see who has
  7. Leaders have talked
  8. for many
  1. loss challenge
  2. about this issue
  3. obesity
  4. years
  5. leaders
  6. following year
  7. in September
  8. lost the most

Paragraph 2

  1. life
  2. gone down
  3. because
  4. look after their
  5. if they see their leaders
  6. losing the fight
  7. 20 per cent
  8. 10 Pacific island
  1. of children
  2. doing the same
  3. from 71 to 68
  4. countries
  5. of obesity
  6. expectancy
  7. weight
  8. against child obesity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tonga's prime minister Akilisi Pohiva (1) ___________________ to fight obesity through a year-long (2) ___________________. The challenge (3) ___________________ September. He said: "When we meet (4) ___________________, we will weigh in again and see who has (5) ___________________." Leaders have talked about this issue (6) ___________________.

Tonga's life expectancy (7) ___________________ from 71 to 68 (8) ___________________. He hopes Pacific islanders will look after their weight if they (9) ___________________ doing the same. Pacific island (10) ___________________ the fight against child obesity. (11) ___________________ Organization said 20 per cent of children in 10 Pacific island (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tonga'sprimeministerAkilisiPohivaaskedotherleaderstofightobesity
throughayear-longweight-losschallenge.ThechallengewillstartinSe
ptember.Hesaid:"Whenwemeetthefollowingyear,wewillweighinagai
nandseewhohaslostthemost."Leadershavetalkedaboutthisissuefor
manyyears.Tonga'slifeexpectancyhasgonedownfrom71to68becaus
eofobesity.HehopesPacificislanderswilllookaftertheirweightiftheyse
etheirleadersdoingthesame.Pacificislandnationsarelosingthefightag
ainstchildobesity.TheWorldHealthOrganizationsaid20percentofchil
drenin10Pacificislandcountriesareobese.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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