The Reading / Listening - Disgusting Food - Level 2

There is a museum for everything. The latest one to open may turn you off your dinner. It is the Disgusting Food Museum, which opened this week in Sweden. It will allow people to analyze why they love or hate certain foods. They might also think about alternative food sources. The museum's founder explained why he started it. He was researching the effect meat had on the environment. He then thought about different sources of protein, like insects. He said: "If you ask people if they want to eat bugs, they say 'that's gross.' Maybe I can make them reconsider."



The museum will challenge four of our five senses - smell, touch, sight and taste. There is food from around the world that some people think is "disgusting". However, people in other parts of the world think this food is normal. It is a regular part of their diet. The food exhibits include food like fried tarantula, fermented shark and sheep eyeball juice. The founder said we could all eat any food, but our culture teaches us what food is not tasty. He said: "What we find disgusting has to be learned - it's purely cultural." He added: "One of my worries is that it will start [smelling] in here."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Disgusting Food - Level 0 Disgusting Food - Level 1   or  Disgusting Food - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/disgusting-food-museum-sweden/index.html
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2018/11/01/gag-frog-smoothies-mouse-wine-menu-disgusting-food-museum/1841455002/
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-stocks-analysis/firepower-for-u-s-stocks-may-lose-spark-as-democrats-gain-clout-idUSKCN1NC0XO


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. turn you
  2. opened this week
  3. why they love or
  4. The museum's founder explained
  5. the effect meat had
  6. different sources
  7. they want to eat
  8. Maybe I can make them
  1. bugs
  2. off your dinner
  3. reconsider
  4. hate certain foods
  5. of protein
  6. on the environment
  7. why he started it
  8. in Sweden

Paragraph 2

  1. four of our five
  2. smell, touch, sight
  3. There is food from
  4. people in other parts
  5. It is a regular part
  6. fried
  7. our culture teaches us what
  8. One of my
  1. food is not tasty
  2. around the world
  3. worries
  4. tarantula
  5. senses
  6. of the world
  7. and taste
  8. of their diet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a (1) ___________________. The latest one to open may turn (2) ___________________ dinner. It is the Disgusting Food Museum, which opened this week in Sweden. It (3) ___________________ to analyze why they love or hate certain foods. They might also think about alternative food sources. The museum's founder explained why (4) ___________________. He was researching the effect meat had on the environment. He then thought about different (5) ___________________, like insects. He said: "If you ask people if they want to eat bugs, they say 'that's gross.' Maybe I (6) ___________________ reconsider."

The museum will challenge four of (7) ___________________ - smell, touch, sight and taste. There is food from around the world that some people think is "disgusting". However, (8) ___________________ parts of the world think this food is normal. It is a regular part (9) ___________________. The food exhibits include food like fried tarantula, fermented shark and sheep eyeball juice. The founder said we could (10) ___________________ food, but our culture teaches us what food is not tasty. He said: "What we find disgusting has (11) ___________________ - it's purely cultural." He added: "One of my (12) ___________________ it will start [smelling] in here."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisamuseumforeverything.Thelatestonetoopenmayturnyouoff
yourdinner.ItistheDisgustingFoodMuseum,whichopenedthisweekin
Sweden.Itwillallowpeopletoanalyzewhytheyloveorhatecertainfoods
.Theymightalsothinkaboutalternativefoodsources.Themuseum'sfou
nderexplainedwhyhestartedit.Hewasresearchingtheeffectmeathad
ontheenvironment.Hethenthoughtaboutdifferentsourcesofprotein,l
ikeinsects.Hesaid:"Ifyouaskpeopleiftheywanttoeatbugs,theysay'th
at'sgross.'MaybeIcanmakethemreconsider."Themuseumwillchallen
gefourofourfivesenses-smell,touch,sightandtaste.Thereisfoodfro
maroundtheworldthatsomepeoplethinkis"disgusting".However,peo
pleinotherpartsoftheworldthinkthisfoodisnormal.Itisaregularpartoft
heirdiet.Thefoodexhibitsincludefoodlikefriedtarantula,fermentedsh
arkandsheepeyeballjuice.Thefoundersaidwecouldalleatanyfood,but
ourcultureteachesuswhatfoodisnottasty.Hesaid:"Whatwefinddisgu
stinghastobelearned-it'spurelycultural."Headded:"Oneofmyworrie
sisthatitwillstart[smelling]inhere."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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