The Reading / Listening - Freakshake Milkshakes - Level 4

There are calls to ban freakshakes - "monstrous" milkshakes packed with "grotesque" levels of sugar. The campaign group Action on Sugar wants the shake banned from restaurants as it has up to 1,280 calories. It would take three hours of jogging for an adult to burn off these calories. Freakshakes can contain 39 teaspoons of sugar - more than six times the recommended daily amount for a 10-year-old. This is the same as four cans of Coke.



Freakshakes started in Australia and spread worldwide. A restaurant mentioned by Action on Sugar said it took nutrition seriously and was sticking to a sugar-reduction programme. It added: "Freakshakes only feature on our main menu and are not targeted at children....We regularly work with our suppliers to explore ways we can reduce sugar levels in our dishes." A health spokesman said the government needed to limit shakes to 300kcal per serving.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Freakshake Milkshakes - Level 5 or  Freakshake Milkshakes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/freakshake-ban-pushed-because-monstrous-13582337
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7726420/sugar-milkshake-possible-ban-toby-carvery-pizza-hut-mcdonalds/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/13/milkshakes-containing-39-tablespoons-of-sugar-should-be-banned-campaigners-say-8133706/?ito=cbshare


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. packed with "grotesque"
  2. campaign
  3. it has up
  4. It would take three
  5. burn off
  6. Freakshakes can contain 39
  7. the recommended daily
  8. This is the same as
  1. four cans of Coke
  2. hours of jogging
  3. these calories
  4. amount
  5. group
  6. levels of sugar
  7. to 1,280 calories
  8. teaspoons of sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. Freakshakes started
  2. A restaurant mentioned
  3. it took nutrition
  4. sticking to a sugar-
  5. feature on our main
  6. not targeted at
  7. reduce sugar levels in
  8. limit shakes to 300kcal
  1. menu
  2. seriously
  3. reduction programme
  4. our dishes
  5. in Australia
  6. per serving
  7. children
  8. by Action on Sugar

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are calls to ban freakshakes - "monstrous" (1) ___________________ "grotesque" levels of sugar. The campaign group Action on Sugar wants the (2) ___________________ restaurants as it has up to 1,280 calories. It would take three hours (3) ___________________ an adult to burn off these calories. Freakshakes can contain (4) ___________________ sugar - more than six times the recommended (5) ___________________ a 10-year-old. This is the same (6) ___________________ of Coke.

Freakshakes started in Australia (7) ___________________. A restaurant mentioned by Action on Sugar said (8) ___________________ seriously and was sticking to a sugar-reduction programme. It added: "Freakshakes only feature on (9) ___________________ and are not targeted at children....We regularly work with (10) ___________________ explore ways we can reduce sugar levels (11) ___________________." A health spokesman said the government needed (12) ___________________ to 300kcal per serving.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ith"grotesque"levelsofsugar.ThecampaigngroupActiononSugarwan
tstheshakebannedfromrestaurantsasithasupto1,280calories.Itwoul
dtakethreehoursofjoggingforanadulttoburnoffthesecalories.Freaks
hakescancontain39teaspoonsofsugar-morethansixtimestherecom
mendeddailyamountfora10-year-old.Thisisthesameasfourcanso
fCoke.FreakshakesstartedinAustraliaandspreadworldwide.Arestaur
antmentionedbyActiononSugarsaidittooknutritionseriouslyandwass
tickingtoasugar-reductionprogramme.Itadded:"Freakshakesonlyf
eatureonourmainmenuandarenottargetedatchildren....Weregularly
workwithoursupplierstoexplorewayswecanreducesugarlevelsinourd
ishes."Ahealthspokesmansaidthegovernmentneededtolimitshakest
o300kcalperserving.

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

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Free writing

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