The Reading / Listening - Cartoon Characters - Level 1

Health groups in the UK want candy companies to stop putting cartoon characters on their sweets. Companies use Peppa Pig and Disney characters on wrappers. They do this to get children to buy candies. The groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were bad for children. They were too high in fat, sugar and salt to advertise on children's TV shows. The groups want the government to ban the use of these characters.



The health groups are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at 526 products. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst. These were 99 per cent sugar. The Action on Sugar group is shocked that companies are making money from children by using cartoon characters on high-sugar food and drinks. It said children find it hard to say no to chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cartoon Characters - Level 0 Cartoon Characters - Level 2   or  Cartoon Characters - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/04/food-drink-companies-cartoon-characters-appeal-children-sugar-survey
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/peppa-pig-disney-characters-could-16249968
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7098743/More-HALF-food-aimed-children-high-sugar-salt-campaigners-call-ban.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Health
  2. putting cartoon characters on
  3. Disney characters
  4. get children
  5. cartoon characters were bad
  6. They were too
  7. advertise on
  8. ban the use
  1. for children
  2. children's TV shows
  3. their sweets
  4. of these characters
  5. high in fat
  6. to buy candies
  7. on wrappers
  8. groups in the UK

Paragraph 2

  1. They looked
  2. among the
  3. These were 99
  4. The Action on Sugar group
  5. making money
  6. high-sugar food
  7. children find it hard
  8. sweets and fizzy
  1. per cent sugar
  2. and drinks
  3. drinks
  4. worst
  5. to say no
  6. is shocked
  7. at 526 products
  8. from children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Health (1) ___________________ UK want candy companies to (2) ___________________ characters on their sweets. Companies use Peppa Pig and Disney (3) ___________________. They do this to get children (4) ___________________. The groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were bad for children. They were too (5) ___________________, sugar and salt to advertise on children's TV shows. The groups want the government to ban the (6) ___________________ characters.

The (7) ___________________ Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They (8) ___________________ products. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were (9) ___________________. These were 99 per cent sugar. The Action on Sugar (10) ___________________ that companies are making money from (11) ___________________ cartoon characters on high-sugar food and drinks. It said children find it hard to say no to chocolates, (12) ___________________ drinks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HealthgroupsintheUKwantcandycompaniestostopputtingcartoonch
aractersontheirsweets.CompaniesusePeppaPigandDisneycharacter
sonwrappers.Theydothistogetchildrentobuycandies.Thegroupssaid
51percentofproductsusingcartooncharacterswerebadforchildren.Th
eyweretoohighinfat,sugarandsalttoadvertiseonchildren'sTVshows.
Thegroupswantthegovernmenttobantheuseofthesecharacters.Theh
ealthgroupsareActiononSugar,ActiononSaltandtheChildren'sFoodC
ampaign.Theylookedat526products.ThePeppaPigCandyBiteswerea
mongtheworst.Thesewere99percentsugar.TheActiononSugargroup
isshockedthatcompaniesaremakingmoneyfromchildrenbyusingcart
ooncharactersonhigh-sugarfoodanddrinks.Itsaidchildrenfindithardt
osaynotochocolates,sweetsandfizzydrinks.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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