The Reading / Listening - Vegan Fashion - Level 6

There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in the past decade. Many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more conducive to helping the planet. Giving up eating meat, dairy and other food from animals constitutes the bulk of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending their beliefs to fashion. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing products that are free from cow skin and other animal products. Shops are full of synthetic fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree bark, recycled plastic bottles, rubber and coconut fibre.



Research in the United Kingdom revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal welfare before buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people of all ages would consider purchasing vegan footwear. The trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new range of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycled products. Her new collection is based on a theme of the iconic sixties pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, was lead singer of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful fake fur coats. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights activist.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Vegan Fashion - Level 4  or  Vegan Fashion - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49409405
  • https://www.livekindly.co/stella-mccartney-beatles-vegan-shoes/
  • https://vegconomist.com/fashion-und-beauty/stella-mccartney-and-taylor-swift-team-up-for-vegan-fashion-line/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. VEGAN FASHION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about vegan fashion. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       dramatic / increase / vegan / dairy / fashion / footwear / accessories / marketing /
       shoppers / animal welfare / trend / luxury / range / recycled / theme / iconic / fur
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TURNING VEGAN: Students A strongly believe all of us should become vegan to help the planet; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. VEGANISM: What are the pros and cons of these vegan thinsg? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Food

 

 

Clothes

 

 

Shoes

 

 

Pets

 

 

Furniture

 

 

Travel

 

 

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5. PLANET: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "planet". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. GOING VEGAN: Rank these with your partner. Put the best reasons for being vegan at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • save the planet
  • feed the world
  • be slimmer
  • it's cool
  • healthier
  • cheaper
  • tastier
  • be slimmer

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. dramatic a. A period of ten years.
      2. decade b. The majority or greater part of something.
      3. conducive c. Is a part of a whole.
      4. constitutes d. Making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible.
      5. bulk e. Sudden and striking.
      6. retailers f. Made by chemical to imitate a natural product.
      7. synthetic g. Shops and stores; people who sell things.

    Paragraph 2

      8. revealed h. Not real.
      9. trend i. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      10. range j. Relating to or of the nature of a symbol or something very well known.
      11. theme k. Feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job.
      12. iconic l. A set of different things of the same general type.
      13. fake m. An idea that everywhere in or pervades a work of art.
      14. committed n. A general direction in which something is developing or changing.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. There has been a big increase in veganism in the past 10 years.     T / F
  2. Most vegans focus on diet.     T / F
  3. There has been a slight decrease in the sales of vegan footwear.     T / F
  4. Shops are selling shoes made from coconut fibre and rubber.     T / F
  5. Over half of UK shoppers consider animal welfare when buying clothes.   T / F
  6. The article said only younger people would buy vegan shoes.     T / F
  7. Paul McCartney's daughter is a fashion designer.     T / F
  8. A fashion designer made shoes to wear in submarines.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. dramatic
  2. conducive
  3. extending
  4. sales
  5. synthetic
  6. welfare
  7. trend
  8. theme
  9. group
  10. committed
  1. band
  2. trading
  3. well-being
  4. beneficial
  5. subject
  6. dedicated
  7. considerable
  8. fake
  9. tendency
  10. expanding

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the popularity of veganism
  2. in the past
  3. more conducive to
  4. Retailers are
  5. coconut
  6. animal
  7. luxury
  8. a new range of fashion that is free
  9. the iconic sixties
  10. a committed animal rights
  1. marketing products
  2. activist
  3. welfare
  4. from leather
  5. helping the planet
  6. pop group
  7. around the world
  8. fibre
  9. decade
  10. brands

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
dairy
clothing
recycled
dramatic
bulk
synthetic
decade
extending

There has been a (1) ____________ increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in the past (2) ____________. Many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more conducive to helping the planet. Giving up eating meat, (3) ____________ and other food from animals constitutes the (4) ____________ of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now (5) ____________ their beliefs to fashion. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan (6) ____________, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing products that are free from cow skin and other animal products. Shops are full of (7) ____________ fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree bark, (8) ____________ plastic bottles, rubber and coconut fibre.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
purchasing
activist
theme
revealed
fake
welfare
range
lead

Research in the United Kingdom (9) ____________ that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal (10) ____________ before buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people of all ages would consider (11) ____________ vegan footwear. The trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new (12) ____________ of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycled products. Her new collection is based on a (13) ____________ of the iconic sixties pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, was (14) ____________ singer of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful (15) ____________ fur coats. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  the popularity of veganism around the world in ______
     a.  the passed decade
     b.  the parsed decade
     c.  the past decade
     d.  the paste decade
2)  becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that ______
     a.  is more conducive
     b.  is more conclusive
     c.  is more con dew sieve
     d.  is more conned you sieve
3)  Giving up eating meat, dairy and other food from animals constitutes the ______
     a.  bulk of changes
     b.  baulk of changes
     c.  back of changes
     d.  black of changes
4)  However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending ______
     a.  their bailiffs
     b.  their belies
     c.  their believes
     d.  their beliefs
5)  Shops are full of synthetic fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made ______
     a.  from three barks
     b.  from tree bark
     c.  from tree barks
     d.  from three bark

6)  revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered ______
     a.  animal well fare
     b.  animal well flare
     c.  animal well fire
     d.  animal welfare
7)  Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new ______
     a.  range of fashion
     b.  grange of fashion
     c.  derange of fashion
     d.  strange of fashion
8)  Her new collection is based on a theme of the ______ pop group
     a.  icon sixties
     b.  iconic sixties
     c.  iconic six ties
     d.  iconic sick sties
9)  She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful ______
     a.  flake for coats
     b.  fake fur coats
     c.  fake for coats
     d.  flake fur coats
10)  Ms McCartney is a committed animal ______
     a.  right activists
     b.  rights activists
     c.  right activist
     d.  rights activist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There has (1) ___________________ increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in (2) ___________________. Many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more conducive to helping the planet. Giving up (3) ___________________ and other food from animals constitutes the bulk of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending their (4) ___________________. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing products that are free from cow (5) ___________________ animal products. Shops are full of synthetic fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree bark, (6) ___________________, rubber and coconut fibre.

Research in the United Kingdom revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered (7) ___________________ buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people (8) ___________________ would consider purchasing vegan footwear. The trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed (9) ___________________ of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycled products. Her new collection is based on a theme of (10) ___________________ pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, (11) ___________________ of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful (12) ___________________. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights activist.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of increase in veganism did the article say there was?
  2. What did the article say veganism was conducive to?
  3. What are many vegans extending their beliefs to?
  4. Who is marketing products free from cow skin?
  5. What kind of fibre is being used to male vegan shoes?
  6. What did 42% of UK shoppers care about when buying clothes?
  7. How old are the people who would buy vegan clothes?
  8. What has the trend in vegan fashion reached?
  9. What did Stella McCartney design that had a yellow submarine theme?
  10. What did the article say Stella McCartney was committed to?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of increase in veganism did the article say there was?
a) a slight increase
b) a dramatic increase
c) a steady increase
d) a predicted increase
2) What did the article say veganism was conducive to?
a) lowering cholesterol
b) gardening
c) good cooking
d) helping the planet
3) What are many vegans extending their beliefs to?
a) religion
b) politics
c) fashion
d) philosophy
4) Who is marketing products free from cow skin?
a) retailers
b) farmers
c) the milk industry
d) Amazon
5) What kind of fibre is being used to male vegan shoes?
a) high speed fibre
b) coconut fibre
c) hemp fibre
d) silk fibre

6) What did 42% of UK shoppers care about when buying clothes?
a) animal welfare
b) quality
c) colour
d) price
7) How old are the people who would buy vegan clothes?
a) 12-20
b) aged
c) all ages
d) people in their 30s
8) What has the trend in vegan fashion reached?
a) luxury brands
b) the whole world
c) new levels
d) meat eaters
9) What did Stella McCartney design that had a yellow submarine theme?
a) a boat
b) underwear
c) a popcorn holder
d) sneakers
10) What did the article say Stella McCartney was committed to
a) nice clothes
b) good food
c) animal rights
d) ethical fashion

Role play

Role  A – Health
You think health is the best reason for being vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these (and why): tastiness, being slimmer or saving the planet.

Role  B – Tastiness
You think tastiness is the best reason for being vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these (and why):: health, being slimmer or saving the planet.

Role  C – Being Slimmer
You think being slimmer is the best reason for being vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these (and why):: tastiness, health or saving the planet.

Role  D – Saving The Planet
You think saving the planet is the best reason for being vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these (and why):: tastiness, being slimmer or health.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'vegan'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • and 'fashion'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • welfare
    • ages
    • brands
    • based
    • pop
    • fake
    • dramatic
    • lead
    • bulk
    • number
    • sales
    • bark




    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 - Vegan fashion is becoming more popular

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'vegan'?
    3. What do you think of veganism?
    4. How does veganism help the planet?
    5. Why is veganism increasing around the world?
    6. Is a vegan diet healthier than a meat-based diet?
    7. Are clothes made from non-animal products best?
    8. Why do people like real fur coats?
    9. Will people in the future look unkindly on how we use animal products?
    10. What do you think of shoes made from coconut fibre?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'fashion'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important is animal welfare to you?
    5. Do you consider animal welfare before you buy clothes?
    6. Do luxury brands have a responsibility to lead the vegan clothes trend?
    7. What do you know about the Beatles?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. Will all clothes be made from animal-free products in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask vegan clothes retailers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There has been a (1) ____ increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in the past (2) ____. Many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more (3) ____ to helping the planet. Giving up eating meat, dairy and other food from animals constitutes the (4) ____ of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending their beliefs (5) ____ fashion. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing products that are free from cow skin and other animal products. Shops are full of synthetic fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree (6) ____, recycled plastic bottles, rubber and coconut fibre.

    Research in the United Kingdom (7) ____ that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal welfare before buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people of all (8) ____ would consider purchasing vegan footwear. The trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new range of fashion that is (9) ____ from leather and makes use of recycled products. Her new collection is based (10) ____ a theme of the iconic sixties pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, was lead singer of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful (11) ____ fur coats. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     dramatic     (b)     drama     (c)     dramatically     (d)     dramatized    
    2. (a)     decadence     (b)     decanter     (c)     decade     (d)     debacle    
    3. (a)     cabinet     (b)     propaganda     (c)     conducive     (d)     navigating    
    4. (a)     black     (b)     balk     (c)     baulk     (d)     bulk    
    5. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     woof     (b)     bark     (c)     growl     (d)     howl    
    7. (a)     reviled     (b)     revolted     (c)     reveled     (d)     revealed    
    8. (a)     aged     (b)     ages     (c)     aging     (d)     age    
    9. (a)     gratis     (b)     complimentary     (c)     free     (d)     charge    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     flack     (b)     fluke     (c)     flake     (d)     fake    
    12. (a)     action     (b)     activist     (c)     protest     (d)     demonstrate

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. a daimatcr increase
    2. the uappltrioy of veganism
    3. more voucencdi to helping the planet
    4. clothing, footwear and ossiseccrae
    5. tleaisrre are marketing products
    6. hentysict fur coats

    Paragraph 2

    1. animal rlfaewe
    2. aucrgsphin vegan footwear
    3. uuxryl brands
    4. Her new collection is based on a temeh
    5. the noiicc sixties pop group
    6. a committed animal rights asvcttii

    Put the text back together

    (...)  singer of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and
    (...)  decade. Many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more conducive
    (...)  in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new
    (...)  colourful fake fur coats. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights activist.
    (...)  to fashion. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing
    (...)  products that are free from cow skin and other animal products. Shops are full of synthetic
    (...)  of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending their beliefs
    (...)  on a theme of the iconic sixties pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, was lead
    (...)  range of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycled products. Her new collection is based
    (...)  welfare before buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people of all ages would consider purchasing vegan footwear. The trend
    (...)  to helping the planet. Giving up eating meat, dairy and other food from animals constitutes the bulk
    (...)  Research in the United Kingdom revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal
    (...)  fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree bark, recycled plastic bottles, rubber and coconut fibre.
    1  ) There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in the past

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. helping   .   more   A   lifestyle   is   conducive   to   that
    3. and   other   eating   dairy   up   food   .   Giving   meat,
    4. the   make   .   bulk   of   Constitutes   changes   vegans
    5. products   cow   that   free   are   from   Marketing   skin   .
    6. considered   Shoppers   before   welfare   clothes   .   animal   buying
    7. vegan   ages   would   People   all   of   footwear   .   consider
    8. luxury   has   fashion   also   Vegan   brands   .   reached
    9. a   theme   .   collection   new   based   on   Her   is
    10. a   is   Ms   rights   animal   McCartney   committed   activist   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There has been a dramatic increase in / on the popularity of veganism around the world in the passed / past decade. Many people are becoming vegans on / in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more reduction / conducive to helping the planet. Giving up eating meat, dairy and other food from animals constitutes the balk / bulk of changes vegans make to their lives. However, an increasing number of vegans are now extending their beliefs / believes to fashion. There is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing / cloth, footwear and accessories. Retailers are marketing products that are flee / free from cow skin and other animal products. Shops are full of synthetic  / synthesis fur coats, plastic belts, and shoes made from tree bark, recycled plastic bottles, rubber / rubbery and coconut fibre.

    Research in the United Kingdom reveal / revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal warfare / welfare before buying clothes. The researchers discovered that people of all ages / age would consider purchasing vegan footwear. The trendy / trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury blends / brands. Designer Stella McCartney has designed a new range / ranger of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycle / recycled products. Her new collection is based on a theme of the iconic / icon sixties pop group the Beatles. Ms McCartney's father, Paul, was lead singer of the group. She has designed leather-free Yellow Submarine sneakers and colourful fake / flake fur coats. Ms McCartney is a committed animal rights activism / activist.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of veganism around the world in the past decade many people are becoming vegans in an attempt to lead a lifestyle that is more conducive to helping the planet giving up eating meat dairy and other food from animals constitutes the bulk of changes vegans make to their lives however an increasing number of vegans are now extending their beliefs to fashion there is a considerable increase in the sales of vegan clothing footwear and accessories retailers are marketing products that are free from cow skin and other animal products shops are full of synthetic fur coats plastic belts and shoes made from tree bark recycled plastic bottles rubber and coconut fibre

    research in the united kingdom revealed that 42 per cent of shoppers considered animal welfare before buying clothes the researchers discovered that people of all ages would consider purchasing vegan footwear the trend in vegan fashion has also reached luxury brands designer stella mccartney has designed a new range of fashion that is free from leather and makes use of recycled products her new collection is based on a theme of the iconic sixties pop group the beatles ms mccartneys father paul was lead singer of the group she has designed leatherfree yellow submarine sneakers and colourful fake fur coats ms mccartney is a committed animal rights activist.

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    Therehasbeenadramaticincreaseinthepopularityofveganismaround
    theworldinthepastdecade.Manypeoplearebecomingvegansinanatte
    mpttoleadalifestylethatismoreconducivetohelpingtheplanet.Giving
    upeatingmeat,dairyandotherfoodfromanimalsconstitutesthebulkof
    changesvegansmaketotheirlives.However,anincreasingnumberofv
    egansarenowextendingtheirbeliefstofashion.Thereisaconsiderablei
    ncreaseinthesalesofveganclothing,footwearandaccessories.Retaile
    rsaremarketingproductsthatarefreefromcowskinandotheranimalpr
    oducts.Shopsarefullofsyntheticfurcoats,plasticbelts,andshoesmade
    fromtreebark,recycledplasticbottles,rubberandcoconutfibre.Resear
    chintheUnitedKingdomrevealedthat42percentofshoppersconsidere
    danimalwelfarebeforebuyingclothes.Theresearchersdiscoveredthat
    peopleofallageswouldconsiderpurchasingveganfootwear.Thetrendi
    nveganfashionhasalsoreachedluxurybrands.DesignerStellaMcCartn
    eyhasdesignedanewrangeoffashionthatisfreefromleatherandmakes
    useofrecycledproducts.Hernewcollectionisbasedonathemeoftheico
    nicsixtiespopgrouptheBeatles.MsMcCartney'sfather,Paul,wasleadsi
    ngerofthegroup.Shehasdesignedleather-freeYellowSubmarinesnea
    kersandcolourfulfakefurcoats.MsMcCartneyisacommittedanimalrig
    htsactivist.

    Free writing

    Write about vegan fashion for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all avoid buying animal products to help save the planet. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. VEGAN FASHION: Make a poster about vegan fashion. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TREE BARK SHOES: Write a magazine article about us all wearing shoes made from tree bark. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on vegan fashion. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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