The Reading / Listening - Public Transport - Level 2

The UK government is thinking about banning food and drink on public transport. The plan is to ban eating and drinking on trains and buses. It is not popular with people. They say governments should not control what people can eat and drink on public transport. Many people said it is an example of the UK becoming a "nanny state" - a country that wants to control people's lives. The UK's Chief Medical Officer said the plan was necessary to help halve obesity in children by 2030. It is also to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.



The medical officer said there are two times more overweight schoolchildren today than 30 years ago. She said: "Today's children are drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options." She said this is made worse because children do not get sufficient exercise. She added: "We must go further and faster." The UK also wants a ban on fast food at soccer games. Many travelers are angry. A nurse said the transport ban would make her life worse. She said: "I often work 12 hours without a break and I need a sandwich on the train on my way home from work."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Public Transport - Level 0 Public Transport - Level 1   or  Public Transport - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10103210/match-pies-eating-on-buses-ban/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/10/eating-on-public-transport-should-be-banned-says-chief-medical-officer-10892079/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-drink-public-transport-child-obesity-calorie-soft-tax-vat-train-bus-a9149431.html


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. banning food and
  2. It is not popular with
  3. control what people
  4. a nanny
  5. a country that wants to control
  6. the plan was
  7. halve obesity
  8. help people make healthier
  1. can eat and drink
  2. in children
  3. necessary
  4. people
  5. lifestyle choices
  6. state
  7. drink
  8. people's lives

Paragraph 2

  1. children are drowning in a flood
  2. children do not get sufficient
  3. We must go further and
  4. The UK also wants a ban
  5. Many travelers
  6. the transport ban would make
  7. I often work 12 hours
  8. on my way
  1. without a break
  2. faster
  3. home from work
  4. exercise
  5. her life worse
  6. of unhealthy food
  7. are angry
  8. on fast food

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK government (1) ___________________ banning food and drink on public transport. The plan (2) ___________________ eating and drinking on trains and buses. It is not popular with people. They say governments (3) ___________________ what people can eat and drink on public transport. Many people said it is (4) ___________________ the UK becoming a "nanny state" - a country that (5) ___________________ people's lives. The UK's Chief Medical Officer said the plan was necessary to (6) ___________________ in children by 2030. It is also to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

The medical officer said there are (7) ___________________ overweight schoolchildren today than 30 years ago. She said: "Today's children (8) ___________________ a flood of unhealthy food and drink options." She said this (9) ___________________ because children do not get sufficient exercise. She added: "We must go (10) ___________________." The UK also wants a ban on fast food at soccer games. Many travelers are angry. A nurse said the transport ban would make (11) ___________________. She said: "I often work 12 hours without a break and I need a sandwich on the train on my way (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKgovernmentisthinkingaboutbanningfoodanddrinkonpublictra
nsport.Theplanistobaneatinganddrinkingontrainsandbuses.Itisnotp
opularwithpeople.Theysaygovernmentsshouldnotcontrolwhatpeopl
ecaneatanddrinkonpublictransport.Manypeoplesaiditisanexampleo
ftheUKbecominga"nannystate"-acountrythatwantstocontrolpeopl
e'slives.TheUK'sChiefMedicalOfficersaidtheplanwasnecessarytohel
phalveobesityinchildrenby2030.Itisalsotohelppeoplemakehealthier
lifestylechoices.Themedicalofficersaidtherearetwotimesmoreoverw
eightschoolchildrentodaythan30yearsago.Shesaid:"Today'schildre
naredrowninginafloodofunhealthyfoodanddrinkoptions."Shesaidthi
sismadeworsebecausechildrendonotgetsufficientexercise.Sheadde
d:"Wemustgofurtherandfaster."TheUKalsowantsabanonfastfoodats
occergames.Manytravelersareangry.Anursesaidthetransportbanwo
uldmakeherlifeworse.Shesaid:"Ioftenwork12hourswithoutabreaka
ndIneedasandwichonthetrainonmywayhomefromwork."

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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