The Reading / Listening - Foie Gras - Level 4

Chefs in New York are angry over a ban on foie gras - a food common in haute cuisine. It is made from duck and goose liver. The birds are force-fed to make their liver up to ten times its normal size. Animal rights groups say this makes the birds suffer. New York's council voted to ban the controversial food. It will ban restaurants and stores from dealing with any force-fed products. A spokesperson said force-feeding was "really cruel and inhumane".



Farmers may sue New York. A farmer said: "We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged...we intend to file a lawsuit." A food maker said chefs could order more foie gras because they are so angry. There are 1,000 restaurants in New York that have foie gras on their menu. The maker said the council made no effort to learn about the foie gras process. Foie gras is big business. One liver can sell for as much as $125.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Foie Gras - Level 5 or  Foie Gras - Level 6

Sources
  • https://time.com/5714619/foie-gras-ban-new-york/
  • https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-31/foie-gras-to-be-cut-from-new-york-menus-after-council-ban/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foie_gras#Legislation_and_bans


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. Chefs in New York are angry
  2. a food common in
  3. It is made from
  4. ten times its normal
  5. animal rights
  6. this makes the birds
  7. dealing with any force-
  8. really cruel and
  1. fed products
  2. suffer
  3. inhumane
  4. groups
  5. over a ban
  6. duck
  7. haute cuisine
  8. size

Paragraph 2

  1. Farmers may
  2. freedom of
  3. we intend to file
  4. chefs could order
  5. have foie gras
  6. the council made no effort
  7. Foie gras is big
  8. One liver can sell for
  1. as much as $125
  2. a lawsuit
  3. on their menu
  4. to learn
  5. sue New York
  6. more foie gras
  7. choice
  8. business

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Chefs in New York are (1) ___________________ ban on foie gras - a food common in haute cuisine. It (2) ___________________ duck and goose liver. The birds are force-fed to (3) ___________________ up to ten times its normal size. Animal (4) ___________________ this makes the birds suffer. New York's council voted to ban the controversial food. It will ban restaurants and stores (5) ___________________ any force-fed products. A spokesperson said force-feeding was "really (6) ___________________ ".

Farmers may sue New York. A farmer said: "We will not (7) ___________________ on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged...we intend to (8) ___________________." A food maker said chefs could order more foie gras because they (9) ___________________. There are (10) ___________________ New York that have foie gras on their menu. The maker said the council (11) ___________________ to learn about the foie gras process. Foie gras is big business. One (12) ___________________ for as much as $125.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ChefsinNewYorkareangryoverabanonfoiegras-afoodcommoninh
autecuisine.Itismadefromduckandgooseliver.Thebirdsareforce-fe
dtomaketheirliveruptotentimesitsnormalsize.Animalrightsgroupssa
ythismakesthebirdssuffer.NewYork'scouncilvotedtobanthecontrove
rsialfood.Itwillbanrestaurantsandstoresfromdealingwithanyforce-f
edproducts.Aspokespersonsaidforce-feedingwas"reallycruelandin
humane".FarmersmaysueNewYork.Afarmersaid:"Wewillnotletthisr
estrictiononNewYorkers'freedomofchoicegounchallenged...weinten
dtofilealawsuit."Afoodmakersaidchefscouldordermorefoiegrasbeca
usetheyaresoangry.Thereare1,000restaurantsinNewYorkthathavef
oiegrasontheirmenu.Themakersaidthecouncilmadenoefforttolearn
aboutthefoiegrasprocess.Foiegrasisbigbusiness.Onelivercansellfor
asmuchas$125.

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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