The Reading / Listening - Foie Gras - Level 6

Many top chefs in New York City are up in arms over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty food that is a common aspect of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese. The birds are force-fed with corn to enlarge their liver up to ten times their normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering. The New York City council unanimously voted to ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruel and inhumane practice."



Farmers are considering suing New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to file a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food manufacturer, said many chefs were likely to order more foie gras because they are so angry. She said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are all very incensed." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has made any effort to learn about the foie gras process and all have refused to visit the farms to understand the process first-hand." Foie gras is big business. One liver can retail for as much as $125.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Foie Gras - Level 4  or  Foie Gras - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. FOIE GRAS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about foie gras. 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?
       New York / chefs / up in arms / haute cuisine / liver / ducks / geese / food / inhumane
       sue people / farmer / freedom of choice / angry / restaurant / big business / foie gras
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CRUEL: Students A strongly believe force-feeding ducks is cruel and should be banned; Students B strongly disagree. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FOOD: What do you think of these kinds of food? What are the pros and cons? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Do You Think?

Pros

Cons

Haute cuisine

 

 

 

Fast food

 

 

 

Home cooking

 

 

 

Nouvelle cuisine

 

 

 

Street food

 

 

 

Convenience food

 

 

 

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

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Lebanese
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • American
  • Mexican

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. up in arms a. Put forward an idea or plan for consideration or discussion by others.
      2. proposed b. The state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.
      3. aspect c. Imposed or forced food, information or ideology upon someone.
      4. force-fed d. A particular part or feature of something.
      5. suffering e. Very angry.
      6. unanimously f. Without compassion for misery or suffering; cruel.
      7. inhumane g. With the agreement of all people involved.

    Paragraph 2

      8. suing h. Directly or from personal experience.
      9. file i. Taking someone to court to set right an unfair situation.
      10. restriction j. Very angry; enraged.
      11. intend k. Sell goods to the public.
      12. incensed l. The limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being limited or restricted.
      13. first-hand m. Have a course of action as one's purpose or objective.
      14. retail n. Submit a legal document, application, or charge to be placed on record by the appropriate authority.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Many chefs in New York City are up in arms over a foie gras ban.     T / F
  2. The article said foie gras is a key element of nouveau cuisine.     T / F
  3. Ducks and geese are force-fed with bread to enlarge their livers.     T / F
  4. The vote to ban foie gras was extremely tight.     T / F
  5. Farmers want to take New York City to court over the ban.     T / F
  6. A food manufacturer said chefs will order less foie gras.     T / F
  7. One thousand restaurants in New York City offer foie gras.     T / F
  8. Foie gras liver can cost as much as $125 each.     T / F

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

  1. top
  2. aspect
  3. enlarge
  4. ban
  5. inhumane
  6. suing
  7. restriction
  8. incensed
  9. first-hand
  10. retail
  1. enraged
  2. prohibit
  3. monstrous
  4. limitation
  5. sell
  6. leading
  7. personally
  8. feature
  9. taking to court
  10. expand

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

  1. top chefs in New York City are up
  2. food that is a common aspect
  3. force-fed with corn to
  4. up to ten times
  5. banning a really cruel and
  6. Farmers are considering suing
  7. go unchallenged
  8. They are all very
  9. understand the process
  10. One liver can retail for as
  1. in the courts
  2. enlarge their liver
  3. incensed
  4. New York City
  5. in arms
  6. first-hand
  7. their normal size
  8. inhumane practice
  9. much as $125
  10. of haute cuisine

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
enlarge
retail
common
inhumane
suffering
products
top
unanimously

Many (1) ____________ chefs in New York City are up in arms over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty food that is a (2) ____________ aspect of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese. The birds are force-fed with corn to (3) ____________ their liver up to ten times their normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary (4) ____________. The New York City council (5) ____________ voted to ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit (6) ____________ food establishments or food service establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed (7) ____________ or food containing a force-fed product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruel and (8) ____________ practice."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
file
incensed
suing
retail
likely
refused
restriction
process

Farmers are considering (9) ____________ New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this (10) ____________ on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to (11) ____________ a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food manufacturer, said many chefs were (12) ____________ to order more foie gras because they are so angry. She said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are all very (13) ____________." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has made any effort to learn about the foie gras (14) ____________ and all have (15) ____________ to visit the farms to understand the process first-hand." Foie gras is big business. One liver can (16) ____________ for as much as $125.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Many top chefs in New York City are up ______ a proposed ban
     a.  in legs over
     b.  in lips over
     c.  in arms over
     d.  in feet over
2)  The birds are force-fed with corn to ______
     a.  enlarge their sliver
     b.  enlarge their livery
     c.  enlarge their live are
     d.  enlarge their liver
3)  The New York City council unanimously voted to ban sales of the ______
     a.  controversy food
     b.  contra verse all food
     c.  con traverse food
     d.  controversial food
4)  establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell ______
     a.  force-feed products
     b.  force-fled products
     c.  force-fed products
     d.  force-freed products
5)  The council is banning a really ______ practice
     a.  cruel and inhumane
     b.  fuel and inhumane
     c.  gruel and inhumane
     d.  cruelty and inhumane

6)  We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' ______
     a.  freed one of choices
     b.  freedom off choice
     c.  freedom of choice
     d.  freedom of choices
7)  go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to ______
     a.  file a lawsuit
     b.  tile a lawsuit
     c.  mile a lawsuit
     d.  pile a lawsuit
8)  who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are ______
     a.  all very increased
     b.  all very incensed
     c.  all very in sensed
     d.  all very and sensed
9)  Not one council member has made any effort to learn about the ______
     a.  foie gras pro cyst
     b.  foie gras processed
     c.  foie gras pros says
     d.  foie gras process
10)  and all have refused to visit the farms to understand the process ______
     a.  firsts-hand
     b.  first-hand
     c.  firstly-hand
     d.  first-handed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many top chefs in New York City are (1) ___________________ over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty food that is (2) ___________________ of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese. The birds are force-fed with corn (3) ___________________ liver up to ten times their normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering. The New York City council unanimously (4) ___________________ sales of the controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing, maintaining, (5) ___________________ to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruel (6) ___________________."

Farmers (7) ___________________ New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we (8) ___________________ a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food manufacturer, said many chefs were (9) ___________________ more foie gras because they are so angry. She said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are (10) ___________________." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has made any (11) ___________________ about the foie gras process and all have refused to visit the farms to understand (12) ___________________." Foie gras is big business. One liver can retail for as much as $125.

Comprehension questions

  1. What phrase in the first sentence means 'very angry'?
  2. What kind of food is foie gras a 'common aspect' of?
  3. What are ducks and geese force-fed with to produce foie gras?
  4. How close was the vote to pass the foie gras ban?
  5. What did the New York council say force-feeding was?
  6. What are farmers considering doing to New York City council?
  7. What did the farmers say they could not let go?
  8. How many New York restaurants have foie gras on their menu?
  9. What did a food manufacturer say council members did not visit?
  10. How much can one foie gras liver cost?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What phrase in the first sentence means 'very angry'?
a) an arm and a leg
b) up in arms
c) a finger in every pie
d) cold shoulder
2) What kind of food is foie gras a 'common aspect' of?
a) street food
b) fast food
c) convenience food
d) haute cuisine
3) What are ducks and geese force-fed with to produce foie gras?
a) rice
b) bread
c) corn
d) milk
4) How close was the vote to pass the foie gras ban?
a) it was unanimous
b) close
c) not so close
d) extremely tight
5) What did the New York council say force-feeding was?
a) an abomination
b) cruel and inhumane
c) monstrous and hideous
d) not so good

6) What are farmers considering doing to New York City council?
a) suing them
b) talking to them
c) feeding them foie gras
d) taking them to a farm
7) What did the farmers say they could not let go?
a) a court case
b) the leases on their farms
c) the restriction on freedom of choice
d) their prized geese and ducks
8) How many New York restaurants have foie gras on their menu?
a) 1,000
b) 1,500
c) 2,000
d) 2,500
9) What did a food manufacturer say council members did not visit?
a) culinary schools
b) top restaurants
c) France
d) foie gras farms
10) How much can one foie gras liver cost?
a) up to $135
b) up to $155
c) up to $125
d) up to $195

Role play

Role  A – Italian
You think Italian is the world's best cuisine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cuisine. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): Japanese, American or Indian.

Role  B – Japanese
You think Japanese is the world's best cuisine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cuisine. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): Italian, American or Indian.

Role  C – American
You think American is the world's best cuisine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cuisine. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): Japanese, Italian or Indian.

Role  D – Indian
You think Indian is the world's best cuisine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cuisine. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): Japanese, American or Italian.

After reading / listening

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

'chef'

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  • and 'angry'.

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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:

    • arms
    • aspect
    • corn
    • rights
    • storing
    • really
    • suing
    • choice
    • likely
    • 1,000
    • very
    • much




    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 - Chefs angry at New York foie gras ban

    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 'chef'?
    3. What do you know about foie gras?
    4. What is your favourite cuisine and why?
    5. What are the best things about your country's cuisine?
    6. Do you think New York is right to impose the ban?
    7. Have you ever foie gras?
    8. Who would suffer if foie gras was banned?
    9. Would you be a good chef?
    10. Is force-feeding animals cruel and inhumane?

    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 'duck'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about haute cuisine?
    5. Do you think the farmers will win their court case?
    6. Is eating food from force-fed animals freedom of choice?
    7. What is your favourite restaurant and why?
    8. When was the last time you were incensed?
    9. What do you think of the price of foie gras?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the chefs?

    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)

    Many top chefs in New York City are up in (1) ____ over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty food that is a common (2) ____ of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese. The birds are force-fed with corn to (3) ____ their liver up to ten times their normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary (4) ____. The New York City council unanimously voted to ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit retail food establishments or food service (5) ____ from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruel and (6) ____ practice."

    Farmers are considering (7) ____ New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this restriction (8) ____ New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to (9) ____ a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food manufacturer, said many chefs were likely to order more foie gras because they are so angry. She said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu (10) ____ now. They are all very incensed." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has (11) ____ any effort to learn about the foie gras process and all have refused to visit the farms to understand the process first-hand." Foie gras is big business. One liver can (12) ____ for as much as $125.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     arms     (b)     livers     (c)     lips     (d)     legs    
    2. (a)     ratio     (b)     tasty     (c)     aspect     (d)     suspect    
    3. (a)     refuge     (b)     pump     (c)     enlarge     (d)     scale    
    4. (a)     suffered     (b)     suffers     (c)     suffer     (d)     suffering    
    5. (a)     establishments     (b)     condiments     (c)     retrenchments     (d)     deportments    
    6. (a)     humanity     (b)     inhumane     (c)     humanly     (d)     humans    
    7. (a)     sawing     (b)     sewing     (c)     soaring     (d)     suing    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     by     (d)     as    
    9. (a)     feel     (b)     fell     (c)     file     (d)     fail    
    10. (a)     justly     (b)     immediate     (c)     moment     (d)     right    
    11. (a)     been     (b)     did     (c)     forced     (d)     made    
    12. (a)     sale     (b)     retail     (c)     bargain     (d)     offer

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. a ppdooser ban on foie gras
    2. the pcayelits food
    3. slnonuuyami voted
    4. ban sales of the lvcniaseortor food
    5. retail food tebminetlsassh
    6. a really cruel and nhimneua practice

    Paragraph 2

    1. Farmers are considering uigsn New York City
    2. this trroscntiie on New Yorkers
    3. from a food rueaftcarmnu
    4. They are all very nisncede
    5. uonclic member
    6. all have seurdfe to visit the farms

    Put the text back together

    (...)  of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to file a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food
    (...)  food that is a common aspect of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and
    (...)  geese. The birds are force-fed with corn to enlarge their liver up to ten times their normal
    (...)  process first-hand." Foie gras is big business. One liver can retail for as much as $125.
    1  ) Many top chefs in New York City are up in arms over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty
    (...)  restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are all very
    (...)  product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruel and inhumane practice."
    (...)  establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed
    (...)  manufacturer, said many chefs were likely to order more foie gras because they are so angry. She said: "There are 1,000
    (...)  Farmers are considering suing New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' freedom
    (...)  about the foie gras process and all have refused to visit the farms to understand the
    (...)  size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering. The New York City council unanimously
    (...)  voted to ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit retail food establishments or food service
    (...)  incensed." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has made any effort to learn

    Put the words in the right order

    1. are   Chefs   York   up   arms   .   New   in   in
    2. liver   .   their   with   enlarge   Force-fed   corn   to
    3. force-fed   Birds   are   to   liver   .   corn   their   enlarge
    4. this   Animal   causes   unnecessary   suffering   .   say   groups   rights
    5. practice   .   is   The   a   banning   council   inhumane   really
    6. restriction   of   freedom   on   this   choice   go   .   Let
    7. chefs   likely   foie   gras   .   more   Many   were   to   order
    8. effort   .   member   any   has   council   one   Not   made
    9. to   the   Visit   process   first-hand   .   understand   the   farms
    10. retails   much   for   One   $125   .   liver   as   as

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Many top chefs in New York City are up in legs / arms over a proposed ban on foie gras - the specialty food that is a commonly / common aspect of haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from / by the livers of ducks and geese. The birds are force-fed with corn to enlarge / enrage their liver up to ten times their normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes / clauses the birds unnecessary suffering. The New York City council unanimously vetoed / voted to ban sales of the controversy / controversial food. The bill will: "Prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing / storage, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing / retaining a force-fed product." A council spokesperson said: "The council is banning a really cruelty / cruel and inhumane practice."

    Farmers are considering ensuing / suing New York City. One farmer told reporters: "We will not let this restriction in / on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go / do unchallenged in the courts, and we infer / intend to file a lawsuit." Ariane Daguin, from a food manufacturer, said many chefs were likelihood / likely to order more foie gras because they are so anger / angry. She said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right moment / now. They are all very incensed." Ms Daguin added: "Not one council member has made any effort / effect to learn about the foie gras process and all have refused / refusal to visit the farms to understand the process first-hand." Foie gras is heavy / big business. One liver can retail for as much as $125.

    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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    many top chefs in new york city are up in arms over a proposed ban on foie gras  the specialty food that is a common aspect of haute cuisine foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese the birds are forcefed with corn to enlarge their liver up to ten times their normal size animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering the new york city council unanimously voted to ban sales of the controversial food the bill will prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing maintaining selling or offering to sell forcefed products or food containing a forcefed product a council spokesperson said the council is banning a really cruel and inhumane practice

    farmers are considering suing new york city one farmer told reporters we will not let this restriction on new yorkers freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts and we intend to file a lawsuit ariane daguin from a food manufacturer said many chefs were likely to order more foie gras because they are so angry she said there are 1000 restaurants in new york city who have foie gras on their menu right now they are all very incensed ms daguin added not one council member has made any effort to learn about the foie gras process and all have refused to visit the farms to understand the process firsthand foie gras is big business one liver can retail for as much as 125

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    ManytopchefsinNewYorkCityareupinarmsoveraproposedbanonfoie
    gras-thespecialtyfoodthatisacommonaspectofhautecuisine.Foiegra
    sismadefromtheliversofducksandgeese.Thebirdsareforce-fedwithc
    orntoenlargetheirliveruptotentimestheirnormalsize.Animalrightsgr
    oupssaythiscausesthebirdsunnecessarysuffering.TheNewYorkCityc
    ouncilunanimouslyvotedtobansalesofthecontroversialfood.Thebillw
    ill:"Prohibitretailfoodestablishmentsorfoodserviceestablishmentsfr
    omstoring,maintaining,selling,orofferingtosellforce-fedproductso
    rfoodcontainingaforce-fedproduct."Acouncilspokespersonsaid:"Th
    ecouncilisbanningareallycruelandinhumanepractice."Farmersareco
    nsideringsuingNewYorkCity.Onefarmertoldreporters:"Wewillnotlett
    hisrestrictiononNewYorkers'freedomofchoicegounchallengedinthec
    ourts,andweintendtofilealawsuit."ArianeDaguin,fromafoodmanufac
    turer,saidmanychefswerelikelytoordermorefoiegrasbecausetheyar
    esoangry.Shesaid:"Thereare1,000restaurantsinNewYorkCitywhoh
    avefoiegrasontheirmenurightnow.Theyareallveryincensed."MsDag
    uinadded:"Notonecouncilmemberhasmadeanyefforttolearnaboutth
    efoiegrasprocessandallhaverefusedtovisitthefarmstounderstandth
    eprocessfirst-hand."Foiegrasisbigbusiness.Onelivercanretailfora
    smuchas$125.

    Free writing

    Write about foie gras for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should not eat animals, birds or fish. 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. FOIE GRAS: Make a poster about foie gras. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. VEGETARIAN: Write a magazine article about all of us having to become vegetarian. 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 foie gras. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on eating animals. 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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