The Reading / Listening - Onions - Level 1

Onions are important in Bangladesh food, but it is difficult to buy them. There is a shortage. Prices have gone up a lot, from US36 cents to around $3.25 a kilo. This is nearly a ten-fold increase. Many Bangladeshis cannot afford them. Bangladesh usually imports them from India. Recent heavy rain in India damaged a lot of its onion harvest. India banned exports to Bangladesh. There may be nationwide protests because of the record onion prices.



The onion crisis is very serious. The Prime Minister stopped using onions in her cooking. She is using other things. Some onions are on sale at twice their usual price. Hundreds of people queued for hours to buy one kilo. One person said he would stand for longer to save some money. A Dhaka resident said her neighbours have stopped eating onions. She last bought a kilo of onions 15 days ago. Street-food sellers cannot make onion-based snacks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Onions - Level 0 Onions - Level 2   or  Onions - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/bangladesh-flies-in-planeloads-of-onions-amid-national-outcry-over-shortage
  • https://www.dawn.com/news/1517352
  • https://bdnews24.com/lifestyle/2019/11/18/soaring-onion-prices-force-many-to-twist-their-taste-buds-in-dhaka


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. it is difficult to
  2. There is a
  3. This is nearly a ten-
  4. Recent heavy rain
  5. damaged a lot of its onion
  6. India banned exports
  7. nationwide
  8. record onion
  1. to Bangladesh
  2. in India
  3. prices
  4. shortage
  5. protests
  6. fold increase
  7. harvest
  8. buy them

Paragraph 2

  1. The onion crisis is very
  2. using onions
  3. on sale at twice
  4. save some
  5. her neighbours have stopped
  6. She last bought a
  7. Street-
  8. onion-based
  1. eating onions
  2. snacks
  3. serious
  4. food sellers
  5. their usual price
  6. money
  7. in her cooking
  8. kilo of onions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Onions (1) ___________________ Bangladesh food, but it is difficult to buy them. There (2) ___________________. Prices have gone up a lot, from US36 cents to around $3.25 a kilo. This is (3) ___________________ increase. Many Bangladeshis cannot afford them. Bangladesh (4) ___________________ from India. Recent heavy rain in India (5) ___________________ of its onion harvest. India banned exports to Bangladesh. There may be nationwide protests because (6) ___________________ onion prices.

The (7) ___________________ very serious. The Prime Minister stopped using onions (8) ___________________. She is using other things. Some onions are (9) ___________________ twice their usual price. Hundreds of people queued for hours to buy one kilo. One person said he would (10) ___________________ to save some money. A Dhaka resident said her neighbours have stopped eating onions. She last (11) ___________________ of onions 15 days ago. (12) ___________________ cannot make onion-based snacks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

OnionsareimportantinBangladeshfood,butitisdifficulttobuythem.Th
ereisashortage.Priceshavegoneupalot,fromUS36centstoaround$3.
25akilo.Thisisnearlyaten-foldincrease.ManyBangladeshiscannotaff
ordthem.BangladeshusuallyimportsthemfromIndia.Recentheavyrai
ninIndiadamagedalotofitsonionharvest.IndiabannedexportstoBang
ladesh.Theremaybenationwideprotestsbecauseoftherecordonionpri
ces.Theonioncrisisisveryserious.ThePrimeMinisterstoppedusingoni
onsinhercooking.Sheisusingotherthings.Someonionsareonsaleattw
icetheirusualprice.Hundredsofpeoplequeuedforhourstobuyonekilo.
Onepersonsaidhewouldstandforlongertosavesomemoney.ADhakar
esidentsaidherneighbourshavestoppedeatingonions.Shelastbought
akiloofonions15daysago.Street-foodsellerscannotmakeonion-bas
edsnacks.

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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