The Reading / Listening - Sugar Overdose - Level 0

A health group warned about sugar in coffee shop drinks. Many cafes are adding extra sugar to drinks before Christmas. Action on Sugar (AOS) researched over 200 hot drinks. It said some drinks had 23 spoons of sugar. It said people with obesity, diabetes and other health problems should check what they are drinking.



Action On Sugar went to nine cafe chains. The unhealthiest drink was a Starbucks hot chocolate, with 93.7g of sugar and 758 calories - the same as three cans of Coke. Starbucks said it is reducing sugar in all its drinks. AOS said coffee chains should use less sugar. It is a big cause of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sugar Overdose - Level 1 Sugar Overdose - Level 2   or  Sugar Overdose - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50628962
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/high-street-coffee-chains-selling-festive-drinks-which-contain-up-to-23-spoonfuls-of-sugar-a4303391.html
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/christmas-hot-drinks-sugar-content_uk_5de62d91e4b0d50f32a85008


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. A health group warned
  2. coffee
  3. cafes are adding extra
  4. over 200 hot
  5. 23 spoons
  6. people with
  7. health
  8. check what they
  1. obesity
  2. sugar to drinks
  3. are drinking
  4. of sugar
  5. problems
  6. about sugar
  7. shop drinks
  8. drinks

Paragraph 2

  1. The unhealthiest
  2. a Starbucks hot
  3. 93.7g of sugar and
  4. the same as three
  5. use less
  6. It is a big cause
  7. type
  8. tooth
  1. of obesity
  2. cans of Coke
  3. decay
  4. drink
  5. 2 diabetes
  6. 758 calories
  7. sugar
  8. chocolate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A health group (1) ___________________ in coffee shop drinks. Many (2) ___________________ extra sugar to drinks before Christmas. Action on Sugar (AOS) (3) ___________________ hot drinks. It said (4) ___________________ 23 spoons of sugar. It said people with (5) ___________________ other health problems should check what (6) ___________________.

Action On Sugar (7) ___________________ cafe chains. The (8) ___________________ a Starbucks hot chocolate, with 93.7g of sugar and 758 calories - the (9) ___________________ cans of Coke. Starbucks said it (10) ___________________ in all its drinks. AOS said coffee chains should (11) ___________________. It is a big cause of obesity, type 2 diabetes (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Ahealthgroupwarnedaboutsugarincoffeeshopdrinks.Manycafesar
eaddingextrasugartodrinksbeforeChristmas.ActiononSugar(AOS)r
esearchedover200hotdrinks.Itsaidsomedrinkshad23spoonsofsugar
.Itsaidpeoplewithobesity,diabetesandotherhealthproblemsshouldc
heckwhattheyaredrinking.ActionOnSugarwenttoninecafechains.Th
eunhealthiestdrinkwasaStarbuckshotchocolate,with93.7gofsugara
nd758calories-thesameasthreecansofCoke.Starbuckssaiditisredu
cingsugarinallitsdrinks.AOSsaidcoffeechainsshoulduselesssugar.Iti
sabigcauseofobesity,type2diabetesandtoothdecay.

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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