The Reading / Listening - Soybeans - Level 3

There are many reasons why Japanese people live longer than the rest of us. One reason might be soybean products like tofu, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo conducted a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products. They found that people who regularly ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from common killers than people who ate no soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food lowered the risk of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. They said: "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower risk of mortality."



Soybeans and fermented soybean products are superfoods. They are rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. They are also a source of potassium and other minerals. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and boost weight loss. Soy is an important part of the cuisine of East Asia, especially in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since ancient times. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean paste added to soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high in salt. The researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of high blood pressure. Soybean products are becoming more popular around the world.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Soybeans - Level 0 Soybeans - Level 1   or  Soybeans - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/368/bmj.m247.full.pdf
  • https://food.ndtv.com/news/higher-consumption-of-fermented-soy-products-linked-to-lower-mortality-risk-says-study-2172124
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-01-fermented-soy-products-linked-death.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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SOYBEANS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about soybeans. 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?
       reasons / soybeans / tofu / natto / miso / health / killers / heart attack / stroke / risk /
       superfoods / fats / weight loss / cuisine / soy sauce / salt / blood pressure / popular
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SOYBEANS: Students A strongly believe everyone should eat soybean products; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SUPERFOODS: What do you know about these superfoods? What do you think of them? How good are they for us?  Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

What I Think

How Good

Soybeans

 

 

 

Avocado

 

 

 

Eggs

 

 

 

Spinach

 

 

 

Garlic

 

 

 

Sweet potato

 

 

 

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

  • heart attack
  • cancer
  • sepsis
  • tuberculosis
  • stroke
  • AIDS
  • malaria
  • old age

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. the rest a. The other people or things.
      2. product b. A person or thing that kills.
      3. conducted c. Something that is made or changed to sell in shops or on the Internet.
      4. benefits d. With a non-stop pattern, especially with the same space between times.
      5. regularly e. Carried out; did.
      6. killers f. The good thing we can get from something or from using something.
      7. risk g. The possibility that something bad will happen.

    Paragraph 2

      8. rich h. Very, very, very old.
      9. source i. A style or method of cooking from a particular country, region, or restaurant.
      10. boost j. Having lots and lots of a particular thing.
      11. cuisine k. Happening, found, or done often.
      12. ancient l. A place, person, or thing where something comes from.
      13. common m. Liked by many people.
      14. popular n. Help or encourage something to increase or improve.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said there was one reason why Japanese people live longer.    T / F
  2. An institute in Beijing conducted the research into soybeans.    T / F
  3. People who ate natto were 20% less likely to die from killer diseases.     T / F
  4. Fermented soy products were associated with a lower risk of death.     T / F
  5. Soybeans and fermented soybeans are superfoods.     T / F
  6. The article said soybeans are an essential part of South Asian cuisine.     T / F
  7. Fermented soybeans are called natto.     T / F
  8. Researchers said the miso in salt leads to high blood pressure.     T / F

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

  1. reasons
  2. conducted
  3. regularly
  4. lowered
  5. associated
  6. rich in
  7. boost
  8. ancient
  9. common
  10. popular
  1. packed with
  2. related
  3. well liked
  4. carried out
  5. very old
  6. reduced
  7. widespread
  8. causes
  9. increase
  10. frequently

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

  1. Japanese people live longer than
  2. One reason might be
  3. 10 per cent less likely
  4. cardiovascular
  5. associated with a lower
  6. They are rich in protein, fibre and
  7. They are also a source of potassium
  8. The most common types
  9. Some scientists say miso is high
  10. put people at risk of
  1. to die
  2. risk of mortality
  3. of soy products
  4. unsaturated fats
  5. soybean products like tofu
  6. in salt
  7. high blood pressure
  8. problems
  9. and other minerals
  10. the rest of us

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
regularly
products
problems
killers
reasons
risk
conducted
lowered

There are many (1) ____________ why Japanese people live longer than the rest of us. One reason might be soybean (2) ____________ like tofu, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo (3) ____________ a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products. They found that people who (4) ____________ ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from common (5) ____________ than people who ate no soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food (6) ____________ the risk of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular (7) ____________. They said: "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower (8) ____________ of mortality."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
source
ancient
fats
loss
salt
superfoods
paste
pressure

Soybeans and fermented soybean products are (9) ____________. They are rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated (10) ____________. They are also a (11) ____________ of potassium and other minerals. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and boost weight (12) ____________. Soy is an important part of the cuisine of East Asia, especially in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since (13) ____________ times. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean (14) ____________ added to soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high in (15) ____________. The researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of high blood (16) ____________. Soybean products are becoming more popular around the world.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There are many reasons why Japanese people live longer than ______
     a.  the best of us
     b.  the rest of us
     c.  the pest of us
     d.  the lest of us
2)  They found that people who ______ tofu
     a.  regular ate
     b.  regular ate
     c.  regular eat
     d.  regularly ate
3)  were 10 per cent less likely to die from ______
     a.  common killers
     b.  commonly killers
     c.  commonly killer
     d.  common killer
4)  eating soybean-based food lowered the risk of death ______
     a.  from heart attacks
     b.  from hearty attacks
     c.  from hurt attacks
     d.  from hurt attack
5)  A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower ______
     a.  risky of mortality
     b.  risqué of mortality
     c.  rusk of mortality
     d.  risk of mortality

6)  Soybeans and fermented soybean products ______
     a.  are soup and foods
     b.  are superfoods
     c.  are superfood
     d.  are super food
7)  They are rich in protein, fibre and ______
     a.  unsaturated fatty
     b.  and saturated fats
     c.  and saturation fats
     d.  unsaturated fats
8)  Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and ______
     a.  boots weighty less
     b.  boast weight lost
     c.  boats weight lose
     d.  boost weight loss
9)  natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean paste ______)
     a.  add it to soups
     b.  a did to soups
     c.  added to soups
     d.  added two soups
10)  The researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of ______
     a.  high blood pressured
     b.  high blood pressures
     c.  high blood pressure
     d.  high blood pleasure

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are many reasons why Japanese people (1) ___________________ the rest of us. One reason might be soybean (2) ___________________, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo conducted a study into the (3) ___________________ soybeans and their products. They found that people who regularly ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to (4) ___________________ killers than people who ate no soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food lowered (5) ___________________ death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. They said: "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with (6) ___________________ of mortality."

Soybeans and fermented (7) ___________________ superfoods. They are rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. They are (8) ___________________ of potassium and other minerals. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and (9) ___________________. Soy is an important part of the cuisine of East Asia, especially in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since ancient times. The most (10) ___________________ soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean (11) ___________________ soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high in salt. The researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of (12) ___________________. Soybean products are becoming more popular around the world.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who did the article say lives longer than the rest of us?
  2. Where is the National Institute of Health and Nutrition?
  3. What are people who eat soybean products 10% less likely to do?
  4. What do soybeans lower the risk of besides heart attacks and strokes?
  5. What is a higher intake of fermented soy products associated with?
  6. What kind of food did the article call soybeans and fermented soybeans?
  7. What kind of fats are soybeans rich in?
  8. What cuisine are soybeans an important part of?
  9. What did the article say miso is added to?
  10. What do researchers say salt in miso does not put people at risk of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who did the article say lives longer than the rest of us?
a) vegans
b) people on diets
c) researchers
d) Japanese people
2) Where is the National Institute of Health and Nutrition?
a) London
b) Tokyo
c) Delhi
d) Lagos
3) What are people who eat soybean products 10% less likely to do?
a) eat meat
b) gain weight
c) die from killer diseases
d) feel sleepy
4) What do soybeans lower the risk of besides heart attacks and strokes?
a) cardiovascular problems
b) weight loss
c) cancer
d) stomach problems
5) What is a higher intake of fermented soy products associated with?
a) higher blood pressure
b) cardiovascular problems
c) a lower risk of mortality
d) better memory

6) What kind of food did the article call soybeans and fermented soybeans?
a) fibrous
b) a superfood
c) pricey food
d) delicious food
7) What kind of fats are soybeans rich in?
a) starchy fats
b) fatty fats
c) trans fats
d) unsaturated fats
8) What cuisine are soybeans an important part of?
a) East Asian
b) spicy cuisine
c) health food
d) haute cuisine
9) What did the article say miso is added to?
a) ingredients
b) recipes
c) soups
d) meat dishes
10) What do researchers say salt in miso does not put people at risk of?
a) hair loss
b) high blood pressure
c) weight gain
d) cancer

Role play

Role  A – Heart Attack
You think heart attack is the scariest thing that can kill you. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are less of a worry. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): malaria, cancer or old age.

Role  B – Malaria
You think malaria is the scariest thing that can kill you. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are less of a worry. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): heart attack, cancer or old age.

Role  C – Cancer
You think cancer is the scariest thing that can kill you. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are less of a worry. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): malaria, heart attack or old age.

Role  D – Old Age
You think old age is the scariest thing that can kill you. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are less of a worry. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): malaria, cancer or heart attack.

After reading / listening

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

'soy'

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  • and 'bean'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • reasons
    • benefits
    • regularly
    • killers
    • lowered
    • higher
    • rich
    • source
    • boost
    • important
    • paste
    • becoming




    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 - Soybeans

    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 'soybean'?
    3. What do you know about soybeans?
    4. Why do Japanese people live longer than everyone else?
    5. How healthy is the food you eat?
    6. What do you know about tofu, natto and miso?
    7. How healthy is Japanese food?
    8. What food do people in your country eat that is unhealthy?
    9. Do you agree with the phrase: 'You are what you eat'?
    10. Will you eat more soybean products from now?

    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 'health'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What other superfoods do you know about?
    5. What are saturated and unsaturated fats?
    6. How much do you worry about your weight?
    7. What do you know about high blood pressure?
    8. What are the benefits and dangers of salt?
    9. What new soybean dishes could you make?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    There are many reasons why Japanese people live longer than the (1) ____ of us. One reason might (2) ____ soybean products like tofu, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo (3) ____ a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products. They found that people who (4) ____ ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from common killers than people who ate no soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food (5) ____ the risk of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. They said: "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower risk of (6) ____."

    Soybeans and fermented soybean products are superfoods. They are (7) ____ in protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. They are also a source of potassium and other minerals. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and (8) ____ weight loss. Soy is an important part of the (9) ____ of East Asia, especially in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since ancient times. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean paste (10) ____ to soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high in salt. The researchers said salt in miso does not (11) ____ people at risk of high blood pressure. Soybean products are becoming more (12) ____ around the world.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     lest     (b)     pest     (c)     rest     (d)     best    
    2. (a)     be     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     eat    
    3. (a)     conducted     (b)     contracted     (c)     connected     (d)     combined    
    4. (a)     regularly     (b)     regulatory     (c)     regulars     (d)     regular    
    5. (a)     reduction     (b)     fell     (c)     bottomed     (d)     lowered    
    6. (a)     mortal     (b)     mortgage     (c)     mortise     (d)     mortality    
    7. (a)     rich     (b)     wealthy     (c)     prosperous     (d)     affluent    
    8. (a)     beats     (b)     baste     (c)     boast     (d)     boost    
    9. (a)     cuisine     (b)     quizzing     (c)     cousin     (d)     couscous    
    10. (a)     plus     (b)     added     (c)     and     (d)     mixture    
    11. (a)     have     (b)     put     (c)     do     (d)     be    
    12. (a)     popular     (b)     populate     (c)     populace     (d)     poppy

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. There are many saeorns why
    2. onuctcded a study
    3. likely to die from mocmon killers
    4. eating soybean-sabed food
    5. the risk of death from heart atkatcs
    6. a lower risk of otmlarity

    Paragraph 2

    1. They are rich in torepin
    2. potassium and other iemarnls
    3. lower hoecetsrlol
    4. since nicaent times
    5. soy ausce
    6. at risk of high blood ressupre

    Put the text back together

    1  ) There are many reasons why Japanese people live longer than the rest of us. One reason might
    (...)  be soybean products like tofu, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in
    (...)  pressure. Soybean products are becoming more popular around the world.
    (...)  people who ate no soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food lowered
    (...)  Tokyo conducted a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products. They found that people who
    (...)  in salt. The researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of high blood
    (...)  the risk of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. They said:
    (...)  Soybeans and fermented soybean products are superfoods. They are rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated
    (...)  miso (a fermented soybean paste added to soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high
    (...)  fats. They are also a source of potassium and other minerals. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and boost weight
    (...)  times. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans),
    (...)  loss. Soy is an important part of the cuisine of East Asia, especially in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since ancient
    (...)  regularly ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from common killers than
    (...)  "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower risk of mortality."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. than   live   the   longer   of   us   .   rest   people   Japanese
    2. benefits   A   soybeans   .   the   into   of   study   health
    3. die   killers   .   common   Less   to   from   likely
    4. of   Lowered   risk   heart   death   from   the   attacks   .
    5. mortality   .   a   risk   lower   with   of   Associated
    6. a   also   They   are   source   of   potassium   .
    7. can   to   cholesterol   .   lower   help   fibre   Soy
    8. most   The   common   are   types   tofu   .   products   of
    9. scientists   miso   is   high   salt   .   Some   in   say
    10. people   blood   pressure   .   Put   of   at   high   risk

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are many reasons what / why Japanese people live longer than the rest of us. One reason might be / eat soybean products likely / like tofu, natto and miso. Scientists from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo conducted / conducts a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products. They found that people who regular / regularly ate tofu, natto and miso were 10 per cent low / less likely to die from common killers than people who ate no / not soybean products. Researchers said eating soybean-based food lowered the risk / risky of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular difficult / problems. They said: "A higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with / without a lower risk of mortality."

    Soybeans and fermented soybean products are superfoods. They are wealthy / rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. They are also a source / sauce of potassium and other minerals / mines. Soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and boast / boost weight loss. Soy is an important part by / of the cuisine of East Asia, especially / specialist in Japan. People in Asia have eaten soy since ancient timings / times. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean piste / paste added to soups) and soy sauce. Some scientists say miso is high in salt. The researchers said salt in miso does not put people to / at risk of high blood pressure. Soybean products are becoming more popular around / about the world.

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there are many reasons why japanese people live longer than the rest of us one reason might be soybean products like tofu natto and miso scientists from the national institute of health and nutrition in tokyo conducted a study into the health benefits of soybeans and their products they found that people who regularly ate tofu natto and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from common killers than people who ate no soybean products researchers said eating soybeanbased food lowered the risk of death from heart attacks stroke and other cardiovascular problems they said a higher intake of fermented soy products was associated with a lower risk of mortality

    soybeans and fermented soybean products are superfoods they are rich in protein fibre and unsaturated fats they are also a source of potassium and other minerals soy fibre can help to lower cholesterol and boost weight loss soy is an important part of the cuisine of east asia especially in japan people in asia have eaten soy since ancient times the most common types of soy products are tofu soybean curd natto fermented soybeans miso a fermented soybean paste added to soups and soy sauce some scientists say miso is high in salt the researchers said salt in miso does not put people at risk of high blood pressure soybean products are becoming more popular around the world

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    TherearemanyreasonswhyJapanesepeoplelivelongerthantherestof
    us.Onereasonmightbesoybeanproductsliketofu,nattoandmiso.Scie
    ntistsfromtheNationalInstituteofHealthandNutritioninTokyoconduct
    edastudyintothehealthbenefitsofsoybeansandtheirproducts.Theyfo
    undthatpeoplewhoregularlyatetofu,nattoandmisowere10percentles
    slikelytodiefromcommonkillersthanpeoplewhoatenosoybeanproduc
    ts.Researcherssaideatingsoybean-basedfoodloweredtheriskofdeat
    hfromheartattacks,strokeandothercardiovascularproblems.Theysai
    d:"Ahigherintakeoffermentedsoyproductswasassociatedwithalower
    riskofmortality."Soybeansandfermentedsoybeanproductsaresuperf
    oods.Theyarerichinprotein,fibreandunsaturatedfats.Theyarealsoas
    ourceofpotassiumandotherminerals.Soyfibrecanhelptolowercholest
    erolandboostweightloss.SoyisanimportantpartofthecuisineofEastAs
    ia,especiallyinJapan.PeopleinAsiahaveeatensoysinceancienttimes.
    Themostcommontypesofsoyproductsaretofu(soybeancurd),natto(f
    ermentedsoybeans),miso(afermentedsoybeanpasteaddedtosoups)
    andsoysauce.Somescientistssaymisoishighinsalt.Theresearcherssa
    idsaltinmisodoesnotputpeopleatriskofhighbloodpressure.Soybeanp
    roductsarebecomingmorepopulararoundtheworld.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Everyone should eat soybean products and give up fast food. 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. SOYBEANS: Make a poster about soybeans. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CUISINE: Write a magazine article about making soybeans a part of the cuisine of all countries around the world. 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 soybeans. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to use soybeans in your diet. 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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