The Reading / Listening - Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 4

What next? A Japanese food company has invented a new product that could be a global bestseller. The imaginative new product is sliced mayonnaise. The company believes its handy new food will catch on quickly. The slices are called "mayo sheets" in Japan. The packaging says they are a "sheet-like condiment" that is good for "easy cooking". The slices come in two flavours – spicy cod roe and tuna. They could liven up sandwiches or enhance pasta dishes.



The new product will sell in Japan for $1.80 for four slices. The company is sure consumers will love them. The social media jury is undecided. The cnet.com website wrote: "Both mayo fans and haters [wrote]…about the new slices." Gizmodo.com wrote that Americans might not "embrace" the slices. However, it added that people might be happy to use them if they are making a sandwich and they are in a hurry.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 5 or  Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/mayonnaise-by-the-slice-innovation-or-curse-from-the-gods/
  • https://gizmodo.com/you-can-thank-japan-for-inventing-convenient-sliced-may-1841829600
  • https://www.foodandwine.com/news/mayonnaise-slices-japan


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. could be a global
  2. The imaginative new product
  3. catch
  4. a sheet-like
  5. good for easy
  6. The slices come
  7. They could liven
  8. enhance pasta
  1. in two flavours
  2. condiment
  3. dishes
  4. bestseller
  5. up sandwiches
  6. is sliced mayonnaise
  7. cooking
  8. on quickly

Paragraph 2

  1. The new product will
  2. $1.80 for
  3. The company
  4. consumers will
  5. Both mayo fans and
  6. people might be happy
  7. if they are making
  8. they are in
  1. is sure
  2. haters
  3. a hurry
  4. sell in Japan
  5. a sandwich
  6. four slices
  7. love them
  8. to use them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

What next? A Japanese food company (1) ___________________ new product that could be (2) ___________________. The imaginative new product is sliced mayonnaise. The company believes its (3) ___________________ will catch on quickly. The (4) ___________________ "mayo sheets" in Japan. The packaging says they are a "sheet-like condiment" that (5) ___________________ "easy cooking". The slices come in two flavours – spicy cod roe and tuna. They (6) ___________________ sandwiches or enhance pasta dishes.

The new (7) ___________________ in Japan for $1.80 for four slices. The company is sure consumers (8) ___________________. Social media jury is undecided. The cnet.com website wrote: "Both mayo (9) ___________________ [wrote]…about the new slices." Gizmodo.com wrote that Americans (10) ___________________ the slices. However, it added that people might be (11) ___________________ them if they are making a sandwich and they are (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whatnext?AJapanesefoodcompanyhasinventedanewproductthatco
uldbeaglobalbestseller.Theimaginativenewproductisslicedmayonna
ise.Thecompanybelievesitshandynewfoodwillcatchonquickly.Thesli
cesarecalled"mayosheets"inJapan.Thepackagingsaystheyarea"she
et-likecondiment"thatisgoodfor"easycooking".Theslicescomeintwof
lavours–spicycodroeandtuna.Theycouldlivenupsandwichesorenh
ancepastadishes.ThenewproductwillsellinJapanfor$1.80forfourslice
s.Thecompanyissureconsumerswilllovethem.Socialmediajuryisund
ecided.Thecnet.comwebsitewrote:"Bothmayofansandhaters[wrote
]…aboutthenewslices."Gizmodo.comwrotethatAmericansmightnot"
embrace"theslices.However,itaddedthatpeoplemightbehappytouse
themiftheyaremakingasandwichandtheyareinahurry.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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