The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 1

China wants to reduce food waste. Its new "Clean Plate Campaign" will get people to think about food waste. President Xi Jinping called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are reports of a food crisis in China. Food production has fallen because of the coronavirus, and floods in southern China. The government wants people to reduce how much food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to think carefully about food security.



Restaurants are taking the campaign seriously. One restaurant started weighing customers. It had to apologise to angry diners. It said it wanted diners to order food "in a healthy way". A Beijing restaurant said: "We remind our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started a system whereby a group of diners must order one fewer dish than the number of people in their group. The UN has warned of a global food crisis.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Food Waste - Level 0 Food Waste - Level 2   or  Food Waste - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53761295
  • https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1197577.shtml
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3096977/xi-jinping-targets-shocking-food-waste-china-battles-floods-and
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53792871


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. China wants to reduce
  2. get people to think
  3. There are reports of a food
  4. Food production has
  5. floods
  6. reduce how
  7. food they leave
  8. think carefully about food
  1. much
  2. food waste
  3. security
  4. crisis
  5. on their plate
  6. fallen
  7. in southern China
  8. about food waste

Paragraph 2

  1. Restaurants are taking the
  2. weighing
  3. It had to apologise
  4. it wanted diners to
  5. in a healthy
  6. when they order too
  7. diners must order one
  8. The UN has warned
  1. fewer dish
  2. order food
  3. of a global food crisis
  4. much food
  5. campaign seriously
  6. way
  7. customers
  8. to angry diners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China (1) ___________________ food waste. Its new "Clean Plate Campaign" will (2) ___________________ think about food waste. President Xi Jinping called (3) ___________________ and distressing". There are reports of a (4) ___________________ China. Food production has fallen because of the coronavirus, and (5) ___________________ China. The government wants people to reduce how much food (6) ___________________ their plate. President Xi said China had to think carefully about food security.

Restaurants are (7) ___________________ seriously. One restaurant (8) __________________. It had to apologise to angry diners. It said it (9) ___________________ order food "in a healthy way". A Beijing restaurant said: "We remind our guests when they (10) ___________________ food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started a system (11) ___________________ of diners must order one fewer dish than the number of people in their group. The UN has warned of a (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinawantstoreducefoodwaste.Itsnew"CleanPlateCampaign"willge
tpeopletothinkaboutfoodwaste.PresidentXiJinpingcalledthewaste"s
hockinganddistressing".TherearereportsofafoodcrisisinChina.Food
productionhasfallenbecauseofthecoronavirus,andfloodsinsouthern
China.Thegovernmentwantspeopletoreducehowmuchfoodtheyleav
eontheirplate.PresidentXisaidChinahadtothinkcarefullyaboutfoodse
curity.Restaurantsaretakingthecampaignseriously.Onerestaurantst
artedweighingcustomers.Ithadtoapologisetoangrydiners.Itsaiditwa
nteddinerstoorderfood"inahealthyway".ABeijingrestaurantsaid:"W
eremindourguestswhentheyordertoomuchfood."RestaurantsinWuh
anhavestartedasystemwherebyagroupofdinersmustorderonefewer
dishthanthenumberofpeopleintheirgroup.TheUNhaswarnedofaglob
alfoodcrisis.

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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