The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 3

China is taking action to cut down on food waste. The government has started a new campaign to encourage people to think about the amount of food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to reduce the amount of food wasted. He called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are many reports in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus and because of floods in southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a crisis, but the government wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to "maintain a sense of crisis about food security".



Many restaurants are taking the campaign very seriously. A restaurant in central China went a little too far as it started weighing customers. It had to apologise to diners who were offended at being weighed. It said: "We originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in a healthy way." A restaurant in the capital Beijing told the Global Times newspaper: "We remind our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started the N-1 system. This is where groups of diners must order one fewer dish than the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the world could see its worst food crisis in 50 years.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Food Waste - Level 0 Food Waste - Level 1   or  Food Waste - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. FOOD WASTE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about food waste. 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?
       action / food / waste / campaign / shocking / crisis / production / floods / experts
       restaurant / customer / apologise / healthy / newspaper / dish / United Nations
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CRIME: Students A strongly believe wasting food should be made a crime; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WASTE: How do people waste these things? How can we reduce this waste? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Do People Waste These?

How Can We Reduce the Waste?

Food

 

 

Money

 

 

Electricity

 

 

Water

 

 

Time

 

 

Energy

 

 

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

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Indian
  • Fast food
  • French
  • Thai
  • Japanese

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. encourage a. A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.
      2. waste b. Keep something at the same level or rate.
      3. reduce c. Give support, confidence, or hope to someone.
      4. distressing d. Use carelessly or to no purpose.
      5. crisis e. Causing worry, sadness or pain; upsetting.
      6. expert f. A person who has a lot of knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      7. maintain g. Make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.

    Paragraph 2

      8. apologise h. Cause someone to remember someone or something.
      9. diner i. From or in the beginning; at first.
      10. offended j. Found out how heavy someone or something is, usually by using scales.
      11. weighed k. Say sorry for something that one has done wrong.
      12. originally l. A kind of food served as part of a meal.
      13. remind m. A person who is eating, usually a customer in a restaurant.
      14. dish n. Angry because of something you thought was bad.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said China is trying to cut in on food waste.     T / F
  2. China's government wants people to think about food waste.     T / F
  3. China's president said food waste was shocking.     T / F
  4. China wants people to pay if they leave food on their plate.     T / F
  5. No restaurant in China is taking food waste seriously.     T / F
  6. A restaurant in central China started weighing its customers.     T / F
  7. Some restaurants are asking groups of diners to order fewer dishes.     T / F
  8. The UN said this year sees the worst global food crisis in 50 years.     T / F

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

  1. cut down on
  2. campaign
  3. wasted
  4. distressing
  5. maintain
  6. apologise
  7. originally
  8. guests
  9. dish
  10. crisis
  1. patrons
  2. worrying
  3. say sorry
  4. emergency
  5. drive
  6. food
  7. squandered
  8. initially
  9. keep
  10. reduce

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

  1. taking action to cut
  2. think about the amount
  3. food production has
  4. because of floods
  5. pay more
  6. restaurants are taking the campaign
  7. it started weighing
  8. diners who were offended at
  9. groups of diners must order
  10. the world could see its worst food
  1. one fewer dish
  2. in southern China
  3. very seriously
  4. decreased
  5. customers
  6. down on food waste
  7. being weighed
  8. crisis in 50 years
  9. of food they waste
  10. attention to how much

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
reports
crisis
action
sense
reduce
plate
amount
floods

China is taking (1) _____________________ to cut down on food waste. The government has started a new campaign to encourage people to think about the (2) _____________________ of food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to (3) _____________________ the amount of food wasted. He called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are many (4) _____________________ in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus and because of (5) _____________________ in southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a (6) _____________________, but the government wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave on their (7) _____________________. President Xi said China had to "maintain a (8) _____________________ of crisis about food security".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
diners
system
healthy
worst
seriously
fewer
far
order

Many restaurants are taking the campaign very (9) _____________________. A restaurant in central China went a little too (10) _____________________ as it started weighing customers. It had to apologise to (11) _____________________ who were offended at being weighed. It said: "We originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in a (12) _____________________ way." A restaurant in the capital Beijing told the Global Times newspaper: "We remind our guests when they (13) _____________________ too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started the N-1 (14) _____________________. This is where groups of diners must order one (15) _____________________ dish than the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the world could see its (16) _____________________ food crisis in 50 years.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The government has started a new campaign to ______
     a.  encourage people
     b.  encourages people
     c.  discourage people
     d.  discourages people
2)  There are many reports in China that a food ______
     a.  crises is coming
     b.  cries is coming
     c.  cry sis is coming
     d.  crisis is coming
3)  Experts say this will not ______ crisis
     a.  lead tour
     b.  lead too a
     c.  lead to a
     d.  lead two a
4)  wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave ______
     a.  on their palate
     b.  on their palette
     c.  on their pallet
     d.  on their plate
5)  China had to "maintain a sense of crisis ______
     a.  about foodie security
     b.  about food security
     c.  about foods security
     d.  about food court security

6)  Many restaurants are taking the campaign ______
     a.  very serious
     b.  very seriously
     c.  very series
     d.  very seriousness
7)  A restaurant in central China went a ______
     a.  little too for
     b.  little too afar
     c.  little too farm
     d.  little too far
8)  It had to apologise to diners who were offended ______
     a.  at being weight
     b.  at being weighs
     c.  at being weigh
     d.  at being weighed
9)  This is where groups of diners must order ______
     a.  once fewer dish
     b.  only fewer dish
     c.  ones fewer dish
     d.  one fewer dish
10)  the United Nations warned that the world could see its ______
     a.  worse food crisis
     b.  worst food crisis
     c.  warts food crisis
     d.  waste food crisis

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is taking action to (1) ____________________ food waste. The government has started a new campaign to encourage people to think about the (2) ____________________ they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to (3) ____________________ of food wasted. He called the waste "(4) ____________________". There are many reports in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus and because (5) ____________________ southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a crisis, but the government wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to "maintain a (6) ____________________ about food security".

Many restaurants are taking the (7) ____________________. A restaurant in central China went a little too far as (8) ____________________ customers. It had to apologise to diners who were offended at being weighed. It said: "(9) ____________________ customers to stop food waste and order food in a healthy way." A restaurant (10) ____________________ Beijing told the Global Times newspaper: "We remind our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started the N-1 system. This is where groups of diners must (11) ____________________ dish than the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the world could see its (12) ____________________ in 50 years.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is China taking to cut down on food waste?
  2. What adjectives did President Xi use to describe food waste?
  3. What is coming to China, according to reports?
  4. Where have there been floods?
  5. What did President Xi say China had to keep a sense of crisis about?
  6. Who did the article say was taking the campaign seriously?
  7. What did a restaurant do to its customers that made them angry?
  8. Where is the restaurant that reminds its diners not to order too much?
  9. What is the name of the system that gets groups to order fewer dishes?
  10. Who said there could be the worst food crisis in 50 years?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is China taking to cut down on food waste?
a) advice
b) action
c) plates
d) restaurant chairs
2) What adjectives did President Xi use to describe food waste?
a) shocking and disturbing
b) surprising and distressing
c) surprising and disgusting
d) shocking and distressing
3) What is coming to China, according to reports?
a) a food crisis
b) fast food restaurants
c) cheaper food
d) smaller plates
4) Where have there been floods?
a) western China
b) eastern China
c) southern China
d) northern China
5) What did President Xi say China had to keep a sense of crisis about?
a) the weather
b) food security
c) rice paddies
d) calories

6) Who did the article say was taking the campaign seriously?
a) restaurants
b) diners
c) chefs
d) food manufacturers
7) What did a restaurant do to its customers that made them angry?
a) it told them to eat everything
b) it gave them small plates
c) it weighed them
d) it gave them less food
8) Where is the restaurant that reminds its diners not to order too much?
a) Beijing
b) Shanghai
c) Wuhan
d) Shenzhen
9) What is the name of the system that gets groups to order fewer dishes?
a) N-1
b) M-one
c) Enron
d) Any 1
10) Who said there could be the worst food crisis in 50 years?
a) President Xi
b) KFC
c) the WWF
d) the UN

Role play

Role  A – Chinese
You think Chinese restaurants are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their restaurants. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Italian, Indian or Lebanese.

Role  B – Italian
You think Italian restaurants are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their restaurants. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Chinese, Indian or Lebanese.

Role  C – Indian
You think Indian restaurants are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their restaurants. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Italian, Chinese or Lebanese.

Role  D – Lebanese
You think Lebanese restaurants are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their restaurants. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Italian, Indian or Chinese.

After reading / listening

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

'food'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'waste'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • action
    • encourage
    • shocking
    • coming
    • southern
    • sense
    • seriously
    • far
    • diners
    • way
    • guests
    • 50




    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 - Food Waste

    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 'food'?
    3. What do you think of food waste?
    4. How much food do you waste?
    5. What can we do to reduce food waste?
    6. Do you think China's campaign will work?
    7. How "shocking and distressing" is food waste?
    8. How serious is food security?
    9. Should we all start growing our own food?
    10. What would you do in a food shortage?

    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 'waste'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do people waste food?
    5. How would you feel if a restaurant weighed you?
    6. Should restaurants advise diners about food waste?
    7. What do you think of the N-1 system of ordering less?
    8. How difficult would it be to eat less?
    9. What food could you not eat less of?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Xi Jinping?

    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)

    China is taking action to cut (1) ____ on food waste. The government has started a new campaign to encourage people to think about the amount (2) ____ food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to reduce the amount of food wasted. He called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are many reports in China that a food crisis is (3) ____. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus and because of (4) ____ in southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a crisis, but the government wants people to (5) ____ more attention to how much food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to "maintain a (6) ____ of crisis about food security".

    Many restaurants are taking the campaign very (7) ____. A restaurant in central China went a little too far as it started (8) ____ customers. It had to apologise to diners who were offended at being weighed. It said: "We originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in a healthy (9) ____." A restaurant in the capital Beijing told the Global Times newspaper: "We (10) ____ our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started the N-1 system. This is where groups of (11) ____ must order one fewer dish than the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the world could see its worst food crisis (12) ____ 50 years.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     across     (b)     in     (c)     up     (d)     down    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     going     (b)     coming     (c)     eating     (d)     cooking    
    4. (a)     flood     (b)     flooded     (c)     floods     (d)     floodlit    
    5. (a)     say     (b)     lay     (c)     pay     (d)     way    
    6. (a)     sense     (b)     time     (c)     panic     (d)     help    
    7. (a)     series     (b)     seriously     (c)     seriousness     (d)     serious    
    8. (a)     weighing     (b)     weighting     (c)     weigh     (d)     weights    
    9. (a)     weigh     (b)     way     (c)     whey     (d)     wry    
    10. (a)     remand     (b)     rewind     (c)     remind     (d)     remade    
    11. (a)     cookers     (b)     eateries     (c)     diners     (d)     donors    
    12. (a)     as     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     in

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  far as it started weighing customers. It had to apologise to diners who were offended at being
    (...)  people to think about the amount of food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping
    (...)  started the N-1 system. This is where groups of diners must order one fewer dish
    (...)  wants people to reduce the amount of food wasted. He called the waste "shocking and
    (...)  capital Beijing told the Global Times newspaper: "We remind our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have
    (...)  weighed. It said: "We originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in a healthy way." A restaurant in the
    (...)  distressing". There are many reports in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production has decreased because
    (...)  plate. President Xi said China had to "maintain a sense of crisis about food security".
    (...)  Many restaurants are taking the campaign very seriously. A restaurant in central China went a little too
    (...)  crisis, but the government wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave on their
    (...)  than the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United
    (...)  of the coronavirus and because of floods in southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a
    (...)  Nations warned that the world could see its worst food crisis in 50 years.
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    Put the words in the right order

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    2. new   campaign   to   people   to   think   .   encourage   A
    3. production   Food   has   the   decreased   of   because   coronavirus   .
    4. won't   a   lead   say   Experts   crisis   .   to   this
    5. Maintain   sense   about   security   .   of   crisis   food   a
    6. campaign   are   restaurants   very   Many   the   seriously   .   taking
    7. weighed   .   to   diners   offended   at   Apologised   being
    8. order   our   when   they   too   guests   much   .   Remind
    9. diners   one   fewer   must   order   of   dish   .   Groups
    10. food   world   The   worst   its   crisis   .   see   could

     

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    China is taken / taking action to cut down on food waste. The government has started a new campaign to discourage / encourage people to think about the amount of food they wastage / waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to reduce / deduce the amount of food wasted. He called the waste "shocked / shocking and distressing". There are many report / reports in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production / productive has decreased because of the coronavirus and because of floods in southerly / southern China. Experts say this will not lead to a crisis, but the government wants people to pay / play more attention to how much food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to "maintain a sense to / of crisis about food security".

    Many restaurants are taking the campaign very serious / seriously. A restaurant in central China went a little / small too far as it started weighing / weight customers. It had to apologise to dinners / diners who were offended at being weighed. It said: "We originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in / on a healthy way." A restaurant in the capital Beijing tell / told the Global Times newspaper: "We remind / remember our guests when they order too many / much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started the N-1 system. This is where groups of diners must order one fewer dish than / that the number of people in the group. Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the world could see / look its worst food crisis in 50 years.

    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

    china is taking action to cut down on food waste the government has started a new campaign to encourage people to think about the amount of food they waste it is called the clean plate campaign president xi jinping wants people to reduce the amount of food wasted he called the waste shocking and distressing there are many reports in china that a food crisis is coming food production has decreased because of the coronavirus and because of floods in southern china experts say this will not lead to a crisis but the government wants people to pay more attention to how much food they leave on their plate president xi said china had to maintain a sense of crisis about food security

    many restaurants are taking the campaign very seriously a restaurant in central china went a little too far as it started weighing customers it had to apologise to diners who were offended at being weighed it said we originally wanted customers to stop food waste and order food in a healthy way a restaurant in the capital beijing told the global times newspaper we remind our guests when they order too much food restaurants in wuhan have started the n1 system this is where groups of diners must order one fewer dish than the number of people in the group earlier this year the united nations warned that the world could see its worst food crisis in 50 years

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Chinaistakingactiontocutdownonfoodwaste.Thegovernmenthasstar
    tedanewcampaigntoencouragepeopletothinkabouttheamountoffoo
    dtheywaste.Itiscalledthe"CleanPlateCampaign".PresidentXiJinping
    wantspeopletoreducetheamountoffoodwasted.Hecalledthewaste"s
    hockinganddistressing".TherearemanyreportsinChinathatafoodcrisi
    siscoming.Foodproductionhasdecreasedbecauseofthecoronavirusa
    ndbecauseoffloodsinsouthernChina.Expertssaythiswillnotleadtoacri
    sis,butthegovernmentwantspeopletopaymoreattentiontohowmuchf
    oodtheyleaveontheirplate.PresidentXisaidChinahadto"maintainase
    nseofcrisisaboutfoodsecurity".Manyrestaurantsaretakingthecampa
    ignveryseriously.ArestaurantincentralChinawentalittletoofarasitsta
    rtedweighingcustomers.Ithadtoapologisetodinerswhowereoffended
    atbeingweighed.Itsaid:"Weoriginallywantedcustomerstostopfoodw
    asteandorderfoodinahealthyway."ArestaurantinthecapitalBeijingtol
    dtheGlobalTimesnewspaper:"Weremindourguestswhentheyorderto
    omuchfood."RestaurantsinWuhanhavestartedtheN-1system.Thisi
    swheregroupsofdinersmustorderonefewerdishthanthenumberofpe
    opleinthegroup.Earlierthisyear,theUnitedNationswarnedthatthewor
    ldcouldseeitsworstfoodcrisisin50years.

    Free writing

    Write about food-waste for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Wasting food should be made a crime. 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. FOOD WASTE: Make a poster about food waste. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CRIME: Write a magazine article about food waste being made a crime. 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 food waste. Ask him/her three questions about food waste. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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