The Reading / Listening - Swiss Chocolate - Level 6

Switzerland is renowned the world over for the quality of its chocolate. The nation has earned an international reputation for its premium chocolate brands. However, residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise of their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals wondered if the brown dusting was a bizarre consequence of climate change. However, all became clear after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result of a malfunction at its factory. The chocolate maker Lindt confirmed that a minor defect in its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to whip up chocolate dust and sprinkle it over the town.



Many parts of the town were covered in a fine layer of light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured dust. A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required as a result of the event. To date, no one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people in the vicinity of the factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless to human health and the environment. She added that factory engineers are currently working on repairing the technical hitch. The cocoa-dust incident led to a lot of banter on social media. A Twitter user wrote: "Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams do come true." Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming of a brown Christmas."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Swiss Chocolate - Level 4  or  Swiss Chocolate - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/lindt-spruengli-chocolate-snow-switzerland-221326509.html
  • https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/snowing-chocolate-seen-in-olten-switzerland-after-lindt-factory-malfunction
  • https://interestingengineering.com/chocolate-snow-blankets-swiss-town-after-local-factory-mishap


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. CHOCOLATE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about chocolate. 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?
       renowned / quality / chocolate / premium / surprise / snow / climate change / wind /
       dust / cleaning / help / result / cocoa beans / technical hitch / banter / social media
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RIGHT: Students A strongly believe chocolate should be a human right; Students B strongly believe that's silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. QUALITY: What are the highest quality products? What makes them such high quality? What is your experience of them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What

Why?

Your Experience?

Chocolate

 

 

 

Phone

 

 

 

Clothes

 

 

 

Car

 

 

 

Hair product

 

 

 

Sneakers

 

 

 

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

  • Brownies
  • Ice cream
  • Milk shake
  • Croissant
  • Crepe
  • Cookies
  • Fondue
  • Hot chocolate

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. renowned a. The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
      2. reputation b. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.
      3. premium c. Scatter or place small drops or particles of something over an object or surface.
      4. resident d. Relating to a product of superior quality and therefore a higher price.
      5. bizarre e. A failure to operate or work in a normal or satisfactory manner.
      6. malfunction f. Known or talked about by many people; famous.
      7. sprinkle g. Very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest or amusement.

    Paragraph 2

      8. fine h. Said or did something to remove the doubts and fears of someone.
      9. reassured i. The area near or surrounding a particular place.
      10. vicinity j. Playful and friendly of teasing remarks and comments.
      11. crushed k. A temporary interruption or problem.
      12. hitch l. Forced inwards by pressing with great force.
      13. incident m. Consisting of very, very, very small particles.
      14. banter n. An event or occurrence.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Switzerland has renewed its status as a premium chocolate maker.     T / F
  2. Chocolate snow fell on the residents of a town near Zurich.     T / F
  3. Experts say the chocolate snow was caused by climate change.     T / F
  4. Chocolatiers used the chocolate to whip up a special dessert.     T / F
  5. A town had a thick coating of the chocolate dust.     T / F
  6. No resident accepted the chocolate company offer to clean up the mess.  T / F
  7. The company said crushed cocoa beans are not armful to our health.     T / F
  8. A Twitter user is dreaming of a white Christmas.     T / F

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

  1. renowned
  2. earned
  3. residents
  4. bizarre
  5. malfunction
  6. covered
  7. to date
  8. repairing
  9. incident
  10. banter
  1. until now
  2. fault
  3. blanketed
  4. merited
  5. occurrence
  6. peculiar
  7. mending
  8. famous
  9. repartee
  10. citizens

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

  1. Switzerland is renowned the world
  2. The nation has earned an international
  3. a bizarre consequence
  4. allowed gusty winds to whip
  5. sprinkle
  6. covered in
  7. To date,
  8. people in the vicinity of
  9. technical
  10. led to a lot of banter
  1. up chocolate dust
  2. on social media
  3. it over the town
  4. a fine layer
  5. no one has asked
  6. reputation
  7. hitch
  8. of climate change
  9. the factory
  10. over

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
surprise
clear
renowned
whip
wondered
minor
reputation
malfunction

Switzerland is (1) _____________________ the world over for the quality of its chocolate. The nation has earned an international (2) _____________________ for its premium chocolate brands. However, residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the (3) _____________________ of their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals (4) _____________________ if the brown dusting was a bizarre consequence of climate change. However, all became (5) _____________________ after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result of a (6) _____________________ at its factory. The chocolate maker Lindt confirmed that a (7) _____________________ defect in its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to (8) _____________________ up chocolate dust and sprinkle it over the town.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
health
required
dreams
fine
currently
vicinity
brown
banter

Many parts of the town were covered in a (9) _____________________ layer of light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured dust. A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services (10) _____________________ as a result of the event. To date, no one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people in the (11) _____________________ of the factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless to human (12) _____________________ and the environment. She added that factory engineers are (13) _____________________ working on repairing the technical hitch. The cocoa-dust incident led to a lot of (14) _____________________ on social media. A Twitter user wrote: "Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, (15) _____________________ do come true." Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming of a (16) _____________________ Christmas."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Switzerland is renowned the world over for the ______ chocolate
     a.  qualify of its
     b.  falsify of its
     c.  ability of its
     d.  quality of its
2)  The nation has earned an international reputation for its ______
     a.  preening chocolate
     b.  pre minimum chocolate
     c.  preen maxim chocolate
     d.  premium chocolate
3)  residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise ______
     a.  of their lives
     b.  of their live
     c.  of their living
     d.  of their leaves
4)  manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result ______
     a.  of a mall function
     b.  of a malfunction
     c.  of a more function
     d.  of a mall faction
5) its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to ______ dust
     a.  rip up chocolate
     b.  whip up chocolate
     c.  wipe up chocolate
     d.  whoop up chocolate

6)  A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required ______
     a.  was a result
     b.  has a result
     c.  as a result
     d.  that's a result
7)  The spokeswoman reassured people ______
     a.  in the recently
     b.  in the divinity
     c.  in the vicinity
     d.  in the vacantly
8)  She added that factory engineers are currently working on repairing ______
     a.  the technical hitch
     b.  the technical pitch
     c.  the technical ditch
     d.  the technical witch
9)  Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams ______
     a.  do come truth
     b.  do come truly
     c.  do come true
     d.  do come truism
10)  Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming of ______"
     a.  a white Christmas
     b.  a snowy Christmas
     c.  a healthy Christmas
     d.  a brown Christmas

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Switzerland is renowned the world over for (1) ____________________ its chocolate. The nation has earned an international (2) ____________________ premium chocolate brands. However, residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise of their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals wondered if the brown dusting (3) ____________________ consequence of climate change. However, all became clear after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result of (4) ____________________ its factory. The chocolate maker Lindt confirmed that a (5) ____________________ its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to whip up chocolate dust and (6) ____________________ the town.

Many parts of the town were covered in a (7) ____________________ light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured dust. A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required (8) ____________________ of the event. To date, no one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people in the vicinity of the factory (9) ____________________ beans are harmless to human health and the environment. She added that factory engineers are currently working on repairing (10) ____________________. The cocoa-dust incident led to a lot (11) ____________________ social media. A Twitter user wrote: "Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams do come true." Another tweeter (12) ____________________ saying: "I'm dreaming of a brown Christmas."

Comprehension questions

  1. What has Switzerland earned an international reputation for?
  2. Which city is the town of Olten near?
  3. What did people first think the falling chocolate was a consequence of?
  4. What was the falling chocolate the result of?
  5. What kind of winds sprinkled the chocolate dust over the town?
  6. What did the company say it would pay for?
  7. How many people accepted the company's offer of help?
  8. What did a company representative say was harmless to our health?
  9. Where was there a lot of banter about the incident?
  10. What kind of Christmas was a tweeter dreaming about?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What has Switzerland earned an international reputation for?
a) novel chocolate designs
b) healthy chocolate
c) premium chocolate brands
d) inventing chocolate
2) Which city is the town of Olten near?
a) Zurich
b) Geneva
c) Bern
d) Basel
3) What did people first think the falling chocolate was a consequence of?
a) climate change
b) a tornado
c) Armageddon
d) insects
4) What was the falling chocolate the result of?
a) a fire
b) a factory malfunction
c) an open warehouse door
d) overproduction
5) What kind of winds sprinkled the chocolate dust over the town?
a) gentle breezes
b) hurricane-force winds
c) hot winds
d) gusty winds

6) What did the company say it would pay for?
a) ruined clothes
b) cleaning services
c) its mistake
d) chocolate for eveyone
7) How many people accepted the company's offer of help?
a) none
b) ten
c) one hundred
d) one thousand
8) What did a company representative say was harmless to our health?
a) powdered cocoa beans
b) raw cocoa beans
c) crushed cocoa beans
d) refined cocoa beans
9) Where was there a lot of banter about the incident?
a) in the factory
b) in the town
c) on chocolate plantations
d) on social media
10) What kind of Christmas was a tweeter dreaming about?
a) a brown Christmas
b) a chocolaty Christmas
c) a white Christmas
d) a happy Christmas

Role play

Role  A – Ice Cream
You think ice cream is the best chocolate product. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their products. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): brownies, milk shake or fondue.

Role  B – Brownies
You think brownies is the best chocolate product. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their products. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): ice cream, milk shake or fondue.

Role  C – Milk Shake
You think milk shake is the best chocolate product. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their products. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): brownies, ice cream or fondue.

Role  D – Fondue
You think fondue is the best chocolate product. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their products. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): brownies, milk shake or ice cream.

After reading / listening

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

'snow'

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  • and 'chocolate'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • over
    • brands
    • surprise
    • locals
    • clear
    • cooling
    • fine
    • pay
    • vicinity
    • added
    • banter
    • true




    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 - Swiss Chocolate

    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 'chocolate'?
    3. What do you think of snow?
    4. How much do you like snow?
    5. What do you think of chocolate?
    6. Why do so many people love chocolate?
    7. What is a chocoholic?
    8. What would you do if chocolate fell from the sky?
    9. How is chocolate made?
    10. How healthy or unhealthy is chocolate?

    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 'snow'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you think the insects in the town were happy?
    5. What would you like to fall from the sky?
    6. How can we help someone who is a chocoholic?
    7. In England it rains cats and dogs. What does this mean?
    8. What is the best thing that is made from chocolate?
    9. Would you prefer a white or brown Christmas?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the chocolate company?

    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)

    Switzerland is (1) ____ the world over for the quality of its chocolate. The nation has earned an international reputation (2) ____ its premium chocolate brands. However, residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise of their (3) ____ earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals wondered if the brown dusting was a (4) ____ consequence of climate change. However, all became clear after the local chocolate manufacturer (5) ____ the brown shower was the result of a malfunction at its factory. The chocolate maker Lindt confirmed that a minor defect in its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to (6) ____ up chocolate dust and sprinkle it over the town.

    Many parts of the town were covered in a (7) ____ layer of light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured dust. A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required (8) ____ a result of the event. To (9) ____, no one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people in the vicinity of the factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless to human health and the environment. She added that factory engineers are currently working (10) ____ repairing the technical hitch. The cocoa-dust incident led to a lot of (11) ____ on social media. A Twitter user wrote: "Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams do come true." Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming of a (12) ____ Christmas."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     renewed     (b)     renowned     (c)     reunion     (d)     renegade    
    (a)     of     (b)     for     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    (a)     ages     (b)     weeks     (c)     years     (d)     lives    
    (a)     quorum     (b)     bizarre     (c)     svelte     (d)     vacuous    
    (a)     reared     (b)     revved     (c)     revered     (d)     revealed    
    (a)     stroke     (b)     lash     (c)     whip     (d)     flog    
    (a)     fine     (b)     top     (c)     bottom     (d)     brick    
    (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     is    
    (a)     years     (b)     age     (c)     month     (d)     date    
    (a)     on     (b)     as     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    (a)     banter     (b)     canter     (c)     ranter     (d)     barter    
    (a)     white     (b)     black     (c)     brown     (d)     snowy

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    4. factory seingnere
    5. repairing the technical ihhct
    6. a lot of ebntar on social media

    Put the text back together

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    (...)  reputation for its premium chocolate brands. However, residents in the Swiss town
    (...)  engineers are currently working on repairing the technical hitch. The cocoa-dust
    (...)  wondered if the brown dusting was a bizarre consequence of climate change. However, all became
    (...)  Many parts of the town were covered in a fine layer of light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured dust. A representative
    (...)  clear after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result
    (...)  from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required as a result of the event. To date, no
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    (...)  factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless to human health and the environment. She added that factory
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    (...)  one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people in the vicinity of the
    (...)  the sky, dreams do come true." Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming of a brown Christmas."
    (...)  of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise of their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals
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    Put the words in the right order

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    3. got   lives   earlier   .   surprise   Residents   the   their   of
    4. a   shower   result   The   malfunction   .   was   of   the
    5. in   systems   .   its   defect   minor   cooling   A   ventilation
    6. layer   .   town   a   fine   The   covered   in   was
    7. one   help   .   asked   no   date,   has   for   To
    8. in   spokeswoman   vicinity   .   people   reassured   the   The
    9. on   technical   working   hitch   .   the   repairing   currently   Engineers
    10. to   of   led   cocoa-dust   The   incident   banter   .   lots

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Switzerland is renewed / renowned the world over for the quality of its chocolate. The nation has earned / earnings an international reputation for its premium chocolate bland / brands. However, residents in the Swiss town of Olten, near Zurich, got the surprise of / by their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate. Some locals wondered / wandered if the brown dusting was a bizarre consequence of climate change. However, every / all became clear after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result on / of a malfunction at its factory. The chocolate maker Lindt confirmed that a minor defect in / as its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to whip down / up chocolate dust and sprinkle / twinkle it over the town.

    Many parts of the town were covering / covered in a fine layer of light brown, milk-chocolate-flavoured lust / dust. A representative from Lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required was / as a result of the event. To day / date, no one has asked for help. The spokeswoman reassured people on / in the vicinity of the factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless / harmful to human health and the environment. She added that factory engineers are currently working on repairing the technical pitch / hitch. The cocoa-dust incident led to a lot of banter / canter on social media. A Twitter user wrote: "Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams do come truth / true." Another tweeter posted a comment saying: "I'm dreaming / deeming of a brown Christmas."

    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

    switzerland is renowned the world over for the quality of its chocolate the nation has earned an international reputation for its premium chocolate brands however residents in the swiss town of olten near zurich got the surprise of their lives earlier this week when it started snowing chocolate some locals wondered if the brown dusting was a bizarre consequence of climate change however all became clear after the local chocolate manufacturer revealed the brown shower was the result of a malfunction at its factory the chocolate maker lindt confirmed that a minor defect in its cooling ventilation systems allowed gusty winds to whip up chocolate dust and sprinkle it over the town

    many parts of the town were covered in a fine layer of light brown milkchocolateflavoured dust a representative from lindt offered to pay for any cleaning services required as a result of the event to date no one has asked for help the spokeswoman reassured people in the vicinity of the factory that crushed cocoa beans are harmless to human health and the environment she added that factory engineers are currently working on repairing the technical hitch the cocoadust incident led to a lot of banter on social media a twitter user wrote chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky dreams do come true another tweeter posted a comment saying im dreaming of a brown christmas

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    Switzerlandisrenownedtheworldoverforthequalityofitschocolate.Th
    enationhasearnedaninternationalreputationforitspremiumchocolat
    ebrands.However,residentsintheSwisstownofOlten,nearZurich,gott
    hesurpriseoftheirlivesearlierthisweekwhenitstartedsnowingchocola
    te.Somelocalswonderedifthebrowndustingwasabizarreconsequenc
    eofclimatechange.However,allbecameclearafterthelocalchocolatem
    anufacturerrevealedthebrownshowerwastheresultofamalfunctionat
    itsfactory.ThechocolatemakerLindtconfirmedthataminordefectinits
    coolingventilationsystemsallowedgustywindstowhipupchocolatedu
    standsprinkleitoverthetown.Manypartsofthetownwerecoveredinafi
    nelayeroflightbrown,milk-chocolate-flavoureddust.Arepresentativ
    efromLindtofferedtopayforanycleaningservicesrequiredasaresultoft
    heevent.Todate,noonehasaskedforhelp.Thespokeswomanreassure
    dpeopleinthevicinityofthefactorythatcrushedcocoabeansareharmle
    sstohumanhealthandtheenvironment.Sheaddedthatfactoryenginee
    rsarecurrentlyworkingonrepairingthetechnicalhitch.Thecocoa-dus
    tincidentledtoalotofbanteronsocialmedia.ATwitteruserwrote:"Choc
    olatesnowflakesfallingfromthesky,dreamsdocometrue."Anothertwe
    eterpostedacommentsaying:"I'mdreamingofabrownChristmas."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Access to chocolate should be a human right. 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. CHOCOLATE: Make a poster about chocolate. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FREE CHOCOLATE: Write a magazine article about giving people free chocolate. 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 chocolate. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. 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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