The Reading / Listening - Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 3

A sushi restaurant in Japan has come up with a novel idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes and workplaces. The restaurant is located in central Japan and is owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the third-generation owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As well as being a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He ranked third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted to increase sales in his restaurant after the number of customers dropped because of coronavirus. Sugiura called his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a minimum of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.



The Delivery Macho service is proving to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as far away as Tokyo and Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been trending on Twitter. Satisfied customers have posed for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and pose for photos at the doorstep. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has helped to increase orders for the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to employ people out of work. He recruited his friends from fitness gyms to work as sushi delivery staff.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 0 Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 1   or  Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/09/04/national/bodybuilders-deliver-sushi/
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-sushi-delive/japan-sushi-chef-using-bodybuilder-delivery-to-buoy-covid-19-hit-business-idUSKBN25V1KA
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200904/p2g/00m/0na/068000c


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. BODYBUILDING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about bodybuilding. 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?
       sushi / restaurant / bodybuilder / central / chef / championship / delivery / minimum /
       popular / customers / service / pose / photos / socially distanced / fitness / gyms
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DINING: Students A strongly believe having food delivered and dining at home is better than dining in a restaurant; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DELIVERY: What are the good and bad things about having these things delivered? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Sushi

 

 

Clothes

 

 

Flowers

 

 

Games

 

 

Ice Cream

 

 

Coffee

 

 

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5. BUSINESS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "business". 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.

  • Sushi
  • Hamburger
  • Ramen
  • Fish and chips
  • Pizza
  • Kebab
  • Tapas
  • Dim sum

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. come up with a. Thought of an idea, plan, etc.
      2. novel b. A person or organization that buys goods or services from a store or business.
      3. located c. New or unusual in an interesting way.
      4. third-generation d. Given someone or something a place within a competition or grading system.
      5. ranked e. Situated in a particular place.
      6. customers f. A group of members of a family at the same level in their family tree.
      7. minimum g. The least or smallest amount or quantity possible.

    Paragraph 2

      8. proving h. Stand or sit somewhere to be photographed, painted, or drawn.
      9. popular i. Happy; pleased.
      10. trending j. Being seen or found to be true.
      11. satisfied k. Give work to someone and pay them for it.
      12. pose l. Liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group.
      13. employ m. Got someone to work for a company, join the army or help in doing something.
      14. recruited n. Being the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A sushi restaurant will use a novel about fish to help its business.     T / F
  2. Bodybuilders will help to carry hundreds of kilos of tuna and salmon.     T / F
  3. The restaurant's sushi chef is also a top bodybuilder.     T / F
  4. The restaurant's bodybuilder delivery is on sushi orders of at least $66.   T / F
  5. The restaurant is in Tokyo but it delivers all over Japan.     T / F
  6. Customers can pose for photos at their door with the bodybuilders.     T / F
  7. The delivery bodybuilders keep their distance from their customers.     T / F
  8. The sushi chef employed bodybuilders from fitness gyms.     T / F

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

  1. come up with
  2. located
  3. championship
  4. increase
  5. minimum
  6. popular
  7. places
  8. satisfied
  9. stay
  10. staff
  1. locations
  2. lower limit
  3. workers
  4. situated
  5. remain
  6. grow
  7. happy
  8. thought of
  9. in demand
  10. tournament

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

  1. A sushi restaurant in Japan has come
  2. deliver sushi to people's homes
  3. The restaurant is located
  4. He is the third-
  5. Customers need to order a minimum
  6. The Delivery Macho service is proving to be
  7. The service has also been trending
  8. pose for
  9. employ people
  10. He recruited
  1. photos
  2. generation owner
  3. out of work
  4. popular with customers
  5. up with a novel idea
  6. on Twitter
  7. of 7,000 yen of sushi
  8. and workplaces
  9. his friends
  10. in central Japan

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
located
dropped
workplaces
minimum
ranked
novel
generation
sales

A sushi restaurant in Japan has come up with a (1) _____________________ idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes and (2) _____________________. The restaurant is (3) _____________________ in central Japan and is owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the third-(4) _____________________ owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As well as being a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He (5) _____________________ third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted to increase (6) _____________________ in his restaurant after the number of customers (7) _____________________ because of coronavirus. Sugiura called his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a (8) _____________________ of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
posed
employ
proving
gyms
doorstep
trending
far
orders

The Delivery Macho service is (9) _____________________ to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as (10) _____________________ away as Tokyo and Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been (11) _____________________ on Twitter. Satisfied customers have (12) _____________________ for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and pose for photos at the (13) _____________________. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has helped to increase (14) _____________________ for the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to (15) _____________________ people out of work. He recruited his friends from fitness (16) _____________________ to work as sushi delivery staff.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) A sushi restaurant in Japan has come up with a novel idea to ______
     a.  help its busy nest
     b.  help its busy neat
     c.  help its business
     d.  help its biz-nits
2)  It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes ______
     a.  and works places
     b.  and were places
     c.  and awake places
     d.  and workplaces
3)  owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the ______
     a.  thirdly-generation owner
     b.  third-generation owner
     c.  thirds-generation owner
     d.  thud-generation owner
4)  third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted ______
     a.  to increase sales
     b.  to increase sells
     c.  to increase seals
     d.  too increase soils
5)  called his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a ______ yen
     a.  mini Mum of 7,000
     b.  mine immune of 7,000
     c.  minimum of 7,000
     d.  maximum of 7,000

6)  The Delivery Macho service is ______ popular
     a.  proving to be
     b.  prove in to be
     c.  proof in to be
     d.  proving into be
7)  Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as ______ Tokyo
     a.  far away as
     b.  afar away as
     c.  for away as
     d.  fear away as
8)  the bodybuilding delivery men who take their shirt off and ______
     a.  pose for photos
     b.  poise for photos
     c.  prose for photos
     d.  post for photos
9)  Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped ______
     a.  to implore people
     b.  two employs people
     c.  to employ people
     d.  too employed people
10)  He recruited his friends from fitness gyms to work as ______
     a.  sushi delivery stuff
     b.  sushi delivery staff
     c.  sushi delivery stiff
     d.  sushi delivery strafe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A sushi restaurant in Japan has come up with (1) ____________________ to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes and workplaces. The restaurant is (2) ____________________ Japan and is owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the third-generation owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As (3) ____________________ a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He (4) ____________________ a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted to increase sales in his restaurant after the (5) ____________________ dropped because of coronavirus. Sugiura called his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to (6) ____________________ of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.

The Delivery Macho (7) ____________________ to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places (8) ____________________ as Tokyo and Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been trending on Twitter. Satisfied (9) ____________________ for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and pose for photos (10) ____________________. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has helped (11) ____________________ for the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to employ people out of work. He recruited his friends (12) ____________________ to work as sushi delivery staff.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where in Japan is the sushi restaurant?
  2. How old is the restaurant?
  3. Where did the sushi chef come in a bodybuilding tournament?
  4. What is the name of the bodybuilder delivery service?
  5. What is the minimum order to get the bodybuilder delivery service?
  6. Where does the restaurant deliver as far as?
  7. Where has the restaurant been trending?
  8. What do the delivery men take off for photos?
  9. Where do the delivery men pose for photos?
  10. Where did the sushi chef recruit the delivery men from?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where in Japan is the sushi restaurant?
a) Osaka
b) Tokyo
c) northern Japan
d) central Japan
2) How old is the restaurant?
a) 100 years old
b) 60 years old
c) 10 years old
d) two weeks old
3) Where did the sushi chef come in a bodybuilding tournament?
a) first
b) last
c) second
d) third
4) What is the name of the bodybuilder delivery service?
a) Sushi Build
b) Macho Maguro
c) Delivery Macho
d) Delivery Sushi

5) What is the minimum order to get the bodybuilder delivery service?
a) ¥8,000
b) ¥10,000
c) ¥5,555
d) ¥7,000

6) Where does the restaurant deliver as far as?
a) Korea
b) Hokkaido
c) Tokyo and Osaka
d) Sapporo and Hiroshima
7) Where has the restaurant been trending?
a) on Twitter
b) in fish markets
c) at sea
d) in restaurants
8) What do the delivery men take off for photos?
a) their hat
b) the lid of the sushi
c) their shirt
d) their mask
9) Where do the delivery men pose for photos?
a) in the kitchen
b) at the doorstep
c) in the restaurant
d) on their motorbike
10) Where did the sushi chef recruit the delivery men from?
a) fitness gyms
b) universities
c) fishing villages
d) Amazon

Role play

Role  A – Sushi
You think sushi 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): hamburger, pizza or kebab.

Role  B – Hamburger
You think hamburger 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): sushi, pizza or kebab.

Role  C – Pizza
You think pizza 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): hamburger, sushi or kebab.

Role  D – Kebab
You think kebab 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): hamburger, pizza or sushi.

After reading / listening

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

'sushi'

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  • and 'bodybuilding'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • novel
    • homes
    • ranked
    • sales
    • called
    • minimum
    • popular
    • far
    • trending
    • shirt
    • stay
    • fitness




    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 - Bodybuilder Sushi

    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 'sushi'?
    3. When was the last time you had a novel idea?
    4. What do you think of the sushi delivery idea?
    5. What do you think of sushi?
    6. What do you think of food delivery?
    7. What is your experience of sushi restaurants?
    8. What do you think life as a sushi chef is like?
    9. What do you think of the name 'Delivery Macho'?
    10. Would you like your sushi to be delivered by a bodybuilder?

    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 'bodybuilding'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about sushi?
    5. What do you think of bodybuilding?
    6. What is your favourite restaurant?
    7. Are you always a satisfied customer in a restaurant?
    8. What other things could the sushi chef do to increase orders?
    9. Is bodybuilding good for us?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the sushi chef?

    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)

    A sushi restaurant in Japan has come up with a (1) ____ idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes and workplaces. The restaurant is (2) ____ in central Japan and is owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the (3) ____-generation owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As well as (4) ____ a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He ranked third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted (5) ____ increase sales in his restaurant after the number of customers dropped because of coronavirus. Sugiura called his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a minimum (6) ____ 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.

    The Delivery Macho service is (7) ____ to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as (8) ____ away as Tokyo and Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been (9) ____ on Twitter. Satisfied customers have posed for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and (10) ____ for photos at the doorstep. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has helped to increase orders (11) ____ the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to employ people out of work. He recruited his friends from fitness gyms to work (12) ____ sushi delivery staff.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     book     (b)     poem     (c)     literature     (d)     novel    
    2. (a)     local     (b)     location     (c)     locale     (d)     located    
    3. (a)     three     (b)     third     (c)     thirdly     (d)     thirds    
    4. (a)     bin     (b)     been     (c)     being     (d)     be    
    5. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     by     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     provision     (b)     proof     (c)     provide     (d)     proving    
    8. (a)     far     (b)     close     (c)     near     (d)     distance    
    9. (a)     vending     (b)     trending     (c)     mending     (d)     bending    
    10. (a)     praise     (b)     post     (c)     pose     (d)     paste    
    11. (a)     from     (b)     of     (c)     for     (d)     fare    
    12. (a)     on     (b)     as     (c)     in     (d)     of

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. come up with a loven idea
    2. people's homes and kpcowerasl
    3. located in tecalrn Japan
    4. He is the third-genaotreni owner
    5. a world bodybuilding amnshophcipi
    6. order a nmiiumm of 7,000 yen

    Paragraph 2

    1. proving to be lapruop with customers
    2. been gedritnn on Twitter
    3. tesaifdsi customers
    4. socially csdtnadie
    5. helped to moylep people out of work
    6. He durreitce his friends

    Put the text back together

    (...)  central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as far away as Tokyo and
    (...)  to deliver sushi to people's homes and workplaces. The restaurant is located in central Japan and is
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    (...)  Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been trending
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    (...)  championship earlier this year. He wanted to increase sales in his restaurant after the number
    (...)  owned by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the third-generation owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As well
    (...)  need to order a minimum of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.
    (...)  on Twitter. Satisfied customers have posed for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt
    (...)  of work. He recruited his friends from fitness gyms to work as sushi delivery staff.
    (...)  The Delivery Macho service is proving to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in
    (...)  off and pose for photos at the doorstep. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has
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    (...)  as being a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He ranked third in a world bodybuilding

    Put the words in the right order

    1. its   help   idea   business   .   to   novel   A
    2. deliver   bodybuilders   to   It   sushi   .   is   using
    3. third   He   ranked   a   championship   .   in   bodybuilding   world
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    6. popular   be   proving   is   It   customers   .   with   to
    7. places   as   Tokyo   .   away   Delivered   to   as   far
    8. Twitter   .   also   on   been   has   service   The   trending
    9. off   their   Take   for   photos   .   and   pose   shirt
    10. his   from   friends   He   gyms   .   fitness   recruited

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A sushi restaurant in Japan has come down / up with a novel idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver / delivery sushi to people's homes and workplaces. The restaurant is locale / located in central Japan and is owned of / by 41-year-old Masanori Sugiura. He is the third-generation owner of the 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant. As well as been / being a sushi chef, Mr Sugiura is a bodybuilder. He ranked / rankled third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier one / this year. He wanted to increase sales in / on his restaurant after the number of customers dropped because of coronavirus. Sugiura called / name his service "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a minimum to / of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.

    The Delivery Macho service is proof / proving to be popular with customers. Even though the restaurant is in centrally / central Japan, Mr Sugiura says he was / has delivered sushi to places as far / near away as Tokyo and Osaka. Tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has also been / bin trending on Twitter. Satisfied customers have pasted / posed for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and dose / pose for photos at the doorstep. The delivery men stay socially distanced. This has helped to increase orders / demands for the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to employ / deploy people out of work. He recruited his friends from fit / fitness gyms to work as sushi delivery staff.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a sushi restaurant in japan has come up with a novel idea to help its business. it is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to people's homes and workplaces. the restaurant is located in central japan and is owned by 41-year-old masanori sugiura. he is the third-generation owner of the 60-year-old imazushi restaurant. as well as being a sushi chef, mr sugiura is a bodybuilder. he ranked third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. he wanted to increase sales in his restaurant after the number of customers dropped because of coronavirus. sugiura called his service "delivery macho". customers need to order a minimum of 7,000 yen ($66) of sushi to get their food delivered by a bodybuilder.

    the delivery macho service is proving to be popular with customers. even though the restaurant is in central japan, mr sugiura says he has delivered sushi to places as far away as tokyo and osaka. tokyo is around 350km from the restaurant. the service has also been trending on twitter. satisfied customers have posed for photos with the bodybuilding delivery men, who take their shirt off and pose for photos at the doorstep. the delivery men stay socially distanced. this has helped to increase orders for the restaurant. mr sugiura said the service has also helped to employ people out of work. he recruited his friends from fitness gyms to work as sushi delivery staff

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AsushirestaurantinJapanhascomeupwithanovelideatohelpitsbusine
    ss.Itisusingbodybuilderstodeliversushitopeople'shomesandworkpla
    ces.TherestaurantislocatedincentralJapanandisownedby41-year-o
    ldMasanoriSugiura.Heisthethird-generationownerofthe60-year-ol
    dImazushirestaurant.Aswellasbeingasushichef,MrSugiuraisabodyb
    uilder.Herankedthirdinaworldbodybuildingchampionshipearlierthis
    year.Hewantedtoincreasesalesinhisrestaurantafterthenumberofcus
    tomersdroppedbecauseofcoronavirus.Sugiuracalledhisservice"Deli
    veryMacho".Customersneedtoorderaminimumof7,000yen($66)ofs
    ushitogettheirfooddeliveredbyabodybuilder.TheDeliveryMachoserv
    iceisprovingtobepopularwithcustomers.Eventhoughtherestaurantis
    incentralJapan,MrSugiurasayshehasdeliveredsushitoplacesasfaraw
    ayasTokyoandOsaka.Tokyoisaround350kmfromtherestaurant.Thes
    ervicehasalsobeentrendingonTwitter.Satisfiedcustomershavepose
    dforphotoswiththebodybuildingdeliverymen,whotaketheirshirtoffa
    ndposeforphotosatthedoorstep.Thedeliverymenstaysociallydistanc
    ed.Thishashelpedtoincreaseordersfortherestaurant.MrSugiurasaidt
    heservicehasalsohelpedtoemploypeopleoutofwork.Herecruitedhisfr
    iendsfromfitnessgymstoworkassushideliverystaff.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Having restaurant food delivered is better than going to a restaurant. 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. BODYBUILDING: Make a poster about bodybuilding. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOOD DELIVERY: Write a magazine article about governments encouraging more food delivery. 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 bodybuilding. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on bodybuilding. 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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