The Reading / Listening - Veggie Burgers - Level 6

The European Union has declared that companies and eateries can retain meat-like names for their vegetarian products even though those products contain no meat. The EU debated whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a motion to ban the use of names like burger, sausage and steak in entirely vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that these types of names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the names promoted "misleading and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simply call for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected."



A member of the European Consumer Organization hailed the decision over the naming of veggie burgers. Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common sense". She said: "Consumers are in no way confused by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms like "burger" and "steak" for plant-based foods help consumers understand how to integrate them into their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it wondered what livestock farmers found confusing about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Veggie Burgers - Level 4  or  Veggie Burgers - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2020/10/23/927278172/veggie-burgers-can-be-called-burgers-european-parliament-says
  • https://news.sky.com/story/meatless-plant-based-products-can-still-be-called-burgers-and-sausages-eu-rules-12112315
  • https://www.thehour.com/business/article/Veggie-burgers-are-still-burgers-EU-lawmakers-15669755.php


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. VEGGIE BURGERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about veggie burgers. 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?
       companies / eateries / vegetarian / meat / ban / steak / farming / marketing / sector /
       member / veggie burger / common sense / steak / vegan / campaign / confusing
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. VEGETARIAN: Students A strongly believe we should all be vegetarians; Students B strongly believe we shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PLANT-BASED FOOD: What do you know about this plant-based food? What do you think of it? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What You Know

What You Think

Tofu

 

 

Chia seeds

 

 

Seaweed

 

 

Quorn

 

 

Oats

 

 

Quinoa

 

 

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

  • Veggie burger
  • Hamburger
  • Fish burger
  • Tofu burger
  • Rice burger
  • Nut burger
  • Bean burger
  • Chick pea burger

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. declared a. A restaurant or other place where people can be served food.
      2. eatery b. Completely.
      3. retain c. A formal proposal put to a legislature or committee.
      4. motion d. Continue to have something; keep possession of.
      5. entirely e. Said something in a formal way.
      6. misleading f. A distinct part or branch of a nation's economy or society or of a sphere of activity.
      7. sector g. Giving the wrong idea or impression.

    Paragraph 2

      8. hailed h. Desired or was curious to know something.
      9. policy i. Acclaimed enthusiastically; praised.
      10. common sense j. An organized course of action to achieve a particular goal.
      11. integrate k. Farm animals regarded as an asset.
      12. campaign l. Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.
      13. wondered m. Combine one thing with another so that they become a whole.
      14. livestock n. A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The EU said restaurants cannot use meat-like names for veggie burgers. T / F
  2. The EU debated about the "burger-ness" of a veggie burger.     T / F
  3. Europe's largest farming group said the EU ruling was unfair.     T / F
  4. Europe's largest farming group wants its livestock to be respected.     T / F
  5. A consumer organization said the decision lacked common sense.     T / F
  6. A food policy officer said soy steaks were misleading for consumers.     T / F
  7. Greenpeace wondered why farmers were confused about the naming.     T / F
  8. Greenpeace said the word "hot dog" should be banned.     T / F

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

  1. declared
  2. retain
  3. motion
  4. misleading
  5. acknowledged
  6. hailed
  7. clearly
  8. integrate
  9. wondered
  10. confused
  1. praised
  2. deceptive
  3. bewildered
  4. keep
  5. puzzled over
  6. accepted
  7. proclaimed
  8. distinctly
  9. proposal
  10. combine

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

  1. eateries can retain meat-
  2. debated whether or not a
  3. There was a motion to ban
  4. the names promoted misleading
  5. livestock sector
  6. hailed the decision
  7. Consumers are in no
  8. so long as it is clearly labelled
  9. how to integrate them
  10. it wondered what livestock farmers
  1. way confused
  2. workers
  3. found confusing
  4. the use
  5. over the naming
  6. like names
  7. as vegetarian
  8. into their meals
  9. veggie burger is a burger
  10. and unfair marketing

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
entirely
contain
call
unfair
sector
declared
motion
marketing

The European Union has (1) _____________________ that companies and eateries can retain meat-like names for their vegetarian products even though those products (2) _____________________ no meat. The EU debated whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a (3) _____________________ to ban the use of names like burger, sausage and steak in (4) _____________________ vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that these types of names were (5) _____________________ and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the names promoted "misleading and unfair (6) _____________________." A spokesperson said: "We simply (7) _____________________ for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock (8) _____________________ workers to be acknowledged and respected."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
confused
policy
livestock
based
naming
'hot
sense
integrate

A member of the European Consumer Organization hailed the decision over the (9) _____________________ of veggie burgers. Senior food (10) _____________________ officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common (11) _____________________ ". She said: "Consumers are in no way (12) _____________________ by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms like "burger" and "steak" for plant-(13) _____________________ foods help consumers understand how to (14) _____________________ them into their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it wondered what (15) _____________________ farmers found confusing about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a (16) _____________________ dog' is?"

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The European Union has declared that companies and eateries can ______ names
     a.  detain meat-like
     b.  retrain meat-like
     c.  retain meat-like
     d.  refrain meat-like
2)  The EU debated whether or not a veggie burger ______
     a.  is the burger
     b.  is a burger
     c.  isn't a burger
     d.  is burger
3)  the use of names like burger, sausage and steak in entirely ______
     a.  vegetable-basted food
     b.  vegetable-biased food
     c.  vegetable-blasted food
     d.  vegetable-based food
4)  It said the names promoted "misleading and ______"
     a.  unfair marketing
     b.  unfairly marketing
     c.  unfair market in
     d.  unfairly market in
5)  call for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock ______
     a.  specter workers
     b.  section workers
     c.  sector workers
     d.  selector workers

6)  A member of the European Consumer Organization ______
     a.  failed the decision
     b.  hailed the decision
     c.  nailed the decision
     d.  mailed the decision
7)  Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision ______
     a.  common cents
     b.  commoner sense
     c.  commonly cents
     d.  common sense
8)  for plant-based foods help consumers understand how ______
     a.  to ingratiate them
     b.  to integral them
     c.  to inter great them
     d.  to integrate them
9)  Greenpeace said it wondered what livestock farmers found confusing ______
     a.  abut there use
     b.  abut the use
     c.  about the use
     d.  about the used
10)  If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think ______?
     a.  the 'hotter dog' is
     b.  a 'hot dog' was
     c.  a 'hot dog' is
     d.  a 'hotter dog' is

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The European Union (1) ____________________ companies and eateries can retain meat-like names for their vegetarian products even though those products contain no meat. The EU (2) ____________________ not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a motion to ban the use of names like burger, sausage and (3) ____________________ vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that (4) ____________________ names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the (5) ____________________ and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simply call for the work of millions of European farmers and (6) ____________________ to be acknowledged and respected."

A member of the European Consumer Organization (7) ____________________ over the naming of veggie burgers. Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision (8) ____________________ said: "Consumers are in (9) ____________________ by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms like "burger" and "steak" for (10) ____________________ help consumers understand how to integrate them into their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it (11) ____________________ farmers found confusing about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're (12) ____________________ word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"

Comprehension questions

  1. Who can use meat-like names for veggie burgers besides companies?
  2. What was there a motion to do?
  3. Who said the naming of veggie burgers was unfair?
  4. What did a farmers association call misleading and unfair?
  5. Who did a farmers association want to be acknowledged and respected?
  6. What is the job title of Camille Perrin?
  7. What did Camille Perrin say the decision was?
  8. What did Ms Perrin say helped consumers not to be confused?
  9. Who wondered why livestock farmers were confused?
  10. What did Greenpeace say farmers should be confused about?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who can use meat-like names for veggie burgers besides companies?
a) restaurant chains
b) school canteens
c) eateries
d) the government
2) What was there a motion to do?
a) ban meat-like names
b) to go vegetarian
c) diet
d) ban meat
3) Who said the naming of veggie burgers was unfair?
a) Europe's largest farming association
b) MacDonald's
c) Greenpeace
d) a vegan association
4) What did a farmers association call misleading and unfair?
a) tofu
b) marketing
c) farmers
d) rules
5) Who did a farmers association want to be acknowledged and respected?
a) chefs
b) vegetable growers
c) the government
d) farmers and livestock sector workers

6) What is the job title of Camille Perrin?
a) nutrition officer
b) senior food policy officer
c) senior farmer
d) campaign manager
7) What did Camille Perrin say the decision was?
a) common sense
b) great
c) needed
d) a waste of time
8) What did Ms Perrin say helped consumers not to be confused?
a) TV ads
b) farmers
c) labelling
d) vegetable growers
9) Who wondered why livestock farmers were confused?
a) the EU
b) livestock farmers
c) vegetable growers
d) Greenpeace
10) What did Greenpeace say farmers should be confused about?
a) the word "hot-dog"
b) veganism
c) recipes
d) the environment

Role play

Role  A – Veggie Burger
You think a veggie burger is the best burger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their burgers. Also, tell the others which is the least appealing of these (and why): hamburger, steak burger or fish burger.

Role  B – Hamburger
You think a hamburger is the best burger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their burgers. Also, tell the others which is the least appealing of these (and why): veggie burger, steak burger or fish burger.

Role  C – Steak Burger
You think a steak burger is the best burger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their burgers. Also, tell the others which is the least appealing of these (and why): hamburger, veggie burger or fish burger.

Role  D – Fish Burger
You think a fish burger is the best burger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their burgers. Also, tell the others which is the least appealing of these (and why): hamburger, steak burger or veggie burger.

After reading / listening

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

'veggie'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'burger'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • declared
    • even
    • motion
    • argued
    • unfair
    • sector
    • member
    • policy
    • way
    • help
    • wondered
    • hot




    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 - Veggie Burgers

    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 'veggie'?
    3. What do you think of veggie burgers?
    4. Are veggie burgers really burgers?
    5. Does a burger have to contain meat to be a burger?
    6. What do you think of sausages and steaks?
    7. How important are farmers?
    8. How might veggie burgers damage farmers?
    9. How difficult id the life of a farmer?
    10. What advice do you have for farmers?

    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 'burger'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What common sense decision would you make over the names?
    5. What do you think of vegan and vegetarian food?
    6. What is the best burger in the world?
    7. How healthy are burgers?
    8. Do you think food is well labelled?
    9. Why is a hot dog called a hot dog?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the EU?

    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)

    The European Union has declared that companies and (1) ____ can retain meat-like names for their vegetarian products even though those products contain no meat. The EU (2) ____ whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a (3) ____ to ban the use of names like burger, sausage and steak in (4) ____ vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that these types of names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the names (5) ____ "misleading and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simply call (6) ____ the work of millions of European farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected."

    A member of the European Consumer Organization (7) ____ the decision over the naming of veggie burgers. Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common (8) ____". She said: "Consumers are in no way confused by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled (9) ____ vegetarian or vegan. Terms like "burger" and "steak" for plant-based foods help consumers understand how to integrate them (10) ____ their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it wondered what livestock farmers (11) ____ confusing about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused (12) ____ the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     eateries     (b)     eats     (c)     eating     (d)     eaters    
    (a)     debunked     (b)     debacle     (c)     debated     (d)     debuted    
    (a)     manacle     (b)     ministry     (c)     motion     (d)     Martian    
    (a)     complete     (b)     every     (c)     whole     (d)     entirely    
    (a)     prompted     (b)     preempted     (c)     promoted     (d)     primped    
    (a)     off     (b)     for     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    (a)     rained     (b)     hailed     (c)     snowed     (d)     winded    
    (a)     source     (b)     sense     (c)     touch     (d)     as muck    
    (a)     is     (b)     was     (c)     as     (d)     has    
    (a)     up     (b)     as     (c)     off     (d)     into    
    (a)     looked     (b)     searched     (c)     lost     (d)     found    
    (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     by

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common sense". She said: "Consumers are in no way confused
    (...)  confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"
    (...)  the names promoted "misleading and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simply call
    (...)  and steak in entirely vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that these types
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    (...)  said it wondered what livestock farmers found confusing about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're
    (...)  A member of the European Consumer Organization hailed the decision over the naming of veggie burgers. Senior
    (...)  by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms
    (...)  for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected."
    (...)  of names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said
    (...)  integrate them into their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace
    (...)  like "burger" and "steak" for plant-based foods help consumers understand how to
    (...)  products even though those products contain no meat. The EU debated whether

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. of   ban   to   A   names   .   the   use   motion
    4. that   Argued   of   types   unfair   .   were   names   these
    5. acknowledged   sector   respected   .   to   Livestock   be   workers   and
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    7. said   no   in   She   way   are   confused   .   consumers
    8. to   consumers   Help   how   them   .   integrate   understand
    9. livestock   what   found   farmers   It   wondered   confusing   .
    10. If   veggie   word   confused   they're   burger   .   by   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The European Union has declared that companies and eateries can detain / retain meat-like names for their vegetarian products ever / even though those products contain no meat. The EU debated / debacle whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a motor / motion to ban the use of names like burger, sausage and steak in entirely / entire vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming associated / association argued that these types / type of names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the names prompted / promoted "misleading and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simple / simply call for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock sector / vector workers to be acknowledged and respected."

    A member of the European Consumer Organization failed / hailed the decision over the naming / named of veggie burgers. Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common sensory / sense". She said: "Consumers are in no way confusion / confused by a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so length / long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms like "burger" and "stake" / "steak" for plant-based foods help consumers understand how to integrate / ingratiate them into their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it wondered / wondered what livestock farmers found confusing / confuses about the use of the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they belief / think a 'hot dog' is?"

    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

    the european union has declared that companies and eateries can retain meatlike names for their vegetarian products even though those products contain no meat the eu debated whether or not a veggie burger is a burger there was a motion to ban the use of names like burger sausage and steak in entirely vegetablebased food europes largest farming association argued that these types of names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products it said the names promoted misleading and unfair marketing a spokesperson said we simply call for the work of millions of european farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected

    a member of the european consumer organization hailed the decision over the naming of veggie burgers senior food policy officer camille perrin called the decision common sense she said consumers are in no way confused by a soy steak or chick peabased sausage so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan terms like burger and steak for plantbased foods help consumers understand how to integrate them into their meals the environmental campaign group greenpeace said it wondered what livestock farmers found confusing about the use of the name veggie burger it tweeted if theyre confused by the word veggie burger what do they think a hot dog is

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheEuropeanUnionhasdeclaredthatcompaniesandeateriescanretain
    meat-likenamesfortheirvegetarianproductseventhoughthoseprod
    uctscontainnomeat.TheEUdebatedwhetherornotaveggieburgerisab
    urger.Therewasamotiontobantheuseofnameslikeburger,sausagean
    dsteakinentirelyvegetable-basedfood.Europe'slargestfarmingassoc
    iationarguedthatthesetypesofnameswereunfairanddamagedfarmer
    sandcompaniesthatproducedandmademeatproducts.Itsaidthenam
    espromoted"misleadingandunfairmarketing."Aspokespersonsaid:"
    WesimplycallfortheworkofmillionsofEuropeanfarmersandlivestocks
    ectorworkerstobeacknowledgedandrespected."AmemberoftheEuro
    peanConsumerOrganizationhailedthedecisionoverthenamingofveg
    gieburgers.SeniorfoodpolicyofficerCamillePerrincalledthedecision"c
    ommonsense".Shesaid:"Consumersareinnowayconfusedbyasoyste
    akorchickpea-basedsausage,solongasitisclearlylabelledasvegetaria
    norvegan.Termslike"burger"and"steak"forplant-basedfoodshelpc
    onsumersunderstandhowtointegratethemintotheirmeals."Theenvir
    onmentalcampaigngroupGreenpeacesaiditwonderedwhatlivestockf
    armersfoundconfusingabouttheuseofthenameveggieburger.Ittweet
    ed:"Ifthey'reconfusedbytheword'veggieburger,'whatdotheythinka'
    hotdog'is?"

    Free writing

    Write about veggie burgers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Veggie burgers should not be able to use the word "burger". 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. VEGGIE BURGERS: Make a poster about veggie burgers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NO BURGER: Write a magazine article about banning the use of the word "burger" in veggie burger. 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 veggie burgers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on veggie burgers. 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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