The Reading / Listening - Snack Tax - Level 3

The UK is considering several measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the founder of a chain of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it to the UK government earlier this week. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax on food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poorer people for free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great pressure on hospitals.

Despite the government asking for the strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not attracted to the idea of extra taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to tackle obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less junk food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right leadership from government, it is well within our power to change the system so it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Snack Tax - Level 0 Snack Tax - Level 1   or  Snack Tax - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.ft.com/content/9687484f-2703-4e55-a37a-827a056ac962
  • https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/national-food-strategy-calls-for-salt-and-sugar-tax-and-veg-on-prescription/
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/15597340/free-fruit-and-veg-snack-tax/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. FOOD: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about food. 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?
       measures / government / food / expert / chain / salt / sugar / vegetables / damage /
       strategy / happy / taxes / snack food / obesity / lifestyles / leadership / power / build
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SNACK TAX: Students A strongly believe there should be a tax on snacks; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SNACKS: What are the good and bad things about these snacks? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

French fries

 

 

Energy bars

 

 

Sandwich

 

 

Potato chips

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

Cookies

 

 

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5. TAX: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tax". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things for a healthy lifestyle at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Vegetarian diet
  • Sleep
  • Good friends
  • Exercise
  • No stress
  • Medicine
  • Laughter
  • No pollution

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. several a. A group of businesses, such as hotels, stores, or restaurants, owned by the same company.
      2. measure b. Newspapers, TV news stations and Internet news agencies.
      3. expert c. A small number greater than two.
      4. chain d. The kinds of food that a person, or animal, usually eats.
      5. media e. A plan or action to do something or achieve a purpose.
      6. terrible f. A person who has a lot of knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      7. diet g. Very, very, very bad or serious.

    Paragraph 2

      8. support h. Take and use an opportunity.
      9. attracted i. Say you agree with something and want it to happen.
      10. snack j. Caused to have a liking for or interest in something.
      11. tackle k. The condition of being too fat or overweight.
      12. obesity l. Make big efforts to deal with a problem or difficult task.
      13. junk food m. A small amount of food eaten between meals.
      14. seize n. Food that has low nutritional value, typically needing little or no preparation.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The UK government asked a food expert to help keep people healthier.    T / F
  2. The food expert once started a chain of restaurants.     T / F
  3. The expert recommended giving poor people free vegetables.     T / F
  4. The expert said poor diets kill 64,000 people a year in the UK.     T / F
  5. The UK Prime Minister is happy with the food expert's ideas.     T / F
  6. A tax could increase the price of snacks by 13 per cent.     T / F
  7. The prime minister said exercise was best to reduce obesity.     T / F
  8. The food expert said a better power system was needed.     T / F

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

  1. considering
  2. come up with
  3. strategy
  4. terrible
  5. pressure
  6. support
  7. increase
  8. tackle
  9. right
  10. seize
  1. plan
  2. back
  3. stress
  4. take
  5. thinking about
  6. deal with
  7. really bad
  8. correct
  9. thought of
  10. raise

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

  1. several measures to help
  2. food
  3. come up
  4. The strategy included two
  5. doing "terrible damage"
  6. He said he could not
  7. extra taxes on hard-
  8. the best way to tackle
  9. within our power
  10. build a better food system
  1. support it
  2. with some ideas
  3. for our children
  4. to the environment
  5. to change the system
  6. people eat more healthily
  7. main ideas
  8. working people
  9. expert
  10. obesity

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
chain
media
several
earlier
pressure
damage
expert
warned

The UK is considering (1) _____________________ measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas. The (2) _____________________ is Henry Dimbleby, the founder of a (3) _____________________ of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it to the UK government (4) _____________________ this week. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax on food containing salt and sugar, which the (5) _____________________ have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poorer people for free. Mr Dimbleby (6) _____________________ that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible (7) _____________________" to the environment and to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great (8) _____________________ on hospitals.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tackle
attracted
seize
leadership
working
junk
strategy
power

Despite the government asking for the (9) _____________________, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not (10) _____________________ to the idea of extra taxes on hard-(11) _____________________ people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to (12) _____________________ obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less (13) _____________________ food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right (14) _____________________ from government, it is well within our (15) _____________________ to change the system so it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now (16) _____________________ the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The UK is considering several measures to help people ______
     a.  eat more healthy
     b.  eat mere healthy
     c.  eat more healthily
     d.  eat more health
2)  The government asked a food expert to come up ______
     a.  with some ideates
     b.  with some ideals
     c.  with some ides as
     d.  with some ideas
3)  One is a tax on food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called ______
     a.  as knack stacks "
     b.  ace knack tax"
     c.  a "snack tax"
     d.  a "snack stacks"
4)  Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is ______
     a.  do in "terrible damage"
     b.  doing "terrible damage"
     c.  doing "terribly damage"
     d.  doing "terrible damaged"
5)  Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great ______
     a.  pressure on hospitals
     b.  pressured on hospitals
     c.  pressure don hospitals
     d.  pressure done hospitals

6)  He said he could not support it because he was "not attracted to the idea ______
     a.  off extra tax is
     b.  offer extra taxes
     c.  of extra tax is
     d.  of extra taxes
7) the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best ______ obesity
     a.  weight to tackle
     b.  weight or tackle
     c.  way to tackle
     d.  way too tackle
8)  for people to exercise and eat less junk food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With ______
     a.  the lite leadership
     b.  the write leadership
     c.  the light leadership
     d.  the right leadership
9)  well within our power to change the system so it makes both us and ______
     a.  the planetary healthier
     b.  the planet healthier
     c.  the planets healthier
     d.  the plan it healthier
10)  We must now seize the moment to build a ______
     a.  better food system
     b.  bitter food system
     c.  batter food system
     d.  butter food system

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK is considering several measures to help people (1) ____________________. The government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the founder (2) ____________________ of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it to the UK government (3) ____________________. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax on food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The (4) ____________________ to give vegetables to poorer people for free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how (5) ____________________, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts (6) ____________________ hospitals.

Despite the government asking (7) ____________________, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not attracted to the (8) ____________________ taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the (9) ____________________ the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to tackle obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat (10) ____________________. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right leadership from government, it is well within our power to (11) ____________________ so it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now (12) ____________________ to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many measures is the UK considering?
  2. What did the food expert Henry Dimbleby start?
  3. Who called one of the ideas a "snack tax"?
  4. What did the expert say poor people should get for free?
  5. What do poor diets put great pressure on?
  6. Who does the article say was not happy with the food strategy?
  7. Who did Boris Johnson not want to pay taxes?
  8. What did Boris Johnson was best to fight obesity besides exercise?
  9. What did Mr Dimbleby say could change?
  10. What did Mr Dimbleby say needed to be built?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many measures is the UK considering?
a) several
b) countless
c) five
d) many
2) What did the food expert Henry Dimbleby start?
a) a discussion
b) a vegetable farm
c) a chain of restaurants
d) a sugary drinks company
3) Who called one of the ideas a "snack tax"?
a) a soda company
b) the media
c) a potato chip company
d) the UK government
4) What did the expert say poor people should get for free?
a) taxes
b) the UK government
c) snacks
d) vegetables
5)  What do poor diets put great pressure on?
a) hospitals
b) the heart
c) the UK government
d) vegetables

6) Who does the article say was not happy with the food strategy?
a) farmers
b) the UK government
c) Henry Dimbleby
d) Boris Johnson
7) Who did Boris Johnson not want to pay taxes?
a) the UK government
b) hard-working people
c) snack company CEOs
d) Henry Dimbleby
8) What did Boris Johnson was best to fight obesity besides exercise?
a) car-free days
b) medicine
c) seizing the moment
d) less junk food
9) What did Mr Dimbleby say could change?
a) vegetables
b) seizing the moment
c) the system
d) the UK government
10) What did Mr Dimbleby say needed to be built?
a) a new snack company
b) a better food system
c) a fairer tax system
d) trust in the government

Role play

Role  A – Vegetarian Diet
You think a vegetarian diet is the best thing for a healthy lifestyle. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): sleep, medicine or exercise.

Role  B – Sleep
You think sleep is the best thing for a healthy lifestyle. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): a vegetarian diet, medicine or exercise.

Role  C – Medicine
You think medicine is the best thing for a healthy lifestyle. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): sleep, a vegetarian diet or exercise.

Role  D – Exercise
You think exercise is the best thing for a healthy lifestyle. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): sleep, medicine or a vegetarian diet.

After reading / listening

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

'sugar'

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  • and 'salt'.

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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:

    • several
    • some
    • chain
    • main
    • poorer
    • diet
    • happy
    • support
    • 13
    • junk
    • power
    • seize

    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 - Snack Tax

    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 'sugar'?
    3. What do you think of snacks?
    4. What do you think of putting a tax on salt and sugar?
    5. How healthy are people in your country?
    6. How much do you like salt and sugar in food?
    7. Why are salt and sugar bad for you?
    8. What are your favourite snacks?
    9. Is it a bad idea to snack between meals?
    10. What do you think of giving vegetables to poorer people?

    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 'salt'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How can we get people to eat healthier food?
    5. What's the best way to tackle obesity?
    6. What do you think of junk food?
    7. What do you think of your country's leadership?
    8. What will our grandchildren think of decisions we make today?
    9. How healthy is your lifestyle?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a food expert?

    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 UK is (1) ____ several measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the (2) ____ of a chain of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented (3) ____ to the UK government earlier this week. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax (4) ____ food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poorer people (5) ____ free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts (6) ____ pressure on hospitals.

    Despite the government (7) ____ for the strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not (8) ____ to the idea of extra taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to (9) ____ obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less (10) ____ food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right leadership from government, it is well (11) ____ our power to change the system so it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now (12) ____ the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     consider     (b)     considering     (c)     considers     (d)     considered    
    2. (a)     founder     (b)     finder     (c)     flounder     (d)     fender    
    3. (a)     it     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     thus    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     from     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     for    
    6. (a)     fantastic     (b)     superb     (c)     well     (d)     great    
    7. (a)     asking     (b)     asks     (c)     ask     (d)     asker    
    8. (a)     attraction     (b)     attracts     (c)     attractive     (d)     attracted    
    9. (a)     tackle     (b)     foul     (c)     send off     (d)     red card    
    10. (a)     trash     (b)     junk     (c)     litter     (d)     garbage    
    11. (a)     behest     (b)     within     (c)     interest     (d)     go    
    12. (a)     seize     (b)     adhesive     (c)     rehearse     (d)     weather

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. The sgyttrae included two main ideas
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    6. puts great serepsru on hospitals

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to tackle
    (...)  obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less junk food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right
    (...)  leadership from government, it is well within our power to change the system so
    (...)  support it because he was "not attracted to the idea of extra taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could
    (...)  of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it to the UK government earlier this
    (...)  week. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax on food containing salt
    1  ) The UK is considering several measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food
    (...)  to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great pressure on hospitals.
    (...)  people for free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and
    (...)  and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poorer
    (...)  moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."
    (...)  Despite the government asking for the strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not
    (...)  it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now seize the
    (...)  expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the founder of a chain

    Put the words in the right order

    1. Several   eat   people   to   help   measures   healthily   .   more
    2. A   ideas   .   came   up   food   expert   with   some
    3. food   a   is   One   tax   containing   on   salt   .
    4. to   poorer   free   .   Give   vegetables   for   people
    5. a   diet   deaths   64,000   leads   to   Poor   year   .
    6. not   He   he   said   it   .   support   could
    7. to   the   was   attracted   He   idea   .   not
    8. way   That   the   was   to   best   obesity   .   tackle
    9. the   change   Well   power   within   system   .   to   our
    10. a   moment   system   .   to   the   better   Seize   build

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The UK is considering / considered several measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food expat / expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the founder of a chair / chain of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it / them to the UK government earlier next / this week. The strategy included two main / mainly ideas. One is a tax on / at food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poverty / poorer people for free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and at / to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great / greatly pressure on hospitals.

    Despite the government asking for / from the strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy without / with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not magnetism / attracted to the idea of extra taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could arise / increase the price of snack food by down / up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to tackle / foul obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat more / less junk food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right leadership from government, it is good / well within our power to change the system so it makes both / either us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now seize / size the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

    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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    the uk is considering several measures to help people eat more healthily the government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas the expert is henry dimbleby the founder of a chain of restaurants mr dimbleby created the national food strategy and presented it to the uk government earlier this week the strategy included two main ideas one is a tax on food containing salt and sugar which the media have called a snack tax the second idea is to give vegetables to poorer people for free mr dimbleby warned that what we eat and how it is produced is doing terrible damage to the environment and to our health poor diet leads to 64000 deaths a year in england and puts great pressure on hospitals

    despite the government asking for the strategy prime minister boris johnson is not happy with it he said he could not support it because he was not attracted to the idea of extra taxes on hardworking people mr johnson said the strategy could increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent he added that the best way to tackle obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less junk food mr dimbleby said with the right leadership from government it is well within our power to change the system so it makes both us and the planet healthier he added we must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren

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    TheUKisconsideringseveralmeasurestohelppeopleeatmorehealthily
    .Thegovernmentaskedafoodexperttocomeupwithsomeideas.Theex
    pertisHenryDimbleby,thefounderofachainofrestaurants.MrDimbleb
    ycreatedtheNationalFoodStrategyandpresentedittotheUKgovernm
    entearlierthisweek.Thestrategyincludedtwomainideas.Oneisataxon
    foodcontainingsaltandsugar,whichthemediahavecalleda"snacktax".
    Thesecondideaistogivevegetablestopoorerpeopleforfree.MrDimble
    bywarnedthatwhatweeat,andhowitisproduced,isdoing"terribledam
    age"totheenvironmentandtoourhealth.Poordietleadsto64,000death
    sayearinEnglandandputsgreatpressureonhospitals.Despitethegove
    rnmentaskingforthestrategy,PrimeMinisterBorisJohnsonisnothappy
    withit.Hesaidhecouldnotsupportitbecausehewas"notattractedtothei
    deaofextrataxesonhard-workingpeople".MrJohnsonsaidthestrateg
    ycouldincreasethepriceofsnackfoodbyupto13percent.Headdedthatt
    hebestwaytotackleobesityandtoencouragehealthierlifestyleswasfor
    peopletoexerciseandeatlessjunkfood.MrDimblebysaid:"Withtherigh
    tleadershipfromgovernment,itiswellwithinourpowertochangethesys
    temsoitmakesbothusandtheplanethealthier."Headded:"Wemustno
    wseizethemomenttobuildabetterfoodsystemforourchildrenandgran
    dchildren."

    Free writing

    Write about snack tax for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There should be a big tax on all unhealthy food.  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. SNACKS: Make a poster about snacks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SNACK TAX: Write a magazine article about putting a huge tax on all snacks. 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 snack food. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on snacks. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

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