Integrated Skills Program 2
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L4T2J - Learning about a hot topic
In this lesson, we're going to learn and talk about junk food.
Task One: Read the text about today's topic. Answer the questions.
Junk food is food that has a lot of calories but not a lot of nutrients or ‘good things’ that we need, for example vitamins.
1. What does junk food have a lot of?
It is usually food that can be prepared and served quickly and can be packaged and taken away to eat. It is usually cheap to buy but unhealthy to eat.
2. Is junk food usually expensive?
Popular junk food dishes include pizza and burgers as well as snacks like donuts, potato chips, and cookies.
3. What junk food dishes does the text tell not us about?
We can also get a lot of calories from unhealthy junk food drinks like cola. People often don’t realise how many calories they get from drinks because they don’t make them feel as full as food.
4. What junk food drink does the text tell us about?
Junk food often contains high levels of fat and more carbohydrate and protein than it is healthy to eat in one meal. It also contains a lot of salt and chemicals.
5. Apart from fat and carbohydrate, what other unhealthy things are in junk food?
salt and chemicals
vitamins and minerals
protein and oils
Dan Logan has a weekly podcast called Hot Topic. In it, he talks about topics of interest.
Task Two: Listen to the introduction to Dan's podcast and complete the sentences below.
Arguments FOR banning junk food in schools
1. Junk food makes students _____ .
2. Students can _____ junk food.
get their clothes dirty from
spend too much money on
become addicted to
3. Junk food causes _____ from packaging and transportation.
Arguments AGAINST banning junk food in schools
1. Junk food gives students _____ for sports and activities.
money and equipment
2. Junk food is popular and the school can _____.
make money from it
give it to students with no money
make a lot of it very quickly
3. Banning something makes the students _____.
want it more
stop doing it at home too
wants to quit school
Task Three: Sam is asking Jennifer about the topic. Choose the best answers for Jennifer.
Sam: How often do you eat junk food?
I first ate it when I was about six years old.
I like fried chicken but I don't like cookies.
I eat it about once a week.
Sam: What’s your favourite kind of junk food?
I like eating it with my friends the most.
I like pizza best.
We usually have it on a Saturday night.
Sam: Why is junk food bad for us?
People didin't use to know how unhealthy it was.
Because it has a lot of fat and sugar in it.
The fast food from restaurants is sometimes worse than the stuff we make for ourselves.
Sam: Why do you think people like eating junk food?
Because it’s cheap and it tastes good.
Yes, they do. It's especially popular with children and teenagers.
I think they like eating it at parties and in malls.
Sam: Do you think that junk food should be banned in schools?
Yes, because it’s too unhealthy.
You can buy some of it in the school canteen.
I tried to stop eating it once but it was very difficult.
Task Four: Watch the video and answer the questions with your own ideas.
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