The Reading / Listening - Subway - Level 4

Subway is suing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) because of a report that said Subway's chicken was only half chicken. The CBC reported that a Subway chicken product was 46.4% soy filler. CBC said other fast food chains had much higher levels of meat in their chicken-based products. Subway announced it had asked for $210 million in damages, "over allegations…that are defamatory and absolutely false".



Subway said: "Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and…our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction." It called CBC's data "unreliable and factually incorrect". It added: "Producing high quality food…is our highest priority." CBC is standing behind its story. It said: "We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that…would lead us to change our position."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Subway - Level 5 or  Subway - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/17/subway-sue-cbc-chicken-report_n_15424128.html
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/subway-chicken-scandal-2017-3
  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/subway-sues-over-report-that-its-chicken-is-half-soy-filler-2017-03-16


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Subway is
  2. Subway's chicken
  3. a Subway chicken product was
  4. other fast food chains had much
  5. in their chicken-
  6. it had asked for $210 million
  7. allegations that
  8. absolutely
  1. based products
  2. 46.4% soy filler
  3. false
  4. are defamatory
  5. suing the CBC
  6. was only half chicken
  7. higher levels of meat
  8. in damages

Paragraph 2

  1. Despite our
  2. the high quality
  3. strong
  4. It called CBC's data unreliable
  5. Producing high quality food
  6. CBC is standing
  7. We believe our journalism to be
  8. no evidence that would lead us
  1. and factually incorrect
  2. behind its story
  3. to change our position
  4. of our chicken
  5. sound
  6. objections
  7. is our highest priority
  8. efforts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Subway (1) ___________________ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) because (2) ___________________ said Subway's chicken was only half chicken. The CBC (3) ___________________ Subway chicken product was 46.4% soy filler. CBC said other fast food chains (4) ___________________ levels of meat in their chicken-based products. Subway (5) ___________________ asked for $210 million in damages, "over allegations…that are defamatory (6) ___________________".

Subway said: "(7) ___________________ to share the facts with the CBC about the high (8) ___________________ chicken and…our strong objections to their (9) ___________________, they have not issued a retraction." It called CBC's data "unreliable and (10) ___________________". It added: "Producing high quality (11) ___________________ priority." CBC is standing behind its story. It said: "We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that…would (12) ___________________ our position."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SubwayissuingtheCanadianBroadcastingCorporation(CBC)because
ofareportthatsaidSubway'schickenwasonlyhalfchicken.TheCBCrepo
rtedthataSubwaychickenproductwas46.4%soyfiller.CBCsaidotherf
astfoodchainshadmuchhigherlevelsofmeatintheirchicken-basedp
roducts.Subwayannouncedithadaskedfor$210millionindamages,"o
verallegations…thataredefamatoryandabsolutelyfalse".Subwaysaid
:"DespiteoureffortstosharethefactswiththeCBCaboutthehighquality
ofourchickenand…ourstrongobjectionstotheirinaccurateclaims,they
havenotissuedaretraction."ItcalledCBC'sdata"unreliableandfactuall
yincorrect".Itadded:"Producinghighqualityfood…isourhighestpriorit
y."CBCisstandingbehinditsstory.Itsaid:"Webelieveourjournalismto
besoundandthereisnoevidencethat…wouldleadustochangeourpositi
on."

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 — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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