The Reading / Listening - Chocolate - Level 4

A chocolate powder that people snort to get high is on sale in the USA. It comes from the cocoa bean and is called Coko Loko. The company CEO Nick Anderson explained how he decided to market this product. He first heard about people snorting chocolate in Europe. He thought that was a joke, but then he tried it and decided it was good business. Mr Anderson told reporters that Coko Loko is, "probably equal to about two energy drinks".

The product is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Doctors are worried about the safety of the powder. One warned it had the same risk as other energy supplements. It could increase blood pressure and insomnia. The HuffPost was worried the product did not have an ingredients list. It advised people to eat chocolate instead of sniffing it. Mr Anderson said: "There are no health issues. Everyone seems fine."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chocolate - Level 5 or  Chocolate - Level 6

Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/doctors-question-snortable-chocolates-energy-boost-claim/story?id=48458539
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/07/05/snorting-chocolate-is-now-apparently-a-thing-but-why-would-you-do-it/#23a027bef900
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/coco-loko-snortable-chocolate_us_595e3b67e4b0d5b458e87266


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. chocolate
  2. It comes from the cocoa
  3. he decided to
  4. He first heard
  5. He thought that was a
  6. but then he
  7. good
  8. equal to about
  1. tried it
  2. about people
  3. powder
  4. two energy drinks
  5. bean
  6. business
  7. joke
  8. market this product

Paragraph 2

  1. The product is not
  2. Doctors are worried about the safety
  3. the same risk as other energy
  4. It could increase blood
  5. the product did not have an ingredients
  6. It advised people to eat chocolate
  7. There are no health
  8. Everyone seems
  1. instead
  2. supplements
  3. fine
  4. of the powder
  5. issues
  6. regulated
  7. list
  8. pressure

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A chocolate powder that people (1) ___________________ high is on sale in the USA. It comes from the cocoa bean (2) ___________________ Coko Loko. The company CEO Nick Anderson explained (3) __________________ to market this product. He (4) ___________________ people snorting chocolate in Europe. He thought that (5) ___________________, but then he tried it and decided it was good business. Mr Anderson told reporters that Coko Loko is, "(6) ___________________ to about two energy drinks".

The (7) ___________________ regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Doctors (8) ___________________ the safety of the powder. One warned it had (9) ___________________ other energy supplements. It could increase (10) ___________________ and insomnia. The HuffPost was worried the product did (11) ___________________ ingredients list. It advised people to eat chocolate instead of sniffing it. Mr Anderson said: "There are (12) ___________________. Everyone seems fine."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AchocolatepowderthatpeoplesnorttogethighisonsaleintheUSA.Itco
mesfromthecocoabeanandiscalledCokoLoko.ThecompanyCEONick
Andersonexplainedhowhedecidedtomarketthisproduct.Hefirsthear
daboutpeoplesnortingchocolateinEurope.Hethoughtthatwasajoke,b
utthenhetrieditanddecideditwasgoodbusiness.MrAndersontoldrepo
rtersthatCokoLokois,"probablyequaltoabouttwoenergydrinks".The
productisnotregulatedbytheU.S.FoodandDrugAdministration.Docto
rsareworriedaboutthesafetyofthepowder.Onewarnedithadthesame
riskasotherenergysupplements.Itcouldincreasebloodpressureandin
somnia.TheHuffPostwasworriedtheproductdidnothaveaningredient
slist.Itadvisedpeopletoeatchocolateinsteadofsniffingit.MrAnderson
said:"Therearenohealthissues.Everyoneseemsfine."

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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