We’ve got another “Speaking of…” activity for you today this time focusing on food waste. This activity follows the same format as Speaking of… Chinese social credit score. What does that mean? Well, we’ve got a nifty video for you to watch with your students paired with a discussion aid and an activity.
Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/-nJj5x9ixeM
The discussion aid is a collection of phrases that are sometimes polarizing or extreme on purpose in order to get your students to respond. You can use this to organize the discussion portion of the lesson after watching the video. Depending on the level of your students, I recommend watching the video twice! Listen for some helpful or interesting vocabulary along the way.
After watching the video, I have my students take turns looking for a phrase they agree with and then elaborating on their point of view. Then, they take turns looking for a phrase they disagree with and elaborating on their point of view. You can move on to the next student once they finish their explanation or open the group for discussion if it seems worthwhile.
For the activity, I’ve created a little race for your students. The banana will make more sense after watching the video… Teams start by choosing a food product they think takes the fewest amount of steps to get from farm to fork. It can be a whole food such as an apple or a processed food such as a candy. All teams start at the top left banana. Teams take turns explaining one step in the process of their product. For each step they explain, they move their game piece one banana.
After a team has explained their step and moved their banana, any team can challenge it. If they challenge it, they must explain the missing step! For example, one team is talking about apples, on the previous turn they mentioned picking the apples from the orchard and, on the following turn, they mention transporting the apples to the supermarket. Another team challenges and explains the step “The apples have to be washed and sorted first!” The team who challenges moves their game piece one banana.
The team who gets their product from farm to fork first or reaches the final banana in the bottom right wins the game.
Because we are talking about processes, it’s a good exercise to practice the passive voice in English.