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McDonald's India Opens Vegetarian Restaurants (6th Sept, 2012)

The hamburger restaurant giant McDonald's will soon open two vegetarian restaurants in India. The company will swap its traditional meat burgers for the McAloo Tikki burger, a potato sandwich, and the Pizza McPuff, a vegetable and cheese pastry. It is the first time for McDonald's to open vegetarian restaurants anywhere in the world. The new locations will be in cities that are popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs. The company is looking at ways to add to its 271 restaurants across India.

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McDonald's first entered India in 1996. It had to create a special menu that did not include beef or pork. Hindus believe the cow is a sacred animal and should not be killed; in Islam, pork is forbidden and should not be eaten. A spokesman from a Hindu group opposed the opening of the new restaurants, saying: "McDonald's is an organization [linked to] cow slaughter. If we make an announcement that they're slaughtering cows, people won't eat there. We are definitely going to fight it."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

restaurant

a.

meat burgers

2

The company will swap its traditional

b.

pastry

3.

vegetable and cheese

c.

will be in cities

4.

The new locations

d.

giant

5.

popular pilgrimage sites

e.

271 restaurants

6.

add to its

f.

for Hindus

Paragraph 2

1.

create a

a.

pork is forbidden

2

did not include

b.

cows

3.

the cow is a

c.

going to fight it

4.

in Islam,

d.

sacred animal

5.

slaughtering

e.

beef or pork

6.

We are definitely

f.

special menu


LISTENING GAP FILL

The hamburger (1) ______________________ McDonald's will soon open two vegetarian restaurants in India. The company will (2) ______________________ meat burgers for the McAloo Tikki burger, a potato sandwich, and the Pizza McPuff, a vegetable and cheese pastry.  It (3) ______________________ McDonald's to open vegetarian restaurants (4) ______________________. The new locations will be in (5) ______________________ pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs.  The company is looking at (6) ______________________ 271 restaurants across India.

McDonald's first entered India in 1996. It had to create a special menu (7) ______________________ beef or pork. Hindus believe the cow (8) ______________________ and should not be killed; in Islam, (9) ______________________ and should not be eaten. A spokesman from a Hindu group opposed the      (10) ______________________ restaurants, saying: "McDonald's is an organization [linked to] cow slaughter. If we make an announcement (11) ______________________ cows, people won't eat there. We (12) ______________________ fight it."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The hamburger restaurant (1) ____ McDonald's will soon open two vegetarian restaurants in India. The company will (2) ____ its traditional meat burgers for the McAloo Tikki burger, a potato sandwich, and the Pizza McPuff, a vegetable and cheese (3) ____.  It is the first time for McDonald's to open vegetarian restaurants (4) ____ in the world. The new locations will be in cities that are popular pilgrimage (5) ____ for Hindus and Sikhs.  The company is looking at ways to (6) ____ to its 271 restaurants across India.

McDonald's first entered India in 1996. It had to (7) ____ a special menu that did not (8) ____ beef or pork. Hindus believe the cow is a sacred animal and should not be killed; in Islam, pork (9) ____ forbidden and should not be eaten. A spokesman from a Hindu group opposed the opening of the new restaurants, (10) ____: "McDonald's is an organization [linked to] cow slaughter. If we make an announcement that (11) ____ slaughtering cows, people won't eat there. We are (12) ____ going to fight it."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

monster

(b)

beast

(c)

giant

2.

(a)

swap

(b)

sweep

(c)

swipe

3.

(a)

pastry

(b)

tasting

(c)

waste

4.

(a)

all over

(b)

anywhere

(c)

nowhere

5.

(a)

sights

(b)

sightings

(c)

sites

6.

(a)

add

(b)

minus

(c)

multiply

7.

(a)

creating

(b)

create

(c)

creation

8.

(a)

including

(b)

includes

(c)

include

9.

(a)

is

(b)

has

(c)

does

10.

(a)

said

(b)

says

(c)

saying

11.

(a)

their

(b)

they're

(c)

they

12

(a)

random

(b)

definitely

(c)

natural


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The hamburger restaurant atgni

2.

a vegetable and cheese asrtpy

3.

ryaehenw in the world

4.

The new ontcsoila

5.

popular pilgrimage teiss for Hindus

6.

The company is onokilg at ways

 

Paragraph 2

7.

raecet a special menu

8.

dcnilue beef or pork

9.

the cow is a ceards animal

10.

a Hindu group eoodpsp the opening

11.

cow ethulsrga

12.

We are etldeinfyi going to


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

in India. The company will swap its traditional meat burgers for the McAloo Tikki burger, a potato

(    )

time for McDonald's to open vegetarian restaurants anywhere in the world. The new

(    )

and Sikhs.  The company is looking at ways to add to its 271 restaurants across India.

(    )

sandwich, and the Pizza McPuff, a vegetable and cheese pastry.  It is the first

1  )

The hamburger restaurant giant McDonald's will soon open two vegetarian restaurants

(    )

group opposed the opening of the new restaurants, saying: "McDonald's is an

(    )

not include beef or pork. Hindus believe the cow is a sacred animal and should

(    )

not be killed; in Islam, pork is forbidden and should not be eaten. A spokesman from a Hindu

(    )

locations will be in cities that are popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus

(    )

they're slaughtering cows, people won't eat there. We are definitely going to fight it."

(    )

organization [linked to] cow slaughter. If we make an announcement that

(    )

McDonald's first entered India in 1996. It had to create a special menu that did


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

vegetarian     in     two     restaurants     India     Open.    

2.

its     The     traditional     company     meat     will     burgers     swap.    

3.

the     is     It     McDonald's     for     time     first.    

4.

Cities     sites     that     for     are     Hindus     popular     pilgrimage.    

5.

add     271     India     to     its     across     Ways     to     restaurants.    

6.

include     Create     menu     not     special     did     beef     a     that.    

7.

is     Hindus     a     believe     sacred     the     animal     cow.    

8.

forbidden     eaten     and     should     Pork     not     is     be.    

9.

Hindu     opposed     opening     A     group     the.    

10.

they're     cows     An     that     slaughtering     announcement.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about McDonald's for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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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. MCDONALD'S: Search the Internet and find more information about McDonald's. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the McDonald's vegetarian restaurants. Include an imaginary interview with McDonald's bosses. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a McDonald's expert. Ask him/her three questions about McDonald's. Give him/her three of your opinions on the restaurant. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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