Listening and Reading Practice

Veggie Burger Listening with Script from ESL-Bits.com

Take a look at these words and look up the ones you don't understand. Ask your teacher questions, too.

  1. Knockoff
  2. Genetics
  3. Genomics
  4. Cancer
  5. sabbatical
  6. tackle
  7. Destructive
  8. Environment
  9. Calories
  10. produced
  11. Livestock
  12. contributor to climate change
  13. Insane
  14. ecological footprint
  15. Dairy
  16. Ain't
  17. Literally
  18. Deconstructing
  19. Composition
  20. molecular level
  21. Hemoglobin (heme)
  22. Gene
  23. Yeast
  24. vast quantities
  25. Season
  26. Skillet
  27. remarkably similar
  28. ground chuck
  29. Protein
  30. Bulk
  31. Caramelize
  32. to charge a premium
  33. indistinguishable
  34. Out-compete

Next, read the script while listening. Try to find the answers to these questions.

  1. What did the chef do?
  2. Why did he say he wanted to do it?
  3. What were the good qualities (things) about it?
  4. What were the bad qualities (things) about it?

Next, discuss the issue and the chef's solution.

  1. What do you think about the chef's solution?
  2. Have you ever tried a veggie burger? How was it? How was it similar and different to a beef burger?
  3. What do you know about the topic of climate change?
  4. What do you think about climate change? Do you think it is caused by humans?
  5. What is the environmental impact of livestock farming? What areas of livestock farming impact the environment the most and why?
  6. What do you think about these environmental impacts of livestock farming? Is it a problem? Should something be changed?