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Exercise: Lobby groups call for more Slovak foodSpectator College
3 Mar 2013 Katie Perkowski Spectator College
This exercise is linked to the article: Lobby groups call for more Slovak food.
Opener (writing) to put on the board: What is your favourite traditional Slovak meal and why? When do you first remember tasting it, and what was the atmosphere like/who cooked it for you? How do you make it? How do you think Slovak food is unique? *Students should answer these questions on a piece of paper (in at least one 8-10 sentence paragraph to turn in, depending on if you want to grade it).
Speaking: Call on several students (you can call on every student depending on the class size/how much time you have), and ask them to share some of their answers.
Reading/listening: Read the Spectator article out loud as a class, calling on different students at random to read a few paragraphs at a time. Instruct students to underline statements that stand out to them in the article. Go over any words that students aren’t sure of. Call on a student and ask what he/she thinks is the main point of the article (that the percent of Slovak-produced foods sold in Slovakia has fallen), and ask another student why he agrees/disagrees with whether that is the main point. Try and create some discussion.
Writing/critical thinking: Print and pass out copies of the following statements from the Spectator article, and break the class into small groups (preferably groups of two-three students). Instruct them to take turns reading the statements out loud and discuss the reasoning behind them, and also whether they agree/disagree with the statements and why.
• If Slovakia does not start focusing on food self-sufficiency, or food security, in a couple of years it will not be able to feed its own people.
This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Sugarbooks, a distributor of foreign language books. The author works at the Evanjelické lýceum in Bratislava as an English-language instructor.More from Spectator College
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