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There is a chicken restaurant in America called Popeyes. It is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the US. Popeyes is famous for selling pieces of chicken. They recently introduced a new spicy chicken sandwich; they haven’t sold chicken sandwiches before. The new sandwich is so popular that restaurants are selling out every day.

Popeyes did not sell chicken sandwiches in America before. KFC is one of the other most popular chicken restaurants in America. They sell some chicken sandwiches but they aren’t as popular in America as their regular chicken. KFC and Popeyes both sell lots of varieties of chicken sandwiches in other countries around the world. Many people in other countries have been confused about why chicken sandwiches are only just becoming popular in America. In other countries, there are many different chicken sandwiches at Popeyes and KFC. They are very popular too.

There have been long lines of people outside Popeyes restaurants in America. They have been trying to get the new sandwiches before the restaurants sell out. There have been pictures on social media of people buying all of the sandwiches and reselling them outside of the restaurant. There was even one boy who used the opportunity to make sure people waiting for sandwiches were registered to vote. He got many people at Popeyes restaurants to register so they can vote in the next presidential election.

Difficult words

Selling out: For a business to sell everything they have.

Varieties (n): Different kinds, choices.

Reselling (v): Selling again.

Opportunity (n): A chance or ability to have a special experience.

Register (v): To officially add yourself to a group, organisation or event.

Presidential (adj): Describing something to do with a presidency.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Varieties A. About the President.
 2. Reselling B. Chance
 3. Opportunity C. Kinds
 4. Register D. Sell again.
 5. Presidential E. Officially add oneself.

True or False?

1. Popeyes is a beef restaurant in America. T / F

2. Popeyes just released a new sweet chicken sandwich.  T / F

3. The sandwiches have been selling out every day. T / F

4. People from other countries are confused about the popularity of the sandwich. T / F

5.  The lines outside of Popeyes have been very short. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. chicken / a / America / is / There / in / restaurant

2. introduced / They / recently / spicy / a / chicken sandwich / new

3. sandwich / so / The / popular / new / is

4. been / other countries / have / people / confused / in / Many

5. people / have / lines / long / There / been / of

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Pieces Vote World
Outside Introduced Regular

There is a chicken restaurant in America called Popeyes. It is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the US. Popeyes is famous for selling (1) ___________ of chicken. They recently (2)_____________ a new spicy chicken sandwich, they haven’t sold chicken sandwiches before. The new sandwich is so popular that restaurants are selling out every day.

Popeyes did not sell chicken sandwiches in America before. KFC is one of the other most popular chicken restaurants in America. They sell some chicken sandwiches but they aren’t as popular in America as their (3)____________ chicken. KFC and Popeyes both sell lots of varieties of chicken sandwiches in other countries around the (4)___________. Many people in other countries have been confused about why chicken sandwiches are only just becoming popular in America. In other countries, there are many different chicken sandwiches at Popeyes and KFC. They are very popular too.

There have been long lines of people outside Popeyes restaurants in America. They have been trying to get the new sandwiches before the restaurants sell out. There have been pictures on social media of people buying all of the sandwiches and reselling them (5)____________ of the restaurant. There was even one boy who used the opportunity to make sure people waiting for sandwiches were registered to vote. He got many people at Popeyes restaurants to register so they can (6)_______ in the next presidential election.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you ever eaten at Popeyes?
5. Is there a famous chicken chain in your country?
6. What is a popular fast food in your country?
7. Do you think chicken burgers or regular fried chicken would be more popular in your country?
8. What do you think about the excitement for this chicken sandwich?
9. What do you think about the boy registering people to vote?
10. What is another way people could take advantage of this craze?
11. Has there been a similar craze for a product in your country?
12. Have you ever waited in a long line for a popular product?
13. Should people limit how much fast food they eat?
14. Would you like to try the plant-based fast food options?
15. What is a healthy alternative to fast food?
16. Would you ever consider being a vegetarian or vegan?
17. What international food is popular in your country?
18. Does your country have famous food?
19. Are restaurant chains bad for diversity?
20. Do you have any questions for the people who have waited in line?