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The bread used for sandwiches at Subway is not bread. This is what the Irish government has said. In Ireland, some food is not taxed. The foods which aren’t taxed are the main foods people need. Some of the foods which aren’t taxed are bread, milk, cheese and meat.

Subway had asked the Irish government to let them not pay tax on their bread. They had paid tax on their bread before. The Irish courts decided that Subway’s bread is not bread. This is because it contains too much sugar. There is a limit to how much sugar can be in bread for it to be tax-free. This is because other foods could pretend to be bread and not pay tax.

This is not the first time Subway has been criticised for its bread. In 2014, people found that Subway was putting chemicals in the bread. One of the chemicals was one used in yoga mats. They stopped using the chemical when people got angry. They haven’t said if they will use less sugar in their bread.

Difficult words

Tax (n/v): Money that people must pay the government for services.

Court (n): A group of people that judges crimes and situations with the law.

Pretend (v): To behave in a way that makes it look like something is true but it isn’t.

Criticise (v): To say the negative things about something.

Chemical (n): Dealing with chemistry, a man-made substance.

Activities

For listening practice, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Tax A. Act like something is real.
 2. Court B. In chemistry.
 3. Pretend C. Money paid.
 4. Criticise D. Talk negatively.
 5. Chemical E. Group of judges

True or False?

1. The Irish government has said Subway can no longer serve salads. T / F

2. Some food is not taxed in Ireland. T / F

3. Subway has never paid tax on their bread before. T / F

4.  Subway’s bread contains a lot of sugar. T / F

5. Subway used to put chemicals in their bread. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. taxed / food / not / In Ireland, / some / is

2. paid / tax / They / had

3. Irish / The / courts / decided

4. a / limit / is / There

5. first / is / not / time / This / the

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio: 

ContainsChemicalFound
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The bread (1)________ for sandwiches at Subway is not bread. This is what the Irish government has said. In Ireland, some food is not taxed. The foods which aren’t taxed are the main foods people need. Some of the foods which aren’t taxed are bread, milk, (2)_________ and meat.

Subway had asked the Irish government to let them not pay tax on their bread. They had (3)________ tax on their bread before. The Irish courts decided that Subway’s bread is not bread. This is because it (4)__________ too much sugar. There is a limit to how much sugar can be in bread for it to be tax-free. This is because other foods could pretend to be bread and not pay tax.

This is not the first time Subway has been criticised for its bread. In 2014, people (5)__________ that Subway was putting chemicals in the bread. One of the chemicals was one used in yoga mats. They stopped using the (6)___________ when people got angry. They haven’t said if they will use less sugar in their bread.

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. Is Subway popular in your country?
5. What do you think about the amount of sugar in Subway bread?
6. Is fast-food popular in your country?
7. Are there any ‘healthy’ fast foods in your country?
8. Are food standards high in your country?
9. Have you eaten at Subway before?
10. Are sandwiches a popular fast-food in your country?
11. Is food taxed in your country?
12. Do you think certain foods should not be taxed?
13. Do you have a favorite type of fast-food?
14. Do you think the Irish Supreme Court was right to classify Subway’s bread in the same way as sweets and chocolate?
15. Are there any tax laws that you don’t agree with in your country?
16. Do you worry about the ingredients used in foods?
17. Do you try to eat healthy?
18. Do you think governments should create laws for food ingredients?
19. Do you consider your country’s traditional food ‘healthy’?
20. Do you think Subway will change their bread recipe?