A Lesson on Pizza Hut

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THE LESSON ON PIZZA HUT

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Pizza Hut is one of the world’s best-known pizza restaurants. It was founded in 1958 in Kansas, USA, by brothers Dan and Frank Carney. Twenty years later, it was bought by Pepsico. Pizza Hut offers dine-in, takeaway and home delivery options in nearly all its 10,000 locations in more than 90 countries. The website says: “At Pizza Hut, we take great pride and care to provide you with the best food and dining experience in the quick-service restaurant business.” The company is well-known for using famous people in their adverts. These include former Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-boxing champion Muhammad Ali and the Muppets. The company was also the first to sponsor the first space pizza delivery in 2001, when the company’s name was put on the side of a Russian rocket.

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    WARM-UPS

    1. BRAINSTORM: Write all the words you can think of about Pizza Hut on the board or on a piece of paper. Talk about these words with your partner(s).

    2. PIZZA HUT MORNING: Each student pretends to be an employee of Pizza Hut. They walk around the class and talk about the company and their job.

    3. RUMOURS: Each student writes down a pretend rumour about Pizza Hut. They then walk around the class and talk to other students about their rumour.

    4. GOOD AND BAD: Brainstorm good and bad things about Pizza Hut and write them on the board. Students talk about these in pairs.

    5. TRUE OR FALSE: Students find out several facts about Pizza Hut. They write these down and add the same number of things about the company that are false. Students test each other on which of their points are true or false.

    6. FACTS: In groups, students write down as many facts as they can about Pizza Hut. The winner is the group with the most facts. Teacher may wish to have groups share their facts to make sure they are real.

    LISTENING / READING GAP FILL

    Pizza Hut is one of _______________________ pizza restaurants. It was founded in 1958 in Kansas, USA, by brothers Dan and Frank Carney. Twenty years later, it was bought by Pepsico. Pizza Hut offers dine-in, takeaway and _______________________ nearly all its 10,000 _______________________ 90 countries. The website says: “At Pizza Hut, we _______________________ to provide you with the best food and _______________________ quick-service restaurant business.” The company is well-known for using famous _______________________. These include former Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-boxing champion Muhammad Ali and the Muppets. The company was also the first _______________________ pizza delivery in 2001, when the company’s name _______________________ a Russian rocket.

    CORRECT THE SPELLING

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    UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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    INSERT THE VOWELS

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    PUNCTUATE THE TEXT AND ADD CAPITALS

    pizza hut is one of the world’s best-known pizza restaurants it was founded in 1958 in kansas usa by brothers dan and frank carney twenty years later it was bought by pepsico pizza hut offers dine-in takeaway and home delivery options in nearly all its 10000 locations in more than 90 countries the website says “at pizza hut we take great pride and care to provide you with the best food and dining experience in the quick-service restaurant business” the company is well-known for using famous people in their adverts these include former soviet union premier mikhail gorbachev ex-boxing champion muhammad ali and the muppets the company was also the first to sponsor the first space pizza delivery in 2001 when the company’s name was put on the side of a russian rocket

    CHOOSE THE CORRECT TENSE

    Pizza Hut .......... (be) one of the world’s best-known pizza restaurants. It was .......... (found) in 1958 in Kansas, USA, by brothers Dan and Frank Carney. Twenty years later, it was .......... (buy) by Pepsico. Pizza Hut .......... (offer) dine-in, takeaway and home delivery options in nearly all its 10,000 locations in more than 90 countries. The website .......... (say): “At Pizza Hut, we .......... (take) great pride and care to .......... (provide) you with the best food and dining experience in the quick-service restaurant business.” The company .......... (be) well-known for using famous people in their adverts. These .......... (include) former Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-boxing champion Muhammad Ali and the Muppets. The company .......... (be) also the first to .......... (sponsor) the first space pizza delivery in 2001, when the company’s name was .......... (put) on the side of a Russian rocket.

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    REWRITE WITH SPACES

    PizzaHutisoneoftheworld’sbest-knownpizzarestaurants.Itwasfoundedin1958inKansas,
    USA,bybrothersDanandFrankCarney.Twentyyearslater,itwasboughtbyPepsico.Pizza
    Hutoffersdine-in,takeawayandhomedeliveryoptionsinnearlyallits10,000locations
    inmorethan90countries.Thewebsitesays:“AtPizzaHut,wetakegreatprideandcareto
    provideyouwiththebestfoodanddiningexperienceinthequick-servicerestaurant
    business.”Thecompanyiswell-knownforusingfamouspeopleintheiradverts.These
    includeformerSovietUnionPremierMikhailGorbachev,ex-boxingchampionMuhammad
    AliandtheMuppets.Thecompanywasalsothefirsttosponsorthefirstspacepizza
    deliveryin2001,whenthecompany’snamewasputonthesideofaRussianrocket.

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    CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

    Pizza Hut is one of the world’s best-____________ pizza restaurants. It was founded in 1958 in Kansas, USA, by brothers Dan and Frank Carney. Twenty years later, it was bought by Pepsico. Pizza Hut offers dine-in, ____________ and home delivery ____________ in nearly all its 10,000 locations in more than 90 countries. The website says: “At Pizza Hut, we take great ____________ and care to provide you with the best food and ____________ experience in the quick-service restaurant business.” The company is well-known for ____________ famous people in their ____________. These include former Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-boxing ____________ Muhammad Ali and the Muppets. The company was also the first to ____________ the first space pizza delivery in 2001, when the company’s name was put on the ____________ of a Russian rocket.

     

     

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    PROJECT PIZZA HUT

    Part 1. Your mission is to increase the profits and sales of Pizza Hut. Complete this  table with your project partner(s):

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    How Pizza Hut is better than the competition

     

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    Part 2. Change partners and look at their project. Suggest improvements. Ask for advice on your project:

    Part 3. Make a presentation on your project. Give it to the class. Vote the best projects.

    PIZZA HUT – ROLE PLAY 1

    Role  A – Pizza Hut CEO

    You believe your company is the best in the world. It pays its workers very well and working conditions are great. Your company is very green – it cares about the environment. You think your levels of customer service are great. Disagree with person B, C and D.

    Role  B – Pizza Hut worker

    You think it’s a bad company to work for. You’re very unhappy with pay, raises and bonuses. You are very unhappy with the working environment. You don’t like the company’s policy on the environment. You keep hearing profits are more important than customers. Disagree with A and C. Tell D the truth.

    Role  C – Pizza Hut customer

    You are a customer of Pizza Hut. You used to think it was great, but not now. Its workers are always very rude. No one ever answers the phone. You are shocked about its policy on the environment. You think all staff should get less pay. You disagree with person A and B. Tell D the truth.

    Role  D – A journalist

    You keep hearing bad things about Pizza Hut. You want to tell the world in your newspaper. You heard the CEO gets a huge bonus every year. You found a company memo saying profits are more important than the environment. You want to know why so many staff are ill. Find the truth.

    PIZZA HUT – ROLE PLAY 2

    Role  A – Pizza Hut New Products Director

    You have created a new product for Pizza Hut. You believe the new product will be the company’s best ever. It will be a bestseller. There are people who do not agree with you. You need B, C and D on your side. Tell them why this is a product that will bring great things to Pizza Hut.

    Role  B – Pizza Hut Marketing Director

    You think the company’s new product is a really bad idea. It will give your company a really bad name. You think the New Products Director is trying to destroy the company. Try to get him/her to understand there’s no way the new product will sell. Try to get person C and D on your side.

    Role  C – Pizza Hut Market Researcher

    You have interviewed thousands of people about the new product. They don’t like it or hate it. You think it will be successful if they make many changes. Tell the New Products Director he/she needs to change the product. You neither like nor trust person B. Disagree will him/her.

    Role  D – Pizza Hut Shareholder

    You know a lot about Pizza Hut’s new product. You are worried it will not sell and share prices will go down. You think A is crazy and must find a new job. You agree with everything B says. You don’t agree with C. The new product should not go on the market.

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    JOB INTERVIEW ROLE PLAY

    INTERVIEWER  (Write the questions you want to ask the candidate.)

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    INTERVIEWEE  (Write questions you want to ask the interviewer.)

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    DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

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

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    PIZZA HUT SURVEY

    Write five GOOD questions about Pizza Hut in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

    When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

     

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    WRITING 1 – SPEED WRITING

    Write anything about Pizza Hut for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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    WRITING 2 – LETTER OF COMPLAINT

    Write a letter to Pizza Hut. Complain about one of its products. Ask for a refund. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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    WRITING 3 – LETTER OF APOLOGY

    Write a letter of apology to the customer. Explain why you cannot give a refund. Show your partner your letter. 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. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about Pizza Hut. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Pizza Hut. What have they done recently? What are their plans? Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    4. PIZZA HUT POSTER Make a poster about Pizza Hut. Make sure you sell the company to the public.  Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

    5. MY PIZZA HUT LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Pizza Hut. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

    6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on Pizza Hut. Share your findings with the class.

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