The Reading / Listening - Level 0

Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. Hiroshima is the first city where an atomic bomb fell. Around 140,000 people died. Some people say it helped end World War II. Mr Obama will not say sorry for the bombing. He will look to the future of the USA and Japan.



Mr Obama said his visit is a time to remember that war is bad. It causes death. It is also to remember the dead. He doesn't want nuclear weapons to be used again. He said innocent people in wars suffer a lot. He added: "And that's not just the thing of the past. That is happening today in many parts of the world."

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Sources
  • http://www.newsday.com/opinion/obama-s-hiroshima-trip-just-more-of-the-same-1.11823516
  • http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/23/national/politics-diplomacy/71-years-debate-bombs-shows-no-sign-resolution/#.V0LZUNeFic1
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605230021.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Obama will be the
  2. visit
  3. Hiroshima is the first
  4. an atomic bomb
  5. Around 140,000 people
  6. it helped
  7. say
  8. He will look
  1. end World War II
  2. fell
  3. sorry
  4. first U.S. president
  5. city
  6. to the future
  7. Hiroshima
  8. died

Paragraph 2

  1. his visit is a time
  2. It causes
  3. It is also to remember
  4. nuclear
  5. innocent
  6. that's not just the thing of the
  7. That is happening
  8. in many parts
  1. past
  2. weapons
  3. today
  4. death
  5. of the world
  6. to remember
  7. people
  8. the dead

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Barack Obama (1) ___________________ U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. Hiroshima (2) ___________________ city where an atomic (3) ___________________. Around 140,000 people died. Some people (4) ___________________ end World War II. Mr Obama will (5) ___________________ for the bombing. He will look to the (6) ___________________ USA and Japan.

Mr Obama said (7) ___________________ a time to remember that war is bad. (8) ___________________. It is also to remember the dead. He (9) ___________________ nuclear weapons to (10) ___________________. He said innocent people in wars (11) ___________________. He added: "And that's not just the thing of the past. That is happening today (12) ___________________ the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BarackObamawillbethefirstU.S.presidenttovisitHiroshima.Hiroshim
aisthefirstcitywhereanatomicbombfell.Around140,000peopledied.S
omepeoplesayithelpedendWorldWarII.MrObamawillnotsaysorryfort
hebombing.HewilllooktothefutureoftheUSAandJapan.MrObamasaid
hisvisitisatimetorememberthatwarisbad.Itcausesdeath.Itisalsotore
memberthedead.Hedoesn'twantnuclearweaponstobeusedagain.He
saidinnocentpeopleinwarssufferalot.Headded:"Andthat'snotjustthe
thingofthepast.Thatishappeningtodayinmanypartsoftheworld."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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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Free writing

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Answers

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