The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Japan's city of Hiroshima. It is a big event for the USA and Japan. Hiroshima is the first city to suffer from atomic weapons. Around 140,000 people died in 1945 after the bomb fell on the city. Historians say it helped end World War II. Others say it should never have happened. Mr Obama will not apologise for the bombing. He will look to a future that focuses on the USA and Japan working together.



Barack Obama has wanted to visit Hiroshima for many years. Mr Obama said his visit would be a time to think about how bad war is, and to remember the dead. He wants to remind people that war causes unnecessary death and that nuclear weapons should never be used. He said innocent people caught in war 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. visit Japan's
  2. It is a big
  3. atomic
  4. Around 140,000 people
  5. after the bomb
  6. Mr Obama will not apologise
  7. focuses
  8. working
  1. event
  2. died
  3. fell on the city
  4. on the USA and Japan
  5. for the bombing
  6. together
  7. city of Hiroshima
  8. weapons

Paragraph 2

  1. a time to think about
  2. remember
  3. He wants to remind
  4. nuclear
  5. innocent
  6. not just the thing
  7. That is happening
  8. in many
  1. people
  2. of the past
  3. how bad war is
  4. parts of the world
  5. the dead
  6. today
  7. people
  8. weapons

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Barack Obama (1) ___________________ U.S. president to visit Japan's city of Hiroshima. It (2) ___________________ for the USA and Japan. Hiroshima is the first city (3) ________________ atomic weapons. Around 140,000 people died in 1945 after       (4) ___________________ on the city. Historians say             (5) ___________________ World War II. Others say it should never have happened. Mr Obama will not apologise for the bombing. He will look to a future (6) ___________________ the USA and Japan working together.

Barack Obama has wanted to visit Hiroshima (7) ___________________. Mr Obama said his visit would be a time to think (8) ___________________ war is, and to remember the dead. He wants to remind people (9) ___________________ unnecessary death and that nuclear weapons should never be used. He (10) ___________________ people caught in war suffer a lot. He added: "And that's not (11) _________________ of the past. That is happening today (12) ___________________ of the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BarackObamawillbethefirstU.S.presidenttovisitJapan'scityofHiroshi
ma.ItisabigeventfortheUSAandJapan.Hiroshimaisthefirstcitytosuffe
rfromatomicweapons.Around140,000peoplediedin1945afterthebo
mbfellonthecity.HistorianssayithelpedendWorldWarII.Otherssayits
houldneverhavehappened.MrObamawillnotapologiseforthebombin
g.HewilllooktoafuturethatfocusesontheUSAandJapanworkingtogeth
er.BarackObamahaswantedtovisitHiroshimaformanyyears.MrOba
masaidhisvisitwouldbeatimetothinkabouthowbadwaris,andtoreme
mberthedead.Hewantstoremindpeoplethatwarcausesunnecessaryd
eathandthatnuclearweaponsshouldneverbeused.Hesaidinnocentpe
oplecaughtinwarsufferalot.Headded:"Andthat'snotjustthethingofth
epast.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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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