The Reading / Listening - Level 2

President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Japan's city of Hiroshima. It is a huge event for the USA and Japan. Hiroshima is the first city to suffer from atomic weapons. The bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the city in 1945 killed around 140,000 in that year. Some historians say it helped end World War II. Others say it should never have happened. President Obama said his visit is to focus on the future. Mr Obama will not apologise for the bombing. An advisor said Obama, "will offer a forward-looking vision" that focuses on the shared future of the USA and Japan.



Barack Obama has wanted to visit Hiroshima for many years. People in Japan and the USA are now talking about the bombs that killed so many people. Mr Obama said his visit would be a time to think about the horror of war, and to remember the loss of life. He hopes his time in Hiroshima will remind people that war causes unnecessary death and that nuclear weapons should never be used. He said he wants people to know that 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. It is a huge
  2. atomic
  3. historians say it helped
  4. it should never
  5. focus on
  6. apologise
  7. a forward-
  8. the shared future of
  1. the future
  2. end World War II
  3. looking vision
  4. weapons
  5. the USA and Japan
  6. event
  7. have happened
  8. for the bombing

Paragraph 2

  1. the bombs that
  2. the loss
  3. remind people that war causes
  4. nuclear
  5. He said he wants people to
  6. innocent
  7. not just the thing of
  8. in many parts
  1. people
  2. weapons
  3. the past
  4. of life
  5. of the world
  6. killed so many people
  7. know
  8. unnecessary death

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

President Barack Obama will (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. The bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the city in 1945 killed around 140,000 in that year. Some (4) ___________________ helped end World War II. Others say it should never have happened. President Obama said his visit (5) ___________________ the future. Mr Obama will not apologise for the bombing. An advisor said Obama, "will offer a forward-looking vision" that focuses on (6) ___________________ of the USA and Japan.

Barack Obama (7) ___________________ visit Hiroshima for many years. People in Japan and the USA are now talking about the bombs that killed (8) ___________________. Mr Obama said his visit would be a time to think (9) ___________________ of war, and to remember the loss of life. He hopes his time in Hiroshima will remind people (10) ___________________ unnecessary death and that nuclear weapons should never be used. He said he wants people to know that (11) ___________________ caught in war suffer a lot. He added: "And that's not just the thing of the past. That is happening today (12) ___________________ of the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PresidentBarackObamawillbecomethefirstU.S.presidenttovisitJapa
n'scityofHiroshima.ItisahugeeventfortheUSAandJapan.Hiroshimais
thefirstcitytosufferfromatomicweapons.ThebombthatU.S.forcesdro
ppedonthecityin1945killedaround140,000inthatyear.Somehistoria
nssayithelpedendWorldWarII.Otherssayitshouldneverhavehappen
ed.PresidentObamasaidhisvisitistofocusonthefuture.MrObamawilln
otapologiseforthebombing.AnadvisorsaidObama,"willofferaforward
-lookingvision"thatfocusesonthesharedfutureoftheUSAandJapa
n.BarackObamahaswantedtovisitHiroshimaformanyyears.Peoplein
JapanandtheUSAarenowtalkingaboutthebombsthatkilledsomanype
ople.MrObamasaidhisvisitwouldbeatimetothinkaboutthehorrorofwa
r,andtorememberthelossoflife.HehopeshistimeinHiroshimawillremi
ndpeoplethatwarcausesunnecessarydeathandthatnuclearweapons
shouldneverbeused.Hesaidhewantspeopletoknowthatinnocentpeop
lecaughtinwarsufferalot.Headded:"Andthat'snotjustthethingofthe
past.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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