The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A 30-second video from a railway company in Japan has made women angry. The Tokyu rail company wants women to stop putting on make-up while on trains. The video has the lines: "Women in the city are all beautiful. But they are ugly to see, at times….Please refrain from putting on make-up on the train." A Tokyu spokesman said the video is part one of an eight-part series aimed at educating passengers on train etiquette, rules and good manners on the trains. Tokyu said it had received a lot of positive feedback about the video and it would continue to show it.



Many women have criticized the video as being sexist. A woman tweeted: "I can understand if Tokyu's ad asks me to stop putting make-up on because powder might spill, but a train company has no right to tell me whether I look beautiful or ugly." Another wrote: "If Tokyu wants to clamp down on people who make others uncomfortable, it should [target] people with body odors, or people who smell of alcohol or vomit." A survey of passengers said women putting on make-up was eighth on a list of nuisances on trains. Other nuisances included people talking loudly on smartphones.

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Sources
  • http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/27/national/tokyu-corp-gets-backlash-no-makeup-video/#.WBMG44WFic0
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37796036
  • http://www.atimes.com/article/tokyo-subway-line-operator-gets-mascara-smudged/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A 30-
  2. made women
  3. stop putting on make-up while
  4. Please refrain from
  5. part one of
  6. aimed at educating
  7. train
  8. positive
  1. passengers
  2. on trains
  3. an eight-part series
  4. feedback
  5. second video
  6. putting on make-up
  7. angry
  8. etiquette

Paragraph 2

  1. women have criticized the video
  2. powder might
  3. a train company has no right
  4. whether I look beautiful
  5. Tokyu wants to clamp
  6. people with body
  7. eighth on a list
  8. people talking
  1. to tell me
  2. odors
  3. spill
  4. of nuisances
  5. as being sexist
  6. loudly
  7. or ugly
  8. down on people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 30-(1) ___________________ a railway company in Japan has made women angry. The Tokyu rail company wants women to stop putting on make-up (2) ___________________. The video has the lines: "Women in the city are all beautiful. But (3) ___________________ see, at times….Please refrain from putting on make-up on the train." A Tokyu spokesman said the video is part one (4) ___________________ series aimed at educating passengers on (5) ___________________, rules and good manners on the trains. Tokyu said it had received a lot of positive feedback about the video and it (6) ___________________ show it.

Many women have criticized the video (7) ___________________. A woman tweeted: "I can understand if Tokyu's ad asks me to stop putting make-up on because (8) ___________________, but a train company has no right to tell me (9) ___________________ beautiful or ugly." Another wrote: "If Tokyu wants (10) ___________________ on people who make others uncomfortable, it should [target] people with body odors, or people (11) ___________________ alcohol or vomit." A survey of passengers said women putting on make-up was eighth (12) ___________________ nuisances on trains. Other nuisances included people talking loudly on smartphones.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A30-secondvideofromarailwaycompanyinJapanhasmadewomenan
gry.TheTokyurailcompanywantswomentostopputtingonmake-upw
hileontrains.Thevideohasthelines:"Womeninthecityareallbeautiful.
Buttheyareuglytosee,attimes….Pleaserefrainfromputtingonmake-
uponthetrain."ATokyuspokesmansaidthevideoispartoneofaneight-
partseriesaimedateducatingpassengersontrainetiquette,rulesandg
oodmannersonthetrains.Tokyusaidithadreceivedalotofpositivefeed
backaboutthevideoanditwouldcontinuetoshowit.Manywomenhavec
riticizedthevideoasbeingsexist.Awomantweeted:"Icanunderstandif
Tokyu'sadasksmetostopputtingmake-uponbecausepowdermightsp
ill,butatraincompanyhasnorighttotellmewhetherIlookbeautifulorugl
y."Anotherwrote:"IfTokyuwantstoclampdownonpeoplewhomakeot
hersuncomfortable,itshould[target]peoplewithbodyodors,orpeople
whosmellofalcoholorvomit."Asurveyofpassengerssaidwomenputtin
gonmake-upwaseighthonalistofnuisancesontrains.Othernuisancesi
ncludedpeopletalkingloudlyonsmartphones.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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