The Reading / Listening - Pearl Harbor - Level 2

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japan's surprise attack on the base in 1941 led to the USA joining World War II. Mr Abe did not apologize for the attack. He said: "The people of the USA and the people around the world, as the Prime Minister of Japan, I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here." Mr Abe also said: "We must never repeat the horrors of war again. This is the serious vow the people of Japan have taken." President Obama welcomed Mr Abe, "in the spirit of friendship".



A total of 353 Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 US personnel. The attack also damaged or destroyed 19 US warships. Mr Abe is the first Japanese leader for decades to visit Pearl Harbor and the first to visit a special memorial there. He spoke about the US role in rebuilding Japan after WWII. He said after the war, "Japan was a nation in burnt-out ruins as far as the eye could see, suffering miserable poverty" and the USA sent food to eat and clothes to wear. He added that the friendship between the USA and Japan was an "alliance of hope".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pearl Harbor - Level 0 Pearl Harbor - Level 1   or  Pearl Harbor - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38438714
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-12-27/abe-to-answer-obama-s-hiroshima-visit-with-trip-to-pearl-harbor
  • http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Japan-s-Abe-offers-condolences-at-Pearl-Harbor-for-victims-of-war


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the U.S. naval
  2. Japan's surprise attack
  3. Mr Abe did not apologize
  4. I offer my sincere and everlasting
  5. the souls of those
  6. We must never repeat the
  7. the serious vow the people
  8. in the spirit
  1. of Japan have taken
  2. base at Pearl Harbor
  3. who lost their lives
  4. of friendship
  5. on the base
  6. for the attack
  7. horrors of war
  8. condolences

Paragraph 2

  1. A total of
  2. killing 2,403
  3. damaged or destroyed 19
  4. the first Japanese leader
  5. the first to visit a special
  6. the US role in
  7. Japan was a nation in burnt-
  8. suffering miserable
  1. for decades to visit
  2. US warships
  3. rebuilding Japan
  4. out ruins
  5. 353 Japanese planes
  6. poverty
  7. US personnel
  8. memorial

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (1) ___________________ naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japan's (2) ___________________ the base in 1941 led to the USA joining World War II. Mr Abe did not (3) ___________________ the attack. He said: "The people of the USA and the people around the world, as the Prime Minister of Japan, I (4) ___________________ and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here." Mr Abe also said: "We (5) ___________________ the horrors of war again. This is the serious vow the people of Japan have taken." President Obama welcomed Mr Abe, "(6) ___________________ friendship".

A total of 353 Japanese (7) ___________________ Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 US personnel. The attack (8) ___________________ destroyed 19 US warships. Mr Abe is the first Japanese leader for decades to visit Pearl Harbor (9) ___________________ visit a special memorial there. He spoke about the US role in rebuilding Japan after WWII. He (10) ___________________, "Japan was a nation in burnt-out ruins as far as the eye could see, suffering (11) ___________________" and the USA sent food to eat and clothes to wear. He added that the friendship between the USA and Japan was (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japan'sPrimeMinisterShinzoAbevisitedtheU.S.navalbaseatPearlHar
borinHawaii.Japan'ssurpriseattackonthebasein1941ledtotheUSAjoi
ningWorldWarII.MrAbedidnotapologizefortheattack.Hesaid:"Thepe
opleoftheUSAandthepeoplearoundtheworld,asthePrimeMinisterofJ
apan,Ioffermysincereandeverlastingcondolencestothesoulsofthose
wholosttheirliveshere."MrAbealsosaid:"Wemustneverrepeatthehor
rorsofwaragain.ThisistheseriousvowthepeopleofJapanhavetaken."P
residentObamawelcomedMrAbe,"inthespiritoffriendship".Atotalof3
53JapaneseplanesattackedPearlHarbor,killing2,403USpersonnel.T
heattackalsodamagedordestroyed19USwarships.MrAbeisthefirstJa
paneseleaderfordecadestovisitPearlHarborandthefirsttovisitaspecia
lmemorialthere.HespokeabouttheUSroleinrebuildingJapanafterWW
II.Hesaidafterthewar,"Japanwasanationinburnt-outruinsasfarasth
eeyecouldsee,sufferingmiserablepoverty"andtheUSAsentfoodtoeat
andclothestowear.HeaddedthatthefriendshipbetweentheUSAandJa
panwasan"allianceofhope".

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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