The Reading / Listening - Designer Uniforms - Level 4

Elementary school parents are angry at the price of their child's school uniform. The Tokyo school decided the luxury designer Armani would design its new school uniforms. The uniforms include a hat and bag and cost ¥80,000 ($730). Parents are protesting at the very high price. School officials said they wanted a uniform that reflected the rich area around the school. They visited department stores and asked Armani to design the uniform.



The uniform price has been discussed in Japan's parliament. A lawmaker said that since the school is public, "a certain price range" is needed. Japan's finance minister said it was expensive and would be a problem if parents could not pay. Japan's education minister said the financial burden on parents should not be too high. The school principal accepted the criticism. He said: "I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Designer Uniforms - Level 5 or  Designer Uniforms - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/09/national/armani-parents-question-pricey-uniforms-public-school-tokyos-ginza-district/
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/02/9c114d1cc230-armani-uniform-at-public-elementary-school-spurs-parents-complaints.html
  • https://www.vogue.com.au/fashion/news/this-primary-school-in-japan-is-forcing-children-to-wear-armani-uniforms-every-day/news-story/eb02490f9d591f3b62ef607c098ea83a


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. school parents are
  2. the luxury designer
  3. Armani would design
  4. The uniforms include
  5. Parents are protesting
  6. reflected the rich area
  7. department
  8. design the
  1. around the school
  2. angry
  3. stores
  4. its new school uniforms
  5. a hat and bag
  6. uniform
  7. Armani
  8. at the very high price

Paragraph 2

  1. discussed in Japan's
  2. the school is
  3. a certain price
  4. a problem if parents
  5. Japan's education
  6. the financial burden
  7. The school principal accepted the
  8. I will go on explaining
  1. on parents
  2. range
  3. carefully
  4. public
  5. criticism
  6. parliament
  7. minister
  8. could not pay

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Elementary school parents (1) ___________________ the price of their child's school uniform. The Tokyo school decided (2) ___________________ Armani would (3) ___________________ school uniforms. The uniforms include a hat and bag and cost ¥80,000 ($730). Parents are protesting at the (4) ___________________. School officials said they wanted a uniform that reflected (5) ___________________ around the school. They visited department (6) ___________________ Armani to design the uniform.

The uniform (7) ___________________ discussed in Japan's parliament. A lawmaker said that since the school is public, "a (8) ___________________" is needed. Japan's (9) ___________________ it was expensive and would be a problem if parents (10) ___________________. Japan's education minister said the financial burden on parents should not (11) ___________________. The school principal accepted the criticism. He said: "I will go on explaining carefully (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Elementaryschoolparentsareangryatthepriceoftheirchild'sschooluni
form.TheTokyoschooldecidedtheluxurydesignerArmaniwoulddesig
nitsnewschooluniforms.Theuniformsincludeahatandbagandcost¥80
,000($730).Parentsareprotestingattheveryhighprice.Schoolofficial
ssaidtheywantedauniformthatreflectedtherichareaaroundtheschool
.TheyvisiteddepartmentstoresandaskedArmanitodesigntheuniform
.TheuniformpricehasbeendiscussedinJapan'sparliament.Alawmake
rsaidthatsincetheschoolispublic,"acertainpricerange"isneeded.Japa
n'sfinanceministersaiditwasexpensiveandwouldbeaproblemifparent
scouldnotpay.Japan'seducationministersaidthefinancialburdenonp
arentsshouldnotbetoohigh.Theschoolprincipalacceptedthecriticism.
Hesaid:"Iwillgoonexplainingcarefullytothoseconcerned."

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.

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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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