The Reading / Listening - Designer Uniforms - Level 5

Parents of an elementary school are angry at the $730 price of their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo has decided its new school uniforms will be designed by the luxury designer Armani. The special uniforms include a hat and bag. It all costs ¥80,000 ($730). Parents are angry at the school's decision. They are protesting at the exorbitant price of the uniform. The school said it wanted a uniform that represented the rich area around the school. School officials visited department stores and asked the fashion brand Armani to design the uniform.



The uniform has created a fuss. It has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public, "a certain price range needs to be considered". Japan's finance minister said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be tough if a student could not afford to pay." Japan's education minister said the financial burden on parents for uniforms should not be too high. Twitter users said children are not interested in designer clothes. The school principal accepted the criticism and said: "I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Designer Uniforms - Level 4 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. public
  2. designed by the
  3. The special uniforms include
  4. Parents are angry at the school's
  5. the exorbitant
  6. the rich area
  7. School officials visited
  8. asked the fashion
  1. decision
  2. department stores
  3. elementary school
  4. brand Armani
  5. a hat and bag
  6. luxury designer
  7. price of the uniform
  8. around the school

Paragraph 2

  1. The uniform has created a
  2. a certain price range needs to
  3. a student could not
  4. Japan's education
  5. the financial burden
  6. children are not interested
  7. The school principal accepted the
  8. I will go on explaining
  1. criticism
  2. fuss
  3. carefully
  4. afford to pay
  5. in designer clothes
  6. on parents
  7. be considered
  8. minister

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Parents of an elementary school (1) ___________________ the $730 price of their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo has decided its new school uniforms will be designed by (2) ___________________ Armani. The special uniforms (3) ___________________ and bag. It all costs ¥80,000 ($730). Parents are angry at the school's decision. They are protesting at the (4) ___________________ the uniform. The school said it wanted a uniform that represented the (5) ___________________ the school. School officials visited department stores and asked the fashion brand Armani to (6) ___________________.

The uniform has (7) ___________________. It has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that (8) ___________________ is public, "a certain price range needs to be considered". Japan's finance minister said: "Clearly it's expensive. It (9) ___________________ if a student could not afford to pay." Japan's education minister said (10) ___________________ on parents for uniforms should not be too high. Twitter users said children are (11) ___________________ designer clothes. The school principal accepted the criticism and said: "I will go on explaining carefully (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Parentsofanelementaryschoolareangryatthe$730priceoftheirchild's
schooluniform.ApublicelementaryschoolinTokyohasdecideditsnews
chooluniformswillbedesignedbytheluxurydesignerArmani.Thespeci
aluniformsincludeahatandbag.Itallcosts¥80,000($730).Parentsare
angryattheschool'sdecision.Theyareprotestingattheexorbitantprice
oftheuniform.Theschoolsaiditwantedauniformthatrepresentedtheri
chareaaroundtheschool.Schoolofficialsvisiteddepartmentstoresand
askedthefashionbrandArmanitodesigntheuniform.Theuniformhascr
eatedafuss.IthasbeendiscussedinJapan'sparliament.Onelawmaker
saidthatsincetheschoolispublic,"acertainpricerangeneedstobeconsi
dered".Japan'sfinanceministersaid:"Clearlyit'sexpensive.Itwouldbe
toughifastudentcouldnotaffordtopay."Japan'seducationministersai
dthefinancialburdenonparentsforuniformsshouldnotbetoohigh.Twit
teruserssaidchildrenarenotinterestedindesignerclothes.Theschoolp
rincipalacceptedthecriticismandsaid:"Iwillgoonexplainingcarefullyt
othoseconcerned."

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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Answers

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