The Reading / Listening - Designer Uniforms - Level 6

Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are up in arms at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by the luxury Italian designer Armani. The bespoke uniforms, which include a hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decision and are protesting at what they view as the exorbitant price for a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it wanted a designer uniform that represented the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand Armani to design the uniform.



The expensive uniform has created such a fuss that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private, "a certain price range needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be tough if a student could not afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the financial burden placed on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With humility, I take the criticism that the explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Designer Uniforms - Level 4  or  Designer Uniforms - Level 5

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


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SCHOOL UNIFORMS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about school uniforms. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       parents / elementary school / school uniform / luxury / designer / eight-year-old /
       expensive / fuss / price range / tough / education / humility / criticism / explaining
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CHEAP: Students A strongly believe schools should choose the cheapest school uniforms; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. UNIFORMS: What are the good and bad points about these uniforms? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Points

Bad Points

School uniforms

 

 

Police uniforms

 

 

Military uniforms

 

 

Nurse uniforms

 

 

Restaurant uniforms

 

 

Flight attendant uniforms

 

 

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5. BRAND: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "brand". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EXPENSIVE: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that shouldn't be expensive at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • cosmetics
  • weddings
  • pets
  • education
  • school uniforms
  • Internet access
  • housing
  • chocolate

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. up in arms a. Take up or start to use or follow an idea, method, or course of action.
      2. upmarket b. Very, very angry.
      3. adopt c. The state of great comfort and extravagant living.
      4. luxury d. Of a price or amount that is unreasonably high.
      5. exorbitant e. Very expensive and designed to appeal to richer customers.
      6. represented f. A type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.
      7. brand g. Was a symbol of a particular quality or thing.

    Paragraph 2

      8. fuss h. The area of variation between upper and lower limits on a particular scale.
      9. range i. More than is necessary, normal, or desirable.
      10. tough j. A display or show of unnecessary or excessive excitement, activity, or interest.
      11. burden k. Involving considerable difficulty or hardship; requiring great determination or effort.
      12. excessive l. A low view of one's own importance.
      13. humility m. The main responsibility for achieving a specified aim or task.
      14. insufficient n. Not enough; inadequate.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A high school in Tokyo wants parents to buy $730 uniforms.     T / F
  2. The school asked the Italian designer Armani to design the uniforms.     T / F
  3. The uniform's price includes the school bag and a hat.     T / F
  4. School officials went to department stores to look for a uniform.     T / F
  5. The school uniform's price has been discussed by Japan's government.    T / F
  6. Japan's Finance Minister said the uniform's price was not expensive.     T / F
  7. The article said a Twitter user said children love designer clothes.     T / F
  8. The school principal has said there is no more talking to be done.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. up in arms
  2. upmarket
  3. bespoke
  4. exorbitant
  5. represented
  6. fuss
  7. considered
  8. tough
  9. excessive
  10. insufficient
  1. excessively high
  2. too much
  3. thought about
  4. exclusive
  5. difficult
  6. symbolized
  7. angry
  8. too little
  9. hoo-ha
  10. custom-made

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are up
  2. A public elementary school in Tokyo's
  3. Parents are angry at the school's
  4. what they view as
  5. the fashion
  6. The expensive uniform has created
  7. a certain price
  8. tough if a student could not afford
  9. the financial burden placed
  10. I take the criticism that the explanation has
  1. to pay for it
  2. brand Armani
  3. the exorbitant price
  4. been insufficient
  5. upmarket Ginza
  6. on parents
  7. in arms
  8. such a fuss
  9. decision
  10. range

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
luxury
exorbitant
protesting
arms
brand
priced
represented
district

Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are up in (1) ____________ at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza (2) ____________ has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by the (3) ____________ Italian designer Armani. The bespoke uniforms, which include a hat and bag, are (4) ____________ at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decision and are (5) ____________ at what they view as the (6) ____________ price for a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it wanted a designer uniform that (7) ____________ the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion (8) ____________ Armani to design the uniform.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
excessive
tough
fuss
insufficient
burden
range
humility
steps

The expensive uniform has created such a (9) ____________ that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private, "a certain price (10) ____________ needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be (11) ____________ if a student could not afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said (12) ____________ would be taken to ensure the financial (13) ____________ placed on parents for uniforms, "would not be (14) ____________ ". Twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With (15) ____________, I take the criticism that the explanation has been (16) ____________ and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are ______
     a.  up in arms
     b.  up in legs
     c.  up in ears
     d.  up in eyes
2)  A public elementary school in Tokyo's ______
     a.  upmarket Ginza
     b.  marketing Ginza
     c.  marketer Ginza
     d.  marketed Ginza
3) bespoke uniforms, which include a hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ______
     a.  ($730) beach
     b.  ($730) peach
     c.  ($730) each
     d.  ($730) reach
4)  angry at the school's decision and are protesting at what they view as the ______
     a.  export ant price
     b.  exhort buoyant price
     c.  exorbitant price
     d.  ex-orbital price
5)  School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the ______
     a.  fashion bland
     b.  fashion blend
     c.  fashion brand
     d.  fashion braid

6)  The expensive uniform has created ______
     a.  such a fussy
     b.  such a fussed
     c.  such a fuss
     d.  such a fuse
7)  since the school is public and not private, a certain price range needs ______
     a.  to be consider
     b.  to be considered
     c.  to be considering
     d.  to be considerable
8)  It would be tough if a student could not ______ for it
     a.  afford toupee
     b.  afford troop pay
     c.  a ford top pay
     d.  afford to pay
9)  Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the ______
     a.  financial burden
     b.  financial bird on
     c.  financial burr den
     d.  financial bird den
10)  The school principal said: "With humility, I ______"
     a.  take the eroticism
     b.  take the exorcism
     c.  take the critic schism
     d.  take the criticism

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are (1) ___________________ at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district has (2) ___________________ new school uniforms designed by the luxury Italian designer Armani. The bespoke uniforms, which include a hat and bag, (3) ___________________ over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decision and are protesting at what they view as the (4) ___________________ a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it (5) ___________________ uniform that represented the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand Armani to (6) ___________________.

The expensive uniform has created (7) ___________________ that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private, "a (8) ___________________ needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be tough if a student could not (9) ___________________ for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the financial (10) ___________________ parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With humility, I (11) ___________________ that the explanation has been (12) ___________________ well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

Comprehension questions

  1. What term did the article use to describe the parents' anger?
  2. In what area of Tokyo is the elementary school?
  3. What did the article say the uniform's price included?
  4. Why does the school want such an expensive uniform?
  5. What kind of shops did school officials visit to look for a uniform?
  6. Where has the school uniform's price been discussed?
  7. Who said the price of the uniform was clearly expensive?
  8. What burden on parents did Japan's education minister talk about?
  9. Who said young children aren't interested in designer clothes?
  10. What did the school principal say he would go on doing?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What term did the article use to describe the parents' anger?
a) fists flying
b) all elbows and knees
c) up in arms
d) cost an arm and a leg
2) In what area of Tokyo is the elementary school?
a) Ginza
b) Shibuya
c) Akihabara
d) Harajuku
3) What did the article say the uniform's price included?
a) an Armani autograph
b) a hat and bag
c) tax
d) underwear
4) Why does the school want such an expensive uniform?
a) the parents want it
b) to increase grades
c) students love designer clothes
d) it represents the rich area
5) What kind of shops did school officials visit to look for a uniform?
a) tailors
b) souvenir shops
c) department stores
d) uniform shops

6) Where has the school uniform's price been discussed?
a) online
b) Japan's parliament
c) in Armani's factory
d) on the streets
7) Who said the price of the uniform was clearly expensive?
a) an 8-year-old student
b) Armani's boss
c) Japan's education minister
d) Japan's finance minister
8) What burden on parents did Japan's education minister talk about?
a) a heavy burden
b) the financial burden
c) the burden of proof
d) the burden of truth
9) Who said young children aren't interested in designer clothes?
a) Armani's boss
b) Twitter users
c) young children
d) parents
10) What did the school principal say he would go on doing?
a) explaining
b) looking for a cheaper uniform
c) teaching
d) criticizing

Role play

Role  A – School Uniforms
You think school uniforms should never be expensive. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it is OK for their things to be expensive. Also, tell the others which of these can be very expensive (and why): Internet access, cosmetics or weddings.

Role  B – Internet Access
You think Internet access should never be expensive. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it is OK for their things to be expensive. Also, tell the others which of these can be very expensive (and why): school uniforms, cosmetics or weddings.

Role  C – Cosmetics
You think cosmetics should never be expensive. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it is OK for their things to be expensive. Also, tell the others which of these can be very expensive (and why): Internet access, school uniforms or weddings.

Role  D – Weddings
You think weddings should never be expensive. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it is OK for their things to be expensive. Also, tell the others which of these can be very expensive (and why):  Internet access, cosmetics or school uniforms.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'school'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'uniform'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • fuss
    • since
    • tough
    • burden
    • humility
    • carefully
    • arms
    • district
    • priced
    • angry
    • area
    • ask




    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 - Parents anger at $730 Armani school uniforms

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'brand'?
    3. What was your school uniform like?
    4. Why do people wear uniforms?
    5. What do you think of luxury brands?
    6. What was the last thing you were up in arms about?
    7. What do you think of the price of the Ginza school's uniform?
    8. What does the adjective 'uniform' mean?
    9. Should the uniform reflect the wealth of the upmarket area of Ginza?
    10. What advice do you have for the parents?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'uniform'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do schoolchildren need to wear uniforms?
    5. Do you understand the fuss being made?
    6. What happens if parents cannot afford the expensive uniforms?
    7. How interested are you in designer fashion?
    8. What would you do if your child was a student at the school?
    9. What are the bad things about uniforms?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the school principal?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are (1) ____ in arms at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's (2) ____ Ginza district has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by the luxury Italian designer Armani. The (3) ____ uniforms, which include a hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decision and are protesting at what they view as the (4) ____ price for a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it wanted a designer uniform that (5) ____ the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand Armani to (6) ____ the uniform.

    The expensive uniform has created such a (7) ____ that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that (8) ____ the school is public and not private, "a certain price range needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be (9) ____ if a student could not afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the financial (10) ____ placed on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With (11) ____, I take the criticism that the explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will (12) ____ on explaining carefully to those concerned."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     up     (b)     over     (c)     throw     (d)     two    
    2. (a)     marketing     (b)     market     (c)     upmarket     (d)     mark it    
    3. (a)     spoke     (b)     spoken     (c)     bespoke     (d)     bespeak    
    4. (a)     expectant     (b)     extant     (c)     exporting     (d)     exorbitant    
    5. (a)     represents     (b)     representation     (c)     represented     (d)     represent    
    6. (a)     assign     (b)     design     (c)     resign     (d)     insignia    
    7. (a)     puss     (b)     fuss     (c)     cuss     (d)     buss    
    8. (a)     then     (b)     since     (c)     always     (d)     such    
    9. (a)     trough     (b)     though     (c)     tough     (d)     thorough    
    10. (a)     branding     (b)     bidding     (c)     embolden     (d)     burden    
    11. (a)     limiting     (b)     humming     (c)     familiarity     (d)     humility    
    12. (a)     voice     (b)     see     (c)     come     (d)     go

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Tokyo's upmarket Ginza sictritd
    2. the ruuxyl Italian designer
    3. The osepekb uniforms
    4. angry at the school's oncesdii
    5. the tnoaxietbr price for a uniform
    6. School fociliafs

    Paragraph 2

    1. discussed in Japan's ameirapltn
    2. It would be tuhgo
    3. uniforms would not be eixvecses
    4. I take the smcctiiir
    5. the explanation has been untcsfiiefni
    6. explaining carefully to those nencrdceo

    Put the text back together

    (...)  adopt new school uniforms designed by the luxury Italian designer Armani. The bespoke uniforms,
    (...)  afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the financial burden placed
    (...)  at the school's decision and are protesting at what they view as the exorbitant price for a uniform of an eight-year-old
    1  ) Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are up in arms at being asked to pay $730 for their child's
    (...)  school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district has decided to
    (...)  interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With humility, I take the criticism that the explanation has
    (...)  which include a hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry
    (...)  The expensive uniform has created such a fuss that it has been discussed in Japan's
    (...)  parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private, "a certain price range needs to be
    (...)  child. The school said it wanted a designer uniform that represented the rich area
    (...)  of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand Armani to design the uniform.
    (...)  considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be tough if a student could not
    (...)  been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."
    (...)  on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children are not

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   up   are   of   school   arms   .   Parents   elementary   in   Tokyo
    2. designed   designer   .   Italian   by   School   uniforms   the   luxury
    3. decision   .   Parents   angry   are   the   school's   at
    4. rich   that   A   represented   designer   uniform   the   area   .
    5. School   visited   top   department   and   officials   decided   .   stores
    6. created   uniform   expensive   has   a   The   such   fuss   .
    7. considered   .   range   be   needs   price   certain   A   to
    8. afford   student   not   pay   it   .   A   to   for   could
    9. in   are   children   designer   Young   interested   clothes   .   not
    10. insufficient   .   that   the   explanation   has   Criticism   been

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Parents of a Tokyo elementary school are up in legs / arms at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket / marketing Ginza district has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by the luxury Italian designer / designs Armani. The bespoke / spoken uniforms, which include a hat and bag, are priced / price at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decide / decision and are protesting at what they viewing / view as the exorbitant price for a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it wanted a designer uniform that replanted / represented the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited bottom / top department stores and decided to order / ask the fashion brand Armani to design the uniform.

    The expensive uniform has created such a fuss / puss that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that for / since the school is public and not private, "a certain / certainly price range needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly / Clear it's expensive. It would be tough if a student could not effort / afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to sure / ensure the financial burden placed on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive / recession". Twitter users said young children are not interested in / on designer clothes. The school principal said: "With humility / humidity, I take the criticism that the explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those cornered / concerned."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    P_r_n t s  _f  _  T_k y_ _l_m_n t_r y   s c h__ l  _r_ _p  _n  _r m s  _t   b__ n g  _s k_d   t_  p_y   $ 7 3 0   f_r   t h__ r   c h_l d ' s   s c h__ l  _n_f_r m .   A   p_b l_c  _l_m_n t_r y   s c h__ l  _n   T_k y_' s  _p m_r k_t   G_n z_  d_s t r_c t   h_s   d_c_d_d   t_ _d_p t   n_w   s c h__ l  _n_f_r m s   d_s_g n_d   b y   t h_  l_x_r y   I t_l__ n   d_s_g n_r   A r m_n_.   T h_  b_s p_k_ _n_f_r m s ,   w h_c h  _n c l_d_ _  h_t  _n d   b_g ,  _r_  p r_c_d  _t  _v_r   ¥ 8 0 , 0 0 0   ( $ 7 3 0 )  __ c h .   P_r_n t s  _r_ _n g r y  _t   t h_  s c h__ l ' s   d_c_s__ n  _n d  _r_  p r_t_s t_n g  _t   w h_t   t h_y   v__ w  _s   t h_ _x_r b_t_n t   p r_c_  f_r  _ _n_f_r m  _f  _n  __ g h t - y__ r -_l d   c h_l d .   T h_  s c h__ l   s__ d  _t   w_n t_d  _  d_s_g n_r  _n_f_r m   t h_t   r_p r_s_n t_d   t h_  r_c h  _r__  _f   G_n z_.   S c h__ l  _f f_c__ l s   v_s_t_d   t_p   d_p_r t m_n t   s t_r_s  _n d   d_c_d_d   t_ _s k   t h_  f_s h__ n   b r_n d   A r m_n_  t_  d_s_g n   t h_ _n_f_r m .
    T h_ _x p_n s_v_ _n_f_r m   h_s   c r__ t_d   s_c h  _  f_s s   t h_t  _t   h_s   b__ n   d_s c_s s_d  _n   J_p_n ' s   p_r l__ m_n t .   O n_  l_w m_k_r   s__ d   t h_t   s_n c_  t h_  s c h__ l  _s   p_b l_c  _n d   n_t   p r_v_t_,   "_  c_r t__ n   p r_c_  r_n g_  n__ d s   t_  b_  c_n s_d_r_d " .   F_n_n c_  M_n_s t_r   T_r_  A s_  s__ d :   " C l__ r l y  _t ' s  _x p_n s_v_.   I t   w__ l d   b_  t__ g h  _f  _  s t_d_n t   c__ l d   n_t  _f f_r d   t_  p_y   f_r  _t . "   J_p_n ' s  _d_c_t__ n   m_n_s t_r   s__ d   s t_p s   w__ l d   b_  t_k_n   t_ _n s_r_  t h_  f_n_n c__ l   b_r d_n   p l_c_d  _n   p_r_n t s   f_r  _n_f_r m s ,   " w__ l d   n_t   b_ _x c_s s_v_" .   T w_t t_r  _s_r s   s__ d   y__ n g   c h_l d r_n  _r_  n_t  _n t_r_s t_d  _n   d_s_g n_r   c l_t h_s .   T h_  s c h__ l   p r_n c_p_l   s__ d :   " W_t h   h_m_l_t y ,   I   t_k_  t h_  c r_t_c_s m   t h_t   t h_ _x p l_n_t__ n   h_s   b__ n  _n s_f f_c__ n t  _n d   n_t   w_l l - t_m_d .   I   w_l l   g_ _n  _x p l__ n_n g   c_r_f_l l y   t_  t h_s_  c_n c_r n_d . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    parents of a tokyo elementary school are up in arms at being asked to pay 730 for their childs school uniform a public elementary school in tokyos upmarket ginza district has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by the luxury italian designer armani the bespoke uniforms which include a hat and bag are priced at over 80000 730 each parents are angry at the schools decision and are protesting at what they view as the exorbitant price for a uniform of an eightyearold child the school said it wanted a designer uniform that represented the rich area of ginza school officials visited top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand armani to design the uniform

    the expensive uniform has created such a fuss that it has been discussed in japans parliament one lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private a certain price range needs to be considered finance minister taro aso said clearly its expensive it would be tough if a student could not afford to pay for it japans education minister said steps would be taken to ensure the financial burden placed on parents for uniforms would not be excessive twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes the school principal said with humility i take the criticism that the explanation has been insufficient and not welltimed i will go on explaining carefully to those concerned"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ParentsofaTokyoelementaryschoolareupinarmsatbeingaskedtopay
    $730fortheirchild'sschooluniform.ApublicelementaryschoolinTokyo
    'supmarketGinzadistricthasdecidedtoadoptnewschooluniformsdesi
    gnedbytheluxuryItaliandesignerArmani.Thebespokeuniforms,whic
    hincludeahatandbag,arepricedatover¥80,000($730)each.Parentsa
    reangryattheschool'sdecisionandareprotestingatwhattheyviewasth
    eexorbitantpriceforauniformofaneight-year-oldchild.Theschoolsai
    ditwantedadesigneruniformthatrepresentedtherichareaofGinza.Sc
    hoolofficialsvisitedtopdepartmentstoresanddecidedtoaskthefashion
    brandArmanitodesigntheuniform.Theexpensiveuniformhascreated
    suchafussthatithasbeendiscussedinJapan'sparliament.Onelawmak
    ersaidthatsincetheschoolispublicandnotprivate,"acertainpricerange
    needstobeconsidered".FinanceMinisterTaroAsosaid:"Clearlyit'sexp
    ensive.Itwouldbetoughifastudentcouldnotaffordtopayforit."Japan's
    educationministersaidstepswouldbetakentoensurethefinancialburd
    enplacedonparentsforuniforms,"wouldnotbeexcessive".Twitteruser
    ssaidyoungchildrenarenotinterestedindesignerclothes.Theschoolpri
    ncipalsaid:"Withhumility,Itakethecriticismthattheexplanationhasbe
    eninsufficientandnotwell-timed.Iwillgoonexplainingcarefullytothos
    econcerned."

    Free writing

    Write about designer uniform for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Fashion should never be part of school uniforms. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SCHOOL UNIFORMS: Make a poster about school uniforms. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DESIGNER BRANDS: Write a magazine article about all school uniforms being from designer brands. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on school uniforms. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on school uniforms. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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