The Reading / Listening - Adulthood - Level 4

Japan has lowered the age of adulthood for the first time since 1876. From 2022, teenagers will become adults at 18 - two years earlier than the current age. There are still things that will not change. The legal age for drinking alcohol, smoking and gambling will stay at 20. From 2022, 18-year-olds can marry without parental consent. They can also apply for loans. Transgender people over 18 will be able to apply to have their gender officially recognized.



The new law should help Japan's economy. More people will get married and start families. This will help the falling birth rate and ageing population. More financial freedom could provide more taxes to help the government pay for pensions and healthcare. Many of Japan's young people are more worried about how the traditional Coming of Age Day will change. This is a national holiday in which 20-year-olds wear traditional kimonos to celebrate adulthood.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Adulthood - Level 5 or  Adulthood - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/14/asia/japan-age-adulthood-bill/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/14/japan-lowers-age-adulthood-20-to-18
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/13/national/crime-legal/japan-enacts-law-lower-adulthood-age-18/


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. for the first time
  2. two years earlier than
  3. There are still things that
  4. The legal age for drinking
  5. marry without parental
  6. apply for
  7. Transgender people over 18
  8. have their gender officially
  1. will be able to apply
  2. alcohol
  3. the current age
  4. recognized
  5. loans
  6. will not change
  7. since 1876
  8. consent

Paragraph 2

  1. The new law should help
  2. get married and
  3. help the falling
  4. ageing
  5. pay for pensions
  6. young people are more
  7. This is a national
  8. wear traditional
  1. holiday
  2. population
  3. worried
  4. start families
  5. kimonos
  6. Japan's economy
  7. and healthcare
  8. birth rate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has lowered (1) ___________________ adulthood for the first time since 1876. From 2022, teenagers will (2) ___________________ 18 - two years earlier than (3) ___________________. There are still things that will not change. The (4) ___________________ drinking alcohol, smoking and gambling will stay at 20. From 2022, 18-year-olds can marry without parental consent. They can also (5) ___________________. Transgender people over 18 will be able to apply to (6) ___________________ officially recognized.

The new law should help Japan's economy. More (7) ___________________ married and start families. This (8) ___________________ falling birth rate and ageing population. More financial freedom could provide more taxes to help the government (9) ___________________ and healthcare. Many of Japan's young people are more worried about (10) ___________________ Coming of Age Day will change. This (11) ___________________ holiday in which 20-year-olds wear traditional kimonos (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanhasloweredtheageofadulthoodforthefirsttimesince1876.From
2022,teenagerswillbecomeadultsat18-twoyearsearlierthanthecurr
entage.Therearestillthingsthatwillnotchange.Thelegalagefordrinkin
galcohol,smokingandgamblingwillstayat20.From2022,18-year-old
scanmarrywithoutparentalconsent.Theycanalsoapplyforloans.Tran
sgenderpeopleover18willbeabletoapplytohavetheirgenderofficiallyr
ecognized.ThenewlawshouldhelpJapan'seconomy.Morepeoplewillg
etmarriedandstartfamilies.Thiswillhelpthefallingbirthrateandageing
population.Morefinancialfreedomcouldprovidemoretaxestohelpthe
governmentpayforpensionsandhealthcare.ManyofJapan'syoungpeo
plearemoreworriedabouthowthetraditionalComingofAgeDaywillcha
nge.Thisisanationalholidayinwhich20-year-oldsweartraditionalkim
onostocelebrateadulthood.

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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