The Reading / Listening - Adulthood - Level 5

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



The new law should help the economy in Japan. The government hopes more young people will get married and start families. This will help to address Japan's falling birth rate and ageing population. More financial freedom could boost the economy and provide more tax revenue. This will help the government with increasing pension and healthcare payments. Many of Japan's young people were more worried about how the law will affect the traditional Coming of Age Day. This is a national holiday in which 20-year-olds dress up in traditional kimonos to celebrate adulthood.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Adulthood - Level 4 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. two years earlier than
  2. the age has
  3. The legal age
  4. The new law will enable
  5. without parental
  6. They can also apply
  7. Transgender
  8. have their gender officially
  1. men and women
  2. for drinking alcohol
  3. consent
  4. been lowered
  5. recognized
  6. the current age
  7. for loans
  8. 18-year-olds to marry

Paragraph 2

  1. help the
  2. get married and
  3. address Japan's falling
  4. financial
  5. boost the economy and provide
  6. pension and healthcare
  7. dress up in
  8. celebrate
  1. birth rate
  2. payments
  3. adulthood
  4. more tax revenue
  5. economy in Japan
  6. traditional kimonos
  7. start families
  8. freedom

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has lowered the (1) ___________________ people become adults for the (2) ___________________ 1876. From the year 2022, teenagers will become adults at 18. This is two years earlier than (3) ___________________ of adulthood. Even though the age has been lowered, there are still things that will not change. The (4) ___________________ drinking alcohol, smoking and gambling will stay at 20. The new law will enable 18-year-olds to marry (5) ___________________. They can also apply for loans and credit cards. Transgender men and women over 18 will be able (6) ___________________ have their gender officially recognized.

The new law (7) ___________________ economy in Japan. The government hopes more young people will get married and start families. This will help to address Japan's (8) ___________________ and ageing population. More financial freedom (9) ___________________ economy and provide more tax revenue. This will help the government with (10) ___________________ healthcare payments. Many of Japan's young people were more worried about how the (11) ___________________ the traditional Coming of Age Day. This is a national holiday in which 20-year-olds (12) ___________________ traditional kimonos to celebrate adulthood.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanhasloweredtheageatwhichpeoplebecomeadultsforthefirsttime
since1876.Fromtheyear2022,teenagerswillbecomeadultsat18.Thisi
stwoyearsearlierthanthecurrentageofadulthood.Eventhoughtheage
hasbeenlowered,therearestillthingsthatwillnotchange.Thelegalagef
ordrinkingalcohol,smokingandgamblingwillstayat20.Thenewlawwill
enable18-year-oldstomarrywithoutparentalconsent.Theycanalsoap
plyforloansandcreditcards.Transgendermenandwomenover18willb
eabletoapplytohavetheirgenderofficiallyrecognized.Thenewlawsho
uldhelptheeconomyinJapan.Thegovernmenthopesmoreyoungpeopl
ewillgetmarriedandstartfamilies.ThiswillhelptoaddressJapan'sfallin
gbirthrateandageingpopulation.Morefinancialfreedomcouldboostth
eeconomyandprovidemoretaxrevenue.Thiswillhelpthegovernment
withincreasingpensionandhealthcarepayments.ManyofJapan'syoun
gpeopleweremoreworriedabouthowthelawwillaffectthetraditionalC
omingofAgeDay.Thisisanationalholidayinwhich20-year-oldsdressu
pintraditionalkimonostocelebrateadulthood.

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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