The Reading / Listening - Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 3

Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 years of trading. It shut permanently at noon on Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is being moved to a new site in the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the decision to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking lot for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will take place in 2020. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they finally shut up shop. One seafood auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of goodbyes."



Tsukiji fish market was known as the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper described how important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added that the atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing in favor of glittering high-rise towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most famous product sold there was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold for a record $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very end".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 0 Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 1   or  Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45755348
  • https://www.ft.com/content/325bcb3e-c662-11e8-ba8f-ee390057b8c9
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/06/national/sayonara-tsukiji-tokyo-market-holds-last-tuna-auction-closes-doors-good/


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. FISH MARKETS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about fish markets. 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?
       world-famous / fish / market / shut / noon / decision / parking lot / sad day / crying /
       kitchen / important / Japanese cuisine / tourist attractions / high-rise towers / tuna
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Students A strongly believe tourist attractions should never be moved or knocked down; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CUISINE: What do you know about these different cuisines? What are the best things about them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

The Best Things

Japanese

 

 

French

 

 

Chinese

 

 

Indian

 

 

Lebanese

 

 

Mexican

 

 

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5. HISTORY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "qqqqqqq". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MARKETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best markets at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • clothes
  • night market
  • supermarket
  • souq
  • fish
  • vegetable
  • stocks
  • second-hand

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. trading a. A person whose job is to sell things to the person who will pay the highest price. He/She usually has a small hammer.
      2. permanently b. Twelve o'clock in the day; midday.
      3. noon c. Working and managing a business.
      4. site d. The action of buying and selling goods and services.
      5. operating e. A place in a town or city where cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses can stop and stay for a few minutes, hours of days.
      6. parking lot f. In a way that lasts or continues forever.
      7. auctioneer g. An area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is built.

    Paragraph 2

      8. described h. A place which makes visitors go there because it is interesting or fun.
      9. symbol i. The mood of a place.
      10. cuisine j. The most, biggest, best, worst, smallest, biggest, fastest, etc. of something.
      11. attractions k. A thing that makes us think of another thing.
      12. atmosphere l. Slowly.
      13. gradually m. A style or way of cooking, especially as part of a particular country or area.
      14. record n. Explained how something was or looked. or what happened.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Tsukiji fish market was over 80 years old.     T / F
  2. The fish market closed permanently at midnight on Saturday.     T / F
  3. A new fish market opened the day after Tsukiji closed.     T / F
  4. The Tsukiji fish market closed so Tokyo could build a car park.     T / F
  5. A British newspaper called Tsukiji the "kitchen of the world".     T / F
  6. The article said Tuskiji was Japan's most important tourist attraction.     T / F
  7. People could buy nearly 500 types of seafood at the Tsukiji fish market.  T / F
  8. Tsukiji's chairman said everyone worked hard until the very end.     T / F

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

  1. closed
  2. kinds
  3. operating
  4. traders
  5. sad
  6. described
  7. symbol
  8. gradually
  9. product
  10. trade
  1. merchants
  2. slowly
  3. reported
  4. sorts
  5. business
  6. sign
  7. shut down
  8. commodity
  9. unhappy
  10. running

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

  1. It shut permanently
  2. made the decision
  3. they wanted to build
  4. they finally shut
  5. Today is a sad
  6. Tsukiji fish market was known as
  7. the home of Japanese
  8. one of Tokyo's most popular
  9. high-rise
  10. until the very
  1. the "kitchen of Japan"
  2. up shop
  3. end
  4. at noon on Saturday
  5. cuisine
  6. a parking lot
  7. towers
  8. day of goodbyes
  9. tourist attractions
  10. to close the market

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
noon
decision
finally
lot
goodbyes
closed
place
site

Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has (1) ____________ after 83 years of trading. It shut permanently at (2) ____________ on Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is being moved to a new (3) ____________ in the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the (4) ____________ to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking (5) ____________ for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will take (6) ____________ in 2020. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they (7) ____________ shut up shop. One seafood auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
gradually
known
end
record
added
symbol
famous
cuisine

Tsukiji fish market was (9) ____________ as the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper described how important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a (10) ____________ of the global food trade, the home of Japanese (11) ____________, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It (12) ____________ that the atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is (13) ____________ disappearing in favor of glittering high-rise towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most (14) ____________ product sold there was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold for a (15) ____________ $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very (16) ____________ ".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 ______
     a.  years off trading
     b.  years of trade in
     c.  years of trading
     d.  yearly of trading
2)  It shut permanently at noon on Saturday, bringing an end to ______
     a.  its long historian
     b.  its long history
     c.  its long historical
     d.  its long hysterical
3)  The market is being moved to a new site in the Toyosu ______
     a.  areas of Tokyo
     b.  arena of Tokyo
     c.  area of Tokyo
     d.  aurora of Tokyo
4) made the decision to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build ______
     a.  a park in lot
     b.  a parking a lot
     c.  a parking lots
     d.  a parking lot
5)  Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they ______ shop
     a.  finally shut up
     b.  finally shuts up
     c.  finally shutter up
     d.  finally shut top

6)  the home of Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular ______
     a.  tourist attractions
     b.  tourist attraction
     c.  touristy attractions
     d.  tourists attractions
7)  an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing in favor of glittering ______
     a.  high-rise tower
     b.  high-rise towers
     c.  high-risen towers
     d.  high-arise towers
8)  Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold ______
     a.  at a market
     b.  at the market
     c.  at them market
     d.  at then market
9)  One bluefin sold for a ______ in 2013
     a.  record $1.7million
     b.  records $1.7million
     c.  recorded $1.7million
     d.  recording $1.7million
10)  Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until ______
     a.  the verily end
     b.  the verity end
     c.  the very end
     d.  the berry end

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market (1) ___________________ 83 years of trading. It shut permanently (2) ___________________ Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is being moved to a (3) ___________________ the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the (4) ___________________ the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking lot for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will (5) ___________________ 2020. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they finally shut up shop. One seafood auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is (6) ___________________ of goodbyes."

Tsukiji fish market (7) ___________________ the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper described how important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is (8) ___________________ the global food trade, the home of Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It (9) ___________________ atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing in favor of glittering high-rise towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood (10) ___________________ the market. The most famous product sold there was bluefin tuna. One bluefin (11) ___________________ record $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until (12) ___________________ ".

Comprehension questions

  1. How many years was the fish market open at Tsukiji?
  2. At what time of the day did Tsukiji finally close?
  3. When will a new fish market open?
  4. What will be built on the site of Tsukiji fish market?
  5. What is the job of Hisao Ishii?
  6. What was Tsukiji fish market known as?
  7. What did the article say Tsukiji was the home of?
  8. How many types of seafood were sold at Tsukiji?
  9. What was the record price for a tuna fish at Tsukiji?
  10. What were people pouring into their trade until the very end?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many years was the fish market open at Tsukiji?
a) 830
b) 83
c) 138
d) 183
2) At what time of the day did Tsukiji finally close?
a) 3:30pm
b) midnight
c) 6pm
d) noon
3) When will a new fish market open?
a) next month
b) at the weekend
c) Thursday
d) next year
4) What will be built on the site of Tsukiji fish market?
a) a parking lot
b) a fish museum
c) an Olympic stadium
d) apartment buildings
5) What is the job of Hisao Ishii?
a) chef
b) seafood auctioneer
c) chairman
d) fisherman

6) What was Tsukiji fish market known as?
a) the "kitchen of Japan"
b) the "ocean of Japan"
c) "Japan's restaurant"
d) "Japan's fish shop"
7) What did the article say Tsukiji was the home of?
a) tuna
b) sushi
c) Japanese cuisine
d) seafood
8) How many types of seafood were sold at Tsukiji?
a) almost 500
b) exactly 500
c) about 500
d) just over 500
9) What was the record price for a tuna fish at Tsukiji?
a) $170,000
b) $17,000
c) $17million
d) $1.7million
10) What were people pouring into their trade until the very end?
a) tears
b) Japanese sake
c) their heart and soul
d) water

Role play

Role  A – Fish
You think a fish market is the best kind of market. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their markets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): vegetable market, second-hand or stock market.

Role  B – Vegetable
You think a vegetable market is the best kind of market. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their markets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): fish market, second-hand or stock market.

Role  C – Second-hand
You think a second-hand is the best kind of market. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their markets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): vegetable market, fish market or stock market.

Role  D – Stocks
You think a stock market is the best kind of market. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their markets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): vegetable market, second-hand or fish market.

After reading / listening

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

'fish'

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  • and 'market'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • known
    • symbol
    • most
    • gradually
    • record
    • very
    • closed
    • long
    • area
    • build
    • take
    • almost




    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 - World-famous Tsukiji fish market closes

    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 'fish'?
    3. What do you know about Tsukiji fish market?
    4. What do you think of fish markets?
    5. What do you think of a historic market closing to build a car park?
    6. What do you think of fish?
    7. What kinds of markets do you like?
    8. Do you think the market should have been moved?
    9. Should the market be moved back to Tsujiki after the Olympics?
    10. When was the last time you cried because something finished?

    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 'market'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What fish dishes do you like, and why?
    5. What do you think of your country's cuisine?
    6. What is the most famous cuisine from your region?
    7. Do you prefer the old or modern parts of your city?
    8. What would a $1.7million tuna taste like?
    9. What do you always pour your heart and soul into?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a Tsukiji fish trader?

    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)

    Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has (1) ____ after 83 years of trading. It shut permanently at noon on Saturday, bringing an (2) ____ to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is (3) ____ moved to a new site in the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the (4) ____ to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking lot for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will (5) ____ place in 2020. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they finally shut (6) ____ shop. One seafood auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of goodbyes."

    Tsukiji fish market was known (7) ____ the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper described (8) ____ important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added (9) ____ the atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing in (10) ____ of glittering high-rise towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most famous product sold there was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold for a (11) ____ $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the (12) ____ end".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     closure     (b)     closed     (c)     closes     (d)     closing    
    2. (a)     final     (b)     end     (c)     finish     (d)     eventually    
    3. (a)     be     (b)     been     (c)     gone     (d)     being    
    4. (a)     answer     (b)     decision     (c)     quality     (d)     solution    
    5. (a)     do     (b)     take     (c)     give     (d)     have    
    6. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     up     (d)     down    
    7. (a)     was     (b)     is     (c)     as     (d)     has    
    8. (a)     which     (b)     what     (c)     how     (d)     when    
    9. (a)     such     (b)     which     (c)     what     (d)     that    
    10. (a)     decide     (b)     choice     (c)     option     (d)     favor    
    11. (a)     record     (b)     whole     (c)     complete     (d)     all    
    12. (a)     really     (b)     truth     (c)     very     (d)     so

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very end".
    (...)  towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most famous product sold there was bluefin
    (...)  Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the decision to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to
    (...)  Tsukiji fish market was known as the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper described how
    (...)  noon on Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is being
    (...)  tuna. One bluefin sold for a record $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association,
    (...)  cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added that the atmosphere
    (...)  moved to a new site in the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on
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    (...)  at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing in favor of glittering high-rise
    (...)  traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they finally shut up shop. One seafood
    (...)  important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese
    (...)  build a parking lot for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will take place in 2020. Market
    (...)  auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of goodbyes."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. market   Tsukiji   fish   after   has   closed   83   years   .
    2. new   site   .   market   being   a   The   is   to   moved
    3. lot   parking   Build   Olympics   .   for   the   a   Tokyo
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    5. Today   is   day   of   goodbyes   .   a   sad
    6. "kitchen   of   was   the   Japan"   .   Tsukiji   as   known
    7. symbol   A   the   food   global   of   trade   .
    8. of   popular   most   One   attractions   .   tourist   Tokyo's
    9. was   sold   there   product   tuna   .   The   famous   most
    10. soul   Pouring   into   their   their   and   trade   .   heart

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Tsukiji fish market was knowing / known as the "kitchen of Japan". Britain's Financial Times newspaper description / described how important the market was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbolic / symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese quizzing / cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added that the atmosphere / stratosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradual / gradually disappearing in favor of glittering high-rise towers". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sales / sold at the market. The most famous / famously product sold there was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold for a record $1.7million in 2013. Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, said: "Everyone was pairing / pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very / really end".

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

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    tokyos worldfamous tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 years of trading it shut permanently at noon on saturday bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish the market is being moved to a new site in the toyosu area of tokyo the new market will start operating on thursday city planners in tokyo made the decision to close the market at tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking lot for the tokyo olympics and paralympics which will take place in 2020 market traders at tsukiji were sad on saturday as they finally shut up shop one seafood auctioneer hisao ishii said im almost crying today is a sad day of goodbyes

    tsukiji fish market was known as the kitchen of japan britains financial times newspaper described how important the market was it wrote tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade the home of japanese cuisine and is one of tokyos most popular tourist attractions it added that the atmosphere at tsukiji showed an older tokyo that is gradually disappearing in favor of glittering highrise towers nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market the most famous product sold there was bluefin tuna one bluefin sold for a record $1.7million in 2013 hiroyasu ito chairman of the Tsukiji market association said everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very end.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Tokyo'sworld-famousTsukijifishmarkethasclosedafter83yearsoftra
    ding.ItshutpermanentlyatnoononSaturday,bringinganendtoitslong
    historyoftradinginallkindsoffish.Themarketisbeingmovedtoanewsit
    eintheToyosuareaofTokyo.ThenewmarketwillstartoperatingonThur
    sday.CityplannersinTokyomadethedecisiontoclosethemarketatTsu
    kijibecausetheywantedtobuildaparkinglotfortheTokyoOlympicsand
    Paralympics,whichwilltakeplacein2020.MarkettradersatTsukijiwere
    sadonSaturdayastheyfinallyshutupshop.Oneseafoodauctioneer,His
    aoIshii,said:"I'malmostcrying.Todayisasaddayofgoodbyes."Tsukijif
    ishmarketwasknownasthe"kitchenofJapan".Britain'sFinancialTimes
    newspaperdescribedhowimportantthemarketwas.Itwrote:"Tsukijiis
    asymboloftheglobalfoodtrade,thehomeofJapanesecuisine,andisone
    ofTokyo'smostpopulartouristattractions."Itaddedthattheatmospher
    eatTsukijishowed,"anolderTokyothatisgraduallydisappearinginfavo
    rofglitteringhigh-risetowers".Nearly500typesofseafoodweresoldatt
    hemarket.Themostfamousproductsoldtherewasbluefintuna.Oneblu
    efinsoldforarecord$1.7millionin2013.HiroyasuIto,chairmanoftheTs
    ukijiMarketAssociation,said:"Everyonewaspouringtheirheartandso
    ulintotheirtradeuntiltheveryend".

    Free writing

    Write about Tsukiji fish market for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is OK to knock down a historic tourist attraction to make a parking lot. 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. FISH MARKETS: Make a poster about fish markets. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PARKING LOT: Write a magazine article about historic tourist attractions like Tsukiji fish market being knocked down to make parking lots. 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 fish markets. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on Tsukiji fish market being knocked down to make a parking lot. 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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