The Reading / Listening - Foreign Workers - Level 1

Japan needs many workers. It is an aging society and does not have enough workers. The government has decided to find workers from other countries to fill jobs. Japan's Prime Minister said his government will meet to agree on a plan. A new law would let up to 345,000 foreign workers to help to fill jobs. They will work in construction, fishing, healthcare and farming. Most will be low-skilled workers. They must pass a Japanese language test.



Japan's government said it had to change and use foreign workers to help the economy. It said: "If Japan simply continued along the same path, we would find ourselves in a very difficult situation." The government will make sure workers can adjust to life in Japan, "and have the right environment in which to live and work." Japanese people are having fewer children. Japan's population is falling every year.

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    Foreign Workers - Level 0 Foreign Workers - Level 2   or  Foreign Workers - Level 3

Sources
  • https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-Immigration/Japan-prepares-support-for-incoming-foreign-workers
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japan-passes-controversial-new-immigration-bill-to-attract-foreign-workers/2018/12/07/a76d8420-f9f3-11e8-863a-8972120646e0_story.html
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/08/national/japan-passes-law-opening-door-foreign-labor-experts-warn-challenges-ahead/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Japan
  2. It is an aging
  3. The government has
  4. 345,000 foreign workers
  5. They will work
  6. fishing, healthcare and
  7. Most will be low-
  8. They must pass a Japanese
  1. farming
  2. decided
  3. language test
  4. needs many workers
  5. skilled workers
  6. society
  7. in construction
  8. to help to fill jobs

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan's government said it
  2. continued along the
  3. find ourselves in a very difficult
  4. The government will
  5. workers can adjust to life
  6. right environment in which
  7. having fewer
  8. Japan's population is falling
  1. to live
  2. situation
  3. children
  4. same path
  5. every year
  6. had to change
  7. in Japan
  8. make sure

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan needs many workers. It (1) ___________________ society and does not have enough workers. The government has decided to find (2) ___________________ countries to fill jobs. Japan's Prime Minister said his government will meet (3) ___________________ a plan. A new law (4) ___________________ to 345,000 foreign workers to help to fill jobs. They (5) ___________________ construction, fishing, healthcare and farming. Most will be low-skilled workers. They (6) ___________________ Japanese language test.

Japan's government said it had to (7) ___________________ foreign workers to (8) ___________________. It said: "If Japan simply continued along the same path, we (9) ___________________ in a very difficult situation." The government will make sure workers can (10) ___________________ in Japan, "and have the right environment (11) ___________________ live and work." Japanese people are having fewer children. Japan's population (12) ___________________ year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanneedsmanyworkers.Itisanagingsocietyanddoesnothaveenou
ghworkers.Thegovernmenthasdecidedtofindworkersfromothercoun
triestofilljobs.Japan'sPrimeMinistersaidhisgovernmentwillmeettoag
reeonaplan.Anewlawwouldletupto345,000foreignworkerstohelptofi
lljobs.Theywillworkinconstruction,fishing,healthcareandfarming.M
ostwillbelow-skilledworkers.TheymustpassaJapaneselanguagetes
t.Japan'sgovernmentsaidithadtochangeanduseforeignworkerstohel
ptheeconomy.Itsaid:"IfJapansimplycontinuedalongthesamepath,w
ewouldfindourselvesinaverydifficultsituation."Thegovernmentwillm
akesureworkerscanadjusttolifeinJapan,"andhavetherightenvironm
entinwhichtoliveandwork."Japanesepeoplearehavingfewerchildren.
Japan'spopulationisfallingeveryyear.

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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