The Reading / Listening - Ninja Tourism - Level 1

Ninja will help increase tourism in Japan ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a symbol of Japan. They are great at fighting and can run across rooftops very fast. Several ninja showed their skills this week when they "sneaked" into the Prime Minister's office. The Prime Minister joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing...bright colors, you were still able to slip through the tight security."



A ninja was a spy and fighter. They first appeared in 15th-century Japan. They were skilled in killing, fighting, destroying things and spying. They helped warlords win land and power. In the 19th century, artists and writers gave ninja great abilities, like being invisible, walking on water and being able to control fire. Today we can see ninja everywhere. They are in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ninja Tourism - Level 0 Ninja Tourism - Level 2   or  Ninja Tourism - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/12/national/ninja-sneak-prime-minister-abes-office-seeking-help-promote-ancient-art-tourists/
  • https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181212_47/
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20181212/p2g/00m/0dm/097000c


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. Ninja are a symbol
  2. They are great
  3. run across rooftops
  4. Several ninja showed
  5. they "sneaked" into the
  6. The Prime Minister joked
  7. bright
  8. slip through
  1. very fast
  2. with the ninja
  3. their skills
  4. the tight security
  5. at fighting
  6. Prime Minister's office
  7. of Japan
  8. colors

Paragraph 2

  1. They first appeared in
  2. They were skilled
  3. They helped warlords
  4. great abilities, like being
  5. being able
  6. Today we can
  7. They are in
  8. comics, games
  1. movies
  2. to control fire
  3. see ninja everywhere
  4. and manga
  5. in killing
  6. 15th-century Japan
  7. win land
  8. invisible

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ninja will help increase tourism in Japan                                     (1) ___________________ 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja (2) ___________________ of Japan. They are great at fighting and (3) ___________________ rooftops very fast. Several ninja (4) ___________________ this week when they "sneaked" into the Prime Minister's office. The Prime Minister (5) ___________________ ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing...bright colors, you were still (6) ___________________ through the tight security."

A ninja was a spy and fighter. They (7) ___________________ 15th-century Japan. They (8) ___________________ killing, fighting, destroying things and spying. They helped warlords win (9) ___________________. In the 19th century, artists and writers gave ninja (10) ___________________ being invisible, walking on water and (11) ___________________ control fire. Today we can see ninja everywhere. They are (12) ___________________, comics, games and manga.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NinjawillhelpincreasetourisminJapanaheadofthe2019RugbyWorldC
upandthe2020TokyoOlympics.NinjaareasymbolofJapan.Theyaregr
eatatfightingandcanrunacrossrooftopsveryfast.Severalninjashowe
dtheirskillsthisweekwhenthey"sneaked"intothePrimeMinister'soffic
e.ThePrimeMinisterjokedwiththeninja.Hesaid:"Eventhoughyou'real
lwearing...brightcolors,youwerestillabletoslipthroughthetightsecuri
ty."Aninjawasaspyandfighter.Theyfirstappearedin15th-centuryJap
an.Theywereskilledinkilling,fighting,destroyingthingsandspying.Th
eyhelpedwarlordswinlandandpower.Inthe19thcentury,artistsandwr
itersgaveninjagreatabilities,likebeinginvisible,walkingonwaterandb
eingabletocontrolfire.Todaywecanseeninjaeverywhere.Theyareinm
ovies,cartoons,comics,gamesandmanga.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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