The Reading / Listening - Ninja Tourism - Level 3

Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja culture in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a famous symbol of Japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed figures who are great at fighting and can run across rooftops at great speed. Several ninja gave an example of their skills on Wednesday when a group of them "sneaked" into the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the start of the ninja tourism campaign. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing such bright colors, you were still able to slip through the tight security of my office."



A ninja was a kind of secret agent, spy and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was skilled in many areas. The main functions of a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy area or building), sabotage and spying. The first ninja appeared in the 15th century when they helped warlords win land and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became popular figures in art, literature and early manga. Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such as invisibility, walking on water and being able to control the natural elements. Today we see them around the world in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Ninja Tourism - Level 0 Ninja Tourism - Level 1   or  Ninja Tourism - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. NINJA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about ninja. 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?
       ninja / tourism / culture / famous / symbol / fighting / skill / speed / bright colors /
       secret agent / specialist / enemy / power / 19th century / literature / cartoons
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TOURISM: Students A strongly believe tourism is a good thing; Students B strongly believe tourism is a bad thing.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MY COUNTRY: What are the symbols and famous parts of your country? How much do you like this? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why you like it

National symbol

 

 

Food

 

 

Dress

 

 

Site

 

 

Literature

 

 

Sport

 

 

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

  • Hypnosis
  • Flying
  • Great strength
  • Mind reading
  • Invisibility
  • Walking on water
  • X-ray vision
  • Controlling fire

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. boost a. Moved or went somewhere in a secret and quiet way.
      2. run-up b. A thing that represents or stands for something else.
      3. symbol c. The days, weeks, months or years before an important event.
      4. figure d. Actions followed or taken to make sure people or things are safe.
      5. sneaked e. Help or encourage something to increase or improve.
      6. tight f. A person who is important or special in some way.
      7. security g. About a rule, policy, or form of control that is very strict.

    Paragraph 2

      8. spy h. Destroy or damage something.
      9. specialist i. Not being able to be seen.
      10. assassination j. Be all around someone or something.
      11. sabotage k. A person who focuses mainly on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in something.
      12. surrounded l. Any of the four things that make up the world (earth, water, air, and fire).
      13. invisibility m. A person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy, another country or a competitor.
      14. natural elements n. Killing an important or famous person (often for political or religious reasons).

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Japan will use ninja to help promote the Rugby World Cup.     T / F
  2. The article says ninja run fast across rooftops.     T / F
  3. A group of ninja secretly got into the Japanese Prime Minister's office.     T / F
  4. The Prime Minister was angry the ninja got into his office.     T / F
  5. The article said ninja were skilled in one area.     T / F
  6. The article said ninja originated in the 19th century.     T / F
  7. Writers gave ninja special powers like being invisible.     T / F
  8. The article says ninja are no longer seen in comics.     T / F

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

  1. boost
  2. symbol
  3. figures
  4. sneaked
  5. tight
  6. specialist
  7. sabotage
  8. popular
  9. such as
  10. movies
  1. well-liked
  2. crept
  3. vandalism
  4. image
  5. expert
  6. films
  7. promote
  8. like
  9. strict
  10. people

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

  1. in the run-up to the
  2. Ninja are a famous
  3. a group of them sneaked
  4. Even though you're all wearing
  5. slip through the tight
  6. A ninja was a kind
  7. a specialist who was skilled
  8. The first ninja appeared
  9. Artists and writers surrounded
  10. control the natural
  1. elements
  2. security of my office
  3. of secret agent
  4. them in mystery
  5. symbol of Japan
  6. in the 15th century
  7. such bright colors
  8. in many areas
  9. into the office
  10. 2019 Rugby World Cup

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
symbol
skills
boost
campaign
figures
tight
run-up
office

Japan will use ninja to help (1) ____________ tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja culture in the (2) ____________ to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a famous (3) ____________ of Japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed (4) ____________ who are great at fighting and can run across rooftops at great speed. Several ninja gave an example of their (5) ____________ on Wednesday when a group of them "sneaked" into the (6) ____________ of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the start of the ninja tourism (7) ____________. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing such bright colors, you were still able to slip through the (8) ____________ security of my office."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
century
skilled
early
elements
enemy
land
spy
invisibility

A ninja was a kind of secret agent, (9) ____________ and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was (10) ____________ in many areas. The main functions of a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an (11) ____________ area or building), sabotage and spying. The first ninja appeared in the 15th (12) ____________ when they helped warlords win (13) ____________ and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became popular figures in art, literature and (14) ____________ manga. Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such as (15) ____________, walking on water and being able to control the natural (16) ____________. Today we see them around the world in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over ______ years.
     a.  the next flew
     b.  the next phew
     c.  the next flue
     d.  the next few
2) dark-clothed figures who are great at fighting and can run across rooftops ______
     a.  at greatly speed
     b.  at great speed
     c.  that great sped
     d.  at greatly sped
3) an example of their skills on Wednesday when a group of them ______ the office
     a.  "snaked" onto
     b.  "sneaked" into
     c.  "sneaked" unto
     d.  "snaked" in through
4)  He said: "Even though you're all wearing ______"
     a.  such bright colors
     b.  such brightly colors
     c.  much bright colors
     d.  ouch bright colors
5)  you were still able to slip through ______
     a.  the tight security
     b.  the tights security
     c.  the tightly security
     d.  the tighter security

6)  He or she was a specialist who was skilled ______
     a.  in many arenas
     b.  in many auroras
     c.  in many areas
     d.  in many airy as
7)  In the 19th century, ninja became popular figures in art, literature ______ manga
     a.  end dearly
     b.  and early
     c.  undo early
     d.  an dearly
8)  Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them ______
     a.  legendary ability
     b.  legendary disabilities
     c.  legendary ability is
     d.  legendary abilities
9)  such as invisibility, walking on water and being able to control ______ elements
     a.  the natural
     b.  the naturally
     c.  the nature all
     d.  the naturalize
10)  Today we see them around the world in movies, cartoons, comics, ______
     a.  games and manga
     b.  games and manger
     c.  games and mangle
     d.  games and man gal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan will use ninja (1) ___________________ tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja culture (2) ___________________ to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a (3) ___________________ Japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed figures who are great at fighting and can run across (4) ___________________ speed. Several ninja gave an example of their skills on Wednesday when a group of them "sneaked" into the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was (5) ___________________ the ninja tourism campaign. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing such bright colors, you were still able (6) ___________________ the tight security of my office."

A ninja (7) ___________________ of secret agent, spy and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was skilled in many areas. The (8) ___________________ a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy area or building), sabotage and spying. The first ninja (9) ___________________ 15th century when they helped warlords win land and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became (10) ___________________ art, literature and early manga. Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave (11) ___________________, such as invisibility, walking on water and being able to control the natural elements. Today we see (12) ___________________ world in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

Comprehension questions

  1. What will the ninja help promote in 2019?
  2. What did the article say ninja can run across?
  3. What did a group of ninja sneak into on Wednesday?
  4. What colours did Japan's Prime Minister say the ninja were wearing?
  5. What did Japan's Prime Minister say the ninja slipped through?
  6. What did the article say ninja were besides secret agents and fighters?
  7. When did the first ninja appear in Japan?
  8. What popularized ninja in the 1800s?
  9. What did a legendary power allow ninja to walk on?
  10. What did a legendary power enable ninja to control?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What will the ninja help promote in 2019?
a) Japanese food
b) the 2019 Rugby World Cup
c) a Mount Fuji festival
d) world peace
2) What did the article say ninja can run across?
a) enemy fighters
b) ice
c) fire
d) rooftops
3) What did a group of ninja sneak into on Wednesday?
a) the Prime Minister's office
b) a samurai house
c) a TV studio
d) a bank
4) What colours did Japan's Prime Minister say the ninja were wearing?
a) dark colours
b) black and silver
c) bight colours
d) blue, pink, yellow and purple
5) What did Japan's Prime Minister say the ninja slipped through?
a) the cracks
b) tight security
c) ice
d) a narrow fence

6) What did the article say ninja were besides secret agents and fighters?
a) spies
b) karate black belts
c) artists
d) farmers
7) When did the first ninja appear in Japan?
a) the 19th century
b) the 1500s
c) the 15th century
d) the 17th century
8) What popularized ninja in the 1800s?
a) art, literature and manga
b) storytellers
c) early telephones
d) theatres
9) What did a legendary power allow ninja to walk on?
a) water
b) fire
c) broken glass
d) air
10) What did a legendary power enable ninja to control?
a) money
b) samurai
c) minds
d) the elements

Role play

Role  A – Invisibility
You think invisibility is the best ability to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their abilities. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): X-ray vision, hypnosis or flying.

Role  B – X-ray vision
You think X-ray vision is the best ability to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their abilities. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): invisibility, hypnosis or flying.

Role  C – Hypnosis
You think hypnosis is the best ability to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their abilities. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): X-ray vision, invisibility or flying.

Role  D – Flying
You think flying is the best ability to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their abilities. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): X-ray vision, hypnosis or invisibility.

After reading / listening

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

'ninja'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'tourism'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • kind
    • main
    • first
    • early
    • water
    • games
    • few
    • symbol
    • run
    • group
    • start
    • office




    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 - Ninja to help promote tourism in Japan

    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 'ninja'?
    3. What do you know about ninja?
    4. What are the best things to see and do in Japan?
    5. Which is better - the Rugby World Cup or the Olympics?
    6. What are the symbols of your country?
    7. What training do ninja need?
    8. Have you ever sneaked into anything?
    9. How successful do you think the ninja tourism campaign will be?
    10. What activities might there be in the ninja tourism campaign?

    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 'tourism'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you be a good secret agent?
    5. What do you think of the ninja's functions?
    6. What are your favourite ninja movies or manga?
    7. What would you do if you could make yourself invisible?
    8. What would you do if you could control the natural elements?
    9. What is the best thing about Japanese culture?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Japan's Prime Minister?

    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)

    Japan will use ninja to help (1) ____ tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja culture in the (2) ____ to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a famous (3) ____ of Japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed figures who are great at fighting and can run across rooftops at (4) ____ speed. Several ninja gave an example of their skills on Wednesday when a group of (5) ____ "sneaked" into the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the start of the ninja tourism campaign. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing such bright colors, you were still able to (6) ____ through the tight security of my office."

    A ninja was a kind of secret agent, spy and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was skilled in many areas. The (7) ____ functions of a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy area or building), sabotage and (8) ____. The first ninja appeared in the 15th century when they helped warlords win land and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became (9) ____ figures in art, literature and early manga. Artists and writers surrounded them (10) ____ mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such (11) ____ invisibility, walking on water and being able to control the natural elements. Today we see them around the (12) ____ in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     beast     (b)     boost     (c)     boast     (d)     baste    
    2. (a)     runaway     (b)     run-up     (c)     runaround     (d)     runabout    
    3. (a)     motto     (b)     logo     (c)     insignia     (d)     symbol    
    4. (a)     grate     (b)     great     (c)     greet     (d)     grade    
    5. (a)     that     (b)     them     (c)     their     (d)     they    
    6. (a)     slap     (b)     slop     (c)     slip     (d)     slope    
    7. (a)     mean     (b)     moan     (c)     main     (d)     mane    
    8. (a)     staying     (b)     slaying     (c)     spying     (d)     stopping    
    9. (a)     painting     (b)     written     (c)     numeral     (d)     popular    
    10. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     is     (c)     has     (d)     was    
    12. (a)     worlds     (b)     worldwide     (c)     worldly     (d)     world beater

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. use ninja to help tobso tourism
    2. Ninja are a famous mybols
    3. dark-clothed igsfeur
    4. run across rfstopoo at great speed
    5. the start of the ninja tourism gcapmani
    6. slip through the tight tursicye

    Paragraph 2

    1. secret agent
    2. a itlcipeass who was skilled in many areas
    3. getting into an nemye area
    4. ninja became popular igseurf in art
    5. abilities such as nbiyiislivit
    6. natural emtneels

    Put the text back together

    (...)  areas. The main functions of a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy
    (...)  symbol of Japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed figures who are great
    (...)  colors, you were still able to slip through the tight security of my office."
    (...)  A ninja was a kind of secret agent, spy and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was skilled in many
    1  ) Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja
    (...)  at fighting and can run across rooftops at great speed. Several ninja gave an example of their skills
    (...)  of the ninja tourism campaign. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all wearing such bright
    (...)  literature and early manga. Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such
    (...)  area or building), sabotage and spying. The first ninja appeared in the 15th century when they helped warlords win
    (...)  on Wednesday when a group of them "sneaked" into the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the start
    (...)  land and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became popular figures in art,
    (...)  culture in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a famous
    (...)  as invisibility, walking on water and being able to control the natural elements. Today we see them
    (...)  around the world in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. will   help   Japan   ninja   to   boost   tourism   .   use
    2. are   Japan   .   a   famous   Ninja   symbol   of
    3. gave   their   skills   .   of   example   an   ninja   Several
    4. wearing   colors   .   Even   though   you're   such   bright   all
    5. through   my   of   Slip   tight   the   security   office   .
    6. functions   The   assassination   .   ninja   main   a   of   included
    7. ninja   the   century,   In   figures   .   popular   became   19th
    8. in   and   them   mystery   .   Artists   writers   surrounded
    9. as   such   invisibility   .   abilities,   them   Gave   legendary
    10. able   control   Being   to   natural   the   elements   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Japan will use ninja to help boast / boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will promote Japan and ninja culture in / on the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ninja are a famous symbol / symbolic of Japan and many people around the world now / know about these dark-clothed figures who are great that / at fighting and can run across rooftops at great speed. Several ninja gave / given an example of their skills on Wednesday when a group / grouped of them "sneaked" into the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the starts / start of the ninja tourism campaign. Mr Abe joked with the ninja. He said: "Even though you're all worn / wearing such bright colors, you were still able to slip through the light / tight security of my office."

    A ninja was a kind / kindly of secret agent, spy and fighter in Japan. He or she was a specialist who was skilled on / in many areas. The main functions of a ninja inclusive / included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy area or building), sabotage / entourage and spying. The first ninja appeared on / in the 15th century when they helped warlords win land and get more power. In the 19th century, ninja became popular numerals / figures in art, literature and nearly / early manga. Artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such was / as invisibility, walking on water and being / been able to control the natural elements. Today we see them around the world in movies, cartoons, comets / comics, games and manga.

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

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. ninja will promote japan and ninja culture in the run-up to the 2019 rugby world cup and the 2020 tokyo olympics. ninja are a famous symbol of japan and many people around the world know about these dark-clothed figures who are great at fighting and can run across rooftops at great speed. several ninja gave an example of their skills on wednesday when a group of them "sneaked" into the office of japan's prime minister shinzo abe. this was the start of the ninja tourism campaign. mr abe joked with the ninja. he said: "even though you're all wearing such bright colors, you were still able to slip through the tight security of my office."

    a ninja was a kind of secret agent, spy and fighter in japan. he or she was a specialist who was skilled in many areas. the main functions of a ninja included assassination, fighting, infiltration (getting into an enemy area or building), sabotage and spying. the first ninja appeared in the 15th century when they helped warlords win land and get more power. in the 19th century, ninja became popular figures in art, literature and early manga. artists and writers surrounded them in mystery and gave them legendary abilities, such as invisibility, walking on water and being able to control the natural elements. today we see them around the world in movies, cartoons, comics, games and manga.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Japanwilluseninjatohelpboosttourismoverthenextfewyears.Ninjawil
    lpromoteJapanandninjacultureintherun-uptothe2019RugbyWorldC
    upandthe2020TokyoOlympics.NinjaareafamoussymbolofJapanand
    manypeoplearoundtheworldknowaboutthesedark-clothedfiguresw
    hoaregreatatfightingandcanrunacrossrooftopsatgreatspeed.Severa
    lninjagaveanexampleoftheirskillsonWednesdaywhenagroupofthem
    "sneaked"intotheofficeofJapan'sPrimeMinisterShinzoAbe.Thiswast
    hestartoftheninjatourismcampaign.MrAbejokedwiththeninja.Hesai
    d:"Eventhoughyou'reallwearingsuchbrightcolors,youwerestillablet
    oslipthroughthetightsecurityofmyoffice."Aninjawasakindofsecretag
    ent,spyandfighterinJapan.Heorshewasaspecialistwhowasskilledinm
    anyareas.Themainfunctionsofaninjaincludedassassination,fighting,
    infiltration(gettingintoanenemyareaorbuilding),sabotageandspying
    .Thefirstninjaappearedinthe15thcenturywhentheyhelpedwarlordsw
    inlandandgetmorepower.Inthe19thcentury,ninjabecamepopularfig
    uresinart,literatureandearlymanga.Artistsandwriterssurroundedth
    eminmysteryandgavethemlegendaryabilities,suchasinvisibility,wal
    kingonwaterandbeingabletocontrolthenaturalelements.Todaywese
    ethemaroundtheworldinmovies,cartoons,comics,gamesandmanga.

    Free writing

    Write about ninja tourism for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Tourism is the best way to help inter-cultural understanding. 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. NINJA: Make a poster about ninja. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. INCREASING TOURISM: Write a magazine article about increasing tourism. 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 tourism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to promote tourism in your country. 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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