The Reading / Listening - 2018 - Level 2

This year is nearly over. For some people it was a great year, and for other people it wasn't. In Japan, an organization asked people for the word they thought described 2018. The winner was the word "disaster". The kanji (Chinese character) that people chose means "disaster or misfortune". The organization said this because of the many natural disasters in Japan in 2018. Japan was hit by typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rains, and a killer heatwave. Hundreds of people lost their lives in these disasters. Many roads and homes were destroyed.



The organization is the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation. It has found a "word of the year" annually since 1995. This year, 193,214 people chose a word. The second most popular word was "peace". Last year, "north" was the winner, because of tensions over North Korea's nuclear tests. The world was also hit by natural disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunami. Wars also raged in Syria and Yemen. There was also a lot of suffering because of immigration - people trying to move to other countries to find a better life. People hope next year's word will be "happiness".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2018 - Level 0 2018 - Level 1   or  2018 - Level 3

Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/national/(disaster)-chosen-as-kanji-character-best-representing-2018
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/12/national/kanji-year-meaning-disaster-symbolizes-2018-amid-natural-human-calamities/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6495315/Japan-selects-Chinese-disaster-character-symbol-2018-following-natural-disasters.html


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. This year is nearly
  2. For some people it was a
  3. the word they thought
  4. Chinese
  5. the many natural disasters
  6. heavy
  7. a killer
  8. Hundreds of people
  1. rains
  2. character
  3. lost their lives
  4. great year
  5. heatwave
  6. described 2018
  7. over
  8. in Japan

Paragraph 2

  1. annually
  2. tensions over North Korea's
  3. The world was also hit
  4. Wars also raged in
  5. a lot of suffering because
  6. people trying to move
  7. find a better
  8. next year's word will
  1. of immigration
  2. life
  3. Syria and Yemen
  4. be "happiness"
  5. by natural disasters
  6. since 1995
  7. to other countries
  8. nuclear tests

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

This year (1) ___________________. For some people it was a great year, and (2) ___________________ it wasn't. In Japan, an organization asked people for the word they thought described 2018. The winner (3) ___________________ "disaster". The kanji (Chinese character) that (4) ___________________ "disaster or misfortune". The organization said this because of the many natural disasters in Japan in 2018. Japan (5) ___________________ typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rains, and a killer heatwave. Hundreds of people (6) ___________________ in these disasters. Many roads and homes were destroyed.

The organization is the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation. It has found a "word of the year" (7) ___________________. This year, 193,214 people (8) ___________________. The second most popular word was "peace". Last year, "north" was the winner, because (9) ___________________ North Korea's nuclear tests. The world was (10) ___________________ natural disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunami. Wars also raged in Syria and Yemen. There was also (11) ___________________ suffering because of immigration - people trying to move to other countries to find a better life. People (12) ___________________ word will be "happiness".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thisyearisnearlyover.Forsomepeopleitwasagreatyear,andforotherp
eopleitwasn't.InJapan,anorganizationaskedpeopleforthewordtheyt
houghtdescribed2018.Thewinnerwastheword"disaster".Thekanji(C
hinesecharacter)thatpeoplechosemeans"disasterormisfortune".Th
eorganizationsaidthisbecauseofthemanynaturaldisastersinJapanin
2018.Japanwashitbytyphoons,earthquakes,heavyrains,andakillerh
eatwave.Hundredsofpeoplelosttheirlivesinthesedisasters.Manyroa
dsandhomesweredestroyed.TheorganizationistheJapanKanjiAptitu
deTestingFoundation.Ithasfounda"wordoftheyear"annuallysince19
95.Thisyear,193,214peoplechoseaword.Thesecondmostpopularwo
rdwas"peace".Lastyear,"north"wasthewinner,becauseoftensionsov
erNorthKorea'snucleartests.Theworldwasalsohitbynaturaldisasters
,includingwildfires,hurricanesandtsunami.WarsalsoragedinSyriaan
dYemen.Therewasalsoalotofsufferingbecauseofimmigration-peo
pletryingtomovetoothercountriestofindabetterlife.Peoplehopenexty
ear'swordwillbe"happiness".

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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