The Reading / Listening - Ainu - Level 5

Japan has introduced a bill to recognize the country's ethnic Ainu group as an "indigenous" people for the first time. This follows decades of campaigning by Ainu people. The Ainu are an indigenous people originating on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido and islands between Japan and Russia. Their official number today is around 25,000, but many people say a more accurate figure is 200,000. Many Ainu have been completely absorbed into Japanese society. They have little knowledge of their ancestry, history, traditions and culture.



Japan Today wrote about the hardships the Ainu faced. It said: "The Ainu people...have long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation, and while discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps with the rest of Japan persist." Japan's government said: "It is important to protect the honor and dignity of the Ainu people and to hand those down to the next generation to realize a vibrant society." An Ainu spokesman said: "It feels like we woke up now from a truly deep sleep....It will lead to building a society where we [live] together. We think this is the first step."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ainu - Level 4 or  Ainu - Level 6

Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-to-recognise-indigenous-ainu-people-for-first-time
  • https://qz.com/1551496/who-are-the-indigenous-ainu-people-of-japan/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/japan-prepares-law-to-finally-recognize-and-protect-its-indigenous-ainu-people/2019/02/15/2c85a0d8-3113-11e9-ac6c-14eea99d5e24_story.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Japan has introduced
  2. for the first
  3. This follows decades of
  4. The Ainu are an
  5. Their official
  6. a more accurate
  7. completely absorbed into
  8. They have little knowledge
  1. figure is 200,000
  2. a bill
  3. of their ancestry
  4. number today
  5. campaigning
  6. indigenous people
  7. time
  8. Japanese society

Paragraph 2

  1. the hardships the Ainu
  2. suffered the effects
  3. protect the honor and dignity
  4. hand those down to the
  5. realize a vibrant
  6. a truly deep
  7. building a society where
  8. We think this is the
  1. next generation
  2. we live together
  3. faced
  4. first step
  5. of the Ainu people
  6. of a policy
  7. society
  8. sleep

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has introduced a (1) ___________________ the country's ethnic Ainu group as an "indigenous" people for the first time. (2) ___________________ of campaigning by Ainu people. The Ainu (3) ___________________ igenous people originating on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido (4) ___________________ Japan and Russia. Their official number today is around 25,000, but many people say a (5) ___________________ is 200,000. Many Ainu have been completely absorbed into Japanese society. They have little knowledge of (6) ___________________, traditions and culture.

Japan Today wrote about (7) ___________________ Ainu faced. It said: "The Ainu people...have long suffered the effects (8) ___________________ of forced assimilation, and while discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps with (9) ___________________ Japan persist." Japan's government said: "It is important to protect the (10) ___________________ of the Ainu people and to hand those down to the next generation to realize (11) ___________________." An Ainu spokesman said: "It feels like we woke up now from a truly deep sleep....It will lead to building a society where we [live] together. We think this is (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanhasintroducedabilltorecognizethecountry'sethnicAinugroupas
an"indigenous"peopleforthefirsttime.Thisfollowsdecadesofcampaig
ningbyAinupeople.TheAinuareanindigenouspeopleoriginatingonJap
an'snorthernislandofHokkaidoandislandsbetweenJapanandRussia.
Theirofficialnumbertodayisaround25,000,butmanypeoplesayamore
accuratefigureis200,000.ManyAinuhavebeencompletelyabsorbedin
toJapanesesociety.Theyhavelittleknowledgeoftheirancestry,history
,traditionsandculture.JapanTodaywroteaboutthehardshipstheAinuf
aced.Itsaid:"TheAinupeople...havelongsufferedtheeffectsofapolicy
offorcedassimilation,andwhilediscriminationhasrecededgradually,i
ncomeandeducationgapswiththerestofJapanpersist."Japan'sgovern
mentsaid:"ItisimportanttoprotectthehonoranddignityoftheAinupeo
pleandtohandthosedowntothenextgenerationtorealizeavibrantsoci
ety."AnAinuspokesmansaid:"Itfeelslikewewokeupnowfromatrulyde
epsleep....Itwillleadtobuildingasocietywherewe[live]together.Weth
inkthisisthefirststep."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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