The Reading / Listening - High Heels - Level 0

Women in Japan are fed up with high heels. Actress Yumi Ishikawa started a movement to end this. Her movement means "shoe pain". She tweeted that companies in Japan should not tell women to wear high heels. She also started an online petition. It asks Japan's government to stop companies asking women to wear high heels.



Ishikawa's tweet spread across Asia. She said many women feel like she does, so she started her movement. Many women complain about sore feet, back pain and other issues. A visually impaired woman said it is difficult for her to keep her balance in high heels. Many women who work in Tokyo wear high heels once a week.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    High Heels - Level 1 High Heels - Level 2   or  High Heels - Level 3

Sources
  • http://time.com/5548873/japan-kutoo-high-heels-metoo/
  • https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2019022501075/more-women-in-japan-complaining-of-being-forced-to-wear-heels.html
  • https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/high-heel-requirement-for-japanese-women-at-work-sparks-online-movement


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. Women in Japan are fed
  2. Ishikawa started a movement
  3. Her movement means
  4. companies in Japan should
  5. tell women to
  6. She also started an online
  7. Japan's
  8. stop companies asking women
  1. petition
  2. not tell women
  3. to wear high heels
  4. up with high heels
  5. government
  6. to end this
  7. wear high heels
  8. "shoe pain"

Paragraph 2

  1. Ishikawa's tweet spread
  2. many women feel
  3. back
  4. A visually impaired
  5. it is difficult
  6. keep
  7. Many women who
  8. wear high heels
  1. work in Tokyo
  2. woman
  3. across Asia
  4. once a week
  5. her balance
  6. pain
  7. like she does
  8. for her

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women in Japan are (1) ___________________ high heels. Actress Yumi Ishikawa (2) ___________________ to end this. Her movement (3) ___________________. She tweeted that companies in Japan (4) ___________________ women to wear high heels. She also (5) ___________________ petition. It asks Japan's government to stop companies asking (6) ___________________ high heels.

Ishikawa's tweet (7) ___________________. She said many women feel (8) ___________________, so she started her movement. Many women complain (9) ___________________, back pain and other issues. A visually (10) ___________________ it is difficult for her to keep (11) __________________s_ high heels. Many women who work in Tokyo wear high heels (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WomeninJapanarefedupwithhighheels.ActressYumiIshikawastarte
damovementtoendthis.Hermovementmeans"shoepain"Shetweeted
thatcompaniesinJapanshouldnottellwomentowearhighheels.Sheals
ostartedanonlinepetition.ItasksJapan'sgovernmenttostopcompanie
saskingwomentowearhighheels.Ishikawa'stweetspreadacrossAsia.
Shesaidmanywomenfeellikeshedoes,soshestartedhermovement.M
anywomencomplainaboutsorefeet,backpainandotherissues.Avisual
lyimpairedwomansaiditisdifficultforhertokeepherbalanceinhighheel
s.ManywomenwhoworkinTokyowearhighheelsonceaweek.

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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