The Reading / Listening - High Heels - Level 2

Women in Japan are fed up with having to wear high-heeled shoes to work. One woman started a movement to end this requirement for female employees. The movement has the hashtag KuToo. This is a combination of the Japanese words that mean "shoe" and "pain". The movement was started by Japanese actress Yumi Ishikawa. She tweeted that employers in Japan should not require female workers to wear high heels. Ms Ishikawa launched an online petition. It asks Japan's government to stop employers requiring women to wear certain types of shoes.



Ishikawa's tweet is spreading across Asia. Women in China and South Korea started their own campaigns against having to wear high heels. Ishikawa told TIME magazine: "I thought that if there are so many people who feel the same as me, why not start some sort of movement." Many women on social media complained about sore feet, back pain and other health issues. A visually impaired woman who has to wear high heels at work said it is difficult for her to keep her balance in high heels. A survey found that over 70 per cent of women working in Tokyo wear high heels once a week.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    High Heels - Level 0 High Heels - Level 1   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
  2. started a movement to end
  3. female
  4. The movement has the
  5. require female workers
  6. Ms Ishikawa launched
  7. It asks Japan's government to
  8. wear certain
  1. employees
  2. stop employers
  3. hashtag KuToo
  4. types of shoes
  5. fed up
  6. this requirement
  7. an online petition
  8. to wear high heels

Paragraph 2

  1. Ishikawa's tweet is spreading
  2. so many people who
  3. sore
  4. back
  5. A visually
  6. difficult for her to keep
  7. women working
  8. wear high heels
  1. in Tokyo
  2. feet
  3. once a week
  4. impaired woman
  5. pain
  6. across Asia
  7. her balance
  8. feel the same as me

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women in Japan are (1) ___________________ having to wear high-heeled shoes to work. One woman (2) ___________________ to end this requirement (3) ___________________. The movement has the hashtag KuToo. This is a combination of the Japanese words that mean "shoe" and "pain". The movement was started by Japanese actress Yumi Ishikawa. She tweeted that employers in Japan should (4) ___________________ workers to wear high heels. Ms Ishikawa launched (5) ___________________. It asks Japan's government to stop employers requiring women to wear (6) ___________________ shoes.

Ishikawa's tweet (7) ___________________ Asia. Women in China and South Korea started their own campaigns (8) ___________________ wear high heels. Ishikawa told TIME magazine: "I thought (9) ___________________ are so many people who feel the same as me, why not start some sort of movement." Many women on social media complained (10) ___________________, back pain and other health issues. A visually impaired woman who has to wear high heels at work said it is difficult for her to (11) ___________________ in high heels. A survey found that over 70 per cent of women working in Tokyo wear high heels (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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.Onewomanstartedamovementtoendthisrequirementforfemaleemp
loyees.ThemovementhasthehashtagKuToo.Thisisacombinationofth
eJapanesewordsthatmean"shoe"and"pain".Themovementwasstart
edbyJapaneseactressYumiIshikawa.ShetweetedthatemployersinJa
panshouldnotrequirefemaleworkerstowearhighheels.MsIshikawala
unchedanonlinepetition.ItasksJapan'sgovernmenttostopemployers
requiringwomentowearcertaintypesofshoes.Ishikawa'stweetisspre
adingacrossAsia.WomeninChinaandSouthKoreastartedtheirownca
mpaignsagainsthavingtowearhighheels.IshikawatoldTIMEmagazin
e:"Ithoughtthatiftherearesomanypeoplewhofeelthesameasme,why
notstartsomesortofmovement."Manywomenonsocialmediacomplai
nedaboutsorefeet,backpainandotherhealthissues.Avisuallyimpaire
dwomanwhohastowearhighheelsatworksaiditisdifficultforhertokeep
herbalanceinhighheels.Asurveyfoundthatover70percentofwomenw
orkinginTokyowearhighheelsonceaweek.

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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