The Reading / Listening - No Smoking - Level 1

Nagasaki University in Japan will not hire teachers who smoke. It wants to create a healthier place to work and study. The university said: "Our job...is to look after our staff. We feel we have to discourage them from smoking." It said there would be no smoking in the university from August. People won't be able to take cigarettes into the university from April 2020. About eight per cent of the university's professors and teachers smoke.



There is a growing trend in Japan to end smoking in public spaces, including restaurants and bars. Many streets in Tokyo are now no-smoking areas, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The number of smokers in Japan is falling. In 1966, 49 per cent of adults smoked. Last year, it was 28 per cent. One company in Japan wants its staff to quit smoking. It is giving extra days off to workers who do not smoke. Some staff soon stopped smoking.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    No Smoking - Level 0 No Smoking - Level 2   or  No Smoking - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904220039.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/world/asia/smoking-teachers-nagasaki-japan.html
  • https://www.thejakartapost.com/youth/2019/04/23/japan-university-bans-smokers-from-all-teaching-posts.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. hire teachers
  2. create a healthier place
  3. Our job is to look
  4. We feel we have to discourage
  5. there would be no smoking
  6. take cigarettes
  7. from
  8. professors and teachers
  1. them
  2. April 2020
  3. in the university
  4. smoke
  5. into the university
  6. who smoke
  7. after our staff
  8. to work

Paragraph 2

  1. There is a growing
  2. end smoking
  3. The number of smokers in
  4. 49 per cent
  5. quit
  6. It is giving extra
  7. workers who do
  8. Some staff soon
  1. not smoke
  2. trend in Japan
  3. smoking
  4. stopped smoking
  5. in public spaces
  6. of adults smoked
  7. Japan is falling
  8. days off

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nagasaki University in Japan (1) ___________________ teachers who smoke. It wants to (2) ___________________ place to work and study. The university said: "Our job...is (3) ___________________ our staff. We feel we have to discourage them from smoking." It said there would (4) ___________________ in the university from August. People won't be (5) ___________________ cigarettes into the university from April 2020. About eight per cent of the university's professors (6) ___________________.

There is a (7) ___________________ Japan to end smoking in public spaces, including restaurants and bars. Many streets in Tokyo are (8) ___________________, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The (9) ___________________ in Japan is falling. In 1966, 49 per cent (10) ___________________. Last year, it was 28 per cent. One company in Japan wants its staff (11) ___________________. It is giving extra days off to workers who do not smoke. Some (12) ___________________ smoking.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NagasakiUniversityinJapanwillnothireteacherswhosmoke.Itwantsto
createahealthierplacetoworkandstudy.Theuniversitysaid:"Ourjob..
.istolookafterourstaff.Wefeelwehavetodiscouragethemfromsmokin
g."ItsaidtherewouldbenosmokingintheuniversityfromAugust.Peopl
ewon'tbeabletotakecigarettesintotheuniversityfromApril2020.Abou
teightpercentoftheuniversity'sprofessorsandteacherssmoke.Therei
sagrowingtrendinJapantoendsmokinginpublicspaces,includingresta
urantsandbars.ManystreetsinTokyoarenowno-smokingareas,ah
eadofthe2020TokyoOlympicsandParalympics.Thenumberofsmoker
sinJapanisfalling.In1966,49percentofadultssmoked.Lastyear,itwas
28percent.OnecompanyinJapanwantsitsstafftoquitsmoking.Itisgivi
ngextradaysofftoworkerswhodonotsmoke.Somestaffsoonstoppeds
moking.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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