The Reading / Listening - No Smoking - Level 2

Nagasaki University in Japan will no longer hire teachers who smoke. It wants to create a healthier environment for workers and students. The university's president said: "Our job as a university is to look after our staff. We feel we have to discourage them from smoking." He said there would be no smoking anywhere in the university from August. Staff and students will be banned from taking cigarettes into any areas of the university from April 2020. About eight per cent of the university's professors and teachers are smokers.



Nagasaki University's no-smoking policy is part of a trend in Japan to end smoking in public spaces. There are more bans in restaurants and bars in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Many streets in Tokyo are now no-smoking areas. The number of smokers in Japan is falling. In 1966, 49 per cent of adults smoked. Last year, 18 per cent of adults smoked. One company in Japan is trying to get its staff to quit smoking. It is offering extra days off to workers who did not smoke. Several staff soon quit the habit.

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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. Japan will no longer hire
  2. create a healthier
  3. look
  4. we have to discourage them
  5. no smoking
  6. students will be
  7. areas of
  8. professors and teachers
  1. anywhere
  2. are smokers
  3. the university
  4. environment
  5. after our staff
  6. teachers who smoke
  7. from smoking
  8. banned

Paragraph 2

  1. Nagasaki University's no-
  2. part of a
  3. end smoking in
  4. The number of smokers in
  5. get its staff to
  6. offering extra
  7. workers who
  8. Several staff soon quit
  1. days off
  2. Japan is falling
  3. the habit
  4. quit smoking
  5. smoking policy
  6. did not smoke
  7. public spaces
  8. trend in Japan

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nagasaki University in Japan will (1) ___________________ teachers who smoke. It wants to (2) ___________________ environment for workers and students. The university's president said: "Our job as a university is to look (3) ___________________. We feel we have to discourage them from smoking." He said there would be no smoking (4) ___________________ university from August. Staff and students will (5) ___________________ taking cigarettes into any areas of the university from April 2020. About eight per cent of the university's professors and (6) ___________________.

Nagasaki University's no-smoking policy is part (7) ___________________ in Japan to end smoking in public spaces. There are more bans in restaurants and (8) ___________________ lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Many streets in Tokyo (9) ___________________ areas. The number of smokers in Japan is falling. In 1966, 49 per cent of adults smoked. Last year, 18 per cent (10) ___________________. One company in Japan is trying to get its staff (11) ___________________. It is offering extra days off to workers who did not smoke. Several staff soon (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NagasakiUniversityinJapanwillnolongerhireteacherswhosmoke.Itw
antstocreateahealthierenvironmentforworkersandstudents.Theuni
versity'spresidentsaid:"Ourjobasauniversityistolookafterourstaff.W
efeelwehavetodiscouragethemfromsmoking."Hesaidtherewouldbe
nosmokinganywhereintheuniversityfromAugust.Staffandstudentsw
illbebannedfromtakingcigarettesintoanyareasoftheuniversityfromA
pril2020.Abouteightpercentoftheuniversity'sprofessorsandteachers
aresmokers.NagasakiUniversity'sno-smokingpolicyispartofatrendi
nJapantoendsmokinginpublicspaces.Therearemorebansinrestaura
ntsandbarsinthelead-uptothe2020TokyoOlympicsandParalympic
s.ManystreetsinTokyoarenowno-smokingareas.Thenumberofsmok
ersinJapanisfalling.In1966,49percentofadultssmoked.Lastyear,18p
ercentofadultssmoked.OnecompanyinJapanistryingtogetitsstafftoq
uitsmoking.Itisofferingextradaysofftoworkerswhodidnotsmoke.Sev
eralstaffsoonquitthehabit.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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