The Reading / Listening - Sand Dunes - Level 1

A Japanese city has a graffiti problem. Not spray-can on walls graffiti, but graffiti in sand. City officials are asking tourists to stop writing messages and drawing pictures on the city's sand dunes. Graffiti damages the dunes. It ruins the pleasure people get in looking at them. There were more than 3,300 cases of 'sand graffiti' at the tourist hotspot in the past ten years. In January, two tourists had to erase a 25-metre-long birthday message.



The Tottori sand dunes are famous across Japan for their beauty. They are Japan's largest and longest dunes. The biggest is 50 metres high. They are 16 kilometres long. They are part of a scenic coastal park on the Sea of Japan. Tottori officials will put signs up to ask people to respect the dunes. The officials are worried tourists will not follow the rules. They said: "We want to continue to protect views of the beautiful sand dunes."

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Sources
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190520/p2a/00m/0na/018000c
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/against-the-grain-anger-grows-at-spike-in-sand-graffiti-by-tourists-in-japan
  • https://www.insider.com/sand-graffiti-japan-angry-at-tourists-for-writing-messages-into-dunes-2019-5


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A Japanese city has a
  2. officials are asking tourists to
  3. drawing pictures on the
  4. It ruins the pleasure
  5. more than 3,300 cases
  6. at the tourist
  7. in the past
  8. a 25-metre-long birthday
  1. city's sand dunes
  2. ten years
  3. stop writing
  4. message
  5. graffiti problem
  6. of 'sand graffiti'
  7. people get
  8. hotspot

Paragraph 2

  1. sand dunes are famous
  2. Japan's largest and
  3. They are part of a scenic
  4. Tottori officials will put
  5. ask people to respect
  6. follow the
  7. We want to
  8. views of the
  1. continue
  2. signs up
  3. longest dunes
  4. beautiful sand dunes
  5. rules
  6. coastal park
  7. the dunes
  8. across Japan

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Japanese city has (1) ___________________. Not spray-can on walls graffiti, but graffiti in sand. City (2) ___________________ tourists to stop writing messages and drawing pictures on the city's sand dunes. Graffiti (3) ___________________. It ruins the pleasure people get (4) ___________________ them. There were more than 3,300 cases of 'sand graffiti' at (5) ___________________ in the past ten years. In January, two tourists had (6) ___________________ 25-metre-long birthday message.

The Tottori sand dunes (7) ___________________ Japan for their beauty. They are Japan's (8) ___________________ dunes. The biggest is 50 metres high. They are 16 kilometres long. They are part of a (9) ___________________ on the Sea of Japan. Tottori officials will put signs up to ask people (10) ___________________ dunes. The officials are worried tourists will not (11) ___________________. They said: "We want to continue to (12) ___________________ the beautiful sand dunes."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AJapanesecityhasagraffitiproblem.Notspray-canonwallsgraffiti,bu
tgraffitiinsand.Cityofficialsareaskingtouriststostopwritingmessages
anddrawingpicturesonthecity'ssanddunes.Graffitidamagesthedune
s.Itruinsthepleasurepeoplegetinlookingatthem.Thereweremoretha
n3,300casesof'sandgraffiti'atthetouristhotspotinthepasttenyears.I
nJanuary,twotouristshadtoerasea25-metre-longbirthdaymessage
.TheTottorisanddunesarefamousacrossJapanfortheirbeauty.Theyar
eJapan'slargestandlongestdunes.Thebiggestis50metreshigh.The
yare16kilometreslong.TheyarepartofasceniccoastalparkontheSeao
fJapan.Tottoriofficialswillputsignsuptoaskpeopletorespectthedunes
.Theofficialsareworriedtouristswillnotfollowtherules.Theysaid:"We
wanttocontinuetoprotectviewsofthebeautifulsanddunes."

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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