The Reading / Listening - Sand Dunes - Level 2

A Japanese city has a problem with graffiti, but not the usual type of spray-can graffiti on walls. It is graffiti in sand. Officials in Tottori City are asking tourists to stop writing messages and drawing pictures on its giant sand dunes. They said the graffiti damages the dunes and ruins the pleasure others get in looking at the sand. There were more than 3,300 cases of 'sand graffiti' at the tourist hotspot in the last decade. A newspaper said there were more than 200 cases last year. In January, two tourists were ordered to erase a 25-metre-long birthday message.



Tottori's sand dunes are famous all over Japan for their natural beauty. They are Japan's largest and longest dunes. The biggest dune is 50 metres high. They stretch for 16 kilometres along a scenic geo-coastal park on the Sea of Japan. Tottori officials want tourists to understand how important the dunes are. They will put more signs up to ask people to respect the dunes. The officials are worried whether or not tourists will follow the rules. They said: "We want to continue to protect views of the beautiful sand dunes." More tourists are visiting the site each year.

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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. not the usual
  2. spray-can graffiti
  3. stop writing
  4. They said the graffiti
  5. ruins the pleasure
  6. at the tourist
  7. there were more than 200
  8. erase a 25-metre-long
  1. others get
  2. cases last year
  3. on walls
  4. birthday message
  5. type
  6. damages the dunes
  7. messages
  8. hotspot

Paragraph 2

  1. famous all
  2. The biggest dune
  3. along a scenic geo-
  4. They will put more
  5. The officials
  6. tourists will follow
  7. protect views of the beautiful
  8. More tourists are visiting
  1. sand dunes
  2. signs up
  3. the site each year
  4. are worried
  5. is 50 metres high
  6. over Japan
  7. coastal park
  8. the rules

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Japanese (1) ___________________ problem with graffiti, but not (2) ___________________ of spray-can graffiti on walls. It is graffiti in sand. Officials in Tottori City are asking tourists to stop writing messages and drawing pictures on its (3) ___________________. They said the graffiti damages the dunes and ruins the pleasure (4) ___________________ looking at the sand. There were more than 3,300 cases of 'sand graffiti' at (5) ___________________ in the last decade. A newspaper said there were more than 200 cases last year. In January, two tourists were (6) ___________________ a 25-metre-long birthday message.

Tottori's sand dunes are (7) ___________________ Japan for their natural beauty. They are Japan's largest and longest dunes. The biggest dune is 50 metres high. (8) ___________________ 16 kilometres along a scenic geo-coastal park on the Sea of Japan. Tottori officials want tourists (9) ___________________ important the dunes are. They will put more signs up to ask (10) ___________________ the dunes. The officials are worried whether or not tourists will (11) ___________________. They said: "We want to continue to protect views of the beautiful sand dunes." More tourists are (12) ___________________ each year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AJapanesecityhasaproblemwithgraffiti,butnottheusualtypeofspray-
cangraffitionwalls.Itisgraffitiinsand.OfficialsinTottoriCityareaskingt
ouriststostopwritingmessagesanddrawingpicturesonitsgiantsanddu
nes.Theysaidthegraffitidamagesthedunesandruinsthepleasureothe
rsgetinlookingatthesand.Thereweremorethan3,300casesof'sandgr
affiti'atthetouristhotspotinthelastdecade.Anewspapersaidtherewer
emorethan200caseslastyear.InJanuary,twotouristswereorderedtoe
rasea25-metre-longbirthdaymessage.Tottori'ssanddunesarefamo
usalloverJapanfortheirnaturalbeauty.TheyareJapan'slargestandlon
gestdunes.Thebiggestduneis50metreshigh.Theystretchfor16kilom
etresalongascenicgeo-coastalparkontheSeaofJapan.Tottoriofficia
lswanttouriststounderstandhowimportantthedunesare.Theywillput
moresignsuptoaskpeopletorespectthedunes.Theofficialsareworried
whetherornottouristswillfollowtherules.Theysaid:"Wewanttocontin
uetoprotectviewsofthebeautifulsanddunes."Moretouristsarevisiting
thesiteeachyear.

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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