The Reading / Listening - Rising Sun Flag - Level 4

There is tension between South Korea and Japan. South Korea asked Japan to ban the Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan's Olympics committee said the flag is no problem. It said the flag, "is widely used in Japan and it is not considered to be a political statement, so it is not viewed as a prohibited item". South Korea said the flag is, "a symbol of Japan's militaristic and imperial past. Japan needs to...own up to its historical legacy".



Relations between the two nations turned bad recently. They are in a bitter trade war. Koreans are burning Japanese products and boycotting Japanese beer. They are avoiding Japan as a holiday destination. Japanese airlines had to cut many flights to Korea. Last month, Japan removed South Korea from its "white list" of trusted trade partners. This led to delays in the exports of many items. It also threatens the global supply of semi-conductors.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rising Sun Flag - Level 5 or  Rising Sun Flag - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1084335/japan-korea-rising-sun-tokyo-2020
  • http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/908430.html
  • https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/09/120_275149.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. There is
  2. Japan's Olympics
  3. the flag is no
  4. the flag is widely
  5. a political
  6. South Korea said the flag
  7. Japan's militaristic and
  8. own up to its historical
  1. is a symbol
  2. legacy
  3. used in Japan
  4. imperial past
  5. problem
  6. committee
  7. statement
  8. tension

Paragraph 2

  1. They are in a bitter
  2. boycotting Japanese
  3. avoiding Japan as a holiday
  4. airlines had to cut
  5. its "white list" of trusted
  6. This led
  7. the exports of
  8. the global supply
  1. many items
  2. many flights
  3. of semi-conductors
  4. beer
  5. to delays
  6. destination
  7. trade partners
  8. trade war

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ South Korea and Japan. South Korea asked Japan (2) ___________________ Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan's Olympics committee said the (3) ___________________ problem. It said the flag, "is (4) ___________________ Japan and it is not considered to be a political statement, so it is (5) ___________________ a prohibited item". South Korea said the flag is, "a symbol of Japan's militaristic and imperial past. Japan (6) ___________________ up to its historical legacy".

Relations between the two nations (7) ___________________. They are in a bitter trade war. Koreans are burning Japanese (8) ___________________ Japanese beer. They are avoiding Japan as (9) ___________________. Japanese airlines had to (10) ___________________ to Korea. Last month, Japan removed South Korea from its "white list" of (11) ___________________. This led to delays in the exports of many items. It also threatens the (12) ___________________ semi-conductors.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThereistensionbetweenSouthKoreaandJapan.SouthKoreaaskedJap
antobantheRisingSunflagattheTokyo2020Olympics.Japan'sOlympic
scommitteesaidtheflagisnoproblem.Itsaidtheflag,"iswidelyusedinJa
pananditisnotconsideredtobeapoliticalstatement,soitisnotviewedas
aprohibiteditem".SouthKoreasaidtheflagis,"asymbolofJapan'smilita
risticandimperialpast.Japanneedsto...ownuptoitshistoricallegacy".
Relationsbetweenthetwonationsturnedbadrecently.Theyareinabitte
rtradewar.KoreansareburningJapaneseproductsandboycottingJapa
nesebeer.TheyareavoidingJapanasaholidaydestination.Japaneseair
lineshadtocutmanyflightstoKorea.Lastmonth,JapanremovedSouth
Koreafromits"whitelist"oftrustedtradepartners.Thisledtodelaysinth
eexportsofmanyitems.Italsothreatenstheglobalsupplyofsemi-con
ductors.

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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