The Reading / Listening - Manga - Level 4

The Japanese art of manga has risen in popularity in the past few decades. Its roots go back nearly 1,000 years. It is now as well known as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. It is so popular outside Japan that a manga exhibition was the British Museum's most popular show in 2019. It was the largest display of manga material ever put together outside Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day.



The exhibition showed manga's 900-year history, from the earliest forms to sketches of today's popular anime and game characters. The show included 70 manga series, including the seminal work "Astro Boy". The British Museum said: "Manga is the modern graphic art of storytelling first perfected in Japan....Building on Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have the visual power to excite us and draw us into their world."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Manga - Level 5 or  Manga - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/04/manga-beats-rembrandt-battle-museum-visitors/
  • https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/manga-beats-rembrandt-and-captain-cook-to-be-named-the-british-museum-s-most-popular-show-last-year
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/05/24/entertainment-news/british-museum-opens-largest-manga-exhibition-outside-japan/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Japanese art
  2. risen in
  3. in the past
  4. It is now as well
  5. a manga
  6. the largest display of manga
  7. put together
  8. people paid to see
  1. popularity
  2. of manga
  3. it every day
  4. few decades
  5. outside Japan
  6. known as sushi
  7. material ever
  8. exhibition

Paragraph 2

  1. manga's 900-
  2. game
  3. The show included 70
  4. graphic
  5. first perfected
  6. Building on Japan's centuries-
  7. have the visual power
  8. draw us into
  1. to excite us
  2. manga series
  3. their world
  4. characters
  5. old tradition
  6. art
  7. in Japan
  8. year history

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Japanese art of manga has (1) ___________________ in the past few decades. Its roots (2) ___________________ 1,000 years. It is now (3) ___________________ as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. It is so popular outside Japan that a (4) ___________________ the British Museum's most popular show in 2019. It was the (5) ___________________ manga material ever put together outside Japan. Around 1,920 people (6) ___________________ it every day.

The exhibition showed manga's 900-year history, (7) ___________________ forms to sketches of today's popular (8) ___________________ characters. The show included 70 manga series, including (9) ___________________ "Astro Boy". The British Museum said: "Manga is the (10) ___________________ of storytelling first perfected in Japan....Building on Japan's (11) ___________________, the best manga have the visual power to excite us and (12) ___________________ their world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheJapaneseartofmangahasriseninpopularityinthepastfewdecades.
Itsrootsgobacknearly1,000years.Itisnowaswellknownassushi,geish
aandMtFuji.ItissopopularoutsideJapanthatamangaexhibitionwasth
eBritishMuseum'smostpopularshowin2019.Itwasthelargestdisplayo
fmangamaterialeverputtogetheroutsideJapan.Around1,920peoplep
aidtoseeiteveryday.Theexhibitionshowedmanga's900-yearhistor
y,fromtheearliestformstosketchesoftoday'spopularanimeandgame
characters.Theshowincluded70mangaseries,includingtheseminalw
ork"AstroBoy".TheBritishMuseumsaid:"Mangaisthemoderngraphic
artofstorytellingfirstperfectedinJapan....BuildingonJapan'scenturie
s-oldtradition,thebestmangahavethevisualpowertoexciteusanddra
wusintotheirworld."

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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