The Reading / Listening - Manga - Level 5

The Japanese art of manga has greatly risen in popularity in the past few decades. Its roots go back nearly 1,000 years but it is only recently that it has taken off globally. Manga is now as well known as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Manga is now so popular outside Japan that an exhibition of manga was the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It attracted more visitors than a show on the painter Rembrandt. The exhibition 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 the 900-year history of manga. It included the earliest forms by master painters to sketches of today's popular anime and game characters such as Pokemon. The show included 70 manga series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". The British Museum said: "Manga is the modern graphic art of storytelling first perfected in Japan and is now loved all over the world. Building on Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have the visual power to excite us and draw us into their world, with inventive storylines that engage our emotions."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Manga - Level 4 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. greatly risen
  2. in the past
  3. Its roots go back
  4. it has taken
  5. the most
  6. It attracted
  7. the largest display of manga material
  8. 1,920 people paid to see
  1. ever put together
  2. it every day
  3. more visitors
  4. nearly 1,000 years
  5. in popularity
  6. popular show
  7. few decades
  8. off globally

Paragraph 2

  1. showed the 900-year
  2. the earliest forms by master
  3. sketches of today's popular
  4. Tezuka's seminal work
  5. now loved all
  6. draw us into
  7. inventive
  8. engage our
  1. their world
  2. anime
  3. emotions
  4. over the world
  5. storylines
  6. painters
  7. history of manga
  8. "Astro Boy"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Japanese art of manga (1) ___________________ in popularity in the past few decades. Its roots (2) ___________________ 1,000 years but it is only recently that it has (3) ___________________. Manga is now as well known as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Manga is now so popular outside Japan that (4) ___________________ manga was the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It (5) ___________________ than a show on the painter Rembrandt. The exhibition was the largest display of manga material ever (6) ___________________ Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day.

The (7) ___________________ 900-year history of manga. It included the earliest forms by master (8) ___________________ of today's popular anime and game characters such as Pokemon. The show (9) ___________________ series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". The British Museum said: "Manga is the (10) ___________________ of storytelling first perfected in Japan and is now loved all over the world. Building on Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have (11) ___________________ to excite us and draw us into their world, with inventive storylines that (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ecades.Itsrootsgobacknearly1,000yearsbutitisonlyrecentlythatitha
stakenoffglobally.Mangaisnowaswellknownassushi,geishaandMtFuj
i.MangaisnowsopopularoutsideJapanthatanexhibitionofmangawast
hemostpopularshowattheBritishMuseumin2019.Itattractedmorevis
itorsthanashowonthepainterRembrandt.Theexhibitionwasthelarges
tdisplayofmangamaterialeverputtogetheroutsideJapan.Around1,92
0peoplepaidtoseeiteveryday.Theexhibitionshowedthe900-yearhis
toryofmanga.Itincludedtheearliestformsbymasterpainterstosketch
esoftoday'spopularanimeandgamecharacterssuchasPokemon.Thes
howincluded70mangaseries,includingOsamuTezuka'sseminalwork"
AstroBoy".TheBritishMuseumsaid:"Mangaisthemoderngraphicartof
storytellingfirstperfectedinJapanandisnowlovedallovertheworld.Bui
ldingonJapan'scenturies-oldtradition,thebestmangahavethevisua
lpowertoexciteusanddrawusintotheirworld,withinventivestorylinest
hatengageouremotions."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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