The Reading / Listening - Manga - Level 6

Manga - the Japanese art of comic books - has greatly risen in popularity worldwide in the past few decades. The art form can trace its roots back nearly 1,000 years in Japan but it is only in recent times that it has taken off globally. Manga is now as synonymous with Japan as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Such is the popularity of manga outside Japan, an exhibition of manga works proved to be the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It attracted more visitors than a show on the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The manga exhibition was the largest display of manga material ever assembled outside Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day, according to the museum.



The manga exhibition showcased the 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest forms of manga by master painters to sketches and illustrations of today's popular anime and video game characters such as Pokemon. There were also exhibits from animated films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director of 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 easier levels:

    Manga - Level 4  or  Manga - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. MANGA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about manga. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       manga / comic books / popularity / worldwide / sushi / museum / popular / material /
       exhibition / art / painter / anime / Pokemon / storytelling / tradition / power / draw
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MUSEUMS: Students A strongly believe looking at things in museums is better than looking at them on the Internet; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ART FORMS: What are the good and bad things about these art forms? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

Manga

 

 

Photography

 

 

Ballet

 

 

Painting

 

 

Sculpture

 

 

Architecture

 

 

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5. PAINTNG: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "painting". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EXHIBITION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best exhibitions at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Manga
  • Dinosaurs
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Harry Potter
  • English
  • Ceramics
  • The future
  • Human body

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. decade a. Gathered together in one place for a common purpose.
      2. trace b. The basic cause, source, or origin of something.
      3. roots c. Piece of fine art.
      4. synonymous d. A period of ten years.
      5. works e. A collection of objects arranged for public viewing.
      6. display f. Find or describe the origin or development of.
      7. assembled g. Closely associated with or suggestive of something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. showcased h. Of a work, event, moment, or figure that strongly influences later developments.
      9. master i. Made precisely accurate and exact.
      10. sketch j. Having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally.
      11. seminal k. A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity.
      12. perfected l. Gently pull or guide someone in a specified direction.
      13. draw m. A rough or unfinished drawing or painting.
      14. inventive n. Exhibited; shown to people.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said manga has risen in popularity worldwide this year.     T / F
  2. The origins of manga go back almost 1,000 years.     T / F
  3. A manga exhibition is the British Museum's biggest show this year.     T / F
  4. Over 2,000 people a day went to see the manga exhibition.     T / F
  5. The manga exhibition included sketches of Pokemon characters.     T / F
  6. The manga exhibition included exhibits from 70 manga series.     T / F
  7. The British Museum's director said manga was first perfected in China.    T / F
  8. The director said manga has storylines that are inventive.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. greatly
  2. trace
  3. taken off
  4. attracted
  5. assembled
  6. included
  7. exhibits
  8. seminal
  9. perfected
  10. engaged
  1. influential
  2. pulled in
  3. refined
  4. put together
  5. track down
  6. items
  7. comprised
  8. considerably
  9. captivated
  10. become popular

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. greatly risen in popularity worldwide
  2. trace its roots back
  3. it has taken
  4. Such is the popularity of
  5. the largest display of manga material
  6. showcased the 900-year
  7. exhibits from animated films known
  8. storytelling first
  9. excite us and draw us
  10. inventive storylines that
  1. as "anime"
  2. manga outside Japan
  3. perfected in Japan
  4. nearly 1,000 years
  5. engage our emotions
  6. ever assembled
  7. in the past few decades
  8. into their world
  9. history of the art
  10. off globally

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
popularity
attracted
globally
according
art
display
past
proved

Manga - the Japanese (1) ____________ of comic books - has greatly risen in popularity worldwide in the (2) ____________ few decades. The art form can trace its roots back nearly 1,000 years in Japan but it is only in recent times that it has taken off (3) ____________. Manga is now as synonymous with Japan as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Such is the (4) ____________ of manga outside Japan, an exhibition of manga works (5) ____________ to be the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It (6) ____________ more visitors than a show on the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The manga exhibition was the largest (7) ____________ of manga material ever assembled outside Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day, (8) ____________ to the museum.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
characters
including
tradition
showcased
engage
forms
exhibits
graphic

The manga exhibition (9) ____________ the 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest (10) ____________ of manga by master painters to sketches and illustrations of today's popular anime and video game (11) ____________ such as Pokemon. There were also (12) ____________ from animated films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga series, (13) ____________ Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: "Manga is the modern (14) ____________ art of storytelling first perfected in Japan and is now loved all over the world. Building on Japan's centuries-old (15) ____________, the best manga have the visual power to excite us and draw us into their world, with inventive storylines that (16) ____________ our emotions."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Manga - the Japanese art of comic books - has greatly ______
     a.  arisen on popularity
     b.  rising popularity
     c.  risen in popularity
     d.  risen on popularity
2)  but it is only in recent times that it has ______
     a.  take it off globally
     b.  taking off globally
     c.  take in-off globally
     d.  taken off globally
3)  an exhibition of manga works proved to be the ______
     a.  most popular show
     b.  most popularity show
     c.  most poplar shows
     d.  most popular shown
4)  The manga exhibition was the largest display of manga ______
     a.  material ever assembly
     b.  material ever assembled
     c.  material even assembled
     d.  material never assembled
5)  Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day, ______ museum
     a.  accord din to the
     b.  a core din to the
     c.  according to the
     d.  accords in to the

6)  The manga exhibition showcased the 900-year ______
     a.  history off the art
     b.  historian of the art
     c.  hysterical of the art
     d.  history of the art
7)  There were also exhibits from animated films ______
     a.  known as "anime"
     b.  known was "anime"
     c.  known has "anime"
     d.  known is "anime"
8)  Manga is the modern graphic art of storytelling first ______
     a.  perfect it in Japan
     b.  perfected in Japan
     c.  perfected on Japan
     d.  perfect it on Japan
9) Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have the visual power ______
     a.  too excite us
     b.  to excite us
     c.  two excite us
     d.  tool excite us
10)  draw us into their world with inventive storylines that ______
     a.  engage our emotions
     b.  engages our emotions
     c.  engaged our emotions
     d.  in gauge our emotions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Manga - the Japanese (1) ___________________ books - has greatly risen in popularity worldwide in the past few decades. The art form can (2) ___________________ back nearly 1,000 years in Japan but it is only in recent times that it has (3) ___________________. Manga is now as synonymous with Japan as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Such is the popularity of manga outside Japan, an exhibition of manga (4) ___________________ be the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It attracted more visitors than a show on the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The manga exhibition was the (5) ___________________ manga material ever assembled outside Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day, (6) ___________________ museum.

The manga (7) ___________________ 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest forms of manga by master (8) ___________________ and illustrations of today's popular anime and video game characters such as Pokemon. There were also (9) ___________________ films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: "Manga is (10) ___________________ 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 (11) ___________________ to excite us and draw us into their world, with inventive storylines that (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. When has manga become popular?
  2. How long can Japan trace back the roots of manga?
  3. What did the article say manga was as synonymous as?
  4. What was the manga exhibition more popular than?
  5. How many people paid to see the exhibition every day?
  6. What video game characters did the article mention?
  7. How many different manga series were on display at the museum?
  8. Who is Osamu Tezuka?
  9. Where did someone say manga is now loved?
  10. What kind of storylines did the museum director talk about?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When did manga become popular?
a) in the 19th century
b) a few years ago
c) in the past few decades
d) in 1933
2) How long can Japan trace back the roots of manga?
a) nearly 1,000 years
b) about 400 years
c) several decades
d) back to 1898
3) What did the article say manga was as synonymous as?
a) geisha, samurai and ninja
b) sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji
c) sushi, tempura and ramen
d) ninja, tempura and origami
4) What was the manga exhibition more popular than?
a) a popular TV show
b) an exhibition on the Olympics
c) London Zoo
d) a Rembrandt exhibition
5) How many people paid to see the exhibition every day?
a) over 10,000
b) 7,502
c) around 1,920
d) thousands and thousands

6) What video game characters did the article mention?
a) Disney
b) Pokemon
c) Sonic the Hedgehog
d) Mario
7) How many different manga series were on display at the museum?
a) 50
b) 80
c) 60
d) 70
8) Who is Osamu Tezuka?
a) the museum director
b) creator of "Astro Boy"
c) the very first manga artist
d) a manga historian
9) Where did someone say manga is now loved?
a) in Internet cafes
b) all over the world
c) schools
d) the USA
10) What kind of storylines did the museum director talk about?
a) inventive storylines
b) sad storylines
c) tragic storylines
d) humorous storylines

Role play

Role  A – Manga
You think an exhibition on manga is the best thing to see at a museum. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exhibitions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): dinosaurs, English or the future.

Role  B – Dinosaurs
You think an exhibition on dinosaurs is the best thing to see at a museum. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exhibitions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): manga, English or the future.

Role  C – English
You think an exhibition on English is the best thing to see at a museum. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exhibitions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): dinosaurs, manga or the future.

Role  D – The Future
You think an exhibition on the future is the best thing to see at a museum. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exhibitions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): dinosaurs, English or manga.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'manga'

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  • and 'comic'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • comic
    • trace
    • recent
    • proved
    • attracted
    • paid
    • history
    • anime
    • known
    • series
    • loved
    • draw




    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 - Manga

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'comic'?
    3. What do you know about manga?
    4. What do you think of comic books?
    5. Why has manga risen in popularity?
    6. What are the greatest things about Japan?
    7. Would you like to see a manga exhibition at a museum?
    8. Do you think manga is an art?
    9. Why might the manga exhibition be more popular than Rembrandt?
    10. What is your favourite art form?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'manga'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the art forms from your country?
    5. Who are your favourite artists?
    6. What do you think of Pokemon?
    7. What do you think of Japanese anime?
    8. Do you prefer comic books or novels?
    9. What is the best museum exhibition you have seen?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a manga artist?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Manga - the Japanese art of comic books - has (1) ____ risen in popularity worldwide in the past few decades. The art form can (2) ____ its roots back nearly 1,000 years in Japan but it is only in recent times that it has taken (3) ____ globally. Manga is now as (4) ____ with Japan as sushi, geisha and Mt Fuji. Such is the popularity of manga outside Japan, an exhibition of manga works (5) ____ to be the most popular show at the British Museum in 2019. It attracted more visitors than a show on the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The manga exhibition was the largest display of manga material ever (6) ____ outside Japan. Around 1,920 people paid to see it every day, according to the museum.

    The manga exhibition (7) ____ the 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest forms of manga by master painters to sketches and illustrations of today's popular anime and video game characters such (8) ____ Pokemon. There were also exhibits from animated films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga series, including Osamu Tezuka's (9) ____ work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: "Manga is the modern graphic art of storytelling first (10) ____ in Japan and is now loved all over the world. Building on Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have the (11) ____ power to excite us and draw us into their world, with (12) ____ storylines that engage our emotions."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     wonderful     (b)     greatly     (c)     fantastic     (d)     such    
    2. (a)     traipse     (b)     trace     (c)     triage     (d)     trade    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     to     (c)     well     (d)     off    
    4. (a)     antonym     (b)     synonymous     (c)     opposite     (d)     similarity    
    5. (a)     proves     (b)     proven     (c)     proving     (d)     proved    
    6. (a)     resembled     (b)     sampled     (c)     assembled     (d)     dissembled    
    7. (a)     showcased     (b)     bookcase     (c)     uncased     (d)     uncorked    
    8. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     ease    
    9. (a)     semester     (b)     semolina     (c)     seminar     (d)     seminal    
    10. (a)     perfected     (b)     perfection     (c)     perfect     (d)     perfecting    
    11. (a)     visual     (b)     aural     (c)     tangy     (d)     tactile    
    12. (a)     inventive     (b)     invents     (c)     inventing     (d)     inventor

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  The manga exhibition showcased the 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest forms of manga by master painters to sketches
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    (...)  and illustrations of today's popular anime and video game characters such as Pokemon. There were also exhibits
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    (...)  work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: "Manga is the modern graphic
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    (...)  from animated films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal
    (...)  painter Rembrandt. The manga exhibition was the largest display of manga material ever assembled outside
    (...)  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."
    (...)  art of storytelling first perfected in Japan and is now loved all over the world. Building

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The manga exhibition showered / showcased the 900-year history of the art. It included the earliest forms of manga at / by master painters to sketches and illustrations of today's populated / popular anime and video game characters such as Pokemon. There were also exhibits from animate / animated films known as "anime". The show included 70 manga serious / series, including Osamu Tezuka's seminal work "Astro Boy". Hartwig Fischer, director / direction of the British Museum, said: "Manga is the modern graphic / graph art of storytelling first perfected in Japan and is now loving / loved all over the world. Building on Japan's centuries-old tradition, the best manga have the visually / visual power to excite us and draw us into their world, with inventive storylines that engage our emotional / emotions."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    manga  the japanese art of comic books  has greatly risen in popularity worldwide in the past few decades the art form can trace its roots back nearly 1000 years in japan but it is only in recent times that it has taken off globally manga is now as synonymous with japan as sushi geisha and mt fuji such is the popularity of manga outside japan an exhibition of manga works proved to be the most popular show at the british museum in 2019 it attracted more visitors than a show on the dutch painter rembrandt the manga exhibition was the largest display of manga material ever assembled outside japan around 1920 people paid to see it every day according to the museum

    the manga exhibition showcased the 900year history of the art it included the earliest forms of manga by master painters to sketches and illustrations of todays popular anime and video game characters such as pokemon there were also exhibits from animated films known as anime the show included 70 manga series including osamu tezukas seminal work astro boy hartwig fischer director of 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 japans centuriesold tradition the best manga have the visual power to excite us and draw us into their world with inventive storylines that engage our emotions

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    Manga-theJapaneseartofcomicbooks-hasgreatlyriseninpopularityw
    orldwideinthepastfewdecades.Theartformcantraceitsrootsbacknear
    ly1,000yearsinJapanbutitisonlyinrecenttimesthatithastakenoffglob
    ally.MangaisnowassynonymouswithJapanassushi,geishaandMtFuji.
    SuchisthepopularityofmangaoutsideJapan,anexhibitionofmangawo
    rksprovedtobethemostpopularshowattheBritishMuseumin2019.Itat
    tractedmorevisitorsthanashowontheDutchpainterRembrandt.Them
    angaexhibitionwasthelargestdisplayofmangamaterialeverassemble
    doutsideJapan.Around1,920peoplepaidtoseeiteveryday,accordingt
    othemuseum.Themangaexhibitionshowcasedthe900-yearhistoryo
    ftheart.Itincludedtheearliestformsofmangabymasterpainterstosket
    chesandillustrationsoftoday'spopularanimeandvideogamecharacte
    rssuchasPokemon.Therewerealsoexhibitsfromanimatedfilmsknown
    as"anime".Theshowincluded70mangaseries,includingOsamuTezuk
    a'sseminalwork"AstroBoy".HartwigFischer,directoroftheBritishMus
    eum,said:"Mangaisthemoderngraphicartofstorytellingfirstperfecte
    dinJapanandisnowlovedallovertheworld.BuildingonJapan'scenturie
    s-oldtradition,thebestmangahavethevisualpowertoexciteusanddra
    wusintotheirworld,withinventivestorylinesthatengageouremotions.
    "

    Free writing

    Write about manga for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Looking at art in museums is better than looking at it online. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. MANGA: Make a poster about manga. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FINE ART: Write a magazine article about recognising manga as a form of fine art. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on manga. Ask him/her three questions about manga. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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