The Reading / Listening - Amusement Parks - Level 3

A group of amusement park operators in Japan has released guidelines about visitors screaming in their parks. This is after Japan's government asked companies to prepare for the "new normal" and for life with COVID-19. The guidelines instruct park owners on how to operate safely in our coronavirus world. One of the guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in haunted houses. Scientists have said that using the voice to sing, scream or shout increases the amount of virus that an infected person can put into the air. Staying quiet or talking quietly reduces the risk of spreading the virus. The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" on all rides.



Japan's amusement parks are slowly reopening as the coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier this week. The country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), remain closed. They have been closed since the beginning of March. They have not set a date for reopening. When they do open, they will likely follow the guidelines. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One piece of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five anyone.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Amusement Parks - Level 0 Amusement Parks - Level 1   or  Amusement Parks - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/28/business/japanese-amusement-parks-coronavirus/
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/japan-theme-parks-guidelines-screaming/index.html
  • https://www.asiaone.com/asia/no-screaming-rollercoasters-please-theme-parks-japan-prepare-reopening


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. AMUSEMENT PARKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about amusement parks. 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?
       group / amusement / park / normal / safely / voice / sing / virus / guidelines / rides
       coronavirus / emergency / theme parks / Disneyland / masks / ghosts / superheroes
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. OPEN: Students A strongly believe all amusement parks should open; Students B strongly believe they should remain closed.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS: What do you think of these rides and attractions? How could you make them better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Do You Think?

How Could It/They Be Better?

Rollercoasters

 

 

Haunted houses

 

 

Merry-go-rounds

 

 

Dodgems

 

 

Big wheels

 

 

Shooting ranges

 

 

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5. AMUSEMENT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "amusement". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. THEME PARKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best themes for a park at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Sport
  • Disney
  • Pizza
  • Space
  • Animals
  • Harry Potter
  • Health
  • America

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. operator a. A roller coaster, merry-go-round, or other thing people get on at an amusement park.
      2. guideline b. Make something ready for use; get ready for something.
      3. prepare c. Having a ghost or ghosts there.
      4. instruct d. A person or company that runs a business.
      5. haunted e. A person, organism, cell, etc. having a virus or disease-causing organism.
      6. infected f. A general rule or piece of advice for people to follow.
      7. rides g. Direct someone to do something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. emergency h. Make a time or date for something to happen.
      9. theme park i. An amusement park based on one idea or topic.
      10. remain j. An amount of space between two things or people.
      11. set k. A serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation that needs quick action.
      12. advice l. Good ideas given to someone.
      13. maintain m. Stay.
      14. distance n. Keep something at the same level or rate.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. One amusement park in Japan will tell people not to scream.     T / F
  2. Japan said companies should prepare for the "new normal" covid-19 life. T / F
  3. Scientists said screaming or singing can spread the virus.     T / F
  4. Amusement park guidelines suggest visitors should be quiet on rides.     T / F
  5. All of Japan's amusements parks are opening slowly.     T / F
  6. Tokyo Disneyland has announced the date it will reopen.     T / F
  7. The guidelines recommended ghosts in haunted houses social distance.   T / F
  8. The guidelines say staff dressed as mascots can high-five visitors.     T / F

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

  1. group
  2. prepare
  3. instruct
  4. haunted
  5. risk
  6. lifted
  7. remain
  8. follow
  9. advice
  10. staff
  1. stay
  2. spooky
  3. removed
  4. get ready
  5. employees
  6. possibility
  7. help
  8. collection
  9. stick to
  10. tell

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

  1. A group of amusement park
  2. prepare for the
  3. how to operate
  4. the amount of virus that an infected
  5. talking quietly reduces the risk
  6. Japan's amusement parks
  7. They have been closed
  8. They have not set a
  9. haunted
  10. should not shake hands
  1. are slowly reopening
  2. safely
  3. of spreading the virus
  4. or high-five anyone
  5. "new normal"
  6. date for reopening
  7. operators in Japan
  8. houses
  9. person can put into the air
  10. since the beginning of March

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
haunted
screaming
reduces
group
safely
prepare
rides
amount

A (1) ____________ of amusement park operators in Japan has released guidelines about visitors (2) ____________ in their parks. This is after Japan's government asked companies to (3) ____________ for the "new normal" and for life with COVID-19. The guidelines instruct park owners on how to operate (4) ____________ in our coronavirus world. One of the guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in (5) ____________ houses. Scientists have said that using the voice to sing, scream or shout increases the (6) ____________ of virus that an infected person can put into the air. Staying quiet or talking quietly (7) ____________ the risk of spreading the virus. The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" on all (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
set
follow
lifted
distance
slowly
hands
remain
haunted

Japan's amusement parks are (9) ____________ reopening as the coronavirus emergency was (10) ____________ earlier this week. The country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), (11) ____________ closed. They have been closed since the beginning of March. They have not (12) ____________ a date for reopening. When they do open, they will likely (13) ____________ the guidelines. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One piece of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking in (14) ____________ houses should maintain a healthy (15) ____________ from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake (16) ____________ or high-five anyone.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A group of amusement park operators in Japan ______
     a.  has release guidelines
     b.  have released guideline
     c.  has released guideline
     d.  have released guidelines
2)  This is after Japan's government asked companies to prepare for ______
     a.  the "newly normal"
     b.  the "news normal"
     c.  the "knew normal"
     d.  the "new normal"
3)  using the voice to sing, scream or shout increases the ______
     a.  amount of viral
     b.  amount of walrus
     c.  amount of virus
     d.  amount of viewers
4)  Staying quiet or talking quietly reduces the risk of ______
     a.  spread in the virus
     b.  spread din the virus
     c.  spreading the virus
     d.  spread ding the virus
5)  The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" ______
     a.  on all riders
     b.  on all rides
     c.  on all ride
     d.  on all ridings

6)  amusement parks are slowly reopening as the coronavirus emergency ______
     a.  wants lifted earlier
     b.  'twas lifted earlier
     c.  waste lifted earlier
     d.  was lifted earlier
7)  They have been closed since ______ March
     a.  the beginning of
     b.  the begin in off
     c.  the be gaining of
     d.  the beg inning of
8)  Other recommendations include mask wearing ______
     a.  and social distancing
     b.  and socials distancing
     c.  and socialise distancing
     d.  and socially distancing
9)  haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance ______
     a.  form their 'victims'
     b.  from their 'victims'
     c.  frame their 'victims'
     d.  for their 'victims'
10)  those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or ______
     a.  high-five anyone
     b.  high-four anyone
     c.  hive-five anyone
     d.  hive-fiver anyone

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A group of amusement park operators in Japan (1) ___________________ about visitors screaming in their parks. This is after Japan's government asked companies to prepare for (2) ___________________ and for life with COVID-19. The guidelines instruct park owners on how (3) ___________________ in our coronavirus world. One of the guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in haunted houses. Scientists have said that using the voice to sing, (4) ___________________ increases the amount of virus that an infected person can put into the air. Staying quiet or talking quietly (5) ___________________ of spreading the virus. The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" (6) ___________________.

Japan's amusement parks (7) ___________________ as the coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier this week. The country's (8) ___________________, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), remain closed. They have been closed (9) ___________________ of March. They have not set a date for reopening. When they do open, they will likely (10) ___________________. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One (11) ___________________ stated: "Ghosts lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should (12) ___________________ or high-five anyone.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did amusement park operators in Japan release?
  2. What did Japan's government say companies should prepare for?
  3. On what attractions do the guidelines say people should not shout?
  4. What did the article say reduces the risk of spreading the virus?
  5. What do guidelines say visitors should "refrain" from doing?
  6. What did the article say are slowly reopening?
  7. When will Tokyo Disneyland reopen?
  8. What will Tokyo Disneyland follow when it reopens?
  9. What are some amusement park staff dressed as?
  10. What should staff not do besides shake hands?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did amusement park operators in Japan release?
a) information
b) balloons
c) money
d) guidelines
2) What did Japan's government say companies should prepare for?
a) lots of visitors
b) the "new normal"
c) very few visitors
d) the "old usual"
3) On what attractions do the guidelines say people should not shout?
a) the big wheel and haunted houses
b) dodgems and rollercoasters
c) haunted houses and dodgems
d) rollercoasters and haunted houses
4) What did the article say reduces the risk of spreading the virus?
a) washing hands
b) faster rollercoasters
c) talking quietly
d) paper bags
5) What do guidelines say visitors should "refrain" from doing?
a) using drinking fountains
b) holding hands
c) sneezing
d) vocalizing loudly

6) What did the article say are slowly reopening?
a) haunted houses
b) guidelines
c) amusement parks
d) rollercoasters
7) When will Tokyo Disneyland reopen?
a) we don't know
b) in the next few days
c) in the next few weeks
d) in a month or two
8) What will Tokyo Disneyland follow when it reopens?
a) fashion
b) trends
c) the guidelines
d) Mickey Mouse
9) What are some amusement park staff dressed as?
a) Mickey and Minnie Mouse
b) mascots and superheroes
c) Hello Kitty
d) goodies and baddies
10) What should staff not do besides shake hands?
a) give candies to visitors
b) fist-bump anyone
c) high-five anyone
d) pat children on the head

Role play

Role  A – Sport
You think sport is the best theme for an amusement park. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their themes. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these themes (and why): Disney, health or America.

Role  B – Disney
You think Disney is the best theme for an amusement park. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their themes. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these themes (and why): sport, health or America.

Role  C – Health
You think health is the best theme for an amusement park. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their themes. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these themes (and why): Disney, sport or America.

Role  D – America
You think America is the best theme for an amusement park. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their themes. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these themes (and why): Disney, health or sport.

After reading / listening

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

'amusement'

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  • and 'park'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • group
    • asked
    • world
    • sing
    • reduces
    • rides
    • slowly
    • biggest
    • since
    • likely
    • maintain
    • anyone




    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 - Amusement Parks

    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 'amusement'?
    3. What do you think of amusement parks?
    4. Should amusement parks be allowed to reopen?
    5. What guidelines would you give to park owners?
    6. What is the "new normal" in the world today?
    7. What do you think of rollercoasters?
    8. What do you think of haunted houses?
    9. Should everyone talk more quietly and wear masks?
    10. What coronavirus guidelines are there in your country?

    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 'park'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What things do you want to reopen?
    5. What do you think of Disneyland?
    6. What do you do to social distance?
    7. Would you like a job dressing as a mascot?
    8. Who is your favourite superhero?
    9. Which was better, shaking hands or high-fiving?
    10. What questions would you like to ask amusement park owners?

    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)

    A group of amusement park operators in Japan (1) ____ released guidelines about visitors screaming in their parks. This is after Japan's government (2) ____ companies to prepare for the "new normal" and for life with COVID-19. The guidelines instruct park owners (3) ____ how to operate safely in our coronavirus world. One of the guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in (4) ____ houses. Scientists have said that using the voice to sing, scream or shout increases the (5) ____ of virus that an infected person can put into the air. Staying quiet or talking quietly reduces the risk of spreading the virus. The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" on all (6) ____.

    Japan's amusement parks are slowly reopening (7) ____ the coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier this week. The country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), (8) ____ closed. They have been closed since the beginning of March. They have not (9) ____ a date for reopening. When they do open, they will (10) ____ follow the guidelines. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One (11) ____ of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not (12) ____ hands or high-five anyone.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     had     (b)     have     (c)     having     (d)     has    
    2. (a)     talked     (b)     scolded     (c)     spoke     (d)     asked    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     as     (d)     from    
    4. (a)     hunted     (b)     hurt     (c)     haunted     (d)     hinted    
    5. (a)     stuff     (b)     things     (c)     amount     (d)     bit    
    6. (a)     rides     (b)     riders     (c)     ridings     (d)     riddance    
    7. (a)     was     (b)     as     (c)     is     (d)     has    
    8. (a)     remain     (b)     still     (c)     be     (d)     will    
    9. (a)     let     (b)     set     (c)     get     (d)     bet    
    10. (a)     liken     (b)     likelihood     (c)     likely     (d)     likes    
    11. (a)     talk     (b)     writing     (c)     piece     (d)     good    
    12. (a)     shake     (b)     rattle     (c)     roll     (d)     jive

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    1  ) A group of amusement park operators in Japan has released guidelines about visitors screaming
    (...)  life with COVID-19. The guidelines instruct park owners on how to operate safely in our coronavirus
    (...)  for reopening. When they do open, they will likely follow the guidelines. Other recommendations include mask
    (...)  wearing and social distancing. One piece of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking
    (...)  quiet or talking quietly reduces the risk of spreading the virus. The park
    (...)  in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including
    (...)  those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five anyone.
    (...)  scream or shout increases the amount of virus that an infected person can put into the air. Staying
    (...)  Japan's amusement parks are slowly reopening as the coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier
    (...)  in their parks. This is after Japan's government asked companies to prepare for the "new normal" and for
    (...)  guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" on all rides.
    (...)  closed. They have been closed since the beginning of March. They have not set a date
    (...)  this week. The country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), remain

    Put the words in the right order

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    10. those   All   mascots   .   park   as   dressed   staff,   including

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Japan's amusement parks are slow / slowly reopening as the coronavirus emergency was lifted / carried earlier this week. The country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), remain close / closed. They have been closed for / since the beginning of March. They have not set / let a date for reopening. When they do opening / open, they will likely follow the guidelines. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One piece / peace of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking / lacking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims'". In multiplication / addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake / rattle hands or high-five anyone.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a group of amusement park operators in japan has released guidelines about visitors screaming in their parks this is after japans government asked companies to prepare for the new normal and for life with covid19 the guidelines instruct park owners on how to operate safely in our coronavirus world one of the guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in haunted houses scientists have said that using the voice to sing scream or shout increases the amount of virus that an infected person can put into the air staying quiet or talking quietly reduces the risk of spreading the virus the park guidelines say visitors should refrain from vocalizing loudly on all rides

    japans amusement parks are slowly reopening as the coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier this week the countrys biggest theme parks tokyo disneyland and universal studios japan in osaka remain closed they have been closed since the beginning of march they have not set a date for reopening when they do open they will likely follow the guidelines other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing one piece of advice stated ghosts lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their victims in addition all park staff including those dressed as mascots and superheroes should not shake hands or highfive anyone

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AgroupofamusementparkoperatorsinJapanhasreleasedguidelinesa
    boutvisitorsscreamingintheirparks.ThisisafterJapan'sgovernmenta
    skedcompaniestoprepareforthe"newnormal"andforlifewithCOVID-
    19.Theguidelinesinstructparkownersonhowtooperatesafelyinourcor
    onavirusworld.Oneoftheguidelinesisnoscreamingonrollercoastersor
    inhauntedhouses.Scientistshavesaidthatusingthevoicetosing,screa
    morshoutincreasestheamountofvirusthataninfectedpersoncanputin
    totheair.Stayingquietortalkingquietlyreducestheriskofspreadingthe
    virus.Theparkguidelinessayvisitorsshould,"refrainfromvocalizinglo
    udly"onallrides.Japan'samusementparksareslowlyreopeningasthec
    oronavirusemergencywasliftedearlierthisweek.Thecountry'sbiggest
    themeparks,TokyoDisneylandandUniversalStudiosJapan(inOsaka),
    remainclosed.TheyhavebeenclosedsincethebeginningofMarch.They
    havenotsetadateforreopening.Whentheydoopen,theywilllikelyfollo
    wtheguidelines.Otherrecommendationsincludemaskwearingandsoc
    ialdistancing.Onepieceofadvicestated:"Ghostslurkinginhauntedhou
    sesshouldmaintainahealthydistancefromtheir'victims'".Inaddition,
    allparkstaff,includingthosedressedasmascotsandsuperheroes,shou
    ldnotshakehandsorhigh-fiveanyone.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    It is perfectly safe to go to an amusement park if people follow rules. 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. AMUSEMENT PARKS: Make a poster about amusement parks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. THE "NEW NORMAL": Write a magazine article about changing all laws and rules for the "new normal". 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 amusement parks. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what they should do to keep visitors safe during the coronavirus pandemic. 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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