The Reading / Listening - Public Toilets - Level 1

There are new public toilets in Japan. They have transparent walls. When someone locks the door, people can no longer see in. The project is called "The Tokyo Toilet". Designers will make new toilets that are nicer and easier to use. People must feel comfortable using public toilets. They must also think about the next user. Sixteen world-famous designers joined the project. Their toilets will be in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's capital city Tokyo.



The designers want to change the negative image of public toilets. Many people think they are "dark, dirty, stinky and scary" places. People want toilets that are clean and safe. The first toilets opened in a Tokyo park this week. They became a tourist attraction. Many people took photos of them. People can see the toilets and sinks from the outside. When the door is locked, the special glass walls suddenly become dark, so no one on the outside can see inside.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Public Toilets - Level 0 Public Toilets - Level 2   or  Public Toilets - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13646322
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/08/16/why-tokyos-new-transparent-public-restrooms-are-a-stroke-of-genius
  • https://archinect.com/news/article/150211751/the-tokyo-toilet-project-pritzker-prize-winners-shigeru-ban-tadao-ando-toyo-ito-and-fumihiko-maki-among-designers-of-new-public-restrooms


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. When someone locks
  2. people can no
  3. toilets that are nicer and
  4. feel comfortable
  5. think about the next
  6. world-famous designers
  7. toilets will be
  8. in Japan's capital
  1. city Tokyo
  2. easier to use
  3. user
  4. in 17 parks
  5. longer see in
  6. using public toilets
  7. joined the project
  8. the door

Paragraph 2

  1. change the negative
  2. toilets that are clean
  3. They became a tourist
  4. People can see the toilets
  5. When the door
  6. special glass
  7. suddenly become
  8. no one on the outside can
  1. attraction
  2. dark
  3. and sinks
  4. see inside
  5. and safe
  6. is locked
  7. image of public toilets
  8. walls

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are new public toilets in Japan. (1) ___________________ walls. When someone (2) ___________________, people can no longer see in. The project is called "The Tokyo Toilet". Designers will make new toilets that are (3) ___________________ to use. People must (4) ___________________ public toilets. They must also think about the next user. Sixteen world-famous designers (5) ___________________. Their toilets will be in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's (6) ___________________.

The designers want to change (7) ___________________ of public toilets. Many people think they are "(8) ___________________ and scary" places. People want toilets that are clean and safe. The (9) ___________________ in a Tokyo park this week. They became (10) ___________________. Many people took photos of them. People can see the toilets (11) ___________________ the outside. When the door is locked, the special glass walls suddenly become dark, so (12) ___________________ the outside can see inside.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearenewpublictoiletsinJapan.Theyhavetransparentwalls.When
someonelocksthedoor,peoplecannolongerseein.Theprojectiscalled"
TheTokyoToilet".Designerswillmakenewtoiletsthatarenicerandeasi
ertouse.Peoplemustfeelcomfortableusingpublictoilets.Theymustals
othinkaboutthenextuser.Sixteenworld-famousdesignersjoinedth
eproject.Theirtoiletswillbein17parksandpublicspacesinJapan'scapit
alcityTokyo.Thedesignerswanttochangethenegativeimageofpublict
oilets.Manypeoplethinktheyare"dark,dirty,stinkyandscary"places.P
eoplewanttoiletsthatarecleanandsafe.ThefirsttoiletsopenedinaToky
oparkthisweek.Theybecameatouristattraction.Manypeopletookpho
tosofthem.Peoplecanseethetoiletsandsinksfromtheoutside.Whenth
edoorislocked,thespecialglasswallssuddenlybecomedark,sonooneo
ntheoutsidecanseeinside.

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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