The Reading / Listening - Public Toilets - Level 3

Architects in Japan are redesigning the public toilet. They have unveiled a public toilet with transparent walls, until someone locks the door. An organisation called the Nippon Foundation created a project called "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more attractive and usable. The idea was to use innovative design to make public toilets more accessible. An official said it wanted people to feel comfortable using public toilets, "and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person". World-famous architects such as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma participated in the project. In total, 16 top designers came up with toilets that will be dotted around in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's capital Tokyo.



The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having a negative image of public toilets. It said many people thought toilets were "dark, dirty, stinky and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is secretly waiting inside". The first transparent toilets opened in a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on August the 16th. They immediately became a tourist attraction with many people lining up to take photos of them, and of course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can see the white toilets and sinks from the outside. However, when the door is locked, the special film and glass walls suddenly become opaque so no one on the outside can see inside.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Public Toilets - Level 0 Public Toilets - Level 1   or  Public Toilets - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. TOILETS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about toilets. 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?
       architects / public / toilet / transparent / organisation / attractive / spirit / hospitality /
       negative / image / dark / scary / stinky / tourist / attraction / photos / sinks / opaque
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DESIGN: Students A strongly believe the design of all public toilets should be very interesting; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PUBLIC TOILETS: What is bad about them? How can we improve them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Bad Things

Improvements

Colour

 

 

Smell

 

 

Safety

 

 

Sinks

 

 

Facilities

 

 

Availability

 

 

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

  • Airport toilets
  • McDonald's toilets
  • Park toilets
  • School toilets
  • Train station toilets
  • Street toilets
  • Campsite toilets
  • Toilets in bars

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. architect a. The friendly and generous welcome and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
      2. unveiled b. Showed or announced something publicly for the first time.
      3. transparent c. Very nice or beautiful to look at.
      4. attractive d. A person who is responsible for inventing or creating a particular idea or project.
      5. innovative e. The most important city or town of a country or region.
      6. hospitality f. Of a material that allows light to pass through so that objects behind can be seen easily; see-through.
      7. capital g. With new methods or ideas; advanced and original.

    Paragraph 2

      8. negative h. A well known place where many visitors go to look at, visit and take photos.
      9. stinky i. Frightening; causing fear.
      10. scary j. A thin layer covering a surface.
      11. tourist attraction k. Bad or damaging.
      12. sink l. Having a strong or unpleasant smell.
      13. film m. Not able to be seen through; not transparent.
      14. opaque n. A large bowl with a tap where you wash your hands after using the toilet, or where you wash the dishes.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Architects in Japan put a veil over some new toilets.     T / F
  2. The toilet's walls become transparent when someone locks the door.     T / F
  3. The designers want people to think about the next user of the toilet.     T / F
  4. Sixteen different designers worked on the new toilets.     T / F
  5. Many people think public toilets are scary places.     T / F
  6. Some people worry about people waiting in secret inside public toilets.    T / F
  7. The new toilets in Tokyo quickly became tourist attractions.     T / F
  8. The walls of the toilets are made of clear plastic.     T / F

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

  1. unveiled
  2. created
  3. attractive
  4. hospitality
  5. came up with
  6. negative
  7. scary
  8. lining up
  9. sinks
  10. opaque
  1. nice-looking
  2. non-transparent
  3. helpfulness
  4. bad
  5. shown
  6. frightening
  7. wash basins
  8. made
  9. queuing
  10. thought of

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

  1. They have unveiled
  2. until someone locks
  3. make public restrooms more
  4. foster a spirit
  5. in Japan's capital
  6. having a negative
  7. no one is secretly waiting
  8. a tourist
  9. people lining up
  10. glass walls suddenly become
  1. attractive and usable
  2. opaque
  3. Tokyo
  4. inside
  5. the door
  6. attraction
  7. of hospitality
  8. to take photos
  9. a public toilet
  10. image of public toilets

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
spirit
locks
capital
redesigning
feel
total
attractive
next

Architects in Japan are (1) _____________________ the public toilet. They have unveiled a public toilet with transparent walls, until someone (2) _____________________ the door. An organisation called the Nippon Foundation created a project called "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more (3) _____________________ and usable. The idea was to use innovative design to make public toilets more accessible. An official said it wanted people to (4) _____________________ comfortable using public toilets, "and to foster a (5) _____________________ of hospitality for the (6) _____________________ person". World-famous architects such as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma participated in the project. In (7) _____________________, 16 top designers came up with toilets that will be dotted around in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's (8) _____________________ Tokyo.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
secretly
attraction
locked
negative
opaque
immediately
stinky
sinks

The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having a (9) _____________________ image of public toilets. It said many people thought toilets were "dark, dirty, (10) _____________________ and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is (11) _____________________ waiting inside". The first transparent toilets opened in a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on August the 16th. They (12) _____________________ became a tourist (13) _____________________ with many people lining up to take photos of them, and of course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can see the white toilets and (14) _____________________ from the outside. However, when the door is (15) _____________________, the special film and glass walls suddenly become (16) _____________________ so no one on the outside can see inside.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more attractive ______
     a.  and use able
     b.  and unusable
     c.  and usability
     d.  and usable
2)  The idea was to use innovative design to make public toilets ______
     a.  more access able
     b.  more axe cesspool
     c.  more rack cesspool
     d.  more accessible
3)  feel comfortable using public toilets, "and to foster ______ hospitality
     a.  as spirit of
     b.  a spirit of
     c.  a split of
     d.  a spirits of
4) famous architects such as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma participated ______
     a.  in the projected
     b.  in the projects
     c.  in the project
     d.  in the projection
5)  dotted around in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's ______
     a.  capital Tokyo
     b.  capitalist Tokyo
     c.  cap it all Tokyo
     d.  capitalism Tokyo

6)  The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having a ______
     a.  negatively image
     b.  positive image
     c.  positively image
     d.  negative image
7)  It said many people thought toilets were "dark, dirty, stinky ______
     a.  and scared" places
     b.  and scary" places
     c.  and scare" places
     d.  and scares" places
8)  people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is ______ inside
     a.  secrecy waiting
     b.  secrete waiting
     c.  secreted weighting
     d.  secretly waiting
9)  They immediately became a tourist attraction with many people ______ take photos
     a.  linen up to
     b.  line in up to
     c.  lie knee up to
     d.  lining up to
10)  when the door is locked, the special film and glass walls suddenly ______
     a.  becomes oblique
     b.  become oh park
     c.  become op park
     d.  become opaque

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Architects in Japan (1) ____________________ public toilet. They have unveiled a public toilet with transparent walls, (2) ____________________ the door. An organisation called the Nippon Foundation created a project called "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more (3) ____________________. The idea was to use innovative design to make public toilets more accessible. An official said it wanted people to (4) ____________________ public toilets, "and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person". World-(5) ____________________ as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma participated in the project. In total, 16 top designers came up with toilets that will (6) ____________________ in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's capital Tokyo.

The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having (7) ____________________ of public toilets. It said many people thought toilets were "(8) ____________________ and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one (9) ____________________ inside". The first transparent toilets opened in a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on August the 16th. They immediately became (10) ____________________ with many people lining up to take photos of them, and of course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can see the white (11) ____________________ from the outside. However, when the door is locked, the special film (12) ____________________ suddenly become opaque so no one on the outside can see inside.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did architects in Japan unveil?
  2. What is the name of the project mentioned in the article?
  3. What did someone want the toilets to foster a spirit of?
  4. How many designers worked on the new toilets?
  5. How many parks and public spaces will the toilets be put in?
  6. What kind of image of toilets does the Nippon Foundation want to stop?
  7. What did the foundation say someone might be secretly doing?
  8. What did people line up outside the toilets to do?
  9. What covers the glass walls?
  10. What happens to the walls when the door is locked?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did architects in Japan unveil?
a) a bidet
b) a public toilet
c) a toilet seat
d) a toilet cleaner
2) What is the name of the project mentioned in the article?
a) The Glass Toilet
b) The Japan Toilet
c) The Hidden Toilet
d) The Tokyo Toilet
3) What did someone want the toilets to foster a spirit of?
a) hospitality
b) cleanliness
c) togetherness
d) toiletries
4) How many designers worked on the new toilets?
a) 17
b) 15
c) 16
d) 18
5) How many parks and public spaces will the toilets be put in?
a) 15
b) 17
c) 18
d) 16

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Role play

Role  A – Park Toilets
You think park toilets are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their toilets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): McDonald's, school or train station toilets.

Role  B – McDonald's Toilets
You think McDonald's are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their toilets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): park toilets, school or train station toilets.

Role  C – School Toilets
You think school are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their toilets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): McDonald's, park toilets or train station toilets.

Role  D – Train Station Toilets
You think train station toilets are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their toilets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): McDonald's, school or park toilets.

After reading / listening

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

'public'

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  • and 'toilet'.

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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:

    • unveiled
    • attractive
    • idea
    • official
    • spirit
    • 17
    • stop
    • stinky
    • first
    • tourist
    • white
    • film




    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 - Public Toilets

    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 'public'?
    3. What are public toilets like in your country?
    4. What do you think of public toilets?
    5. Should public toilets be well designed?
    6. What do you think of a toilet with transparent walls?
    7. Should cities spend money on designing toilets?
    8. How comfortable are you in public toilets?
    9. How can a public toilet "foster a spirit of hospitality"?
    10. Are public toilets better than those in chain restaurants?

    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 'toilet'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do public toilets have a negative image?
    5. How scary do you think public toilets are?
    6. Would you take a photo of the transparent toilets?
    7. How can we make public toilets better?
    8. Should more money be spent on toilets for women?
    9. Would you like to use the transparent toilet?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the designers?

    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)

    Architects in Japan are redesigning the public toilet. They have (1) ____ a public toilet with transparent walls, until someone (2) ____ the door. An organisation called the Nippon Foundation created a project called "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more attractive and usable. The idea was (3) ____ use innovative design to make public toilets more accessible. An official said it wanted people to feel comfortable using public toilets, "and to foster a (4) ____ of hospitality for the next person". World-famous architects such (5) ____ Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma participated in the project. In total, 16 top designers came up with toilets that will be (6) ____ around in 17 parks and public spaces in Japan's capital Tokyo.

    The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having a (7) ____ image of public toilets. It said many people thought toilets were "dark, dirty, (8) ____ and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is (9) ____ waiting inside". The first transparent toilets opened in a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on August the 16th. They immediately became a tourist attraction with many people lining (10) ____ to take photos of them, and of course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can see the white toilets and sinks from the outside. (11) ____, when the door is locked, the special film and glass walls suddenly become (12) ____ so no one on the outside can see inside.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     wailed     (b)     unveiled     (c)     nailed     (d)     veiled    
    2. (a)     lockers     (b)     locks     (c)     lockets     (d)     likens    
    3. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     for     (d)     to    
    4. (a)     ghost     (b)     spirit     (c)     poltergeist     (d)     sprite    
    5. (a)     this     (b)     that's     (c)     has     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     splattered     (b)     spitted     (c)     dotted     (d)     pitted     
    7. (a)     negative     (b)     negate     (c)     negatives     (d)     negotiate    
    8. (a)     slinky     (b)     swanky     (c)     stinky     (d)     shiny    
    9. (a)     risky     (b)     frighten     (c)     tension     (d)     secretly    
    10. (a)     up     (b)     down     (c)     on     (d)     under    
    11. (a)     However     (b)     Although     (c)     Nevertheless     (d)     Secondly    
    12. (a)     opaque     (b)     fake     (c)     oblique     (d)     risqué

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  toilets were "dark, dirty, stinky and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is secretly
    (...)  participated in the project. In total, 16 top designers came up with toilets that will be dotted
    (...)  design to make public toilets more accessible. An official said it wanted people to feel comfortable using public toilets, "and to foster a spirit
    (...)  August the 16th. They immediately became a tourist attraction with many people lining
    (...)  up to take photos of them, and of course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can
    (...)  The Nippon Foundation said it wanted to stop people having a negative image of public toilets. It said many people thought
    (...)  walls, until someone locks the door. An organisation called the Nippon Foundation created
    (...)  of hospitality for the next person". World-famous architects such as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma
    (...)  see the white toilets and sinks from the outside. However, when the door is
    (...)  locked, the special film and glass walls suddenly become opaque so no one on the outside can see inside.
    (...)  a project called "The Tokyo Toilet" to make public restrooms more attractive and usable. The idea was to use innovative
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    Put the words in the right order

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    2. restrooms   Make   more   and   usable   .   public   attractive
    3. idea   use   The   was   innovative   to   design
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    8. park   .   The   toilets   in   first   transparent   opened   a
    9. lining   take   of   them   .   photos   up   to   People
    10. special   opaque   .   become   walls   glass   The   suddenly

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The Nippon Foundation said it wanting / wanted to stop people having a negative image on / of public toilets. It said many people thought toilets were "dark, dirty, stinky / stink and scary" places. It said people care about if the toilets are clean, and that "no one is secrecy / secretly waiting inside". The first transparent toilets opened in / on a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on August the 16th. They immediately / immediate became a tourist attraction / attractive with many people lining up to take photos of them, and of cause / course to do their business. The toilet walls are transparent - you can see the white toilets and stinks / sinks from the outside. However, when the door is locked, the special film and glass walls suddenly become opaque so no one on the outing / outside can see inside.

    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

    architects in japan are redesigning the public toilet they have unveiled a public toilet with transparent walls until someone locks the door an organisation called the nippon foundation created a project called the tokyo toilet to make public restrooms more attractive and usable the idea was to use innovative design to make public toilets more accessible an official said it wanted people to feel comfortable using public toilets and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person worldfamous architects such as tadao ando and kengo kuma participated in the project in total 16 top designers came up with toilets that will be dotted around in 17 parks and public spaces in japans capital tokyo

    the nippon foundation said it wanted to stop people having a negative image of public toilets it said many people thought toilets were dark dirty stinky and scary places it said people care about if the toilets are clean and that no one is secretly waiting inside the first transparent toilets opened in a park in tokyos shibuya ward on august the 16th they immediately became a tourist attraction with many people lining up to take photos of them and of course to do their business the toilet walls are transparent  you can see the white toilets and sinks from the outside however when the door is locked the special film and glass walls suddenly become opaque so no one on the outside can see inside

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    ArchitectsinJapanareredesigningthepublictoilet.Theyhaveunveileda
    publictoiletwithtransparentwalls,untilsomeonelocksthedoor.Anorga
    nisationcalledtheNipponFoundationcreatedaprojectcalled"TheToky
    oToilet"tomakepublicrestroomsmoreattractiveandusable.Theideaw
    astouseinnovativedesigntomakepublictoiletsmoreaccessible.Anoffi
    cialsaiditwantedpeopletofeelcomfortableusingpublictoilets,"andtof
    osteraspiritofhospitalityforthenextperson".World-famousarchitect
    ssuchasTadaoAndoandKengoKumaparticipatedintheproject.Intotal
    ,16topdesignerscameupwithtoiletsthatwillbedottedaroundin17park
    sandpublicspacesinJapan'scapitalTokyo.TheNipponFoundationsaidi
    twantedtostoppeoplehavinganegativeimageofpublictoilets.Itsaidm
    anypeoplethoughttoiletswere"dark,dirty,stinkyandscary"places.Its
    aidpeoplecareaboutifthetoiletsareclean,andthat"nooneissecretlywa
    itinginside".ThefirsttransparenttoiletsopenedinaparkinTokyo'sShib
    uyaWardonAugustthe16th.Theyimmediatelybecameatouristattract
    ionwithmanypeoplelininguptotakephotosofthem,andofcoursetodot
    heirbusiness.Thetoiletwallsaretransparent-youcanseethewhitetoil
    etsandsinksfromtheoutside.However,whenthedoorislocked,thespe
    cialfilmandglasswallssuddenlybecomeopaquesonooneontheoutside
    canseeinside.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All public toilets should be beautiful. 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. PUBLIC TOILETS: Make a poster about public toilets. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BEAUTIFUL: Write a magazine article about making all cities and towns to make public toilets very beautiful. 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 public toilets. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on hoe to make public toilets better. 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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