The Reading / Listening - Snow Dumplings - Level 4

Record snowfall made driving tough for motorists in Japan this week. Blizzards and snowdrifts left 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui, on the Sea of Japan. The manager of a local Chinese restaurant, Keiichi Iwatani acted. He decided to feed those facing a night in freezing temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings and omelettes to tired, worried and snowbound drivers. Co-workers helped to deliver the provisions to 300 relieved people.



Mr Iwatani spoke about his relief efforts. He saw the snow piling up and knew it would be a problem. Similar bad weather in 2018 stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I regretted not being able to help out then. I'm happy...people appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a bit." One driver feared the worst when she got stuck in the snow. She said she was very happy when Mr Ishitani appeared.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snow Dumplings - Level 5 or  Snow Dumplings - Level 6

Sources
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210112/p2a/00m/0na/020000c
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/01/38848016de82-domestic-violence-cases-in-japan-hit-record-high-in-fy-2020.html
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/10/national/motorists-stranded-winter-weather/


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Record snowfall made
  2. Blizzards and
  3. 200 cars stranded
  4. The manager of a local
  5. He decided to
  6. facing a night in freezing
  7. He delivered hundreds of
  8. Co-workers helped to deliver
  1. gyoza dumplings
  2. Chinese restaurant
  3. feed those
  4. snowdrifts
  5. the provisions
  6. driving tough
  7. temperatures
  8. on a highway

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Iwatani spoke about
  2. He saw the snow
  3. it would be a
  4. Similar bad weather
  5. I regretted not being
  6. people appreciated our
  7. even for just
  8. One driver feared
  1. a bit
  2. in 2018
  3. the worst
  4. problem
  5. his relief efforts
  6. able to help
  7. piling up
  8. efforts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Record snowfall (1) ___________________ for motorists in Japan this week. Blizzards and snowdrifts left 200 cars (2) ___________________ highway in Fukui, on the Sea of Japan. The (3) ___________________ local Chinese restaurant, Keiichi Iwatani acted. He decided to feed those (4) ___________________ in freezing temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings and omelettes (5) ___________________ and snowbound drivers. Co-workers helped to (6) ___________________ to 300 relieved people.

Mr Iwatani spoke about (7) ___________________. He saw the snow piling up and knew it would (8) ___________________. Similar bad weather in 2018 stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I regretted not being able to (9) ___________________. I'm happy...people appreciated our (10) ___________________." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for (11) ___________________." One driver feared the worst when she (12) ___________________ the snow. She said she was very happy when Mr Ishitani appeared.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

RecordsnowfallmadedrivingtoughformotoristsinJapanthisweek.Bliz
zardsandsnowdriftsleft200carsstrandedonahighwayinFukui,ontheS
eaofJapan.ThemanagerofalocalChineserestaurant,KeiichiIwataniac
ted.Hedecidedtofeedthosefacinganightinfreezingtemperatures.Hed
eliveredhundredsofgyozadumplingsandomelettestotired,worriedan
dsnowbounddrivers.Co-workershelpedtodelivertheprovisionsto300
relievedpeople.MrIwatanispokeabouthisreliefefforts.Hesawthesno
wpilingupandknewitwouldbeaproblem.Similarbadweatherin2018st
oppedhimfromgettingtowork.Hesaid:"Iregrettednotbeingabletohel
poutthen.I'mhappy...peopleappreciatedoureffortslastnight."Headd
ed:"Iwantedtokeepdriverswarm,evenforjustabit."Onedriverfearedt
heworstwhenshegotstuckinthesnow.Shesaidshewasveryhappywhe
nMrIshitaniappeared.

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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