The Reading / Listening - Snow Dumplings - Level 5

Record levels of snowfall made driving tough for hundreds of motorists in Japan this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui, on the Sea of Japan. This made the manager of a branch of a local Chinese restaurant act and help. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed those facing a night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and omelettes to tired, anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven workers helped him to deliver the provisions throughout the night to 300 relieved people.



Mr Iwatani told a newspaper about his relief efforts. He said he saw the snow piling up and knew it would be a problem. Similar bad weather hit in 2018 and the snow stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I regretted not being able to help out three years ago. 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 Ishitani appeared. Another driver shared a traditional Fukui rice sweet with her, which made her happier.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snow Dumplings - Level 4 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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Record levels of snowfall made
  2. hundreds of
  3. Blizzards, snowdrifts
  4. left 200 cars stranded
  5. a branch of a local
  6. facing a night in sub-zero
  7. He delivered hundreds of
  8. workers helped him to
  1. temperatures
  2. on a highway
  3. deliver the provisions
  4. motorists in Japan
  5. gyoza dumplings
  6. driving tough
  7. Chinese restaurant
  8. and frozen roads

Paragraph 2

  1. relief
  2. he saw the snow
  3. Similar bad weather
  4. the snow stopped him from
  5. I regretted not being able
  6. I'm happy people
  7. One driver feared
  8. a traditional
  1. the worst
  2. getting to work
  3. appreciated our efforts
  4. piling up
  5. Fukui rice sweet
  6. efforts
  7. to help out
  8. hit in 2018

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Record levels of snowfall made (1) ___________________ hundreds of motorists in Japan this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left 200 cars (2) ___________________ highway in Fukui, on the Sea of Japan. This made the manager (3) ___________________ of a local Chinese restaurant act and help. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to (4) ___________________ a night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and omelettes (5) ___________________ and snowbound drivers. Seven workers helped him to (6) ___________________ throughout the night to 300 relieved people.

Mr Iwatani told a newspaper about (7) ___________________. He said he saw the snow piling up and knew it would be a problem. Similar (8) ___________________ in 2018 and the snow stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I (9) ___________________ able to help out three years ago. I'm happy...people appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for (10) ___________________." One driver feared the worst when she (11) ___________________ the snow. She said she was very happy when Ishitani appeared. Another driver shared a traditional Fukui rice (12) ___________________, which made her happier.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Recordlevelsofsnowfallmadedrivingtoughforhundredsofmotoristsin
Japanthisweek.Blizzards,snowdriftsandfrozenroadsleft200carsstra
ndedonahighwayinFukui,ontheSeaofJapan.Thismadethemanagerof
abranchofalocalChineserestaurantactandhelp.KeiichiIwatani,39,
decidedtofeedthosefacinganightinsub-zerotemperatures.Hedeliver
edhundredsofgyozadumplings,friedriceandomelettestotired,anxiou
sandsnowbounddrivers.Sevenworkershelpedhimtodelivertheprovis
ionsthroughoutthenightto300relievedpeople.MrIwatanitoldanewsp
aperabouthisreliefefforts.Hesaidhesawthesnowpilingupandknewitw
ouldbeaproblem.Similarbadweatherhitin2018andthesnowstoppedh
imfromgettingtowork.Hesaid:"Iregrettednotbeingabletohelpoutthr
eeyearsago.I'mhappy...peopleappreciatedoureffortslastnight."Hea
dded:"Iwantedtokeepdriverswarm,evenforjustabit."Onedriverfear
edtheworstwhenshegotstuckinthesnow.Shesaidshewasveryhappy
whenIshitaniappeared.AnotherdriversharedatraditionalFukuiricesw
eetwithher,whichmadeherhappier.

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

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Free writing

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