The Reading / Listening - Snow Dumplings - Level 6

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of motorists in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred the manager of a branch of a local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed those faced with spending the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes to weary, anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to deliver the provisions on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relieved people.



Mr Iwatani talked about his relief efforts to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow accumulating and knew there would be problems. He said similar adverse 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 that many people appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a bit." Many drivers were appreciative of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, feared the worst when she got stuck in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her faith in humanity. A fellow driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice confection - with her to reinforce that faith.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Snow Dumplings - Level 4  or  Snow Dumplings - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SNOW: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about snow. 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?
       tough / snowfall / motorists / blizzard / highway / temperatures / dumplings / hungry
       relief efforts / adverse weather / happy / faith / humanity / traditional / confection
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HELP: Students A strongly believe it is our duty to help anyone in need; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SURVIVAL: What should people do in these situations? How would you feel? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How To Survive

How You'd Feel

Trapped in blizzards

 

 

Prolonged heat wave

 

 

Floods

 

 

Hurricane / Typhoon

 

 

Sub-zero temperatures

 

 

Wildfires

 

 

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5. TOUGH: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tough". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ADVERSE WEATHER: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst weather at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Blizzards
  • Torrential rain
  • Strong wind
  • Hail
  • Heat waves
  • Tornadoes
  • Dust storms
  • Drought

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. the tough a. Supplies of food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.
      2. blizzard b. A group of people able to endure hardship or pain.
      3. snowdrift c. Gave an incentive or encouragement to someone.
      4. stranded d. A severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility.
      5. spurred e. Stuck somewhere without the means to move from somewhere.
      6. weary f. A bank of deep snow piled up and made higher by the wind.
      7. provisions g. Feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.

    Paragraph 2

      8. relief h. A feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from worry or stress.
      9. accumulating i. Strengthen an existing feeling, idea, or habit.
      10. adverse j. Gathering together or acquiring an increasing number or quantity of.
      11. appreciated k. A dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients.
      12. restored l. Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable.
      13. confection m. Was very grateful for something or someone; recognized the full worth of.
      14. reinforce n. Returned someone or something to a former condition, place, or position.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Blizzards left 200 cars stranded on a highway in Japan.     T / F
  2. The owner of a Japanese restaurant made meals for stranded motorists.  T / F
  3. A restaurant owner cooked crab omelettes for stranded motorists.     T / F
  4. Volunteers helped 3,000 people trapped in their cars in the blizzard.     T / F
  5. The restaurant manager also helped stranded motorists in 2018.     T / F
  6. The manager is glad people appreciated his recent relief efforts.     T / F
  7. A 23-year-old was very worried when she got stuck in the snow.     T / F
  8. The 23-year-old received a traditional sweet from another motorist.     T / F

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

  1. tough
  2. stranded
  3. spurred
  4. faced with
  5. provisions
  6. efforts
  7. appreciated
  8. restored
  9. faith
  10. reinforce
  1. valued
  2. confronted by
  3. endeavours
  4. arduous
  5. belief
  6. stimulated
  7. strengthen
  8. helpless
  9. reestablished
  10. supplies

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

  1. When the going gets tough,
  2. Record levels
  3. spending the night in
  4. anxious and
  5. employees helped him to deliver the
  6. relief
  7. similar adverse weather
  8. Many drivers were appreciative
  9. Yuki Yamashita, 23, feared
  10. he restored her faith
  1. efforts
  2. snowbound drivers
  3. provisions on foot
  4. of his efforts
  5. of snowfall
  6. in humanity
  7. the worst
  8. the tough get going
  9. hit in 2018
  10. sub-zero temperatures

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
motorists
branch
provisions
snowdrifts
tough
weary
faced
stranded

When the going gets tough, the (1) _____________________ get going. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of (2) _____________________ in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, (3) _____________________ and frozen roads left 200 cars (4) _____________________ on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred the manager of a (5) _____________________ of a local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed those (6) _____________________ with spending the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes to (7) _____________________, anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to deliver the (8) _____________________ on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relieved people.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
relief
bit
accumulating
faith
regretted
confection
stuck
adverse

Mr Iwatani talked about his (9) _____________________ efforts to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow (10) _____________________ and knew there would be problems. He said similar (11) _____________________ weather hit in 2018 and the snow stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I (12) _____________________ not being able to help out three years ago. I'm happy that many people appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a (13) _____________________." Many drivers were appreciative of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, feared the worst when she got (14) _____________________ in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her (15) _____________________ in humanity. A fellow driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice (16) _____________________ - with her to reinforce that faith.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Record levels of snowfall made ______
     a.  the go in toughed
     b.  the going in tough
     c.  the going toughness
     d.  the going tough
2)  in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left ______
     a.  200 cars strand did
     b.  200 cars stand did
     c.  200 cars stranded
     d.  200 cars strain dead
3)  dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes to weary, anxious ______
     a.  and snowy bound drivers
     b.  and snow blind drivers
     c.  and snowed bind drivers
     d.  and snowbound drivers
4)  and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to ______
     a.  deliver the provisions
     b.  deliver the provision
     c.  deliver the provisional
     d.  deliver the provisos
5)  on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry ______
     a.  and relief people
     b.  and relieved people
     c.  and relieve people
     d.  and reliever people

6)  and knew there would be problems. He said similar ______
     a.  adverse weather bit
     b.  adverse weather hit
     c.  adverse weather lit
     d.  adverse weather fit
7)  I'm happy that many people ______
     a.  appreciate it our efforts
     b.  appreciate your efforts
     c.  appreciated our efforts
     d.  appreciates hour efforts
8)  He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for ______."
     a.  just a byte
     b.  just a bit
     c.  just a bite
     d.  just habit
9)  She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her ______
     a.  faith on humanity
     b.  faith at humanity
     c.  faith of humanity
     d.  faith in humanity
10)  Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice confection - with her to ______
     a.  rein force that faith
     b.  being force that faith
     c.  reign force that faith
     d.  reinforce that faith

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

When the going gets tough, the (1) ____________________. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of motorists in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, (2) ____________________ roads left 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred the manager of a (3) ____________________ local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to (4) ____________________ with spending the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes (5) ____________________ and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to deliver the provisions on foot throughout the night to 300 (6) ____________________ people.

Mr Iwatani talked about (7) ____________________ to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow accumulating and knew there would be problems. He (8) ____________________ 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 that many (9) ____________________ efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a bit." Many drivers were appreciative of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, (10) ____________________ when she got stuck in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her (11) ____________________. A fellow driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice confection - with her (12) ____________________ faith.

Comprehension questions

  1. What happens to the tough when the going gets tough?
  2. What stranded motorists besides snowdrifts and frozen roads?
  3. Along which body of water were the motorists stranded?
  4. How old is the restaurant manager?
  5. What kind of omelettes did the restaurant manage cook?
  6. What does the restaurant manager say he saw the snow doing?
  7. When did similar adverse weather hit the area?
  8. What does the article say many people appreciated?
  9. What did Yuki Yamashita fear?
  10. What did Mr Ishitani's efforts restore in Yuki Yamashita?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What happens to the tough when the going gets tough?
a) they go home
b) they go shopping
c) they get going
d) the cry
2) What stranded motorists besides snowdrifts and frozen roads?
a) blizzards
b) floods
c) strong winds
d) a power cut
3) Along which body of water were the motorists stranded?
a) Lake Biwa
b) the Sea of Japan
c) the Pacific Ocean
d) the Seto Inland Sea
4) How old is the restaurant manager?
a) 36
b) 37
c) 38
d) 39
5) What kind of omelettes did the restaurant manage cook?
a) wasabi omelettes
b) natto omelettes
c) crab omelettes
d) strawberry omelettes

6) What does the restaurant manager say he saw the snow doing?
a) falling
b) accumulating
c) melting
d) swirling
7) When did similar adverse weather hit the area?
a) 2015
b) 2016
c) 2017
d) 2018
8) What does the article say many people appreciated?
a) warm weather
b) Mr Ishitani's efforts
c) the heater in their car
d) Japan's emergency services
9) What did Yuki Yamashita fear?
a) running out of petrol
b) the worst
c) freezing
d) the snow monster
10) What did Mr Ishitani's efforts restore in Yuki Yamashita?
a) her faith in humanity
b) her liking for gyoza dumplings
c) her driving ability
d) her broken rear light

Role play

Role  A – Blizzard
You think a blizzard is the worst weather event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their weather events aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): torrential rain, heat wave or strong wind.

Role  B – Torrential Rain
You think torrential rain is the worst weather event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their weather events aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): blizzard, heat wave or strong wind.

Role  C – Heat Wave
You think a heat wave is the worst weather event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their weather events aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): torrential rain, blizzard or strong wind.

Role  D – Strong Wind
You think strong wind is the worst weather event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their weather events aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): torrential rain, heat wave or blizzard.

After reading / listening

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

'dumpling'

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  • and 'snow'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • levels
    • 200
    • branch
    • faced
    • rice
    • 300
    • talked
    • hit
    • ago
    • warm
    • worst
    • traditional




    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 - Snow Dumplings

    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 'dumpling'?
    3. How tough are you?
    4. Do the tough get going when the going gets tough?
    5. What do you think of snow?
    6. What would you do if you were stranded in a snowstorm?
    7. What are the dangers of blizzards?
    8. What do you think of Keiichi Iwatani's actions?
    9. What help have you given people in need?
    10. What advice do you have for people stuck in snow?

    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 'snow'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How does falling snow make you feel?
    5. What's the most adverse weather you've experienced?
    6. Who have you been appreciative of recently?
    7. When was the last time you feared the worst?
    8. When was the last time your faith in humanity was restored?
    9. What do you know about Japanese confectionery?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Iwatani?

    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)

    When the going gets tough, the tough get (1) ____. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of motorists in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads (2) ____ 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred the manager of a (3) ____ of a local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed those (4) ____ with spending the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes to (5) ____, anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to deliver the (6) ____ on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relieved people.

    Mr Iwatani talked about his (7) ____ efforts to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow (8) ____ and knew there would be problems. He said similar adverse weather hit in 2018 and the snow stopped him from getting to work. He said: "I regretted not (9) ____ able to help out three years ago. I'm happy that many people appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a (10) ____." Many drivers were appreciative of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, (11) ____ the worst when she got stuck in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her faith in humanity. A fellow driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice (12) ____ - with her to reinforce that faith.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     going     (b)     gone     (c)     goes     (d)     goner    
    2. (a)     hired     (b)     skidded     (c)     left     (d)     slipped    
    3. (a)     bunch     (b)     brunch     (c)     branch     (d)     bench    
    4. (a)     fronted     (b)     backed     (c)     headed     (d)     faced    
    5. (a)     weary     (b)     wary     (c)     worry     (d)     wiry    
    6. (a)     assertions     (b)     provisions     (c)     sanctions     (d)     transfusions    
    7. (a)     relieves     (b)     relieved     (c)     relieve     (d)     relief    
    8. (a)     accumulate     (b)     accumulating     (c)     accumulates     (d)     accumulator    
    9. (a)     having     (b)     doing     (c)     being     (d)     getting    
    10. (a)     biter     (b)     bite     (c)     byte     (d)     bit    
    11. (a)     frightened     (b)     scared     (c)     worried     (d)     feared    
    12. (a)     confetti     (b)     confection     (c)     conifer     (d)     confidante

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. ladszrizb, snowdrifts and frozen roads
    2. This uepdrsr the manager of a branch
    3. spending the night in sub-zero mteprrteaseu
    4. axinuso and snowbound drivers
    5. helped him to deliver the psnsoivior
    6. 300 hungry and ilrdevee people

    Paragraph 2

    1. he saw the snow tunccalgaium
    2. similar dsvreea weather hit in 2018
    3. many people areeipcatpd our efforts
    4. he restored her faith in tamyiuhn
    5. a traditional Fukui rice ntoncoiecf
    6. ncfereoir that faith

    Put the text back together

    1  ) When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds
    (...)  rice and crab omelettes to weary, anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to
    (...)  accumulating and knew there would be problems. He said similar adverse weather hit in 2018 and the snow stopped him
    (...)  on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred the manager of
    (...)  those faced with spending the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried
    (...)  efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a bit." Many drivers were
    (...)  driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice confection - with her to reinforce that faith.
    (...)  of motorists in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left 200 cars stranded
    (...)  deliver the provisions on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relieved people.
    (...)  Mr Iwatani talked about his relief efforts to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow
    (...)  a branch of a local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed
    (...)  from getting to work. He said: "I regretted not being able to help out three years ago. I'm happy that many people appreciated our
    (...)  appreciative of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, feared the worst when she got stuck
    (...)  in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her faith in humanity. A fellow

    Put the words in the right order

    1. levels   Record   made   tough   .   going   the   of   snowfall
    2. and   Snowdrifts   frozen   roads   stranded   .   left   200   cars
    3. branch   A   restaurant   .   local   Chinese   a   of
    4. the   with   Faced   temperatures   .   night   in   spending   sub-zero
    5. provisions   foot   .   him   on   to   Helped   deliver   the
    6. accumulating   .   He   saw   the   said   he   snow
    7. adverse   hit   similar   in   2018   .   He   said   weather
    8. not   to   being   able   help   regretted   I   out   .
    9. appreciative   efforts   .   of   Many   drivers   his   were
    10. the   she   worst   got   She   feared   when   stuck   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    When the going gets tough, the tough / toughen get going. Record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of motors / motorists in Japan earlier this week. Blizzards, snowdrifts and frozen roads left / right 200 cars stranded on a highway in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. This spurred / sparred the manager of a branch / brunch of a local Chinese restaurant, Gyoza Ohsho, to get gone / going. Keiichi Iwatani, 39, decided to feed those faced with spending / using the night in sub-zero temperatures. He delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings, fried rice and crab omelettes to weary, anxiety / anxious and snowbound drivers. Seven employees helped him to deliver the provision / provisions on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relief / relieved people.

    Mr Iwatani talked about his relief / relieve efforts to the Mainichi newspaper. He said he saw the snow accumulating and knew there would do / be problems. He said similar adverts / adverse weather hit in 2018 and the snow stopped him from getting at / to work. He said: "I regretted not being able to help out three years ago. I'm happy that many people appreciative / appreciated our efforts last night." He added: "I wanted to keep drivers warm, even for just a bite / bit." Many drivers were appreciative / appreciated of his efforts. Yuki Yamashita, 23, afraid / feared the worst when she got stuck in the snow. She said when Ishitani appeared, he restored her faith in / on humanity. A fellow driver shared some Habutae mochi - a traditional Fukui rice confection / confetti - with her to reinforce that faith.

    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)

    Wh_n  th_  g__ng  g_ts  t__gh,  th_  t__gh  g_t  g__ng.  R_c_rd  l_v_ls  _f  sn_wf_ll  m_d_  th_  g__ng  t__gh  f_r  h_ndr_ds  _f  m_t_r_sts  _n  J_p_n  __rl__r  th_s  w__k.  Bl_zz_rds,  sn_wdr_fts  _nd  fr_z_n  r__ds  l_ft  200  c_rs  str_nd_d  _n  _  h_ghw_y  _n  F_k__  Pr_f_ct_r_,  _l_ng  th_  S__  _f  J_p_n.  Th_s  sp_rr_d  th_  m_n_g_r  _f  _  br_nch  _f  _  l_c_l  Ch_n_s_  r_st__r_nt,  Gy_z_  _hsh_,  t_  g_t  g__ng.  K___ch_  _w_t_n_,  39,  d_c_d_d  t_  f__d  th_s_  f_c_d  w_th  sp_nd_ng  th_  n_ght  _n  s_b-z_r_  t_mp_r_t_r_s.  H_  d_l_v_r_d  h_ndr_ds  _f  gy_z_  d_mpl_ngs,  fr__d  r_c_  _nd  cr_b  _m_l_tt_s  t_  w__ry,  _nx___s  _nd  sn_wb__nd  dr_v_rs.  S_v_n  _mpl_y__s  h_lp_d  h_m  t_  d_l_v_r  th_  pr_v_s__ns  _n  f__t  thr__gh__t  th_  n_ght  t_  300  h_ngry  _nd  r_l__v_d  p__pl_.

    Mr  _w_t_n_  t_lk_d  _b__t  h_s  r_l__f  _ff_rts  t_  th_  M__n_ch_  n_wsp_p_r.  H_  s__d  h_  s_w  th_  sn_w  _cc_m_l_t_ng  _nd  kn_w  th_r_  w__ld  b_  pr_bl_ms.  H_  s__d  s_m_l_r  _dv_rs_  w__th_r  h_t  _n  2018  _nd  th_  sn_w  st_pp_d  h_m  fr_m  g_tt_ng  t_  w_rk.  H_  s__d:  "_  r_gr_tt_d  n_t  b__ng  _bl_  t_  h_lp  __t  thr__  y__rs  _g_.  _'m  h_ppy  th_t  m_ny  p__pl_  _ppr_c__t_d  __r  _ff_rts  l_st  n_ght."  H_  _dd_d:  "_  w_nt_d  t_  k__p  dr_v_rs  w_rm,  _v_n  f_r  j_st  _  b_t."  M_ny  dr_v_rs  w_r_  _ppr_c__t_v_  _f  h_s  _ff_rts.  Y_k_  Y_m_sh_t_,  23,  f__r_d  th_  w_rst  wh_n  sh_  g_t  st_ck  _n  th_  sn_w.  Sh_  s__d  wh_n  _sh_t_n_  _pp__r_d,  h_  r_st_r_d  h_r  f__th  _n  h_m_n_ty.  _  f_ll_w  dr_v_r  sh_r_d  s_m_  H_b_t__  m_ch_  -  _  tr_d_t__n_l  F_k__  r_c_  c_nf_ct__n  -  w_th  h_r  t_  r__nf_rc_  th_t  f__th.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    when the going gets tough the tough get going record levels of snowfall made the going tough for hundreds of motorists in japan earlier this week blizzards snowdrifts and frozen roads left 200 cars stranded on a highway in fukui prefecture along the sea of japan this spurred the manager of a branch of a local chinese restaurant gyoza ohsho to get going keiichi iwatani 39 decided to feed those faced with spending the night in subzero temperatures he delivered hundreds of gyoza dumplings fried rice and crab omelettes to weary anxious and snowbound drivers seven employees helped him to deliver the provisions on foot throughout the night to 300 hungry and relieved people

    mr iwatani talked about his relief efforts to the mainichi newspaper he said he saw the snow accumulating and knew there would be problems he said similar adverse 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 im happy that many people appreciated our efforts last night he added i wanted to keep drivers warm even for just a bit many drivers were appreciative of his efforts yuki yamashita 23 feared the worst when she got stuck in the snow she said when ishitani appeared he restored her faith in humanity a fellow driver shared some habutae mochi  a traditional fukui rice confection  with her to reinforce that faith

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Whenthegoinggetstough,thetoughgetgoing.Recordlevelsofsnowfall
    madethegoingtoughforhundredsofmotoristsinJapanearlierthisweek
    .Blizzards,snowdriftsandfrozenroadsleft200carsstrandedonahighw
    ayinFukuiPrefecture,alongtheSeaofJapan.Thisspurredthemanagero
    fabranchofalocalChineserestaurant,GyozaOhsho,togetgoing.Keiichi
    Iwatani,39,decidedtofeedthosefacedwithspendingthenightinsub-
    zerotemperatures.Hedeliveredhundredsofgyozadumplings,friedric
    eandcrabomelettestoweary,anxiousandsnowbounddrivers.Sevene
    mployeeshelpedhimtodelivertheprovisionsonfootthroughoutthenig
    htto300hungryandrelievedpeople.MrIwatanitalkedabouthisreliefeff
    ortstotheMainichinewspaper.Hesaidhesawthesnowaccumulatingan
    dknewtherewouldbeproblems.Hesaidsimilaradverseweatherhitin20
    18andthesnowstoppedhimfromgettingtowork.Hesaid:"Iregrettedn
    otbeingabletohelpoutthreeyearsago.I'mhappythatmanypeopleappr
    eciatedoureffortslastnight."Headded:"Iwantedtokeepdriverswarm,
    evenforjustabit."Manydriverswereappreciativeofhisefforts.YukiYam
    ashita,23,fearedtheworstwhenshegotstuckinthesnow.Shesaidwhen
    Ishitaniappeared,herestoredherfaithinhumanity.Afellowdrivershar
    edsomeHabutaemochi-atraditionalFukuiriceconfection-withhert
    oreinforcethatfaith.

    Free writing

    Write about snow dumplings for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Discuss. How tough are you?

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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. SNOW: Make a poster about snow. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. REWARD: Write a magazine article about rewarding people who help others who are in trouble. 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 snow. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to survive being stuck in snow. 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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