The Reading / Listening - Olympic Torch Relay - Level 5

The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics has started. The Games were postponed due to coronavirus but organizers are determined they will go ahead in July. Members of Japan's women's football team carried the torch in the first leg of the relay. It began in Fukushima, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. The relay torch is made of aluminium recycled from housing built for survivors of the triple disaster. Fukushima was chosen as the start of the relay to show it has recovered. Many people say claims of recovery are premature.



The head of Japan's Olympic organizing committee opened the relay ceremony. She said in her address: "The flame will embark on a 121-day journey and will carry the hopes...and wishes for peace." She asked Japanese people to look at live broadcasts of the relay and not travel to watch it because of a spike in COVID 19 cases. Spectators must wear face masks and clap rather than cheer. Japan's Prime Minister restated his commitment to stage a "safe and secure" Olympics in spite of the pandemic. He said: "We will do our utmost on coronavirus measures."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Olympic Torch Relay - Level 4 or  Olympic Torch Relay - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2021/03/25/981136160/torch-relay-kicks-off-for-troubled-tokyo-olympic-games
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/03/3ba87be7576c-tokyo-olympic-torch-relay-to-begin-amid-covid-19-fears.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/24/sport/japan-olympics-fukushima-torch-relay-covid-hnk-intl-dst/index.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Games were
  2. determined they will
  3. carried the torch in the
  4. devastated by the 2011
  5. The relay torch is made
  6. survivors of the
  7. chosen as the start
  8. claims of recovery are
  1. premature
  2. postponed
  3. triple disaster
  4. first leg
  5. of the relay
  6. go ahead
  7. of aluminium
  8. earthquake

Paragraph 2

  1. opened the relay
  2. The flame will embark on a
  3. carry the hopes and
  4. look at live
  5. because of a spike
  6. clap rather than
  7. in spite of the
  8. We will do our
  1. broadcasts
  2. pandemic
  3. in COVID 19
  4. utmost
  5. cheer
  6. 121-day journey
  7. ceremony
  8. wishes for peace

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ the Tokyo Olympics has started. The Games were postponed due to coronavirus but organizers are determined they will (2) ___________________ July. Members of Japan's women's football team carried the torch in the first leg of the relay. It began in Fukushima, (3) ___________________ by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. The relay torch is made of aluminium (4) ___________________ built for survivors of the triple disaster. Fukushima (5) ___________________ the start of the relay to show it has recovered. Many people say claims of (6) ___________________.

The head of Japan's Olympic organizing committee (7) ___________________ ceremony. She said in her address: "The flame (8) ___________________ a 121-day journey and will carry the hopes...and wishes for peace." She asked Japanese people to look (9) ___________________ of the relay and not travel to watch it because of a spike in COVID 19 cases. Spectators must wear face masks (10) ___________________ than cheer. Japan's Prime Minister restated his commitment to stage a "(11) ___________________" Olympics in spite of the pandemic. He said: "We will do (12) ___________________ coronavirus measures."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThetorchrelayfortheTokyoOlympicshasstarted.TheGameswerepost
ponedduetocoronavirusbutorganizersaredeterminedtheywillgoahe
adinJuly.MembersofJapan'swomen'sfootballteamcarriedthetorchint
hefirstlegoftherelay.ItbeganinFukushima,whichwasdevastatedbyth
e2011earthquake,tsunamiandnuclearmeltdown.Therelaytorchisma
deofaluminiumrecycledfromhousingbuiltforsurvivorsofthetripledisa
ster.Fukushimawaschosenasthestartoftherelaytoshowithasrecover
ed.Manypeoplesayclaimsofrecoveryarepremature.TheheadofJapan
'sOlympicorganizingcommitteeopenedtherelayceremony.Shesaidin
heraddress:"Theflamewillembarkona121-dayjourneyandwillcarry
thehopes...andwishesforpeace."SheaskedJapanesepeopletolookatl
ivebroadcastsoftherelayandnottraveltowatchitbecauseofaspikeinC
OVID19cases.Spectatorsmustwearfacemasksandclapratherthanch
eer.Japan'sPrimeMinisterrestatedhiscommitmenttostagea"safeand
secure"Olympicsinspiteofthepandemic.Hesaid:"Wewilldoourutmost
oncoronavirusmeasures."

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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Answers

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