The Reading / Listening - Japan Tourism - Level 6

Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-year pandemic closure. The government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the opening will be tightly controlled. Initially, only package tour groups will be allowed in. A daily cap of 20,000 arrivals has been set. Authorities will monitor their movements to track any spread of Covid-19. All visitors have to test negative for Covid before they travel to Japan. Some may have to undergo an additional test and quarantine for three days. Japan has among the strictest border controls of any country. Its self-imposed isolation has played a part in its relatively low number of coronavirus cases.

Japan's change of stance is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered heavily over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since pre-pandemic days. Japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was on track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the number of inbound tourists to plummet to just 250,000 in 2021. The president of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are loosened at the same pace as in other G7 countries to revitalize the local economy." Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions is timely. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest on its list of global travel destinations.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Japan Tourism - Level 4  or  Japan Tourism - Level 5

Sources
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/05/a51ff4ef039b-japan-tops-world-tourism-ranking-despite-covid-restrictions.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61612599
  • https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/2004/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. TOURISM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about tourism. 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?
       Japan / overseas / tourists / pandemic / package tour / arrivals / quarantine / border /
       stance / welcome news / industry / goal / president / airline / economy / destination
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PACKAGE TOURS: Students A strongly believe package tours are the best wayto travel; Students B strongly believe independent travel is better. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. JAPAN: What do you know about these things? What do you think of them? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

 

What I Know

What I Think

Mt. Fuji

 

 

Sushi

 

 

Bonsai

 

 

Origami

 

 

Karate

 

 

Pokemon

 

 

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

  • Japan
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Kenya
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Belize
  • Brazil

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. closure a. Experience or be subjected to something that is usually annoying or bad.
      2. initially b. An upper limit put on something.
      3. cap c. At first.
      4. set d. The process or fact of being totally alone.
      5. undergo e. An act or process of closing a border or frontier.
      6. quarantine f. Decide on and announce.
      7. isolation g. A period or place of isolation in which people who have been exposed to infectious or contagious diseases are placed.

    Paragraph 2

      8. stance h. Following a course that is likely to achieve what is required.
      9. on track i. Give something new life and vitality.
      10. plummet j. Done or happening at a favourable or useful time.
      11. pace k. Fall or drop straight down at high speed.
      12. revitalize l. Limits or controls on someone or something.
      13. restrictions m. The speed or rate at which something happens or develops.
      14. timely n. The attitude of a person or organization towards something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Japan closed its borders to overseas tourists around two years ago.     T / F
  2. Japan will allow in tourists from 98 countries.     T / F
  3. All visitors to Japan will have to quarantine for three days.     T / F
  4. Japan has the strictest border controls of any nation in the world.     T / F
  5. The number of foreign tourists visiting Japan fell by more than 99%.     T / F
  6. Over 40 million tourists visited Japan in 2020.     T / F
  7. Japan saw just a quarter-of-a-million visitors in 2021.     T / F
  8. The World Economic Forum ranked Japan as the top tourist destination.   T / F

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

  1. end
  2. tightly
  3. cap
  4. spread
  5. relatively
  6. stance
  7. suffered
  8. goal
  9. plummet
  10. restrictions
  1. objective
  2. limit
  3. comparatively
  4. been damaged
  5. limitations
  6. strictly
  7. plunge
  8. draw to a close
  9. position
  10. expansion

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

  1. end its two-year pandemic
  2. package
  3. Authorities will monitor their movements to
  4. quarantine
  5. played a part in its relatively
  6. Japan's change of stance
  7. on track
  8. revitalize
  9. Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions
  10. its list of global travel
  1. is timely
  2. low number
  3. is welcome news
  4. the local economy
  5. track any spread
  6. to achieve its goal
  7. closure
  8. destinations
  9. for three days
  10. tour groups

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
package
negative
closure
track
strictest
tightly
imposed
quarantine

Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-year pandemic (1) _____________________. The government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the opening will be (2) _____________________ controlled. Initially, only (3) _____________________ tour groups will be allowed in. A daily cap of 20,000 arrivals has been set. Authorities will monitor their movements to (4) _____________________ any spread of Covid-19. All visitors have to test (5) _____________________ for Covid before they travel to Japan. Some may have to undergo an additional test and (6) _____________________ for three days. Japan has among the (7) _____________________ border controls of any country. Its self- (8) _____________________ isolation has played a part in its relatively low number of coronavirus cases.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
heavily
achieve
destinations
pace
record
timely
stance
inbound

Japan's change of (9) _____________________ is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered (10) _____________________ over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since pre-pandemic days. Japan saw a (11) _____________________ 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was on track to (12) _____________________ its goal of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the number of (13) _____________________ tourists to plummet to just 250,000 in 2021. The president of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are loosened at the same (14) _____________________ as in other G7 countries to revitalize the local economy." Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions is (15) _____________________. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest on its list of global travel (16) _____________________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-______
     a.  year pandemic close your
     b.  year pandemic close sure
     c.  year pandemic closure
     d.  year pandemic clothes sure
2)  A daily cap of 20,000 arrivals ______
     a.  has been let
     b.  has been set
     c.  has been met
     d.  has been bet
3)  Authorities will monitor their movements to track any ______
     a.  spread off Covid-19
     b.  spreads of Covid-19
     c.  spread of Covid-19
     d.  spared of Covid-19
4)  Some may have to undergo an additional ______
     a.  test and quarantine
     b.  test and quarantines
     c.  test and quarry on time
     d.  test and quarrel any time
5)  Its self-imposed isolation has ______
     a.  played a part
     b.  play dab art
     c.  played apart
     d.  play depart

6)  Japan's change of stance is welcome news for ______
     a.  its tourism industrial
     b.  its tourism in dust try
     c.  its tourism in dust tree
     d.  its tourism industry
7)  The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since ______
     a.  pre-pandemic daze
     b.  pre-pandemic daily
     c.  pre-pandemic days
     d.  pre-pandemic day
8)  foreign visitors in 2019. It was on track to ______
     a.  achieve its goal
     b.  achieve that's goal
     c.  achieve vet's goal
     d.  achieves a goal
9)  However, Covid caused the number of inbound ______
     a.  tourists too plummet
     b.  tourists to plum mitt
     c.  tourists to plummet
     d.  tourists to plum might
10)  Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are loosened at ______
     a.  the same pace
     b.  the same space
     c.  the same apace
     d.  the same place

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its (1) ____________________. The government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the opening will (2) ____________________. Initially, only package tour groups will be allowed in. A (3) ____________________ 20,000 arrivals has been set. Authorities will monitor their movements to (4) ____________________ of Covid-19. All visitors have to test negative for Covid before they travel to Japan. Some may have (5) ____________________ additional test and quarantine for three days. Japan has among the strictest border controls of any country. Its self-imposed isolation has played a part in (6) ____________________ number of coronavirus cases.

Japan's (7) ____________________ is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered heavily over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent (8) ____________________. Japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was on track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the (9) ____________________ tourists (10) ____________________ just 250,000 in 2021. The president of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls (11) ____________________ the same pace as in other G7 countries to revitalize the local economy." Japan's loosening of (12) ____________________ is timely. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest on its list of global travel destinations.

Comprehension questions

  1. When will Japan open up to tourists from 98 countries?
  2. What is the daily cap Japan has set on visitor numbers?
  3. What will authorities monitor?
  4. What might some people need to do besides have a covid test?
  5. What has played a part in Japan's relatively low coronavirus numbers?
  6. What is welcome news for Japan's tourism industry?
  7. By how much did visitor numbers to Japan fall in the past two years?
  8. What was Japan's target for tourist numbers in 2020?
  9. What does an airline boss hope will be revitalized?
  10. Who ranked Japan as its top tourist destination?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  When will Japan open up to tourists from 98 countries?
a) July 10
b) June 10
c) July 20
d) June 20
2)  What is the daily cap Japan has set on visitor numbers?
a) 15,000
b) 25,000
c) 20,000
d) 30,000
3)  What will authorities monitor?
a) passports
b) new strains of covid
c) monkeypox
d) the movement of tourists
4)  What might some people need to do besides have a covid test?
a) say where they will stay
b) quarantine
c) complete a questionnaire
d) download an app
5)  What has played a part in Japan's relatively low coronavirus numbers?
a) its self-imposed isolation
b) the weather
c) masks
d) lockdowns

6)  What is welcome news for Japan's tourism industry?
a) Japan's change of stance
b) no masks
c) the Internet
d) a rise in global tourism
7)  By how much did visitor numbers to Japan fall in the past two years?
a) just less than 99%
b) by around 99%
c) exactly 99%
d) by more than 99%
8)  What was Japan's target for tourist numbers in 2020?
a) 30 million
b) 60 million
c) 40 million
d) 50 million
9)  What does an airline boss hope will be revitalized?
a) air travel
b) tourist sites
c) the mask industry
d) the local economy
10)  Who ranked Japan as its top tourist destination?
a) Japan's government
b) the World Economic Forum
c) the United Nations
d) Trip Advisor

Role play

Role  A – Japan
You think Japan is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): Kenya, Canada or Brazil.

Role  B – Kenya
You think Kenya is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): Japan, Canada or Brazil.

Role  C – Canada
You think Canada is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): Kenya, Japan or Brazil.

Role  D – Brazil
You think Brazil is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): Kenya, Canada or Japan.

After reading / listening

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

'Japan'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'tourism'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • end
    • tightly
    • cap
    • negative
    • three
    • part
    • welcome
    • 99
    • 40
    • 250,000
    • G7
    • highest

    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 - Japan Tourism

    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 'Japan'?
    3. What do you know about Japan?
    4. What is Japan like as a travel destination?
    5. What places in Japan would you really like to visit?
    6. How did your country do during Covid?
    7. Why did Japan have relatively fewer coronavirus cases?
    8. Was Japan right to close to tourists for two years?
    9. Is it better to travel as part of a package tour or as a solo traveller?
    10. How do you feel about international travel now?

    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 'tourism'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What's your country like for tourism?
    5. What are the benefits of having no overseas visitors?
    6. What are the benefits of international tourism?
    7. Is it better to travel domestically rather than internationally?
    8. What do you think of foreign tourists who come to your country?
    9. What do you think is the best global travel destination?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a hotelier in Japan?

    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)

    Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-year pandemic (1) ____. The government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the (2) ____ will be tightly controlled. Initially, only package tour groups will be allowed in. A daily (3) ____ of 20,000 arrivals has been set. Authorities will monitor their movements to track any spread of Covid-19. All visitors have to (4) ____ negative for Covid before they travel to Japan. Some may have to (5) ____ an additional test and quarantine for three days. Japan has among the strictest border controls of any country. Its self-(6) ____ isolation has played a part in its relatively low number of coronavirus cases.

    Japan's change of (7) ____ is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered heavily over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since pre-pandemic days. Japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was (8) ____ track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the number of inbound tourists to (9) ____ to just 250,000 in 2021. The president of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are loosened at the same (10) ____ as in other G7 countries to revitalize the local economy." Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions is (11) ____. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest (12) ____ its list of global travel destinations.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     closet     (b)     enclosure     (c)     closure     (d)     closing    
    2. (a)     opening     (b)     opener     (c)     opens     (d)     opened    
    3. (a)     cap     (b)     peak     (c)     hat     (d)     beret    
    4. (a)     test     (b)     have     (c)     do     (d)     take    
    5. (a)     redo     (b)     overcome     (c)     rehash     (d)     undergo    
    6. (a)     supposed     (b)     reposed     (c)     composed     (d)     imposed    
    7. (a)     stance     (b)     chance     (c)     perchance     (d)     distance    
    8. (a)     up     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    9. (a)     plummet     (b)     skyrocket     (c)     escalate     (d)     swell    
    10. (a)     apace     (b)     pace     (c)     space     (d)     outpace    
    11. (a)     timed     (b)     timely     (c)     timer     (d)     times    
    12. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     as

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. the opening will be ityghlt controlled
    3. atilIiynl, only package tour groups will be allowed
    4. quaantienr for three days
    5. Its self-imposed iooastiln
    6. its vetylaeril low number

    Paragraph 2

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    2. the number of unonibd tourists
    3. mpultem to just 250,000
    4. ieezlirtav the local economy
    5. loosening of its entry nstriitrecso
    6. its list of global travel dieoittssann

    Put the text back together

    (...)  to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the opening will be tightly
    (...)  controlled. Initially, only package tour groups will be allowed in. A daily cap of 20,000 arrivals has been set. Authorities will monitor
    (...)  days. Japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was on track to achieve its goal
    (...)  of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the number of inbound tourists to plummet to just 250,000 in 2021. The president
    (...)  travel to Japan. Some may have to undergo an additional test and quarantine
    (...)  timely. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest on its list of global travel destinations.
    (...)  for three days. Japan has among the strictest border controls of any country. Its self-
    (...)  pace as in other G7 countries to revitalize the local economy." Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions is
    (...)  of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are loosened at the same
    1  ) Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-year pandemic closure. The government has decided
    (...)  imposed isolation has played a part in its relatively low number of coronavirus cases.
    (...)  their movements to track any spread of Covid-19. All visitors have to test negative for Covid before they
    (...)  heavily over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since pre-pandemic
    (...)  Japan's change of stance is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered

    Put the words in the right order

    1. allow   government   decided   tourists   .   to   The   has
    2. has   cap   set   .   arrivals   of   20,000   A   been
    3. have   for   to   Covid   .   All   visitors   negative   test
    4. border   any   Among   strictest   of   country   .   controls   the
    5. low   its   part   a   number   .   Played   in   relatively
    6. is   Japan's   news   .   of   welcome   change   stance
    7. visitors   has   fallen   .   of   number   The   overseas
    8. on   was   its   to   track   goal   .   It   achieve
    9. I   hope   the   controls   loosened   .   are   border
    10. restrictions   is   of   its   entry   timely   .   loosening   Japan's

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its two-year pandemic closure / enclosure. The government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from June the 10th. However, the opener / opening will be tightly controlled. Initially, only packaging / package tour groups will be allowed in. A daily cap / hat of 20,000 arrivals has been let / set. Authorities will monitor their movements to track any spread / spared of Covid-19. All visitors have to test negative for Covid before they travel to Japan. Some may have to undergo / overdo an additional test and quarantine for three days. Japan has among the strictest / strictly border controls of any country. Its self-imposed isolation / resolution has played a part in its relatively / relative low number of coronavirus cases.

    Japan's change of stage / stance is welcome news for its tourism industry, which has suffered heavy / heavily over the past two years. The number of overseas visitors has felled / fallen by over 99 per cent since pre-pandemic days. Japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019. It was on trick / track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020. However, Covid caused the number of outbound / inbound tourists to plummet / plumbing to just 250,000 in 2021. The president of the Japanese airline ANA said: "I hope the border controls are lost / loosened at the same pace as in other G7 countries to revitalize the locals / local economy." Japan's loosening of its entry restrictions is timely / timed. Last week, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan highest on its list of global travel destination / destinations.

    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)

    J_p_n  w_ll  r__p_n  t_  _v_rs__s  t__r_sts  _nd  _nd  _ts  tw_-y__r  p_nd_m_c  cl_s_r_.  Th_  g_v_rnm_nt  h_s  d_c_d_d  t_  _ll_w  t__r_sts  fr_m  98  c__ntr__s  fr_m  J_n_  th_  10th.  H_w_v_r,  th_  _p_n_ng  w_ll  b_  t_ghtly  c_ntr_ll_d.  _n_t__lly,  _nly  p_ck_g_  t__r  gr__ps  w_ll  b_  _ll_w_d  _n.  _  d__ly  c_p  _f  20,000  _rr_v_ls  h_s  b__n  s_t.  __th_r_t__s  w_ll  m_n_t_r  th__r  m_v_m_nts  t_  tr_ck  _ny  spr__d  _f  C_v_d-19.  _ll  v_s_t_rs  h_v_  t_  t_st  n_g_t_v_  f_r  C_v_d  b_f_r_  th_y  tr_v_l  t_  J_p_n.  S_m_  m_y  h_v_  t_  _nd_rg_  _n  _dd_t__n_l  t_st  _nd  q__r_nt_n_  f_r  thr__  d_ys.  J_p_n  h_s  _m_ng  th_  str_ct_st  b_rd_r  c_ntr_ls  _f  _ny  c__ntry.  _ts  s_lf-_mp_s_d  _s_l_t__n  h_s  pl_y_d  _  p_rt  _n  _ts  r_l_t_v_ly  l_w  n_mb_r  _f  c_r_n_v_r_s  c_s_s. 

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    japan will reopen to overseas tourists and end its twoyear pandemic closure the government has decided to allow tourists from 98 countries from june the 10th however the opening will be tightly controlled initially only package tour groups will be allowed in a daily cap of 20000 arrivals has been set authorities will monitor their movements to track any spread of covid19 all visitors have to test negative for covid before they travel to japan some may have to undergo an additional test and quarantine for three days japan has among the strictest border controls of any country its selfimposed isolation has played a part in its relatively low number of coronavirus cases

    japans change of stance is welcome news for its tourism industry which has suffered heavily over the past two years the number of overseas visitors has fallen by over 99 per cent since prepandemic days japan saw a record 32 million foreign visitors in 2019 it was on track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020 however covid caused the number of inbound tourists to plummet to just 250000 in 2021 the president of the japanese airline ana said i hope the border controls are loosened at the same pace as in other g7 countries to revitalize the local economy japans loosening of its entry restrictions is timely last week the world economic forum ranked japan highest on its list of global travel destinations

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    Japanwillreopentooverseastouristsandenditstwo-yearpandemicclo
    sure.Thegovernmenthasdecidedtoallowtouristsfrom98countriesfro
    mJunethe10th.However,theopeningwillbetightlycontrolled.Initially,
    onlypackagetourgroupswillbeallowedin.Adailycapof20,000arrivalsh
    asbeenset.Authoritieswillmonitortheirmovementstotrackanyspread
    ofCovid-19.AllvisitorshavetotestnegativeforCovidbeforetheytravelt
    oJapan.Somemayhavetoundergoanadditionaltestandquarantinefor
    threedays.Japanhasamongthestrictestbordercontrolsofanycountry.
    Itsself-imposedisolationhasplayedapartinitsrelativelylownumbero
    fcoronaviruscases.Japan'schangeofstanceiswelcomenewsforitstour
    ismindustry,whichhassufferedheavilyoverthepasttwoyears.Thenu
    mberofoverseasvisitorshasfallenbyover99percentsincepre-pande
    micdays.Japansawarecord32millionforeignvisitorsin2019.Itwasont
    racktoachieveitsgoalof40millionin2020.However,Covidcausedthen
    umberofinboundtouriststoplummettojust250,000in2021.Thepresid
    entoftheJapaneseairlineANAsaid:"Ihopethebordercontrolsareloose
    nedatthesamepaceasinotherG7countriestorevitalizethelocalecono
    my."Japan'slooseningofitsentryrestrictionsistimely.Lastweek,theW
    orldEconomicForumrankedJapanhighestonitslistofglobaltraveldesti

    Free writing

    Write about Japan tourism for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    My country should be the world's top tourist destination. 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. JAPAN: Make a poster about Japan. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TOURISM: Write a magazine article about international tourism. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.
    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 tourism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how tourism can be more environmentally friendly. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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