The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Toilet Paper - Level 5

Tokyo's Narita International Airport has taken toilet cleanliness to a new level. There is now "toilet paper" for smartphones in the public lavatories. Passengers are encouraged to use the special wipes to disinfect their mobile phones. It is the idea of the Japanese mobile phone giant NTT Docomo. It also paid for the wipes to be put next to the regular toilet paper holder in 86 cubicles at the airport. An NTT YouTube video said toilet seats are usually more hygienic than smartphones. It said: "There are more than five times the germs on a smartphone screen as compared to a toilet seat."



Japan is a world leader in toilet technology. It has the most high-tech toilets in the world. Many Japanese homes have toilets that have innovative flushing, warm seats, automated bidets, and lids that automatically rise when you enter the toilet. There is also a gadget that produces loud flushing sounds to hide embarrassing "toilet noises". NTT made a two-minute instructional video for tourists on how to use the smartphone toilet paper correctly. It also shows how to use Japan's toilets. NTT said it wanted to make sure, "foreign tourists could enjoy their travel hygienically".

HOW TO USE TOILETS in JAPAN. -日本のトイレの使い方-

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    Smartphone Toilet Paper - Level 4 or  Smartphone Toilet Paper - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38412707
  • http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/smartphone-toilet-paper-2/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/swipe-right-toilet-paper-for-smartphones-tested-out-in-japanese-airport-bathrooms


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. taken toilet cleanliness
  2. public
  3. use the special wipes to disinfect
  4. the Japanese mobile phone
  5. next to the regular toilet
  6. 86 cubicles
  7. toilet seats are usually
  8. more than five
  1. giant NTT Docomo
  2. more hygienic
  3. lavatories
  4. times the germs
  5. to a new level
  6. their mobile phones
  7. at the airport
  8. paper holder

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan is a world leader in
  2. It has the most high-tech
  3. lids that automatically
  4. a gadget that produces loud
  5. hide embarrassing
  6. a two-minute instructional
  7. how to use the smartphone
  8. foreign tourists could enjoy
  1. video for tourists
  2. their travel
  3. flushing sounds
  4. toilets in the world
  5. toilet paper correctly
  6. toilet technology
  7. rise
  8. "toilet noises"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tokyo's Narita International Airport has taken (1) ___________________ to a new level. There is now "toilet paper" for smartphones in the public lavatories. Passengers (2) ___________________ to use the special wipes to disinfect their mobile phones. It is the idea of the Japanese mobile phone giant NTT Docomo. It also paid (3) ___________________ be put next to the regular toilet paper holder (4) ___________________ at the airport. An NTT YouTube video said toilet seats (5) ___________________ hygienic than smartphones. It said: "There are more than five times the germs on a smartphone screen (6) ___________________ a toilet seat."

Japan is (7) ___________________ toilet technology. It has the most high-tech toilets in the world. Many Japanese homes have toilets that have (8) ___________________, warm seats, automated bidets, and lids that (9) ___________________ when you enter the toilet. There is also a gadget that produces loud flushing sounds to (10) ___________________ "toilet noises". NTT made a two-(11) ___________________ video for tourists on how to use the smartphone toilet paper correctly. It also shows how to use Japan's toilets. NTT said it wanted to make sure, "foreign tourists could (12) ___________________ hygienically".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tokyo'sNaritaInternationalAirporthastakentoiletcleanlinesstoanewl
evel.Thereisnow"toiletpaper"forsmartphonesinthepubliclavatories.
Passengersareencouragedtousethespecialwipestodisinfecttheirmo
bilephones.ItistheideaoftheJapanesemobilephonegiantNTTDocomo
.Italsopaidforthewipestobeputnexttotheregulartoiletpaperholderin
86cubiclesattheairport.AnNTTYouTubevideosaidtoiletseatsareusual
lymorehygienicthansmartphones.Itsaid:"Therearemorethanfivetim
esthegermsonasmartphonescreenascomparedtoatoiletseat."Japani
saworldleaderintoilettechnology.Ithasthemosthigh-techtoiletsint
heworld.ManyJapanesehomeshavetoiletsthathaveinnovativeflushin
g,warmseats,automatedbidets,andlidsthatautomaticallyrisewheny
ouenterthetoilet.Thereisalsoagadgetthatproducesloudflushingsoun
dstohideembarrassing"toiletnoises".NTTmadeatwo-minuteinstr
uctionalvideofortouristsonhowtousethesmartphonetoiletpapercorr
ectly.ItalsoshowshowtouseJapan'stoilets.NTTsaiditwantedtomakes
ure,"foreigntouristscouldenjoytheirtravelhygienically".

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.

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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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