The Reading / Listening - Coffee Shop - Level 0

Starbucks opened a coffee shop in Japan's old capital of Kyoto. It is unusual because it has three tatami rooms. Tatami is a straw floor mat. People sit on cushions on the tatami floor. The shop is in a 100-year-old house. It is on a pretty shopping street between two World Heritage temples. The area is popular with tourists.



The Starbucks shop blends in with the area. There are no neon signs. There is a curtain over the front door with a black logo on it. The house is in a traditional style with a Japanese garden. Starbucks wants to be a good neighbor. It will not let people line up in front of the shop. This is so the area stays quiet.

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    Coffee Shop - Level 1 Coffee Shop - Level 2   or  Coffee Shop - Level 3

Sources
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170623/p2g/00m/0bu/002000c
  • http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/28/business/worlds-first-starbucks-coffee-shop-tatami-rooms-open-kyoto/
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706280030.html


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Japan's old capital
  2. It is unusual because it has
  3. Tatami is a straw
  4. People sit on cushions
  5. The shop is in a 100-
  6. It is on a pretty
  7. two World Heritage
  8. The area is popular
  1. temples
  2. on the tatami floor
  3. of Kyoto
  4. with tourists
  5. shopping street
  6. three tatami rooms
  7. floor mat
  8. year-old house

Paragraph 2

  1. The Starbucks shop blends
  2. There are no neon
  3. There is a curtain
  4. with a black logo
  5. The house is in a traditional
  6. Starbucks wants to be a good
  7. line up in
  8. This is so the area stays
  1. style
  2. over the front door
  3. front of the shop
  4. neighbor
  5. signs
  6. on it
  7. quiet
  8. in with the area

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Starbucks (1) ___________________ shop in Japan's old capital of Kyoto. (2) ___________________ because it has three tatami rooms. Tatami is (3) ___________________ mat. People sit on (4) ___________________ tatami floor. The shop is in a 100-year-old house. It is on a pretty shopping (5) ___________________ two World Heritage temples. The area (6) ___________________ tourists.

The Starbucks shop (7) ___________________ the area. There are no neon signs. There (8) ___________________ over the front door with a black (9) ___________________. The house is in a traditional (10) ___________________ Japanese garden. Starbucks (11) ___________________ good neighbor. It will not let people line up in front of the shop. This (12) ___________________ stays quiet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

StarbucksopenedacoffeeshopinJapan'soldcapitalofKyoto.Itisunusu
albecauseithasthreetatamirooms.Tatamiisastrawfloormat.Peoplesi
toncushionsonthetatamifloor.Theshopisina100-year-oldhouse.Itiso
naprettyshoppingstreetbetweentwoWorldHeritagetemples.Thearea
ispopularwithtourists.TheStarbucksshopblendsinwiththearea.Ther
earenoneonsigns.Thereisacurtainoverthefrontdoorwithablacklogoo
nit.ThehouseisinatraditionalstylewithaJapanesegarden.Starbucksw
antstobeagoodneighbor.Itwillnotletpeoplelineupinfrontoftheshop.T
hisissotheareastaysquiet.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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