The Reading / Listening - Coffee Shop - Level 1

Starbucks opened a coffee shop in Japan's old capital of Kyoto. It is unlike other Starbucks. It has three tatami rooms that have no chairs. Tatami is a straw floor mat. People sit on cushions on the tatami floor. The shop is in a 100-year-old house in a historic area. It is on a pretty shopping street between two UNESCO World Heritage temples. The area is popular with tourists. Some of them wear kimono while they go sightseeing.



Starbucks wants its shop to blend in with the traditional area. There are no neon signs. There is a dark-blue curtain over the front door with a black logo on it. Starbucks reformed the house in the traditional style. It has a Japanese garden. The company wants to be a good neighbor. It will not let people line up in front of the shop. It will also limit the number of customers during the busiest times. This is to make sure the area stays quiet.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Coffee Shop - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

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

Paragraph 2

  1. blend in with the
  2. There are no neon
  3. There is a dark-blue curtain over
  4. a black
  5. Starbucks reformed the house in the
  6. line up in
  7. during the busiest
  8. make sure the area stays
  1. logo
  2. traditional style
  3. signs
  4. times
  5. traditional area
  6. quiet
  7. front of the shop
  8. the front door

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Starbucks (1) ___________________ shop in Japan's old capital of Kyoto. It (2) ___________________ Starbucks. It has three tatami rooms that have no chairs. Tatami (3) ________________ mat. People sit on cushions on the tatami floor. The shop is in a 100-year-old house (4) ___________________ area. It is on a pretty shopping street between two UNESCO World Heritage temples. The area is (5) ___________________ tourists. Some of them wear kimono (6) ___________________ sightseeing.

Starbucks (7) ___________________ blend in with the traditional area. There (8) ___________________. There is a dark-blue curtain over the front door (9) ___________________ logo on it. Starbucks reformed the house in the traditional style. It has a Japanese garden. The company (10) ________________ e a good neighbor. It will not let people (11) ________________ front of the shop. It will also limit the number of customers during the busiest times. This is to make (12) _______________ stays quiet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

StarbucksopenedacoffeeshopinJapan'soldcapitalofKyoto.Itisunlike
otherStarbucks.Ithasthreetatamiroomsthathavenochairs.Tatamiis
astrawfloormat.Peoplesitoncushionsonthetatamifloor.Theshopisina
100-year-oldhouseinahistoricarea.Itisonaprettyshoppingstreetbe
tweentwoUNESCOWorldHeritagetemples.Theareaispopularwithtou
rists.Someofthemwearkimonowhiletheygosightseeing.Starbucksw
antsitsshoptoblendinwiththetraditionalarea.Therearenoneonsigns.
Thereisadarkbluecurtainoverthefrontdoorwithablacklogoonit.Starb
ucksreformedthehouseinthetraditionalstyle.IthasaJapanesegarden
.Thecompanywantstobeagoodneighbor.Itwillnotletpeoplelineupinfr
ontoftheshop.Itwillalsolimitthenumberofcustomersduringthebusies
ttimes.Thisistomakesuretheareastaysquiet.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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