The Reading / Listening - Coffee Shop - Level 3

Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any other Starbucks in the world as it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that is used for floors in Japanese houses. There are no chairs in the tatami rooms. People sit on flat cushions on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most historic areas of Kyoto. It is located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It is situated between two UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. The area is very popular with tourists, many of whom rent traditional Japanese kimono to go sightseeing in. The three tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house.



Starbucks has done its best to make sure the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings. There are no neon signs and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging over the front door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black. Starbucks has reformed the house in the traditional style and has created a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also wants to be a good neighbor. It has decided not to let people form lines in front of the shop as they wait to get in. It will also limit the number of customers during peak hours. This is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area with crowds of customers.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Coffee Shop - Level 0 Coffee Shop - Level 1   or  Coffee Shop - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. COFFEE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about coffee. 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?

       coffee shop / capital / Kyoto / traditional / cushions / historic / shopping street / sure /
       surroundings / neon sign / curtain / style / garden / neighbor / customer / atmosphere

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. STARBUCKS: Students A strongly believe Starbucks is the world's best coffee shop; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. COFFEE SHOPS: How can coffee shops be better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Your local coffee shop

Improvement

Location

 

 

Interior

 

 

Music

 

 

Menu

 

 

Wi-fi

 

 

Seating

 

 

MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

5. CAPITAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "capital". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. LOCATION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best for a coffee shop at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a shopping street
  • a museum
  • an amusement park
  • a library
  • a historic house
  • a shopping mall
  • a train station
  • a park

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Starbucks opened a coffee shop in an ancient capital.     T / F
  2. The coffee shop has three tatami rooms.     T / F
  3. The coffee shop is in a 1,000-year-old building.     T / F
  4. The tatami rooms are on the second floor of the coffee shop.     T / F
  5. The coffee shop doesn't match the surroundings of its area.     T / F
  6. There is a big green neon sign on the coffee shop.     T / F
  7. Customers are not allowed to line up outside the shop.     T / F
  8. There will be no limit to the number of customers at peak hours.     T / F

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

  1. ancient
  2. unlike
  3. areas
  4. located
  5. popular
  6. blends
  7. logo
  8. reformed
  9. line
  10. atmosphere
  1. regions
  2. improved
  3. well-liked
  4. old
  5. harmonizes
  6. mood
  7. queue
  8. different from
  9. trademark
  10. found

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

  1. a new coffee shop in Japan's ancient
  2. It is unlike
  3. People sit on flat
  4. one of the most
  5. go
  6. make sure the coffee shop blends
  7. neon
  8. reformed the house in the
  9. limit the number
  10. avoid disrupting the quiet
  1. cushions
  2. of customers
  3. historic areas of Kyoto
  4. sightseeing
  5. in
  6. capital of Kyoto
  7. traditional style
  8. atmosphere
  9. any other Starbucks
  10. signs

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
cushions
situated
straw
second
ancient
popular
floors
areas

Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in Japan's (1) ____________ capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any other Starbucks in the world as it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional (2) ____________ matting that is used for (3) ____________ in Japanese houses. There are no chairs in the tatami rooms. People sit on flat (4) ____________ on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most historic (5) ____________ of Kyoto. It is located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It is (6) ____________ between two UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. The area is very (7) ____________ with tourists, many of whom rent traditional Japanese kimono to go sightseeing in. The three tatami rooms are on the (8) ____________ floor of the house.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sure
neighbor
hanging
crowds
neon
peak
lines
reformed

Starbucks has done its best to make (9) ____________ the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings. There are no (10) ____________ signs and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain (11) ____________ over the front door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black. Starbucks has (12) ____________ the house in the traditional style and has created a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also wants to be a good (13) ____________. It has decided not to let people form (14) ____________ in front of the shop as they wait to get in. It will also limit the number of customers during (15) ____________ hours. This is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area with (16) ____________ of customers.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in Japan's ______
     a.  ancient cap it all
     b.  ancient capped all
     c.  ancient cap a tail
     d.  ancient capital

2)  The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the ______
     a.  most history areas
     b.  mostly historic areas
     c.  most historic areas
     d.  mostly historian areas

3)  It is situated between two UNESCO World Heritage-______
     a.  list it temples
     b.  wrist it temples
     c.  listed temples
     d.  leased temples

4)  The area is very popular with tourists, many of whom rent ______
     a.  traditionally Japanese kimono
     b.  tradition all Japanese kimono
     c.  tradition Japanese kimono
     d.  traditional Japanese kimono

5)  The three tatami rooms are on the second ______ house
     a.  floor of the
     b.  floor off the
     c.  floor of a
     d.  flooring of the

6)  Starbucks has done its best to make sure the coffee ______
     a.  shop blends in
     b.  shop blends on
     c.  shop brand in
     d.  shop brands in

7)  Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging ______ door
     a.  over the fronts
     b.  over the fronted
     c.  over the affront
     d.  over the front

8)  Starbucks has reformed the house in the ______
     a.  traditional styles
     b.  traditional stylish
     c.  traditional styled
     d.  traditional style

9)  It has decided not to let people form lines ______ shop
     a.  on front of the
     b.  in front of the
     c.  at front of the
     d.  in front off the

10)  It will also limit the number of customers during ______
     a.  peak hours
     b.  pick hours
     c.  peach hours
     d.  pack hours

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Starbucks (1) ___________________ new coffee shop in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any other Starbucks in the world (2) ___________________ rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that (3) ___________________ floors in Japanese houses. There are no chairs in the tatami rooms. People (4) ___________________ cushions on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most historic areas of Kyoto. It is located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It (5) ___________________ two UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. The area is very popular with tourists, many of whom rent traditional Japanese kimono to go sightseeing in. The three tatami rooms are (6) ___________________ floor of the house.

Starbucks has (7) ___________________ to make sure the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings. There are (8) ___________________ and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging (9) ___________________ door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black. Starbucks has reformed the house in the traditional style and has created a Japanese garden for (10) ___________________. The company also wants to be a good neighbor. It has decided not to let people form lines in front of the shop (11) ___________________ get in. It will also limit the number of customers during peak hours. This is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere (12) ___________________ crowds of customers.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many tatami rooms are in the new coffee shop?
  2. How many chairs are there in the new tatami rooms?
  3. How old is the house used by the new Starbucks coffee shop?
  4. Who is the area popular with?
  5. What do many tourists rent?
  6. What does the coffee shop blend in with?
  7. What colour is the curtain hanging above the door?
  8. What has Starbucks created for people to look at?
  9. What has Starbucks decided not to let people form?
  10. What does Starbucks not want to disrupt?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many tatami rooms are in the new coffee shop?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

2) How many chairs are there in the new tatami rooms?
a) 3
b) 2
c) 1
d) 0

3) How old is the house used by the new Starbucks coffee shop?
a) 1,000 years
b) 99 years
c) 100 years
d) 101 years

4) Who is the area popular with?
a) tourists
b) geisha
c) coffee lovers
d) shoppers

5) What do many tourists rent?
a) coffee cups
b) kimono
c) cameras
d) ninja costumes

6) What does the coffee shop blend in with?
a) the surroundings
b) the coffee
c) cakes and cookies
d) temples

7) What colour is the curtain hanging above the door?
a) pink
b) white
c) dark blue
d) black

8) What has Starbucks created for people to look at?
a) a garden
b) a museum
c) an ancient coffee maker
d) logos

9) What has Starbucks decided not to let people form?
a) ideas
b) application
c) friendships
d) lines

10) What does Starbucks not want to disrupt?
a) coffee
b) limits
c) the quiet atmosphere
d) crowds of customers

Role play

Role  A – A Historic House

You think a historic house is the best place for a coffee shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a shopping mall, a library or a train station.

Role  B – A Shopping Mall

You think a shopping mall is the best place for a coffee shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a historic house, a library or a train station.

Role  C – A Library

You think a library is the best place for a coffee shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a shopping mall, a historic house or a train station.

Role  D – A Train Station

You think a train station is the best place for a coffee shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  a shopping mall, a library or a historic house.

After reading / listening

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

'coffee'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'shop'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • sure
    • neon
    • black
    • look
    • front
    • peak
    • ancient
    • floors
    • most
    • street
    • rent
    • second




    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 - Starbucks opens coffee shop with tatami in Kyoto

    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 'coffee shop'?
    3. What do you think of Starbucks?
    4. What do you know about Kyoto?
    5. What do you think of the tatami rooms in the coffee shop?
    6. Would you prefer to sit on a chair or a cushion?
    7. Should international chain stores be in historic areas?
    8. What do you think of Japan for sightseeing?
    9. Where is your favourite place to go sightseeing?
    10. Where is your favourite place to go for a drink?

    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 'Kyoto'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is Starbucks so popular around the world?
    5. How important is it for a store to blend in with its surroundings?
    6. What do you think of the Starbucks logo?
    7. How important is it for Starbucks to be a good neighbor?
    8. How important is atmosphere for a coffee shop?
    9. How can coffee shops be better?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Starbucks boss?

    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)

    Starbucks has (1) ____ a new coffee shop in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any other Starbucks in the world (2) ____ it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that is used for floors in Japanese houses. There are (3) ____ chairs in the tatami rooms. People sit on flat cushions on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most (4) ____ areas of Kyoto. It is located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It is situated between two UNESCO World Heritage-(5) ____ temples. The area is very popular with tourists, many of (6) ____ rent traditional Japanese kimono to go sightseeing in. The three tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house.

    Starbucks has done its best (7) ____ make sure the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings. There are no neon signs and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. (8) ____, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging over the front door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black. Starbucks has reformed the house in the traditional style and has (9) ____ a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also wants to be a (10) ____ neighbor. It has decided not to let people (11) ____ lines in front of the shop as they wait to get in. It will also limit the number of customers during (12) ____ hours. This is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area with crowds of customers.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     opens     (b)     opened     (c)     opening     (d)     opener    
    2. (a)     is     (b)     as     (c)     was     (d)     has    
    3. (a)     none     (b)     non     (c)     not     (d)     no    
    4. (a)     history     (b)     historic     (c)     historically     (d)     historian    
    5. (a)     list     (b)     lists     (c)     listing     (d)     listed    
    6. (a)     that     (b)     who     (c)     whom     (d)     which    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    8. (a)     Prefer     (b)     Secondly     (c)     Instead     (d)     Finally    
    9. (a)     creating     (b)     creation     (c)     creative     (d)     created    
    10. (a)     good     (b)     goodness     (c)     goodly     (d)     well    
    11. (a)     form     (b)     from     (c)     firm     (d)     frame    
    12. (a)     peak     (b)     summit     (c)     top     (d)     height

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Japan's intcane capital of Kyoto
    2. the loriaitndat straw matting
    3. People sit on flat scsinhuo
    4. one of the most sirochit areas
    5. the iatrvatcte Ninen-zaka shopping street
    6. very popular with tsiosurt

    Paragraph 2

    1. Starbucks names or oolsg
    2. dark-blue cunrita
    3. Starbucks has drorefem the house
    4. It will also timil the number
    5. the quiet pohaetesrm
    6. crowds of cumotssre

    Put the text back together

    (    )     floors in Japanese houses. There are no chairs in the tatami rooms. People sit on flat cushions

    (    )     Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any

    (    )     signs and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging

    (    )     wants to be a good neighbor. It has decided not to let people form lines in front of the shop as they wait to get

    (    )     temples. The area is very popular with tourists, many of whom rent traditional Japanese kimono to go

    1  )     Starbucks has done its best to make sure the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings. There are no neon

    (    )     house in the traditional style and has created a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also

    (    )     in. It will also limit the number of customers during peak hours. This is to avoid

    (    )     other Starbucks in the world as it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that is used for

    (    )     sightseeing in. The three tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house.

    (    )     on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most historic areas of Kyoto. It is

    (    )     located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It is situated between two UNESCO World Heritage-listed

    (    )     disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area with crowds of customers.

    (    )     over the front door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black. Starbucks has reformed the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. Kyoto   coffee   Japan's   of   new   in   capital   A   shop   ancient   .
    2. other   It   Starbucks   is   in   unlike   the   any   world   .
    3. is   traditional   used   straw   for   matting   floors   that   The   .
    4. flat   mats   cushions   People   on   sit   the   on   tatami   .
    5. house  the   of  floor  second   the  on   are  rooms  tatami  three  The  .
    6. blends   surroundings   in   The   with   coffee   its   shop   traditional   .
    7. is   blue   long   a   curtain   dark-   metre-   traditional   There   one-   .
    8. to   The   be   company   a   also   good   wants   neighbor   .
    9. the   Limit   hours   peak   during   customers   of   number   .
    10. to   is   This   atmosphere   quiet   the   disrupting   avoid   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Starbucks has opened / opening a new coffee shop in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlikely / unlike any other Starbucks in the world has / as it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that is / be used for floors in Japanese houses. There are not / no chairs in the tatami rooms. People sit on flat / flats cushions on the tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most history / historic areas of Kyoto. It is located on the attractive Ninen-zaka shopping street. It is situated / situation between two UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. The area is very popularity / popular with tourists, many of whom rent traditional Japanese kimono to go sightseeing on / in. The three tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house.

    Starbucks has done / doing its best to make sure the coffee shop blends on / in with its traditional surroundings. There are no neon sign / signs and no big, green Starbucks names or logos. Instead, there is a traditional dark-blue curtain / curtains hanging over the front door. The coffee shop's logo is printed on / in the curtain in black. Starbucks has reformed the house in the traditional style and has creative / created a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also wants to be a good neighbor / neighborly. It has decided not to let people from / form lines in front of the shop as they wait to get in. It will also limit the number of customers / customs during peak hours. This is to avoid disrupting / disruption the quiet atmosphere in the area with crowds of customers.

    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)

    St_rb_cks h_s _p_n_d _ n_w c_ff__ sh_p _n J_p_n's _nc__nt c_p_t_l _f Ky_t_. _t _s _nl_k_ _ny _th_r St_rb_cks _n th_ w_rld _s _t h_s thr__ r__ms w_th t_t_m_ – th_ tr_d_t__n_l str_w m_tt_ng th_t _s _s_d f_r fl__rs _n J_p_n_s_ h__s_s. Th_r_ _r_ n_ ch__rs _n th_ t_t_m_ r__ms. P__pl_ s_t _n fl_t c_sh__ns _n th_ t_t_m_ m_ts. Th_ n_w c_ff__ sh_p _s _n _ 100-y__r-_ld h__s_ _n _n_ _f th_ m_st h_st_r_c _r__s _f Ky_t_. _t _s l_c_t_d _n th_ _ttr_ct_v_ N_n_n-z_k_ sh_pp_ng str__t. _t _s s_t__t_d b_tw__n tw_ _N_SC_ W_rld H_r_t_g_-l_st_d t_mpl_s. Th_ _r__ _s v_ry p_p_l_r w_th t__r_sts, m_ny _f wh_m r_nt tr_d_t__n_l J_p_n_s_ k_m_n_ t_ g_ s_ghts___ng _n. Th_ thr__ t_t_m_ r__ms _r_ _n th_ s_c_nd fl__r _f th_ h__s_.

    St_rb_cks h_s d_n_ _ts b_st t_ m_k_ s_r_ th_ c_ff__ sh_p bl_nds _n w_th _ts tr_d_t__n_l s_rr__nd_ngs. Th_r_ _r_ n_ n__n s_gns _nd n_ b_g, gr__n St_rb_cks n_m_s _r l_g_s. _nst__d, th_r_ _s _ tr_d_t__n_l d_rk-bl__ c_rt__n h_ng_ng _v_r th_ fr_nt d__r. Th_ c_ff__ sh_p's l_g_ _s pr_nt_d _n th_ c_rt__n _n bl_ck. St_rb_cks h_s r_f_rm_d th_ h__s_ _n th_ tr_d_t__n_l styl_ _nd h_s cr__t_d _ J_p_n_s_ g_rd_n f_r p__pl_ t_ l__k _t. Th_ c_mp_ny _ls_ w_nts t_ b_ _ g__d n__ghb_r. _t h_s d_c_d_d n_t t_ l_t p__pl_ f_rm l_n_s _n fr_nt _f th_ sh_p _s th_y w__t t_ g_t _n. _t w_ll _ls_ l_m_t th_ n_mb_r _f c_st_m_rs d_r_ng p__k h__rs. Th_s _s t_ _v__d d_sr_pt_ng th_ q___t _tm_sph_r_ _n th_ _r__ w_th cr_wds _f c_st_m_rs.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in japan's ancient capital of kyoto it is unlike any other starbucks in the world as it has three rooms with tatami – the traditional straw matting that is used for floors in japanese houses there are no chairs in the tatami rooms people sit on flat cushions on the tatami mats the new coffee shop is in a 100-year-old house in one of the most historic areas of kyoto it is located on the attractive ninen-zaka shopping street it is situated between two unesco world heritage-listed temples the area is very popular with tourists many of whom rent traditional japanese kimono to go sightseeing in the three tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house

    starbucks has done its best to make sure the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings there are no neon signs and no big green starbucks names or logos instead there is a traditional dark-blue curtain hanging over the front door the coffee shop's logo is printed on the curtain in black starbucks has reformed the house in the traditional style and has created a japanese garden for people to look at the company also wants to be a good neighbor it has decided not to let people form lines in front of the shop as they wait to get in it will also limit the number of customers during peak hours this is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area with crowds of customers

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    StarbuckshasopenedanewcoffeeshopinJapan'sancientcapitalofKyot
    o.ItisunlikeanyotherStarbucksintheworldasithasthreeroomswithtat
    ami–thetraditionalstrawmattingthatisusedforfloorsinJapanesehou
    ses.Therearenochairsinthetatamirooms.Peoplesitonflatcushionsont
    hetatamimats.Thenewcoffeeshopisina100-year-oldhouseinoneo
    fthemosthistoricareasofKyoto.ItislocatedontheattractiveNinen-zak
    ashoppingstreet.ItissituatedbetweentwoUNESCOWorldHeritage-li
    stedtemples.Theareaisverypopularwithtourists,manyofwhomrenttr
    aditionalJapanesekimonotogosightseeingin.Thethreetatamiroomsa
    reonthesecondfloorofthehouse.Starbuckshasdoneitsbesttomakesu
    rethecoffeeshopblendsinwithitstraditionalsurroundings.Thereareno
    neonsignsandnobig,greenStarbucksnamesorlogos.Instead,thereis
    atraditionaldark-bluecurtainhangingoverthefrontdoor.Thecoffees
    hop'slogoisprintedonthecurtaininblack.Starbuckshasreformedtheh
    ouseinthetraditionalstyleandhascreatedaJapanesegardenforpeople
    tolookat.Thecompanyalsowantstobeagoodneighbor.Ithasdecidedn
    ottoletpeopleformlinesinfrontoftheshopastheywaittogetin.Itwillalso
    limitthenumberofcustomersduringpeakhours.Thisistoavoiddisrupti
    ngthequietatmosphereintheareawithcrowdsofcustomers.

    Free writing

    Write about coffee shop for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

     

    Academic writing

    Starbucks is the best coffee shop in the world. Discuss.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

     

    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. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. KYOTO: Make a poster about Kyoto. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. STARBUCKS: Write a magazine article about international chains like Starbucks not being allowed to open in historical areas. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    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 coffee shops. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how they can be better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Help Support This Web Site

    • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

    Sean Banville's Book

    Thank You