Interactive English: Reception

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Magazine Articles

on October 8, 2014


One of the activities next week will include summarizing and skimming four short magazine articles. Look at all four titles below. Choose one, think about it, then in the comments tell us what kind of information you think we might see OR what background information you already know.

Article 1: “What’s in a Name: South Australia”

Article 2: “Lost Youth: Middle East Urban Affairs”

Article 3: “War Reporters”

Article 4: “Book Truck: Tokyo”

Also, these vocabulary words will be important next week: regional identity, to quadruple, informal accommodation, shelter deprivation, mass transit, a hundred square meters, a target customer


23 responses to “Magazine Articles

  1. Tao Ichino says:

    Article 2 is interesting to me. Maybe it is because I’m studying Turkish.
    Now, IS has threaten countries of Middle East. The situation is getting bad.
    Countries in Europe have carried out Air strike again and again.
    And fighters of the IS has fought in some towns.
    There must be a lot of victims in Middle East.
    Particularly, the young and the old are weak, so it is likely they are killed the most by battles.
    In addition, some young people who think that they must fight again European countries may join the IS and serve as fighters.
    It means they lose the precious time of youth.
    There may be the “Lost youth”.

  2. Suzuki Kana(T4) says:

    The title of the article 2 reminded me of mobile libraries that had come to my school when I was a elementary school student. The library brought us a lot of books. I was looking forward to mobile libraries.
    However, judging from the word “a target customer” in the important words, I guessed that book truck isn’t mobile library, perhaps is mobile book store.

  3. Hiroshi Yoshida(T4) says:

    I choose Article 1: “What’s in a Name: South Australia”.
    I learned that there had been former inhabitants in Australia before the English arrived. They are called Aborigines. According the title of article, I think Aborigines mainly lived in south side of Australia in the past, so today many people in south have names including aboriginal words or aboriginal meanings. We would see in the article that thier names would provide us the information about the history, culture, society and people’s life of Aborigines.

  4. Wataru Kaneto (T4) says:

    I would like to read Article 3.
    War Reporters means a lot to the world. They have the courage to enter the hard-fought fields and report the fierce condition of wars to us at the risk of their lives. Without their bravery, we have few chance to think about wars nor is it possible to pass down the cruel truth.
    This article can be also of value because we’ll be able to learn the importance of the great career.

  5. Ryohei Kamiya (T4) says:

    I choose article 4.
    In Tokyo, there are many bookstores. Some of them are huge and they are located near big stations. I enjoy going to bookstores very much, because I like reading books very much.
    Especially Kanda, Tokyo is very famous for many secondhand bookstores. In summer vacation I went there with my friends. There were many secondhand books in many categories and they are inexpensive. That was very interesting for me.
    I think that in the article we might see bookstores in Kanda.

  6. Shota Nihi(T4) says:

    I choose the article 3.
    I have seen some war reporters on TV. They go to the dangerous places and report the situation of the war. Some reporters were dead and the body was send to their countries. I think this story we will read or hear in the next class is about the sad family who is left behaind. I also think this story tells us that the grief of the war.

  7. Ayano sato (T4) says:

    I’ll choose article 3.
    War repoters tell us what is happening in war areas. They interview to people in war areas and take pictures and videoes. All activities are very dangerous. Sometimes they are killed by being included in a war. However, they give us precious information that we cannot get by ourselves.
    I guess we will read a story that a war repoter has experienced. I think we will also learn about influence of a war in the war area.

  8. Natsuko Nishida says:

    I choose Article 3:War Reporters.
    I have heard the words that our hope are that we lost our works. The words were said by a war reporter. War reporters are very important for our world because they tell us information about war. It is difficult to think about war if you lead a peace life and near the country doesn’t go to war.Of course ,when they are working ,they are in danger .However, If war reporters don’t exist , we could’t know what happens in the world although we live in the same world.

  9. Kentaro Ando (T4) says:

    I choose article1. Watching carefully the above map of south Australia, we can notice that there are many towns or ports which have the name related to UK or US. Port Lincoln, Waterloo and Augusta are good examples. (Lincoln and Augusta are general surnames in US , and Waterloo is the town which UK ruled in the Middle Ages.) So, this article is the story about the period of UK’s control.

  10. Miho Hashimoto (T4) says:

    I choose article 1.
    First of all, the name of “south Australia” means Australia is devided some parts.
    Once Australia was conqured by England, so it might relate to this history.
    I guess that there is a problem of races. My hypothesis is that people of one race was devided into some parts of the nation by the border of the region, and it caused the conflicting among the residents in this area.

  11. Mika Yamamori (T4) says:

    I’ m interested in the article 1:” What’ s in a Name: South Australia” because I have been to Australia before and I learned Australian history.
    Australia has 6 states;Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.
    I looked up the history of South Australia on the Internet and I found out that South Australia was rare because it had history that opening immigrants, not people who were exiled developed the land.
    I think the opening immigrants wanted to have “regional identity”, and South Australia might have a lot of names related to something peculiar to the land.
    So, I think that this is the story of the opening immigrants who looked for a new world.

  12. Wataru Yamamura(T4) says:

    I choose the article No.3.
    In this decade, various people were conflicted and war was broke out constantly.
    We can see news every day about war occured all over the world.
    These information is from war reporter.
    In my opinion, this article tells us about the present severe condition of them.
    They are always in danger because suddenly stray bullet hits them.I heard that a Japanese war reporter was killed few years ago due to stray bullet.
    It’s difficult to imagine the facts of war reporter , so this article teaches us many important things.

  13. Mayu Morimoto (T4) says:

    I’m interested in the article 2: “Lost Youth: Middle East Urban Affairs”.
    I do not know much about Middle East, but I know that disorderly conducts are invited in that area. I think this existing condition, in some ways, influences young people to leave the countries. Maybe “Lost Youth” will be caused by wars. Young people must be died in those wars, or they must leave their countries to find a new world which has a freedom for them. In recent years, the technology has been developed so much that we can know almost everything we want to know with our small devices. This may awake young people to have alternative.
    It is said that young people shoulder a future of their societies so without them, Middle East will have a lot of trouble in the future. Middle East have to keep the situation in serious if “Lost Youth” is a truth.

  14. Akane Okumura says:

    I choose article 3. I think in this article, it is written about poeple who report situations of wars around the world. I often watch news of war in Syria in these days. They are always in danger when they are reporting but if it were not for their deadly report, we can’t know what is happening at battlefields. I think we will read how hard and worthwhile their works are.

  15. Chinatsu Fukunaga(T4) says:

    I chose the title of article 4. Tokyo is one of the cities which have many books in the world. It might mean that people living in Tokyo read many books. So I don’t think that recently young Japanese people no longer read as much as they used to. In addition, the media tell us how popular the electronic book is. Although in the situation, young people regard it as more important to get information through a book, and the thought relate to this title, I think.

  16. Ayaka Sakuma(T4) says:

    When I see the title of the article 2, “Book Truck: Tokyo,” I think this “Book Truck” means people living in Tokyo. As you know, there are so many people in Tokyo. We human beings have knowledges, so we can say that Tokyo has a lot of knowledges. Everyone is a part of “book truck.” In addition, people are moving every day, that is why the title is not “Bookshelf” but ” Book Truck.”
    In conclusion, I think the article 2 is written about knowledges of people in Tokyo.

  17. Shizuka Abe (T4) says:

    I choose Article 1.
    According to the map which is on the blog, Australia consists of at least 6 areas. I think maybe these areas were named by British. South Australia is located middle and south of Australia, and there is near to other 5 areas. However, according to the word “regional identity” which is written in the text of the blog, I think South Australia has its own features, and there is different from other 5 areas. Therefore, I think the article will write about special points of South Australia.

  18. Shintaro Murakami(T4) says:

    I’m interested in article 2. “The lost youth:Middle East urban affairs.” Middle East is a very dangerous area . Armies from many countries attacked the area and the war has been broken out. And because of the war, I think young people are escaping from Middle East area and it causes this problem.

  19. Shizuka Abe (T4) says:

    I choose Article 1.
    According to the map which is on the blog, Australia consists of at least 6 areas. I think maybe these areas were named by British. South Australia is located middle and south of Australia, and there is near to other 5 areas. However, according to the word “regional identity” which is written in the text of the blog, I think South Australia has its own features, and there is different from other 5 areas. Therefore, I think the article will write about special points of South Australia.

  20. Akira Katagata says:

    I’m interested in article 3.
    I know that war reportors have a lot of difficulties. Whenever they work, they are in danger. In the worst case, they lose their life during working. In fact, I have heard that some japanese war reporters were killed accidentary. I think that war report is one of the most difficult job in the world.
    I am looking forward to reading this article.

  21. Minami Iwakiri(T4) says:

    I’ll mention the article 2.
    On seeing the title, the Islamic State came to my mind. I have heard that a lot of youth (not only in Middle East but also all over the world) are affected by the idea of the Islamic State and long for joining the organization. So I predict that the title has something to do with this organization in the news. And I think that “Lost Youth” in the title represents young people who are both physically and mentally caught by the Islamic State.

  22. Nanami Ozaki (T4) says:

    I choose the article 3 :”Book truck: Tokyo”.
    Tokyo is very big city, so there must be many books. In contrast, there may be alot of small town that don’t have many books. So we will read an article that a man who run a book store in Tokyo drive a truck named “Tokyo” to many small town and he bring a lot of interesting books to people who often don’t have opportunity to get such books, I think.

  23. Emi Enomoto says:

    I’m interested in the title 1. I’ve been to Australia, so I’m interested in this topic. I went to the north area so I’ve never been to southern area, but I guess that they have some special history and there are interetsting place in the south australia. And the place has interesting name.

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