Tokyo Disneyland reopens after the quake, After an unprecedented 34-day closure, Tokyo Disneyland reopened April 15 for the first time since Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. -LATimes-
ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this article With Answer Key.
As we look at the slideshow presented by the Los Angeles Times and see the happy faces of Japanese children and adults, enjoying themselves at Tokyo’s Disneyland, we almost forget that barely 6 weeks ago there were different photos depicting people crying,in despair, homes and cars being ripped asunder, after the earthquake and tsunami devastated major parts of Japan.There is still some uncertainty about Japan’s nuclear reactors are safe or not.
Some time back,(before the Disney opening) John Frost, a writer for the Disney Blog in the U.S., posted about the uncertainty of whether Japan’s Disney would (or should) reopen, especially in the aftermath of such a mega-disaster. In his post, Mr. Frost proposed a set of criteria, that may still be relevant now that the park is open.
By John Frost
“…During the crisis many of Japan’s industrial powers have shut-down to save energy or because parts of their operation have been devastated by the quake and tsunami. Tokyo Disney Resort shut down all of their properties at least until the 22nd of March. Disney has offered their facilities to assist recovery in the local community and many cast members have mobilized to go out and help clear away debris. OLC, the company that operates TDR, offered to send home any international cast who want to leave promising them their job back when the park re-opens.
Which brings up the question, when should Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea re-open?
…I’m not sure one can set an exact date. But perhaps we can construct a set of criteria that should be met before the gates are reopened. Keeping in mind that Tokyo Disney is an entertainment facility, not urgent for survival, but important when you want to return to sense of normalcy in a post-disaster world. So here’s my short list of criteria…”
1) Operation must not be a tax on the local energy network. Rolling blackouts must be over or independent power source should be used.
2) Any possibility of immediate danger (anything that could cause possible injury to guests or cast) should be at least 48 hours in the past.
3) Cast members whose family may have suffered injury or death should be allowed to deal with their personal crisis first… A company should not be seen to be profiting on its employees crises.
4) Structural and attraction damage should be fixed and every attraction and guest/cast area surveyed for safety. If an attraction cannot be repaired in a timely manner, than it should be clearly listed as not available.”
Excerpt from a reader’s response to John:
“While I understand the reasons for keeping the parks closed, I do wonder if it is for the best. The fact is Tokyo Disneyland is in the area of the infamous ‘ring of fire’ region of the world. It is, and will always be, subject to seismic activity. You can’t escape it… Sorry, but earthquakes cannot be predicted. As for radiation, again, it will never be any further from those nuclear reactors than they are today…It might sound trite, and maybe even insensitive, to say but I think the lights of Disney just might help remind everyone that the future isn’t as dark as it might seem right now. Much love to Japan and those still there. Take care. I hope to see you soon.”
We here at ESL Voices feel that Japan is doing the right thing. After such a devastating disaster, a little happiness is desperately needed…if only for the sake of the children.
Lesson Plan for Reading
Topic: Is It too Soon for Japan to Open DisneyLand?
Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Objectives: Students will practice reading comprehension skills, expressing their ideas orally and practice their writing skills. Students will also learn new vocabulary words.
Materials: article excerpt, dictionary.
I. Pre-Reading Tasks
Find out what students know abut the terrible tragedy that took place in Japan. (The Tsunami/ earthquake Disaster)
1. Place students in groups, and have them brainstorm the topic . Use one of two charts: KWL or ABC Brain storming both can be found ESL Voices Graphic Organizers.
Then each group shares its information with the class.
2. Another option is for you (teacher) to write the topic on the board and have students tell you what they know about the disaster.
For a review see Teaching L2 Learners About Japan’s Disaster
II. While Reading Tasks
Once you’re satisfied that students have sufficient background information, move on to the excerpt from John Frost, and the comments from the reader.
A. Vocabulary Practice: Understanding Words in Context
Next, place students in groups, they can either read the article excerpts online, on an overhead projector, or you can make copies. They are to provide the meanings of the underlined words, and highlight all additional words they may not be familiar with. (answers are provided at the end of this lesson)
Sentences from Article
- ..I’m not sure one can set an exact date. But perhaps we can construct a set of criteria that should be met before the gates are reopened.
- Keeping in mind that Tokyo Disney is an entertainment facility, not urgent for survival,
- when you want to return to sense of normalcy in a post-disaster world.
- Operation must not be a tax on the local energy network.
- Any possibility of immediate danger…
- Cast members whose family may have suffered injury or death…
- Although this may not delay an opening…
- A company should not be seen to be profiting on its employees crises.
- Structural and attraction damage should be fixed and every attraction and guest/cast area surveyed for safety.
B. Questions for Discussion and Reflection:
Have students view the slideshow of Japan’s Disneyland, then discuss the questions in groups. After, come together as a class and each group shares their results.
1. In the article by John Frost, what are some of the concerns about opening the Disney park?
2. What are the readers’ responses to these concerns?
3. Who do you agree with, John or the reader? Provide reasons.
4. In your opinion, is it too soon after the tsunami disaster for Japan to open up their Disney Park? Explain why or why not.
5. The last line of the email is: “I think the lights of Disney just might help remind everyone that the future isn’t as dark as it might seem right now. Much love to Japan and those still there. Take care. I hope to see you soon.”
6. In your own words, explain what the writer means. Do you agree or disagree with his view? Explain why.
III. Post Reading Tasks
A. KWL Charts
Have students fill in the last column of the KWL charts.
B. As a homework assignment have students write an essay explaining why they agree or disagree with Japan opening Disneyland. For an overview of essay writing visit ESL Voices Modes of Writing
Answer Key for Vocabulary
construct: verb. create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts; “construct a proof”; “construct an argument”
criterion noun ( pl. -teria) aprinciple or standard by which something may be judged or decided : the launch came too close to violating safety criteria.
Entertainment noun. the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment : everyone just sits in front of the TV for entertainment.
an event, performance, or activity designed to entertain others : a theatrical entertainment.
Facility noun. space or equipment necessary for doing something : cooking facilities | facilities for picnicking, camping, and hiking.
urgent: adjective. 1. compelling immediate action; “too pressing to permit of longer delay”; “the urgent words `Hurry! Hurry!’”; “bridges in urgent need of repair”
survival noun. the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances; he animal’s chances of survival were pretty low |
normalcy: noun. being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning.
immediate adjective. of the present time and place; “the immediate revisions”
suffer [suffered]: verb. feel pain or be in pain (as of injuries and illnesses); “She suffered a fracture in the accident”
profiting [ intrans. verb]
obtain a financial advantage or benefit,• esp. from an investment : the only people to profit from the entire episode.
survey [surveyed]: verb. look over carefully or inspect; “He surveyed his new classmates.
available: adjective. obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service; “kept a fire extinguisher available
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