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Air-Conditioned Clothes a Hit in Japan (3rd August, 2011)

Could air-conditioned clothes be the next big thing? Japanese inventor Hirosho Ichigaya seems to think so. The former Sony engineer has created a company called Kuchofuku (“air-conditioned clothing” in Japanese) to help beat the heat of the Japanese summer. There is a shortage of power in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March. Many offices and schools must not turn their air-conditioning below 27 degrees. Around 1,000 companies in Japan, including Toyota, have bought Kuchofuku for their staff.

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Mr Ichigaya started Kuchofuku in 2004 after working on finding more energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners. He wanted to find a way to reduce global warming. His company is now struggling to meet the orders for his clothes, which have become the must-have item of the summer. All of the clothes have small fans inside them. These make a non-stop breeze and evaporate sweat. Ichigaya said: "People ask me why I would want to wear a jacket when it's so hot. I tell them because it's cooler than being naked.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

the next big

a.

Sony engineer

2

Ichigaya seems to

b.

of power

3.

The former

c.

thing

4.

help beat

d.

27 degrees

5.

a shortage

e.

think so

6.

below

f.

the heat

Paragraph 2


1.

more energy-efficient

a.

evaporate sweat

2

a way to reduce

b.

alternatives

3.

struggling to meet

c.

being naked

4.

the must-have

d.

the orders

5.

make a non-stop breeze and

e.

global warming

6.

cooler than

f.

item of the summer


LISTENING GAP FILL


Could air-conditioned clothes be _________________? Japanese inventor Hirosho Ichigaya _________________. The former Sony engineer has created a company called Kuchofuku (“air-conditioned clothing” in Japanese) to help _________________ the Japanese summer. There is a _________________ in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March. Many offices and schools _________________ their air-conditioning _________________. Around 1,000 companies in Japan, including Toyota, have bought Kuchofuku for their staff.
Mr Ichigaya started Kuchofuku in 2004 after working on finding _________________ alternatives to air conditioners. He wanted _________________ reduce global warming. His company is now struggling to _________________ for his clothes, which have become the must-have item of the summer. All of the clothes have small _________________. These make a _________________ and evaporate sweat. Ichigaya said: "People ask me why I would want to wear a jacket when it's so hot. I tell them because _________________ being naked.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Could air-conditioned clothes be the next big (1) ____? Japanese inventor Hirosho Ichigaya seems to think so. The (2) ____ Sony engineer has created a company called Kuchofuku (“air-conditioned clothing” in Japanese) to help (3) ____ the heat of the Japanese summer. There is a (4) ____ of power in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March. Many offices and schools must not turn their air-conditioning (5) ____ 27 degrees. Around 1,000 companies in Japan, (6) ____ Toyota, have bought Kuchofuku for their staff.
Mr Ichigaya started Kuchofuku in 2004 after working (7) ____ finding more energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners. He wanted to find a way (8) ____ reduce global warming. His company is now struggling to (9) ____ the orders for his clothes, which have become the must-(10) ____ item of the summer. All of the clothes have small fans inside them. These make a (11) ____-stop breeze and evaporate sweat. Ichigaya said: "People ask me why I would want to wear a jacket when it's so hot. I tell (12) ____, because it's cooler than being naked.”
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

think

(b)

thin

(c)

thing

2.

(a)

farmer

(b)

former

(c)

firmer

3.

(a)

beat

(b)

win

(c)

victory

4.

(a)

shorter

(b)

short

(c)

shortage

5.

(a)

down

(b)

below

(c)

falling

6.

(a)

including

(b)

includes

(c)

included

7.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

8.

(a)

by

(b)

at

(c)

to

9.

(a)

met

(b)

meet

(c)

meeting

10.

(a)

do

(b)

be

(c)

have

11.

(a)

non

(b)

not

(c)

now

12

(a)

them

(b)

they

(c)

it


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

smees to think so

3.

mroref Sony engineer

4.

a shortage of ewpro

5.

Many effcsoi and schools

6.

below 27 eeegsdr

 

Paragraph 2

7.

igndnfi more energy-efficient alternatives

8.

reduce global wimanrg

9.

struggling to meet the dsrroe

10.

a non-stop eezerb

11.

wear a ejktac

12.

cooler than being anekd


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


(    )

to think so. The former Sony engineer has created a company called Kuchofuku (“air-conditioned

(    )

Mr Ichigaya started Kuchofuku in 2004 after working on finding more energy-efficient alternatives

(    )

of power in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March. Many offices

(    )

to air conditioners. He wanted to find a way to reduce global warming. His company is now struggling to meet the

1  )

Could air-conditioned clothes be the next big thing? Japanese inventor Hirosho Ichigaya seems

(    )

have small fans inside them. These make a non-stop breeze and evaporate

(    )

companies in Japan, including Toyota, have bought Kuchofuku for their staff.

(    )

orders for his clothes, which have become the must-have item of the summer. All of the clothes

(    )

clothing” in Japanese) to help beat the heat of the Japanese summer. There is a shortage

(    )

sweat. Ichigaya said: "People ask me why I would want to wear a

(    )

jacket when it's so hot. I tell them because it's cooler than being naked.”

(    )

and schools must not turn their air-conditioning below 27 degrees. Around 1,000


WORD JUMBLE


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.


1.

the     next     big     thing     Could     air-conditioned     clothes     be?    

2.

Hirosho     Inventor     so     think     to     seems     Ichigaya.    

3.

Japanese     the     of     heat     the     Beat     summer.    

4.

power     is     in     a     Japan     shortage     of     There.    

5.

Turn     below     their     27     air     degrees     -     conditioning.    

6.

to     alternatives     efficient     -     Energy     conditioners     air.    

7.

global     reduce     to     way     a     Find     warming.    

8.

Now     to     the     struggling     meet     orders.    

9.

fans     small     have     clothes     The     them     inside.    

10.

it's     tell     because     cooler     I     them.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about air conditioning for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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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. AIR CONDITIONING: Search the Internet and find more information about air conditioning. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about air conditioned clothes. Include imaginary interviews with the inventor and a happy customer. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. 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.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to an air-conditioned clothes expert. Ask him/her three questions about air-conditioned clothes. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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