Level 1 | Level 2| Level 3 | Answers

A theme park in Japan has thought of a novel way to keep their guests safe during the age of the coronavirus. The theme park, Fuji-Q Highland near Tokyo, has asked the riders of its rollercoasters to refrain from screaming while on the rides. The theme park is trying to limit the spread of Covid-19 because screaming riders could spread virus droplets. The new rule is part of a string of measures that the theme park is using to try and keep guests safe, such as wearing masks while in the park.

Fuji-Q Highland is trying to encourage riders to follow the new rule by creating a challenge. The challenge, which they have named the #KeepASeriousFace challenge, is for riders to act as seriously as possible while riding the rollercoasters in their park. The guests who look the most serious on the rollercoaster ride photos will be given free day passes to the theme park. The theme park will be hosting the challenge until July 17 while people get used to the new rules.

Although Fuji-Q Highland has made this creative rule, executives at the park have said that the rule will not be enforced and that people who scream on rollercoasters will not be punished. However, this is not uncommon in Japan. Many of the Japanese rules during the Covid-19 pandemic have not been enforced whether they come from stores, restaurants or the government. Japanese citizens have been voluntarily following the pandemic rules such as wearing masks, staying home and staying socially distant. The theme park owners must hope that guests follow this rule the same way.

It is necessary for the theme park to reassure customers that their safety is a priority. Like many businesses, Fuji-Q Highland recently reopened after being closed because of Covid-19. Shutdowns have damaged businesses around the world and customers in many areas are returning back to normal slower than anticipated. People are reluctant to go to places with large crowds or where social distancing will be difficult. Fuji-Q Highland wants to assure customers that their health is being taken seriously. As part of the effort to show people how to enjoy rollercoasters without screaming, Fuji-Q Highland released a video. The video depicts two of the park’s executives on one of the rollercoasters doing their best example of the #KeepASeriousFace challenge. At the end of the video, which you can see below, a message appears which says “Please scream inside your heart”.

Difficult words

Novel (adj): Interestingly new or unusual.

Refrain (v): To stop oneself from doing something.

Droplet (n): A very small drop of liquid.

Pass (n): A ticket allowing you to go somewhere.

Reassure (v): To say or do something to take away someone’s fear.

Shutdown (n/v): A period of time when something is closed.

Anticipate (v): To expect something to happen.

Reluctant (adj): Being unwilling or hesitant.

Depict (v): To show or represent something by drawing or describing it.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English: Coming Soon!

Match the Synonym!

1. Novel A. Doubtful
2. Refrain B. Expect
3. Droplet C. Comfort
4. Pass D. Liquid
5. Reassure E. Close
6. Shutdown F. Unusual
7. Anticipate G. Represent
8. Reluctant H. Stop
9. Depict I. Ticket

True or False?

1.  A theme park in Jakarta is using unique methods to keep their guests safe. T / F

2. The theme park near Tokyo has asked people to keep their hands in their pockets at all times.  T / F

3. Fuji-Q Highland has remained opened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. T / F

4. Guests will not be reprimanded if they don’t follow the new rule. T / F

5. The theme park has created a game to make the new rule more fun and engage visitors. T / F

6. Guests who look the most serious in their photos will win cash prizes. T / F

7. The majority of Japanese people follow rules without needing punishments. T / F

8. Most businesses around the world have thrived throughout the pandemic. T / F

9. Many people are hesitant to go to public places these days.  T / F

10.  Two Fuji-Q Highland executives filmed a video to promote the #KeepASeriousFace challenge. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. theme / park is / limit / of / trying / The / the spread / to / Covid-19

2. of / new / string / of / rule / The / is / a / measures / part

3. will / park / theme / until / July 17 / the / challenge / The / be hosting

4. Japan / this / However, / in / not / is / uncommon

5. to / to / large / People / go / reluctant / are / places / with / crowds

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English: Coming Soon!

Seriously Damaged Uncommon
Appears Hosting Guests
Effort String Distant

A theme park in Japan has thought of a novel way to keep their (1)_________ safe during the age of the coronavirus. The theme park, Fuji-Q Highland near Tokyo, has asked the riders of its rollercoasters to refrain from screaming while on the rides. The theme park is trying to limit the spread of Covid-19 because screaming riders could spread virus droplets. The new rule is part of a (2)___________ of measures that the theme park is using to try and keep guests safe, such as wearing masks while in the park.

Fuji-Q Highland is trying to encourage riders to follow the new rule by creating a challenge. The challenge, which they have named the #KeepASeriousFace challenge, is for riders to act as (3)_____________ as possible while riding the rollercoasters in their park. The guests who look the most serious on the rollercoaster ride photos will be given free day passes to the theme park. The theme park will be (4)_____________ the challenge until July 17 while people get used to the new rules.

Although Fuji-Q Highland has made this creative rule, executives at the park have said that the rule will not be enforced and that people who scream on rollercoasters will not be punished. However, this is not (5)______________ in Japan. Many of the Japanese rules during the Covid-19 pandemic have not been enforced whether they come from stores, restaurants or the government. Japanese citizens have been voluntarily following the pandemic rules such as wearing masks, staying home and staying socially (6)____________. The theme park owners must hope that guests follow this rule the same way.

It is necessary for the theme park to reassure customers that their safety is a priority. Like many businesses, Fuji-Q Highland recently reopened after being closed because of Covid-19. Shutdowns have (7)_______________ businesses around the world and customers in many areas are returning back to normal slower than anticipated. People are reluctant to go to places with large crowds or where social distancing will be difficult. Fuji-Q Highland wants to assure customers that their health is being taken seriously. As part of the (8)________ to show people how to enjoy rollercoasters without screaming, Fuji-Q Highland released a video. The video depicts two of the park’s executives on one of the rollercoasters doing their best example of the #KeepASeriousFace challenge. At the end of the video, which you can see below, a message (9)_____________ which says “Please scream inside your heart”.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think the rules at Fuji-Q Highland will work?
5. Would you go to a theme park right now?
6. Are businesses like theme parks open in your country?
7. Have people in your country followed the Covid-19 guidelines?
8. Have there been any strange changes because of the virus in your country?
9. Do you think theme parks will be less fun if you have to wear a mask all day?
10. Are there any other activities that you don’t want to do because of the new rules?
11. Do you think turning the rule about screaming into a game will make people more happy to follow it?
12. Are people likely to follow rules in your country if there are no punishments?
13. Do you enjoy going to amusement parks?
14. Do you think it is safe to open businesses geared towards children?
15. Do you or your family have any vacation plans for during the pandemic?
16. Have you been to any public places that were not taking the right safety precautions?
17. Do you think Fuji-Q Highland’s game will make more people come to the park?
18. Do you research what businesses are doing to keep people safe before you go?
19. Are most people worried about the virus in your country?
20. Are you worried about 2nd or 3rd waves of the virus?