listening lab 0417

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  Are friendship benches found on school grounds or in public parks? 

 

2.  What does it mean when someone sits on a friendship bench? 

 

3.  What do the benches encourage kids to do?  

 

4.  When Acacia Woodley came up with the idea for the benches, what grade was she in?

 

5.  What does Acacia's company hope to eliminate?

 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
 
      A friendship bench, also known as a buddy bench, is a special place in a school or on a playground where any child can go when he or she is having a rough day or just needs someone to talk to. When a child sits on the bench, it signals to other children and staff members that he or she needs support. 

   The rules of the friendship bench are simple: the bench can be used at any time, by anyone, and for any reason—from trivial matters to more serious problems. The benches are rainbow colored and are situated in open and well-traveled areas of the school so that students notice them.  Teachers in schools that have installed them say that the benches encourage children to ask for help when they are troubled. 
 
   Where did the idea of the friendship bench come from?  You may be surprised to learn that it didn't come from a team of psychologists or experts of any kind.  It was the brainchild of a fifth grader named Acacia Woodley.  Acacia was born without complete arms, so she knew what it was like to feel different. She wanted to reach out to others who felt left out, so with a little help from her parents and her school, she created the first friendship bench. 
 
  That was back in 2012.  Now, Acacia spends her time speaking at schools across North America and promoting her company.  Yes, she is the founder and CEO of her own company, which is called Tiny Girl, Big Dream. The goal of her company is to put friendship benches in every school in the U.S. and Canada. She hopes to use kindness to eliminate bullying.   

  

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

  1. Are friendship benches found on school grounds or in public parks?

They are found on school grounds.

 

2.  What does it mean when someone sits on a friendship bench?

It means the person needs support.

or    It means the person needs someone to talk to.

 

3.  What do the benches encourage kids to do?

They encourage kids to ask for help when they are troubled.

 

4.  When Acacia Woodley came up with the idea for the benches, what grade was she in?

She was in (the) fifth grade.

 

5.  What does Acacia's company hope to eliminate?

The company hopes to eliminate bullying.

 

 

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