明鏡塾 Active English Practice: Class A2 Kobe – Oct. 31, 2011

The world has a population over 7 billion

 

The United Nations announced October 29 the world population is estimated to be 7 billion. According to a Japan’s National census carried out last October Japan’s population is about 128,056,000. The most populated country is China for recent straight years with the population of about 1.4 billion. The second is India with 1.1 billion and the third is the U.S. with about 300 million. Now Japan stands at the tenth in the world. There’s an expectation that the global population would reach 10 billion by the year 2100, NHK said today. It seems that huge 10 billion people manage to live on the earth. It may be expected that India would go over China until about 2025 and become the most populated country. On the other hand, Japan is tackling the serious problems of low birth rate and aging because Japan’s population is going to decrease slowly but steadily.

Question 1:
How is the world’s population going to be?

Question 2:
Tell us the order of the countries as for the population.

Question 3:
Explain your opinion according to the report of NHK.

Question 4:
In this article, what are the problems in Japan now?

Question 5:
How do you expect the relation between Japan and the world in the future?

 

Source: PIRICA CHINITA – Life is fun. Let’s enjoy! Revised on slips http://aoyama.blog.eonet.jp/pirica_chinita/2011/10/world-population-7billion-and-japans-population128million.html
Note: The article may be partially modified by ACI’s AEP instructor team in order to let students more enhance understanding.