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SPORTS

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GRADE LEVEL Lower- intermediate
AIMS Students read a text about sports , learn new vocabulary
TIME 45 minutes
EQUIPMENT CD Rom English Plus Basic 2, multi- media classroom
 
 

PRE-READING ACTIVITIES

A. OPINION

Tell students to write answers to the question and then compare them with their partners.
Why is sport good for you?

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5.

Possible answers : you lose weight, relax, keep fit, stay in good health, it's good fun.........

B. DISCUSSION

Tell students to answer the questions and then discuss them with their partners.

  1. Does sport mean good business ?
  2. Are athletes / players under a lot of pressure ? Why ?
  3. What is a day in the life of an athlete / player like ?

C. VOCABULARY

Your students are supposed to answer the questions and try not to repeat the same sport twice.

Can they name....

  • five sports that don't use ball
  • four sports ending in -ball
  • three sports played on a court
  • two sports that use a table
  • one sport where you use a rod

Answers : - skiing, skating, swimming, climbing, gymnastics

  • football, basketball, handball, volleyball
  • tennis, badminton, squash
  • table tennis, snooker
  • fishing
 

READING ACTIVITIES

A. TRANSFERRING INFORMATION

CD Rom English Plus Basic 2

=> Start the programme
           => Select English language
                      => Reading
                                 => People are Crazy About Sports
                                            => Explore

Tell students to scan the text and find the needed information.

  1. Name of study : People and Sports
  2. Name of researcher : Professor Len Sanders
  3. Place where one of the most famous tennis championships is held : Wimbledon
  4. Name of a basketball player of Philadelphia '76 ers: Shawn Bradley
  5. Number of people New Jersey Football Stadium can hold :76,891

B. COMPREHENSION

Your students should now read the text and answer the following questions:

  1. Why do people like to play sports? Good exercise and a lot of fun
  2. Why is sport good business? A winning team can make millions of dollars.
  3. Can a good athlete / player make a very good salary ? (e.g. at Wimbledon) Yes, at Wimbledon a very good player can make 500,000 dollars.
  4. How much does Shawn Bradley earn? About 4 million dollars a year.
  5. How do fans feel when their teams win? They get very excited.
  6. What do people love about a good game? They love the excitement.

C. VOCABULARY

Press the button - KEY WORDS and tell students to copy the words into their note - books and then write their own sentences to do with sports.

Possible answers:
People in Slovenia love winter sports.
A lot of people watch sports games.
Running is a good exercise.
Basketball is a lot of fun.
You have to pay a lot of money to play golf.
Tennis is good business for the winners.
The winning team is always supported.
An athlete needs a lot of practise.
A salary of an athlete depends on how good he is.
Fans are people who support their team.
You have to buy tickets to watch sports games.
Some sports bring a lot of excitement.

After writing them, call some students to read the sentences aloud.
(OPTIONAL : This task could be part of their homework)

D. UNDERSTANDING TEXT ORGANISATION

Tell students to look at the text again and find the suitable paragraphs.

  1. This paragraph gives reason why fans get very excited when their team wins: 5
  2. These paragraphs give examples of how much money an athlete / player can make: 2,3
  3. This paragraph gives an overview of why people love to watch sports: 1
 

POST - READING ACTIVITIES

A. POINT OF VIEW

Let students divide into small groups and discuss the following statements and also try to think of explanations for their occurrence.

  1. People love the excitement of a good game.
    (What is a good game? What do fans do? What happens if your team loses. Are you still excited?)
  2. It (sport) is good exercise and a lot of fun.
    (What kind of exercises are good for you ? How long should you do them?...)

B. GUESSING

You can choose this as a guessing game and the class can be divided into two groups. One of the students (from group A ) imagines a sport and members of the other group (B) try to guess by asking different questions (about rules, number of players...) which sport he has in mind. They should ask only direct questions to get Yes /No answers. The winners are those who guess more sports.









SPORTS

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PRE-READING ACTIVITIES

A. OPINION

Why is sport good for you? Write your answers below and when you finish, compare answers with a partner.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

B. DISCUSSION

Answer these questions and then discuss them with a partner.

  1. Does sport mean good business ?
  2. Are athletes / players under a lot of pressure ? Why ?
  3. What is a day in the life of an athlete / player like ?

C. VOCABULARY

Write down answers to these questions and try not to repeat the same sport twice.

Can you name...

  • five sports that don't use ball
  • four sports ending in -ball
  • three sports played on a court
  • two sports that use a table
  • one sport where you use a rod


READING ACTIVITIES

A. TRANSFERRING INFORMATION

Scan the text ( on CD ) to find the needed information.

  1. Name of study:
  2. Name of researcher:
  3. Place where one of the most famous tennis championships is held:
  4. Name of a basketball player of Philadelphia '76 ers:
  5. Number of people New Jersey Football Stadium can hold:

B. COMPREHENSION

Read the text and answer the following questions:

  1. Why do people like to play sports?
  2. Why is sport good business?
  3. Can a good athlete / player make a very good salary ? (e.g. at Wimbledon)
  4. How much does Shawn Bradley earn?
  5. How do fans feel when their teams win?
  6. What do people love about a good game?

C. VOCABULARY

Look at the key words in the same text and make your own sentences (about sports) with them .

D. UNDERSTANDING TEXT ORGANISATION

Look at the text again and answer.

  1. This paragraph gives reason why fans get very excited when their team wins:
  2. These paragraphs give examples of how much money an athlete / player can make:
  3. This paragraph gives an overview of why people love to watch sports:
 

POST - READING ACTIVITIES

A. POINT OF VIEW

The study does not give detailed reasons for some of the statements.
In small groups discuss the following statements and try to think of explanations for their occurrence.

  1. People love the excitement of a good game.
    (What is a good game? What do fans do? What happens if your team loses. Are you still excited?)
  2. It (sport) is good exercise and a lot of fun.
    (What kind of exercises are good for you ? How long should you do them?...)

B. GUESSING

Imagine a sport without revealing it immediately to your mates. They should ask direct questions to get yes / no answers.
They could ask about the number of players, rules, equipment...

 
Marjana Pogačnik