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Olympic Games

We have received a notification informing that the school is going to participate in the
European tournament which will take place in Amsterdam. You will be able to interview a
famous sport person in order to publish the interview in the local magazine.

Tell the students that they are going to attend to one European tournament, and there they
will be given the opportunity to interview a famous player.
SESSION 1
Warm up Activity (10 minutes)
Ask the students to think about the following questions. They can work in
pairs.







Are you good at sport?
Do you enjoy playing or watching sport? Why?
Which sports are most popular in your culture?
What football team will win the European Cup?
What football player do you think will win the Golden Ball
next year?
Can you give an example of an extreme sport?
Do you think that you will practise some extreme sport in
a near future?
Where do you go to do sports indoors?

I Which sports do you practise?
Objectives: be able to write an opinion essay at the end of the activity.
1. a)
Find someone who… (10/15 minutes)
2. Ask the students to stand up in the class and ask their classmates different
questions. Then, tell the students to write down the number of people that has
answered the questions.
- Plays more than one type of sport (how many…)
- Likes ballet (do you like…)
- Is good at ice-skating (are you…)
- Plays handball and football
- Goes horse- riding
- Spends more than three hours on sport a week (how many hours…)
- Goes fishing (do you…)
- Likes boxing
- has seen a football game in Camp Nou
- Thinks chess is a type of sport (do you think.
b) Write the number of people that practise these sports.

3. Think of the sport you practise in PE. Did you mention some of those sports in the
previous exercise? (10 minutes)
Tell the students to think about the different activities they do in PE, and add the
ones that they would like to do in class.

Write down the sports that you would like to do in your high school.
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4. Listen to Tyrone calling his local swimming pool and do the exercises to practise and
improve your listening skills. (here is the link of the listening (20 minutes)
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening-skills-practice/free-time

Preparation
Before listening,
tell the students to discuss
the following question.
a) Are you a member of any sport clubs?
What sports do you play?
Then, ask the students to classify the following sports.
b) Write the words in the correct group. Do this exercise before you listen.
badminton
water polo
football
Water sports
Water polo
diving
sailing

table tennis
diving
sailing

basketball
golf
rugby

Indoor sports
Table tennis
Basketball
Badminton

Outdoor sports
Rugby
Golf
Football

c) Fill in this table while you listening.
Play the listening and ask the students to fill this table with the appropriate
information
BROWNTON SWIMMING POOL REGISTRATION FORM
Name: Tyrone
Surname: Williams
Age: 15
Interested in (sport): Water polo

Play the listening again and ask them to do this true or false exercise.
d) Are these sentences true or false?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

There are four different age groups that play water polo.
Tyrone wants to join the under 14s club.
The under 16s water polo team train three times a week.
The under 16s train on Monday and Thursday.
Water polo matches are played on Saturdays.
You have to pay to join the water polo classes for under 18s.
You need to bring a photo register at the swimming pool.
Training for the water polo team starts this week.

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T
T
T
T
T
T
T

F
F
F
F
F
F
F
F

5. Can you name these sports? (10 minutes)
Ask the students to guess the name of these sports, and encourage them to find the
names on the puzzle.

SESSION 2

6. Which equipment do you use to play these sports? Could you think of any?
(30 minutes)
Ask the student to think of possible equipment for the sports in the previous exercise.
The ask them to match the sports with the equipment needed.
a) What do we need for practising these sports? (10 min)

Swimming

a ping-pong ball

Skiing

a bike

Skating

a pair of skis and ski boots

Reading

skateboard

Riding a bike

a pair of skating boots

Skateboarding

a swimming pool

Playing table tennis

books

Playing tennis

a racket

Painting

jogging shoes

Jogging

colours

b) Fill the following table by searching the words needed on this link
http://www.olympic.org/sports .Click on “equipment and history” (20 minutes)
Add more examples of different sports that you like.
Tell the students to read carefully the information of the sports they like, and then ask
them to fill in this table.

SPORT

Tennis

Football

Ice-hockey

Judo

PEOPLE

Players

soccers

Players

judoka

PLACE

Tennis court

pitch

Ice- pitch

Mat

EQUIPMENT

Tennis
racket, tennis
ball

Ball

Stick, helmet,
pads, ball

Uniforms

7. Sport description (20 minutes)
a) Listen to the sport descriptions and try to guess what sport the speaker is talking
about.
Visit this link http://www.elllo.org/english/Games/G040-Sports.html.
This listening will be done together. Play the listening and use the projector. Ask
the students to guess the sport described. (10 minutes)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Basketball
Boxing
Water polo
Table tennis
Football
Swimming

b) Work in groups and choose one sport. Describe the sport to your classmates as
you have seen in the previous exercise. They must find out what sport you are
describing. (10 minutes)
Ask the students to work in groups they have to describe some characteristics of
one sport without naming that sport and the rest of the group must find out the
sport described.
You can use these sentences:
This sport is played outdoors/indoors/in the water…
The number of players is…

The aim is …
Players use a ball/ a stick…
You can make a list with the essential information you need (rules, place, number of
players, etc.)
SESSION3
7)

Read this description of Triathlon and answer the questions.
(30 minutes)
Preparation
Ask the students these questions before
reading the text. (5 min)

Do you know what is Triathlon?
Could you explain the rules?
Do you know somebody who practises it?

Ask the students to read the text and then, tell them to do exercises a and b. (25
min)

Triathlon
Triathlon is a sport that consists of three parts, swimming, cycling and running. Athletes race
against each other. They swim first, cycle second and run last. Triathlon became an Olympic
Sport in 2000 at the Sydney Summer Olympics in Australia. In the Olympics athletes swim for
1.5 km, cycle for 40 km and then run for 10 km. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China the
women’s gold medal in triathlon was won by an Australian, Emma Snowsill, who completed
the race in just under two hours. Jan Frodeno from Germany won the men’s gold medal; he
finished the race in one hour and 48 minutes.
A popular triathlon event is the Sprint Triathlon. It is a shorter race. It is half the distance of the
triathlon of the Olympics. In the Sprint Triathlon athletes swim for 750 metres, cycle for 20 km
and run for 5 km. If you think that this is too short for you, you can try the Ironman Triathlon.
In the Ironman competition athletes swim for 3.86 km, cycle for 180 km and then run for 42.2
km! The fastest athletes can finish an Ironman Triathlon in just over eight hours!

a) Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?
1. Athletes run first in a triathlon.

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2. Triathlon is now a sport at the Olympics.

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3. In a Sprint Triathlon athletes swim for 1.5 km.

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4. The Ironman Triathlon is longer than the Sprint Triathlon.

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5. The Sprint Triathlon is half the distance of an Olympic Triathlon.

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b)Fill in the Blanks:
6. The Sprint Triathlon is _shorter_ than an Olympic Triathlon.
7. The fastest athletes finish an Ironman Triathlon in just over _eight_ hours.
8. A triathlon has _three_ parts, cycling, _running_ and swimming.
9. The 2008 summer Olympics were held in _Beijing China_.
10. In a triathlon, athletes _run_ last.
Source: http://www.readingesl.ca/stories/index_sports.html#story4

8)

Using play, do and go (25minutes)
Show the students the different Flashcards from the power point. Ask them to think
about the different collocations.
Read these examples
My sister plays tennis every weekend.
My brother likes doing yoga.
I go swimming three times a week.
a. Look at the Flashcards.
Could you explain when we use do/play and go with sports?
Put the video so that they can see the explanation
You can watch this video to find out the solution:
http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com/sports-play-go-do-a-90-second-english-lesson/
RULE:
Play + sport / team game
play football / play video games / play chess
Do + hobby / individual sport
do judo

Go + activity (ing)
go swimming, go fishing

b. Practise some exercises on this page.
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/how-use-play-do-and-go/
c. Put the following sports with the correct verb.
Ask the students to classify the sport.
tennis / judo / aerobics / swimming / football / riding / athletics / karate /
hockey / skiing / skating / gymnastics / volleyball

Play
Tennis, football,
hockey, volleyball

Do
Judo, aerobics,
athletics, karate,
gymnastics

Go
Swimming,
riding,
skiing,
skating

SESSION 4
9. Listening Ice- hockey

(15/20 minutes)

Pre- listening
Ask the students questions a and b before listening to the conversation. (5/10)
a) Select the correct one.
Do hockey

Play hockey

Go hockey

b) Answer this questions.
Who practises this sport?
How do you feel?
Is there here an ice-hockey team? Where can you play it?

Listening- Choose the correct answer.
Play the listening (10 min)
Source: http://www.elllo.org/english/0851/T889-Brian-Sports.htm

1) Brian's dad didn't let him play hockey because ...?
a) it was too dangerous

b) practice was too early

c) he hated hockey

2) What does Fanny assume about Canadians?
a) They like violence.

b) They all can skate.

c) They are wealthy.

3) What does Fanny say about table tennis?
a) The rules are simple.

b) The equipment is simple.

c) It is for all ages.

4) What does Fanny say about her mom?
a) She taught her how to play. b) She is a good player.

c) She hated table tennis.

What do you think? After listening ask the students these questions.
Do you think it is dangerous?
Do you think hockey players like violence?

10. Express your opinion.
Ask the students the following questions (10 minutes)



Did your high school have a good baseball team?
Do you jog more than once a week?
Do you think that parents are too involved in their children's sports
activities?
How often do you go swimming?

a) How can you give your opinion? Underline in this text the expressions that
express opinion.
Ask the students to read the opinion and underline the expressions that express
opinion. (10 minutes)
Source: http://www.englishtopics.net/topicsmenu/4-topicshigh/8-sportin-my-life (text adapted)
I believe that doing sports is the best way to keep fit. There is always a kind of sport
which will suit you.. If you like team games, try hockey, football, volleyball or
basketball. Games for you to play with a friend include badminton, squash and tennis,
and if you enjoy doing things on your own, you may take up swimming, riding, golf or
athletics. For me, "Sport makes people healthy". No doubt, that's true. I only want to
say that they should be careful and remember that the health is given to a human
being only once, so, do your best not to lose it.
An important attraction of sport is also its competitive and challenging nature. I like
sport. In my opinion, you don't need to be good at sports to enjoy them - according to

the Olympic motto it is the participation and not winning, that matters. I like sport. I'm
sure you don't need to be good at sports to enjoy them - according to the Olympic
motto it is the participation and not winning, that matters.
I know it for sure that it's very difficult to become a good and successful sportsman. I
believe that being a sportsman means constant hard work, lack of free time and
almost absence of private life. Frankly speaking, if you want to achieve something in
the sphere of professional sport, it has to become a style of life and even a sense of it.
b) Look at this table of Communicative strategies. Then do exercises 1 and 2.
Ask the students to have a look at the communicative strategies, then, ask them
to compare the sentences and do the exercises 1 and 2.(10 minutes)
Giving your opinion

Asking for someone’s opinion

I believe... / I don’t believe ...
In my opinion,
For me,
Personally, I think ..
I think that... / I don’t think that....

Do you agree?
What do you think about this…?
Do you think that’s right?
What’s your view?
Are you OK with that?

1. Check your language: asking for opinion. How can we
make questions? Compare these two sentences:

I believe that doing sports is the best way to keep fit.
Do you believe that practicing sport is healthy?
2. Visit this link and order the sentences to make question.
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaki
ng-exams/opinions
SESSION 5
11.

Discuss this question in groups. Do you think that sport is
important? Why?
Revise the previous session and ask the students to discuss the
question in groups. (10 minutes)
Now watch this video about the importance of practicing
sport and fill in the gaps.
Play the video using the projector and ask the students to fill
in the gaps with words from the listening. You can put the
subtitles. (10 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njul2fzOP4k
It gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of community.

It teaches you to work hard discipline and interact with other
people.
That’s all about enjoying; it’s like a universal language that
everybody understands.
12. Reading: Opinion essay
Preparation
a) Are these points about Video games or Sports? Write V (for video games) and S (for
sports).
Ask the students to read these sentences and classify them into sport or video
games. (5 minutes)
1. You can play basketball, water-ski or dance in your own room. V
2. You can play them outside in the fresh air.
S
3. It's the best way to stay physically fit and healthy.
S
4. You can play them even when the weather is bad. V
5. You can compete with people all over the world via the internet.
V
b) Read the text about video games. Then, circle the points which are mentioned in the
essay. Ask them to read this essay and circle the points mentioned in the essay.(15
minutes)

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There are a lot of different types of games.
Video games are fun to play with friends.
Video games allow you to play many different sports
You can compete with people all over the world via Internet.
Playing video games is the best way to stay physically fit and
healthy.
6- It’s better to do exercise outside in the fresh air.
7- You can play them even when the weather is bad.
8- Playing sport is more intense than playing video games.
Source: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing-skillspractice/opinion-essay
SESSION 6
Revise the previous session and go on with the exercise.
c) Match the words and phrases that have the same meaning. (10 minutes)
Tell the students to find the synonyms.
In addition,
First of all,
I believe that, I disagree that,

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

In fact,
In conclusion,

Firstly, _First of all,_
Also,_In addition,_
I think that,_I believe that_
I don’t think that,_I disagree that_
Actually,_In fact_
To sum up,_In conclusion_

d) Group discussion.
Ask the students to discuss this question in groups. (10 minutes)
Are video games really good to keep fit? What do you think?

13. Read this fragment from an opinion’s blog “Sports matter in high school”. This
was written by a teenager. Prepare an opinion to answer to her blog. (90-120
words).
Ask the students to read the opinion of a teenager and then write an answer for
upload it on the blog. (30 minutes).
Hey Sports fans! Welcome to my blog! I encourage everyone to chime in and give me your
input on anything that I choose to discuss here. I’m giving my opinion, so why not give me
yours?
This week’s blog is going to circle around the poll question for Football Friday’s and that is
whether or not athletics is as essential to high schools as academics.
First things first: this matters to me because when I was in high school, I played tennis and
basketball and I attribute both sports as the core of my lifestyle today. I believe that hands
down, sports are just as important as academics and for some people, it can lead to amazing
opportunities in college. I learnt discipline and I became conscious about exercising.
I believe that there are some cases when kids need to have activities to keep them busy in
order to keep them out of trouble. High school is supposed to be one of the most exciting
times of your life. You grow so much during those years. Who are some people in your life that
this has affected?
You can read the whole opinion on this link http://www.gpb.org/blogs/gpb-sportsblog/2011/09/07/sports-matter-in-high-school-heres-why

SESSION 7
II What is going to happen?
Objectives: to be able to write a formal letter.
1. Look at this extract from a story. What tenses do you recognize?
(10 minutes) Ask the students to identify the tenses of the following questions, then
ask them whether they can provide an answer for these questions.

Who is she? What will she do?

What is going to happen? Future will and be going to.
Could you answer those questions?
2. Here you have the story, read it carefully and answer the questions.
Ask the students to read the story and answer the questions. (15 minutes)

This weekend, Erica is going to compete in a tennis tournament. She will
practice hard all week because she wants to win the tournament. The
winner will receive $1,000. Erica hopes she will get first place!
Erica's husband is going to travel to the tournament with Erica. He will
watch her compete. He will sit in the stands and cheer for Erica. He is
going to be proud of Erica even if she does not win first place.
Erica's parents are not going to travel to the tournament. They will watch
the tournament on television. They will cheer for Erica at home. They are
going to be proud of Erica whether she wins or loses.

Source: http://www.really-learn-english.com/support-files/simple-future-story-2.pdf

1. What is Erica going to do this weekend? What will the winner receive?
This weekend, Erica is going to compete in a tennis tournament. The winner will
receive $1,000.
3. Who is going to travel to the tournament with Erica? What will he do?
Erica's husband is going to travel to the tournament with Erica. He will sit in the stands
and cheer for her.
4. Where will Erica's parents watch the tournament?
Erica's parents will watch the tournament at home on the television.
After reading ask the students these questions. (5 minutes)
Do you play tennis?
Do you know anyone that has win a medal playing tennis?
How many tennis pitches are there in Lleida?
Do you play this sport in high school?
5. Watch this video and practice the future forms.
Look at the question of the warm up activity and watch the video “future forms”.
Ask the student to look at the warm up activity to guess the usage of will future. Then
show them the 3 situations.
Next, put the video http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammarvocabulary/grammar-videos/future-forms
(10 minutes)
*When do you use future simple will, going to or present continuous? Could
you write a rule? Find examples from the video.
Ask them to think about the rules and give them time to find examples from
the video.
o Will.
To express opinions using the verb “to think”
- What football team will win the European Cup?
- What soccer do you think will win the golden ball next year?
- Do you think that you will practise some extreme sport in a near future?

Compare these sentences, what are the differences?
(Spontaneous decision)
Situation 1
*Do you want to go to see the football match this Friday?
- It’s sounds great.
*Ok, I will take two tickets.
(Predictions based on what we think)

Situation 2
*Look at him has scored another goal. He is playing very well.
- Yes, I think he will win the golden ball this year.
(Promises)
Situation 3
*You told me that you were coming…
- I will see your match next Sunday, I promise.

o

Be going to

(Intention)
Situation 1
*Where are you going to play this summer?
- I don’t know yet.

(Prediction)
Situation 2
*Look! He is going to score a goal!
o
Present continuous
(Arrangement)
Situation
*We are playing in Barcelona this Sunday.
SESSION 8
6. Now complete this exercise with the correct form of will or be going to.
Ask the student to complete the following text with future will and be going to. (10
minutes)
Mr Corona's holiday plans
Mr Corona is from Rome. He works at a factory in Hamburg. His work isn't very interesting, so
he's looking forward to his holidays. This year he is going to take (take) his holiday early in
September: he's lucky because he will get (get) one day more than last year. He is going to
spend (spend) his holidays in Rome, of course, because he wants to see his family again and
he is going to visit (visit) some good friends as well.
He isn’t going to fly (not fly) because it's too expensive for him. He will have (have) to go by
train. At least he hopes will be able (be able) to get a seat in the train because the journey will
take (take) almost twenty hours and the train will be (be) full - so it won’t be (not be) a very
nice journey.

7. When do we write a formal letter for? Write down some examples.
Ask the students if they know when we use formal letters. (5 minutes)
Examples: Apply for a job /Present a project to a company / complaints…

We write informal letters to friends, family members and people that we know well, for
example, a letter to an old school friend.
We write formal letters to people that we don’t know well, for example, a letter to the local
council to enquire about childcare facilities
8. Compare these letters.
Ask them to compare the 2 letters.
a) Are they formal or informal? (20 minutes)

b) Complete this table
Ask them to complete this table with the specific
vocabulary of each letter. (10 minutes)
Characteristics

Informal letter

Formal letter

Salutation

Hi

Dear Mr.

Closing

All the best,

Sincerely,

Language

Informal
They’re…
Yes

Formal
I will….
No

Grammar contraction

SESSION 9
9. Read this formal letter and the tips for writing a formal letter.
Tell the students to read the letter and explain them the tips.(10 minutes)

Now, fill in this letter
Ask them to fill in the gaps with the expressions of the previous letter. (10 minutes)
_Dear__Mr. Cotton,
I am interested _in_ studying at your language school and I am writing_to_ request
further information about your courses.
Please could you tell me _if_ there are still places available on the summer course?
I_would_ also like to know how much a three-week course_would__. Finally, I would
be __costs__if you could send me details of the accommodation that is available.
I look__forward__ to __hearing__ from you.
Yours _sincerely__,
Amit Khan
Source: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/node/2279
How are the paragraphs divided? What information do they contain?
Ask the students to pair attention to the information that each paragraph
contains. (5 /10 min)
PARAGRAPH 1
PARAGRAPH 2, 3…
Last PARAGRAPH

Introduce yourself/ reason for writing
Ask information
Finishing

10. Write a formal letter to the sport club you want to meet asking for an interview.
Introduce yourself. Present the purpose of your interview and explain briefly the
information you are going to ask. (100-120 words)
Ask them to write a formal letter asking permission for an interview. (35 minutes)

SESSION 10
III Make an interview
Objective: to hold an interview

1. Listen to this interview about extreme sports. (30 minutes)
Ask the students the following questions before playing the video.( 10 minutes)
Preparation
- Do you read, listen to, or watch interviews with famous people, especially people
from the world of sport?
- Can you remember any details?
What extreme sports do you know?
- What are the most popular extreme sports in your country?
Now listen to the interview, then click on this link
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/extreme-sports and do task 2.
Play the video and ask them to do task 2 online. (10 minutes)
Discuss
Will you try an extreme sport? Why?
Ask them the question.
Have a look at the characteristics of an interview.
Interviewer
Introduce the topic of the interview
Ask direct questions
Thank the answers
Be polite

Interviewee
Try to answer the questions
Give details or examples
Use: that’s an interesting question…,
well…,if I tell you the truth…

Which ones have you seen on the video?
Ask them to identify the characteristics they have seen on the video. Play the video again
(10 minutes)
2. Do you remember the questions order?
Ask them to think of the questions’ order. Then tell them to order these questions and
ask those to their classmates. (10 minutes)
a. Put these questions in the correct order.
a) it/popular/sport?/Is/a. Is it a popular sport?
b) Do/it?/you/ How/play. How do you play it?

c)
d)
e)
f)

it?/does/Who. Who does it?
all/female?/sport/Is/the. Is the sport all female?
do/How/you/go?/fast. How fast do you go?
sport?/you/about/Can/tell/ your/us. Can you tell us about your sport?

Ask those questions to your classmate.
b. Work in groups and think of information you would like to know about one
player or one sport team.
Tell the students to work in groups and ask them to make a list with possible
questions they would like to do to a famous sport player. (10 minutes)
Possible questions:
Where will the next match take place?
Which are your expectations?
Do you think you will beat them?
How are you going to train?
SESSION 11
3. Watch this interview and do exercise 1 and 2 from the video. “Click on learn”
Play the listening and then tell the students to “Click on learn” to do exercises 1 and 2 in
the website http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/players/playerinterviews/premier-league (20- 25 minutes)

4. Simulate an interview with your partner, use audacity, and record the interview in
mp3 format. Use Audacity program.
Ask the students to prepare and rehearse their interviews. (35-40 minutes).

Bibliography/ webgraphy
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening-skills-practice/sports-interviews
http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/sites/premierskills/files/attachment/Interviewing%20a%
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