Olympic Games-teachers Dossier

  • View

  • Download

Embed Size (px)


Dossier for theachers with answers, timing, and number of sessions.

Text of Olympic Games-teachers Dossier

  • Olympic Games

    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.


    Warm up Activity (10 minutes)

    Ask the students to think about the following questions. They can work in


    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    _______________ _______________ _______________

    _______________ _______________ _______________

    _______________ _______________ _______________

    _______________ _______________ _______________

    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)



    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 table tennis basketball water polo diving golf football sailing rugby

    Water sports Indoor sports Outdoor sports

    Water polo diving sailing

    Table tennis Basketball Badminton

    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



    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. There are four different age groups that play water polo. T F

    2. Tyrone wants to join the under 14s club. T F

    3. The under 16s water polo team train three times a week. T F

    4. The under 16s train on Monday and Thursday. T F

    5. Water polo matches are played on Saturdays. T F

    6. You have to pay to join the water polo classes for under 18s. T F

    7. You need to bring a photo register at the swimming pool. T F

    8. Training for the water polo team starts this week. T 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.


    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


    Stick, helmet, pads, ball


    7. Sport description (20 minutes)

    a) Listen to the sport descriptions and try to guess what sport the speaker is talking


    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. Basketball

    2. Boxing

    3. Water polo

    4. Table tennis

    5. Football

    6. 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.)


    7) Read this description of Triathlon and answer the questions.

    (30 minutes)


    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



    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

    womens 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 mens 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. T F

    2. Triathlon is now a sport at the Olympics. T F

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

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

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

    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