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The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Sports

  • 120 min
  • In class
  • Project
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1


Learning goals

  • Give a presentation about a winter sport

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Success criteria

  • Make notes on the content of some short videos
  • Create a plan for a presentation
  • Give a presentation that has a suitable structure and accurately uses language to describe the sport
  • Develop strategies to follow a new sport using English-language news sources

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This lesson requires the class to be split into two groups to complete different activities. Half of the class will watch videos about the Olympics, and half will watch videos about the Paralympics, before sharing their ideas and knowledge, and giving a presentation.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video of the winter sport bobsleigh and discuss the questions:
. What skills and characteristics do you need to be successful at bobsleigh?
. Which other winter sports do you know?
. What do you know about the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to engage students' interest in the topic of winter sports, and highlight the level of technical skill required to become successful at it.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Rearrange the words to make correct sentences. Look up any new words in a dictionary. What do you think the sentences mean?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce some of the key values which all Olympians are expected to follow.

The sentences are all adapted from the videos that students will watch in Olympic values and Paralympic values.

Suggested answers.

 

Olympic values

Olympic values

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and make notes on the Olympic values that are described in the video. Then present what you learned to the Paralympics group.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students in the Olympics group to understand the values associated with the Olympic games.

Have the Olympics group work on this activity, and the Paralympics group on Paralympic values. After students have finished making notes, they

 

Paralympic values

Paralympic values

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and make notes on the Paralympic values that are described in the video. Then present what you learned to the Olympics group.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students in the Paralympics group to understand the values associated with the Paralympic games.

Have the Paralympics group work on this activity, and the Olympics group on Olympic values. After students have finished making notes, they can

 

Olympic snowboard: Watch

Olympic snowboard: Watch

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students in the Olympics group to listen to a model presentation on an Olympic sport. This will help prepare students to create a similar presentation for another sport.

 

Paralympic snowboard: Watch

Paralympic snowboard: Watch

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students in the Paralympics group to listen to a model presentation on a Paralympic sport. This will help prepare students to create a similar presentation for another sport.

 

Plan

Plan

Recommendations

  • 35 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to research and plan a presentation about an Olympic or Paralympic winter sport.

Ask students to get into pairs, or groups of three or four. Students can group themselves with people who like similar sports. Try to divide the class equally between Olympic and Paralympic sports.

 

Produce

Produce

Recommendations

  • 30 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Working in your group, create and give your presentation on an Olympic or Paralympic winter sport.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to write a script for their presentation using the notes that they made in the Plan activity, and to give the presentation.

Students can also refer to the reference material 'A presentation' and the model presentations if necessary.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 11 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to develop a plan for following the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Have students use the reference material 'Reading something new: A strategy' to develop their strategies.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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