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Reading a sports report

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Sports

  • 80 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B1, B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Develop approaches to reading texts in English
  • Research and understand a sporting event from the perspective of the English-speaking media

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Predict the content of a sports report, or sports-related article, based on its headline and introduction
  • Skim an article for the main ideas
  • Scan an article for specific details
  • Identify new vocabulary and grammar in an authentic sports report, and research its meaning and use
  • Develop a strategy to follow sports news in English

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Activities (14)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up 1

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video. Then tell another student about the most amazing sporting achievement that you have ever seen.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to generate interest in the topic of sports and sporting achievements.

To save time, you could have students watch only part of the video.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to generate discussion about students' sporting preferences. Students can decide whether to choose a sport that they like to play, or one which they like to watch.
The list of sports matches the reading texts that students will choose from in this lesson. You may choose to edit the names of the sports depending on students' sporting preferences.
Encourage students to give reasons for their opinions.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the text about a recent polo match and put it into the same order that the photos appear. What do you think is special about the words and phrases in bold?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of sports journalism to the class.
The text is about the sport of polo, and is written in a style of a piece of sports journalism.
After students have finished, explain that sports journalism employs a lot of language which is not seen in other forms of writing. The words and phrases in bold are examples of language that is often found in sports journalism. Several of the words and phrases are not commonly used outside this context./p>

 

Predict

Predict

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the purpose and practice of predicting the content of a text, prior to reading it.
Students may not know a lot about cricket, as it is mainly played in England, and the Commonwealth. The article on cricket has been provided for students who would like to discover a new sport, or for students who would like to practise reading about an unfamiliar topic.

 

How to skim

How to skim

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

After you have made some predictions about a text, you should skim it for its main ideas. Read the reference material 'Skimming' and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students a guide to the purpose and practice of skimming a text for the main ideas.



Extension
Have students go online and search for vocabulary related to the sport featured in the article they have chosen.

 

Skim

Skim

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This aim of this activity is to give students practice in skimming.
Students should skim the article they chose and revise their predictions, adding any new information they think is relevant.
Ask students to share how accurate their predictions were, and how the articles differed from their initial ideas.

 

How to scan

How to scan

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

After you have understood the main ideas of a piece of text, you can go back to it and try to understand more specific details. Read the reference material 'Scanning' and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the purpose and practice of scanning a text for detailed information.

 

Scan

Scan

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read your article again and answer the questions in as much detail as you can.


Teacher notes

This activity aims to test students' scanning skills and ability to discuss sports-related stories in detail. Tell students to re-read the article and answer the questions.
Suggested answers
The Seahawks' Legion of Boom is finished, but their legacy will endure:

 

Sporting vocabulary

Sporting vocabulary

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise researching and remembering new sports-related vocabulary.
Students can research the meanings of phrases as well as individual words.
In addition to sport-specific vocabulary, sports journalism has gained a reputation for developing its own specific language. Words and phrases that are only used in journalism are sometimes referred to as journalese. An example of a guide to football journalese can be found at:

 

Grammar

Grammar

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to enable advanced students to practise researching and remembering unfamiliar grammar points in texts.
You may need to help students to identify the grammar points that they are researching.
A common journalistic grammatical form is the passive voice. The EF Class reference for this form can be found at:

 

Research

Research

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to look at the articles in more depth by researching their background and any subsequent related events that have occurred.
Extension
Have groups present their articles and research to each other, or to the class.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Individual
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to make a plan of how to follow sports in English and discuss their ideas in groups.
Examples of reputable English-language sports sites include:

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Answer the questions and then discuss them with a partner.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned, and discuss this with a partner.

 
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