MAIN AIMS Sports vocabulary and talking about sport
SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above
TEACHER’S NOTES (Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes)
1. Display the mosaic above (or use this one). Put students in pairs and get them to talk about the sports: which have they done / watched / would like to do? Where are they played? What equipment do you need? What are the rules, if any? What vocabulary do students need to talk about them?
2. Feedback – let students ask about vocabulary and write it on the board. Challenge them, collectively, to come up with at least ten vocabulary questions.
3. Regroup the students so that they are working with a different partner. They repeat step 1, this time including the vocabulary that came up in the previous step.
4. Feedback – which sport generated the most conversation?
5. Now divide the class into two groups. Tell them that you’re going to give each group the name of a sport and they should decide / make up how it’s played, rules, referee or not, team or individual etc.
6. Give one group a card with chess boxing written on it and the other a card with dog boarding on it.. Give groups a few minutes to talk about their sport and make some notes.
7. Pair a Dogboarder with a Chess Boxer. The Chess Boxer tells the Dogboarder about their sport. The Dogboarder can ask questions. If the Chess Boxer doesn’t know the answer, they should make one up.
8. Now play this video from the beginning to 01:11 and see how close the Chess Boxers’ descriptions came to the actual sport.
9. Repeat step 7 with the Dogboarders explaining their sport to the Chess Boxers and then play this video:
10. Tell students that no dogs were harmed in the making of the video and ask which sport they’d prefer to do. Do they know any other unusual sports? Send them home to research one and tell a partner about it in the next class, preferably with photos or a video on their mobile or tablet.