Theme: Olympic and Paralympic games
Lexical area: Sport
Instructions for language assistants in Italics
Task 1 is a simple brainstorm of sports vocabulary, Task 2 is a quiz about the Olympic Games and Task 3 asks students to create their own mini quiz about the Games. Task 4 is a reading activity from Trend UK for higher levels. Task 5 and Task 6 are imaginative tasks for lower levels. Task 5 asks students to think about new events to be included in future Olympic Games and Task 6 to prepare a bid for their town or city to host a future Games.
1. Sports A-Z
Put the students into groups of 3 or 4 and give each group one copy of the A-Z sheet in task 1. Tell students they have five minutes to think of as many sports as they can, one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. For example Athletics, Basketball, Canoeing, Diving etc. At the end of the time limit, check the answers and see which group has the most.
Task 1 Sports A-Z
How many sports do you know in English? Work in groups to think of one for each letter of the alphabet.
- A –
- B –
- C –
- D –
- E –
- F –
- G –
2. Olympic quiz
Ask students to work in small groups to complete the quiz, or if you prefer work as a whole class, voting on the correct answers. Lower level students may have to revise ‘wh’ question words (when, why, where, what, which)and how to say the years (1824 etc) before starting. The quiz can be used as a starting point for task three, where students write their own Olympic quiz.
6. They rings represent the five continents: Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
9. They were cancelled because of the World Wars.
Task 2 Olympic quiz
Test your knowledge of the Olympic Games by doing this quiz. Work in small groups.
- Check your answers with your teacher.
3. Write your own Olympic quiz
Use task two to give students some ideas of the type of questions to put in their quiz. Encourage them to localise the information and write questions about athletes from their own country. If you have access to the internet they could use it to research their questions. If not students should see what they can remember from the last few Olympic Games they can remember. Who won what? How many medals did their country win? Etc.
Task 3 Write your own Olympic quiz
Now you are going to write your own Olympic quiz. Work in groups and write your 5 questions her. You must be sure you know all the answers!
|Olympic quiz |
- Now test your class mates with your quiz.
4. Reading task: London’s run to victory.
This is a reading task for higher levels. Depending on the level of your students they may need some pre-teaching of the harder vocabulary. Students could work in pairs or small groups.
1. Paris, Madrid, New York and Moscow.
3. David Beckham, Denise Lewis, Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London.
4. Public transport will improve, better and more sports facilities will be built. (Students can add their own ideas here)
Task 4 Reading task: London’s run to victory.
Read the text and answer the following questions.
1) Which cities did London beat in the competition to host the Games?
2) Which city came second in the competition?
3) Which famous people helped in London’s bid for the Games?
4) How do you think London will change because of having the Olympic Games there in 2012?
London’s run to victory
5. Olympic event of the future
This is a simple task for lower levels. Tell your students that the host country of the Games can choose a new event to include in the Olympics. Ask your students which event they would like to see in the Games. Encourage them to think into the future and use their imaginations. Put students into pairs to complete the sentence and then ask pairs to share their ideas with the group and you could hold a class vote to see which events are the most popular.
Task 5 Olympic event of the future
Which event would you like to see included in the Olympic Games of the future? Skateboarding? Rollerblading? Computer games?
I think that _________________ should be included in the Olympic Games because ….
6. Olympic Bid 2016
Tell the students that they are going to prepare a bid for their own city to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Each group is a committee and should think about what they need to do. If you are in one of the cities that lost against London the students will probably be well informed about what their city’s bid contained and they can use this information to help them prepare their own bid. Depending on how much time you have for this task you could really go to town with it and get the different groups to give mini presentations of their ideas showing their projects.
Task 6 Olympic Bid 2016
Your town or city wants to host the Olympic Games in 2016. You are responsible for planning the proposal. You have a lot of work to do. Discuss the following questions with your group and then present your ideas to the class.
- What new sports facilities does your city need?
- Where will you build the new facilities?
- Where will the participants sleep?
- How many volunteers will you need to help during the Games?
- How will your city change if you win the bid?
- Design a logo for your city to use for your campaign.
This site has a fantastic collection of online and printable materials relating to the Olympics:
This site has a text and interactive online activity on the history of the Olympics. Good to set for homework:
This is the main BBC site with lots of information and links on the Olympics 2012:
This is the official site of the London bid:
The official IOC site of the Olympic movement:
By Jo Budden