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From the first Olympic Games to the modern day, fun language activities to help students learn about sport. Activities help students learn about the language, history and culture of sport as well as modern day practices and health benefits.

Inside Sport

  • The History of Basketball

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    When a Canadian teacher was trying to think of a way to keep his students fit during the winter months little did he know that he was about to invent the most popular indoor sport in the world: basketball, now played in over 150 countries. In this worksheet students learn all about the history of the game, when it was invented and the rules of play. Comprehension-check questions, project ideas and useful websites help students consolidate their knowledge and learn new sports vocabulary.

  • Sports: Two sides of a sport

    Author: Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner Staff Room

    What are the positive and negative aspects of sport? In this lesson plan, students listen to an overview of the good and bad aspects of practising a sport. A true/false exercise and gap-fill teaches words such as ‘fan’, ‘train’, ‘cheat’, ‘team’ and ‘winner’. A follow-up debate activity gets students to formulate and present their own opinions to classmates.

  • Sports

    In this lesson plan, pupils learn about the history of the Olympic games and the origin of popular sports.

  • The history of football hooliganism

    Staff Room

    A lesson plan about the long history of football hooliganism. Students can read about some of that history in this article on violent fans of the most popular game in the world.

  • Caught in the act

    Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students learn different vocabulary for sporting activities and revise the present continuous.

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