Sports and hobbies

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    Theme-based expressions: football

    Keep your eye on the ball with Tim Bowen as he kicks off these theme-based expressions about the beautiful game.

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    Topics: Hobbies

    Students are introduced to the topic of hobbies in this instalment of Adrian Tennant’s Topics series. The lesson is available at two language levels (Pre-intermediate and Intermediate +) and gives students practice in reading, listening and speaking skills, as well as exercises focusing on grammar and vocabulary. 

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    Football fanatics

    This mini-play features a father and son from Yorkshire, who are on a long-distance journey to a football match. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

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    Leisure and Tourism

    Activities to encourage students to think critically about the impact of tourism: its benefits and disadvantages for countries, and its promises and pitfalls for travellers.

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    Elementary news lesson: The country where football continues

    May 2020: With fans really missing live games, the Belarussian league has signed TV deals with several countries.

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    Flashcards: Sports and free time activities (US)

    An American English set of flashcards on the topic of sports and free time activities to print and use in class.

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    Language for ... hobbies

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for talking about hobbies.

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    Elementary news lesson: Argentina's football coach loses his job

    May 2017: Edgardo Bauza was sacked after only eight matches, when some bad results meant that Argentina might not play in the 2018 World Cup.

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    Language for ... sports

    This lesson provides students with the language needed to discuss a new sport.

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    Matura: Writing: Sport

    In this lesson focusing on sport, students learn how to describe the benefits of sport and how to use persuasive language.

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    Topics: Sport

    The lesson is available at two language levels (Pre-intermediate and Intermediate +) and gives students practice in reading, listening and speaking skills, as well as exercises focusing on grammar and vocabulary.

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    The history of football hooliganism

    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.

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

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    Sports: Two sides of a sport

    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 ...

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    The History of Basketball

    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 ...

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    Business Spotlight: What I've learned: Tony Hawk

    In this lesson, based on an article from Business Spotlight magazine, the American skateboarder Tony Hawk gives advice on how to turn your passion into your profession.

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    A lesson plan with colouring and cut-out activities to teach the names of different sports.

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    Your English: Phrasal verbs: football

    Tim Bowen won't let us down with this selection of football-related phrasal verbs.

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    What People Like to Do

    A song video and interactive games.

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    Body Rock

    A song video and interactive games on the subject of exercise.