Talking About Sports (Beg)


Students will practice talking about sports and the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Socializing

Warm Up (5 mins)

 Are you looking forward to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo? Why or why not?

Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the questions.

1. How often does the speaker practice golf?

a) Every week

b) Every other week

c) Every month

2. How often does she play golf with her friends?

a) Once or twice a year

b) Once or twice a month

c) Every one or two months

3. Does she always play at the same golf club?

a) Yes

b) No

c) Not mentioned

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article and answer the questions.

1. When did the modern Olympic Games begin?

2. Which event has more countries competing, the Summer Games or the Winter Games?

Grammar (5 mins)

"Like" vs "Love" vs "Enjoy"

There is little difference between "Like" and "Enjoy" which indicate a mildly positive feeling.

"Love" indicates a strong positive feeling.

"Like" and "Love" can be used with gerunds and infinitives.

"Enjoy" can only be used with gerunds.


I love eating sushi.


I love to eat sushi.


I like eating sushi.


I like to eat sushi.


I enjoy eating sushi.


I enjoy to eat sushi.


Complete the following sentences with information about yourself.

like to watch don't like to watch
love to watch  
like watching don't like watching
enjoy watching don't enjoy watching
like to play don't like to play
love to play  
like playing don't like to play
enjoy playing don't enjoy playing


I ___________ tennis.

I ___________ soccer.

I ___________ golf.

I ___________ professional wrestling.

I ___________ bowling.

I ___________ computer games.

I ___________ cards.

I ___________ pachinko.

Vocabulary (5 mins)


Use the words above to complete the following sentences about the game of tennis.

The tennis court is divided in half by a __________ .

The game involves hitting a hollow rubber ball with a __________ .

It can be played by two people (called "singles") or four people (called "__________" ).

To begin each point, a player __________ the ball across to the opponent's side of the court.

Tennis can be played on a hard surface or on __________ .

When a right-handed player hits the ball on her right side, this shot is called "__________". If she hits the ball on her left side, that is called "backhand".

Can you describe another sport which you know well?

Role Play (15 mins)

John:Hey, Naomi. Did you watch the Winter Olympics on TV last night?
Naomi:No. It was on TV very late. How about you? Did you see it?
John:Yeah, I did! It was very exciting. Did you know that Japan won two medals?
Naomi:Really? In which events?
John:Tomoka Takeuchi won a Silver medal in the snowboarding and Noriaki Kasai won a gold medal in the ski jump event.
Naomi:Wow. That's great news. Did you know that Mr Kasai is in his 40's?
John:Really? I guess it shows you're never too old to reach your dreams.
Naomi:That's right. My father is in his 70's and he still plays in golf tournaments.
John:I suppose there are some sports you can still enjoy at any age. Do you like winter sports, Naomi?
Naomi:Yes, I love snowboarding. I go to Hokkaido once or twice every winter.

Try changing and re-enacting the role play. Imagine you are two co-workers talking about a recent sporting event or sports activity.

Extension Activity

Which Olympic events do you enjoy watching the most?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !