Talking About Sports (Int)


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)

Watch the following video.

1. What are the names of the 3 Olympic candidate cities that the speaker mentions?

2. How would you describe the reaction of the audience when the winning name is announced?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article and answer the questions.

1. When did the modern Olympic games begin?

2. How many athletes competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics?

3. Describe how the modern Olympics has grown bigger.

Grammar (5 mins)

Passive with "by"

The passive changes the focus of a sentence.

Use the past tense of "be" + past participle + "by ... "



Japan held the Olympics in 1964

The Olympics were held by Japan in 1964.

Shizuka Arakawa won a Gold medal in Ladies Figure Skating.

The Gold medal in Ladies Figure Skating was won by Shizuka Arakawa.



Do you know who created these popular works?

Match the phrase in column A with the appropriate information in column B.

1. The Mona Lisa ... a. was sculpted by Michael Angello.
2. The movie Titanic ... b. was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
3. The song "Yesterday"... c. was recorded by the Beatles
4. The Statue of David ... d. was directed by James Cameron
5. The music for the play Phantom of the Opera e. was painted by Leonardo De Vinci


Vocabulary (5 mins)

competitive (adjective)I don't like to play competitive sports.
competitively (adverb)Do you often play tennis competitively?
competition (noun)When is your next golf competition?
competitor (noun)I was a competitor in last year's Tokyo marathon.
give it your best shot (expression)Even if the test is too difficult you should still give it your best shot.

How many original sentences can you make using each of the above words and expressions?

Role Play (15 mins)

John:Hey Naomi. Did you watch any of the Winter Olympics on TV last night?
Naomi:No. It's on too late for me. I have to get up very early in the morning for work every day. How about you? Did you see it?
John:Yeah, I did. I was so excited! Did you know that two medals were won by Japan?
Naomi:No. Really? In which events?
John:A silver medal was won by Tomoka Takeuchi in the snowboarding and another was won by Noriaki Kasai 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 give it your best shot.
Naomi:You can say that again. My father is in his 70's and he still plays competitive golf.
John:I suppose there are some sports you can still enjoy at any age. Are you good at winter sports Naomi?
Naomi:I used to snowboard a lot when I was younger. These days I don't have much free time.

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

Extension Activity

Do you think the 2020 Olympics will benefit Japan?

Why or why not?

Which Summer or Winter 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 !