The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Spanish football is in shock over the suspension of all games in the country from May 16. The final, championship-deciding rounds of matches in La Liga may not go ahead. This is because of a dispute between the Spanish football federation and TV companies over TV rights. The suspension could affect 600,000 football players and 30,000 matches. It has come at a bad time for La Liga as Barcelona lead rivals Real Madrid by just two points, with three games left. The Spanish Cup final is also under threat. Officials say there is still time for all parties to settle their disagreement.



The dispute is over a new law from the Spanish government that makes all teams bargain together over TV rights. Currently, the country's top two teams are allowed to make their own deals with TV companies. This means nearly half of all TV money goes to Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Spanish federation said the government lacked respect for interfering in football. It complained it was not consulted on the proposed new TV rights law. In another twist, the players' union has threatened to strike for being excluded from the talks.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32619740
  • http://www.eurosport.com/football/liga/2014-2015/reports-spanish-domestic-football-suspends-end-of-season-matches_sto4715138/story.shtml
  • http://www.90min.com/posts/2135982-spanish-football-suspended-indefinitely-from-16th-may-after-dispute-with-government


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

championship-deciding

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by just two points

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matches in La Liga may

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is still time

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The suspension could affect

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rounds

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It has come

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600,000 football players

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Barcelona lead rivals Real Madrid

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disagreement

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The Spanish Cup final is also under

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at a bad time

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Officials say there

g.

threat

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settle their

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not go ahead



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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The dispute is

a.

TV rights

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bargain together over

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of all TV money

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allowed to make

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over a new law

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nearly half

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the talks

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the government lacked

e.

proposed new TV rights

6.

it was not consulted on the

f.

to strike

7.

the players' union has threatened

g.

respect

8.

excluded from

h.

their own deals

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Spanish football (1) ___________________ suspension of all games in the country from May 16. The final, championship-deciding (2) ___________________ in La Liga may not go ahead. This is because of a dispute between the Spanish football federation and TV companies over TV rights. The suspension (3) ___________________ football players and 30,000 matches. It has (4) ___________________ for La Liga as Barcelona lead rivals Real Madrid (5) ___________________, with three games left. The Spanish Cup final is also under threat. Officials say there is still time for all parties (6) ___________________ disagreement.

The dispute is (7) ___________________ from the Spanish government that makes all teams bargain together (8) ___________________. Currently, the country's top two teams are allowed to (9) ___________________ deals with TV companies. This means nearly half of all TV money goes to Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Spanish (10) ___________________ government lacked respect for interfering in football. It complained (11) ___________________ on the proposed new TV rights law. In another twist, the players' union has threatened to strike for being (12) ___________________ talks.





FOOTBALL SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about football in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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d)

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FREE WRITING

Write about football for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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