The Reading / Listening - Level 3

Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in their 132-year history. The team beat the traditional powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the title. Many journalists are saying it is the greatest achievement in the history of sport. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team Premier League last year. They were nearly relegated to a lower league. However, their style of play totally changed this year. Their team spirit, the introduction of new players and a new coach all combined to make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the world went crazy.



Leicester City were promoted to England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were hot favourites to go back down to the lower league again this season. No one gave them a chance of winning the Premier League. Last August, they were 5,000-1 against winning the title. That means if you had put a $1 bet on them to win, you could now collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he bet $100 on Leicester to win and will now get $500,000 back. Leicester's whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Despite this, two Leicester players won the top player of the year awards in England. It is also likely that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world coach of the year.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/sports/soccer/leicester-city-clinches-premier-league-title.html?_r=0
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/02/476498542/longshot-leicester-city-win-english-premiere-league-title
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/05/03/leicester-citys-astounding-premier-league-win-a-huge-loss-for-british-bookmakers/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. LEICESTER CITY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Leicester City. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       football / fans / fairytale / traditional / journalists / achievement /
       promoted / favourites / season / chance / bet / collect / winning / awards / coach

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. GREATEST: Students A strongly believe football is the greatest sport in the world; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. FAIRYTALES: What fairytales could there be in these situations? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

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5. WIN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "win". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SPORTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • karate
  • rugby
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • football
  • swimming
  • basketball
  • Formula 1

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Leicester City is 132 years old.     T / F
  2. The team lost to Manchester United and Chelsea.     T / F
  3. Journalists say it is the greatest achievement in sports history.     T / F
  4. Their style of play has not changed over the past few years.     T / F
  5. Leicester were promoted to the Premier League last season.     T / F
  6. Leicester were 5,000-1 against winning the Premier League.     T / F
  7. Tom Hanks said he bet on Leicester to win the Premier League.     T / F
  8. Leicester City's coach has been named as world coach of the year.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. fans
  2. win
  3. achievement
  4. nearly
  5. combined
  6. only
  7. chance
  8. whole
  9. star
  10. likely
  1. just
  2. performance
  3. joined
  4. hope
  5. big name
  6. supporters
  7. probable
  8. almost
  9. victory
  10. entire

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. celebrating a
  2. the greatest achievement in
  3. their style of
  4. make them almost
  5. their supporters around the world
  6. hot
  7. No one gave them
  8. 5,000-1 against
  9. player of the year
  10. Ranieri will be world
  1. the history of sport
  2. unbeatable
  3. awards
  4. favourites
  5. winning the title
  6. coach of the year
  7. went crazy
  8. a chance
  9. play
  10. fairytale win

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
history
club
totally
title
crazy
time
combined
nearly

Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their (1) ____________. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first (2) ____________ in their 132-year history. The team beat the traditional powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the (3) ____________. Many journalists are saying it is the greatest achievement in the (4) ____________ of sport. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team Premier League last year. They were (5) ____________ relegated to a lower league. However, their style of play (6) ____________ changed this year. Their team spirit, the introduction of new players and a new coach all (7) ____________ to make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the world went (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bet
promoted
back
awards
coach
hot
chance
this

Leicester City were (9) ____________ to England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were (10) ____________ favourites to go back down to the lower league again this season. No one gave them a (11) ____________ of winning the Premier League. Last August, they were 5,000-1 against winning the title. That means if you had put a $1 (12) ____________ on them to win, you could now collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he bet $100 on Leicester to win and will now get $500,000 (13) ____________. Leicester's whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Despite (14) ____________, two Leicester players won the top player of the year (15) ____________ in England. It is also likely that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world (16) ____________ of the year.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating ______
     a.  a fairytale win
     b.  a fairytale won
     c.  a fairytale wins
     d.  a fairytale winning

2)  Many journalists are saying it is the greatest achievement in the ______
     a.  histories of sport
     b.  history of sport
     c.  history for sport
     d.  history of sports

3)  They were nearly relegated to ______
     a.  a low are league
     b.  a low the league
     c.  a lower leagues
     d.  a lower league

4)  new players and a new coach all combined to make them ______
     a.  almost unbeatable
     b.  almost not beatable
     c.  almost non-beatable
     d.  almost ermm… beatable

5)  They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the ______
     a.  world went crazily
     b.  worlds went crazy
     c.  world went crazy
     d.  worlds went crazily

6)  Leicester City were promoted to England’s Premier League ______
     a.  only two years then
     b.  only two years go
     c.  only two years a goes
     d.  only two years ago

7)  They were hot favourites to go back down to the lower league ______
     a.  again that season
     b.  again this season
     c.  again these season
     d.  again those season

8)  Last August, they were 5,000-1 against ______
     a.  win in the titled
     b.  winning the title
     c.  winning a title
     d.  winning the titled

9)  Tom Hanks said he bet $100 on Leicester to win and will now ______
     a.  got $500,000 back
     b.  get $500,000 back
     c.  gets $500,000 pack
     d.  get $500,000 pack

10)  Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world ______
     a.  coach of the year
     b.  coach for the year
     c.  coach from the year
     d.  coach off the year

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans in the English city of Leicester have (1) ___________________ a fairytale win for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the (2) ___________________ their 132-year history. The team beat the traditional powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the title. Many journalists are saying it is the (3) ___________________ in the history of sport. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team Premier League last year. They were (4) ___________________ to a lower league. However, their style of play totally changed this year. Their team spirit, the introduction of new players and a new coach (5) ___________________ make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the (6) ___________________.

Leicester City (7) ___________________ England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were hot favourites to go (8) ___________________ the lower league (9) ___________________. No one gave them a chance of winning the Premier League. Last August, they were 5,000-1 against winning the title. That means if you had put a $1 (10) ___________________ win, you could now collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he bet $100 on Leicester to win and will now get $500,000 back. Leicester's whole team cost (11) ___________________ just one star in the top teams. Despite this, two Leicester players won the top player (12) ___________________ in England. It is also likely that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world coach of the year.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who has been celebrating in Leicester?
  2. How old is Leicester City Football Club?
  3. How many teams are there in the English Premier League?
  4. What totally changed with the club this year?
  5. What did Leicester supporters around the world do on Monday?
  6. When were Leicester promoted to the Premier League?
  7. What did people say were the chances of Leicester winning the League?
  8. Which actor bet on Leicester winning the Premier League?
  9. What did two of Leicester's players win?
  10. What award might Leicester City's coach get?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who has been celebrating in Leicester?
a) restaurant staff
b) radio commentators
c) fans
d) ball boys and girls

2) How old is Leicester City Football Club?
a)  132 years old
b) 122 years old
c) 123 years old
d) 113 years old

3) How many teams are there in the English Premier League?
a) 16
b) 18
c) 22
d) 20

4) What totally changed with the club this year?
a) their stadium
b) their style of play
c) their kit
d) players' salaries

5) What did Leicester supporters around the world do on Monday?
a) fight
b) bet on next season
c) go crazy
d) watch TV

6) When were Leicester promoted to the Premier League?
a) 3 years ago
b) 2 years ago
c) 4 years ago
d) 10 years ago

7) What did people say were the chances of Leicester winning the League?
a) good
b) 10-1
c) nil
d) 5,000-1

8) Which actor bet on Leicester winning the Premier League?
a) Leonardo DiCaprio
b) Tom Hanks
c) Robert De Niro
d) Benedict Cumberbatch

9) What did two of Leicester's players win?
a) player of the year awards
b) the FIFA 2016 game
c) teddy bears
d) a car

10) What award might Leicester City's coach get?
a) fired
b) a new team
c) a promotion
d) world coach of the year

Role play

Role A — Football

You think football is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): basketball, Formula 1 or tennis.

Role B — Basketball

You think basketball is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): football, Formula 1 or tennis.

Role C — Formula 1

You think Formula 1 is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): basketball, football or tennis.

Role D — Tennis

You think tennis is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): basketball, Formula 1 or football.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'fairy'

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  • and 'tale'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • ago
    • down
    • against
    • now
    • star
    • year
    • celebrating
    • first
    • journalists
    • nearly
    • style
    • crazy




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Leicester City in football fairytale win

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'football'?
    3. Which is the best word, 'football' or 'soccer'?
    4. What do you know about Leicester City's victory?
    5. What do you know about the English Premier League?
    6. What is the biggest fairytale in sport?
    7. What is your greatest sporting joy?
    8. How important is sport?
    9. Why does sport create so much passion in people?
    10. Why is football the world's most popular sport?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of Leicester winning the Premier League?
    3. How has Leicester's victory changed football?
    4. How likely is it that Leicester will win again next season?
    5. What would it be like to play for Leicester City?
    6. Have you ever bet on a team or player?
    7. Is the English Premier League the best league in the world?
    8. How do you think the Leicester players feel right now?
    9. How much of Leicester's victory is because of the coach?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Leicester players?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been (1) ____ a fairytale win for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in their 132-year (2) ____. The team beat the traditional powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the (3) ____. Many journalists are saying it is the greatest achievement in the history of sport. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team Premier League last year. They were (4) ____ relegated to a lower league. However, their style of play totally changed this year. Their team (5) ____, the introduction of new players and a new coach all combined to make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the world (6) ____ crazy.

    Leicester City were (7) ____ to England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were (8) ____ favourites to go back down to the lower league again this season. No one gave them a chance of winning the Premier League. Last August, they were 5,000-1 (9) ____ winning the title. That means if you had put a $1 bet on them to win, you could now collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he (10) ____ $100 on Leicester to win and will now get $500,000 back. Leicester's whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Despite (11) ____, two Leicester players won the top player of the year awards in England. It is also (12) ____ that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world coach of the year.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)   celebrating   (b)   celebration   (c)   celebrations   (d)   celebrated  
    2. (a)   historian   (b)   historical   (c)   history   (d)   histories  
    3. (a)   label   (b)   banner   (c)   title   (d)   form  
    4. (a)   nearer   (b)   nears   (c)   neared   (d)   nearly  
    5. (a)   ghost   (b)   ghoul   (c)   spirit   (d)   phantom  
    6. (a)   did   (b)   went   (c)   landed   (d)   came  
    7. (a)   promotion   (b)   promoted   (c)   prominent   (d)   prompted  
    8. (a)   tepid   (b)   hot   (c)   barbecued   (d)   alight  
    9. (a)   from   (b)   post   (c)   against   (d)   disagree  
    10. (a)   met   (b)   get   (c)   let   (d)   bet  
    11. (a)   those   (b)   these   (c)   them   (d)   this  
    12. (a)   liking   (b)   liked   (c)   likes   (d)   likely

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    1. (    )     to make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the world went crazy.
    2. (    )     last year. They were nearly relegated to a lower league. However, their style of play totally
    3. (    )     saying it is the greatest achievement in the history of sport. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team Premier League
    4. (    )     Leicester City were promoted to England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were hot favourites to go back
    5. (    )     likely that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world coach of the year.
    6. (    )     down to the lower league again this season. No one gave them a chance of winning the Premier League. Last August, they
    7. 1  )     Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their
    8. (    )     the traditional powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the title. Many journalists are
    9. (    )     this, two Leicester players won the top player of the year awards in England. It is also
    10. (    )     now get $500,000 back. Leicester's whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Despite
    11. (    )     changed this year. Their team spirit, the introduction of new players and a new coach all combined
    12. (    )     win, you could now collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he bet $100 on Leicester to win and will
    13. (    )     were 5,000-1 against winning the title. That means if you had put a $1 bet on them to
    14. (    )     club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in their 132-year history. The team beat

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   Celebrating   club   their   for   win   fairytale   .  
    2. year   history   For   the   first   time   in   their   132   -   .  
    3. of   sport   It   is      .   the   greatest   achievement   in   the   history
    4. league   relegated   to   They   a   were   lower   nearly   .  
    5. world   the   around   supporters   Their   crazy   went   .  
    6. go   They   to   favourites   down   hot   back   were   .  
    7. the   League   No   one   gave   them   a   chance   of   winning   .   
    8. win   Hanks   said   he   bet   $100   on   Leicester   to   .  
    9. buy   to  less   cost   team   whole  Leicester's   star  one   just   than   .
    10. player  top  the   won  players   Leicester  Two  awards  year   the  of  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Football fans in the English city of / from Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win / winning for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in that / their 132-year history. The team beat the traditional / traditionally powerhouses of Manchester United and Chelsea to the title. Many journalists are said / saying it is the greatest achievement in the history of sport. Leicester were low / bottom of the 20-team Premier League last year. They were nearly relegation / relegated to a lower league. However, their style / stylish of play totally changed this year. Their team spirit, the introduction of new players and a new coach all combed / combined to make them almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday night and their supporters around the world went crazily / crazy.

    Leicester City were promoted / prompted to England’s Premier League only two years ago. They were hot favourites to go back up / down to the lower league again this / the season. No one gave them a chance of wins / winning the Premier League. Last August, they were 5,000-1 against winning the title. That means if you had put / done a $1 bet on them to win, you could now collection / collect $5,000. The actor Tom Hanks said he bet $100 in / on Leicester to win and will now get $500,000 back. Leicester's hole / whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Despite / Spite this, two Leicester players won the top player of the year awards in England. It is also likely that Leicester's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri will be world coach / couch of the year.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    football fans in the english city of leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their club leicester city won england's premier league for the first time in their 132-year history the team beat the traditional powerhouses of manchester united and chelsea to the title many journalists are saying it is the greatest achievement in the history of sport leicester were bottom of the 20-team premier league last year they were nearly relegated to a lower league however their style of play totally changed this year their team spirit the introduction of new players and a new coach all combined to make them almost unbeatable they won the title on monday night and their supporters around the world went crazy

    leicester city were promoted to england’s premier league only two years ago they were hot favourites to go back down to the lower league again this season no one gave them a chance of winning the premier league last august they were 5000-1 against winning the title that means if you had put a $1 bet on them to win you could now collect $5000 the actor tom hanks said he bet $100 on leicester to win and will now get $500000 back leicester's whole team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams despite this two leicester players won the top player of the year awards in england it is also likely that leicester's italian manager claudio ranieri will be world coach of the year

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    alewinfortheirclub.LeicesterCitywonEngland'sPremierLeagueforthe
    firsttimeintheir132-yearhistory.Theteambeatthetraditionalpowe
    rhousesofManchesterUnitedandChelseatothetitle.Manyjournalistsa
    resayingitisthegreatestachievementinthehistoryofsport.Leicesterw
    erebottomofthe20-teamPremierLeaguelastyear.Theywerenearlyrel
    egatedtoalowerleague.However,theirstyleofplaytotallychangedthis
    year.Theirteamspirit,theintroductionofnewplayersandanewcoachall
    combinedtomakethemalmostunbeatable.TheywonthetitleonMonda
    ynightandtheirsupportersaroundtheworldwentcrazy.LeicesterCityw
    erepromotedtoEngland’sPremierLeagueonlytwoyearsago.Theywer
    ehotfavouritestogobackdowntothelowerleagueagainthisseason.No
    onegavethemachanceofwinningthePremierLeague.LastAugust,they
    were5,000-1againstwinningthetitle.Thatmeansifyouhadputa$1b
    etonthemtowin,youcouldnowcollect$5,000.TheactorTomHankssaid
    hebet$100onLeicestertowinandwillnowget$500,000back.Leicester'
    swholeteamcostlesstobuythanjustonestarinthetopteams.Despitethi
    s,twoLeicesterplayerswonthetopplayeroftheyearawardsinEngland.I
    tisalsolikelythatLeicester'sItalianmanagerClaudioRanieriwillbeworl
    dcoachoftheyear.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Football is the greatest sport on Earth. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Leicester City. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. LEICESTER CITY: Make a poster about Leicester City. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PREMIER LEAGUE: Write a magazine article about the English Premier League. Include imaginary interviews with people who think it is the greatest league in the world and with people who think it isn't.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on football. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make it better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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