The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Muhammad Ali, the world's greatest sporting legend, died on Friday, aged 74. He was in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona with breathing problems. His children flew to be with their father for his final days. Many people say Ali is the best boxer in history. He was the world heavyweight champion three times. His nickname is 'The Greatest'. People believe he was the greatest because of what he did outside the boxing ring. He was a civil rights hero and opponent of the Vietnam War. He was also an ambassador for world peace for five decades, and he worked tirelessly for charities.



World leaders and sporting figures have paid tribute to Ali. One said: "Ali transformed this country and impacted the world with his spirit. His legacy will be part of our history for all time." The U.N. Secretary-General said Ali fought for a better world, "and used his platform to lift up humanity". The daughter of Martin Luther King wrote: "You were a champion in so many ways." Ali once said: "I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous and who treated everyone right [and] tried to unite all humankind through faith and love."

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Sources
  • http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/15939933/muhammad-ali-dies-74
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-16011175
  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/muhammad-ali-dies-greatest-boxer-dead-74/story?id=18391211


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the world's greatest
  2. His children flew to
  3. He was the world heavyweight
  4. His nickname
  5. what he did outside
  6. a civil
  7. an ambassador for world
  8. he worked
  1. peace
  2. champion three times
  3. the boxing ring
  4. tirelessly for charities
  5. be with their father
  6. sporting legend
  7. rights hero
  8. is 'The Greatest'

Paragraph 2

  1. World leaders and
  2. paid tribute
  3. impacted the world
  4. His legacy will be part of our
  5. The U.N. Secretary-
  6. a champion in
  7. a man who won the heavyweight
  8. unite all humankind through
  1. with his spirit
  2. General
  3. so many ways
  4. to Ali
  5. faith and love
  6. title three times
  7. sporting figures
  8. history for all time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Muhammad Ali, the world's greatest (1) ___________________, died on Friday, aged 74. He was in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona with (2) ___________________. His children flew to be with their father for his final days. Many people say Ali is (3) ___________________ history. He was the world heavyweight champion three times. (4) ___________________ 'The Greatest'. People believe he was the greatest because of what he did outside the boxing ring. He was a civil rights hero and (5) ___________________ Vietnam War. He was also an ambassador for world peace for five decades, and he worked (6) ___________________.

World leaders and sporting figures (7) ___________________ to Ali. One said: "Ali transformed this country (8) ________________ world with his spirit. His (9) ___________________ part of our history for all time." The U.N. Secretary-General said Ali fought for a better world, "and used his platform to (10) ___________________ ". The daughter of Martin Luther King wrote: "You were a champion in so many ways." Ali once said: "I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight (11) ___________________, who was humorous and who treated everyone right [and] tried to unite all humankind (12) ___________________ love."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MuhammadAli,theworld'sgreatestsportinglegend,diedonFriday,age
d74.HewasinhospitalinPhoenix,Arizonawithbreathingproblems.Hisc
hildrenflewtobewiththeirfatherforhisfinaldays.ManypeoplesayAliist
hebestboxerinhistory.Hewastheworldheavyweightchampionthreeti
mes.Hisnicknameis'TheGreatest'.Peoplebelievehewasthegreatestb
ecauseofwhathedidoutsidetheboxingring.Hewasacivilrightsheroand
opponentoftheVietnamWar.Hewasalsoanambassadorforworldpeac
eforfivedecades,andheworkedtirelesslyforcharities.Worldleadersan
dsportingfigureshavepaidtributetoAli.Onesaid:"Alitransformedthisc
ountryandimpactedtheworldwithhisspirit.Hislegacywillbepartofour
historyforalltime."TheU.N.Secretary-GeneralsaidAlifoughtforabe
tterworld,"andusedhisplatformtoliftuphumanity".ThedaughterofMa
rtinLutherKingwrote:"Youwereachampioninsomanyways."Alionces
aid:"Iwouldliketoberememberedasamanwhowontheheavyweighttit
lethreetimes,whowashumorousandwhotreatedeveryoneright[and]t
riedtouniteallhumankindthroughfaithandlove."

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 — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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