The Reading / Listening - Level 0

A bank stopped looking at the world's economy. It predicted how many medals countries will win at the Rio Olympics. There are no real surprises. Most people know the USA and China will win the most. The bank said Great Britain will finish third. It also thinks India will win just one gold medal.



There is good news for Brazil. The bank thinks Brazil will win five gold medals. This would be Brazil's highest ever number. The Olympics will be good for Brazil. Thousands of athletes and visitors will come. They will get into the Olympic spirit. This will help the Brazilian economy. The Rio Olympics will be one of the best.

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    Level 1 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-sachs-2016-olympics-medal-predictions-2016-8
  • http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-01/goldman-s-economists-are-forecasting-olympic-medals
  • http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/01/rio-olympics-goldman-sachs-thinks-us-china-will-clinch-largest-medal-haul.html


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 :-)





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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. looking at the world's
  2. how many medals
  3. There are no real
  4. Most
  5. the USA and China will
  6. Great Britain will finish
  7. It also thinks India
  8. just
  1. people know
  2. third
  3. countries will win
  4. one gold medal
  5. economy
  6. surprises
  7. win the most
  8. will win

Paragraph 2

  1. There is good
  2. The bank thinks Brazil
  3. five
  4. This would be Brazil's highest
  5. Thousands of athletes
  6. They will get into the
  7. This will help the Brazilian
  8. be one of
  1. Olympic spirit
  2. economy
  3. ever number
  4. the best
  5. gold medals
  6. news for Brazil
  7. will win
  8. and visitors

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A bank (1) ___________________ the world's economy. It (2) ___________________ medals countries will win at the Rio Olympics. There are (3) ___________________. Most people know the USA and China (4) ___________________. The bank said Great Britain (5) ___________________. It also thinks India will (6) ___________________ medal.

There (7) ___________________ Brazil. The bank thinks Brazil (8) ___________________ medals. This would be Brazil's (9) ___________________. The Olympics will be good for Brazil. Thousands of athletes and (10) ___________________. They will get into the Olympic spirit. (11) ___________________ Brazilian economy. The Rio Olympics will (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abankstoppedlookingattheworld'seconomy.Itpredictedhowmanym
edalscountrieswillwinattheRioOlympics.Therearenorealsurprises.M
ostpeopleknowtheUSAandChinawillwinthemost.ThebanksaidGreat
Britainwillfinishthird.ItalsothinksIndiawillwinjustonegoldmedal.The
reisgoodnewsforBrazil.ThebankthinksBrazilwillwinfivegoldmedals.T
hiswouldbeBrazil'shighestevernumber.TheOlympicswillbegoodforB
razil.Thousandsofathletesandvisitorswillcome.TheywillgetintotheOl
ympicspirit.ThiswillhelptheBrazilianeconomy.TheRioOlympicswillbe
oneofthebest.

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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