The Reading / Listening - Bundesliga - Level 2

German football now has the first female referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Bibiana Steinhaus from the lower divisions of German football. She is very happy to be the first top-flight female referee. She said: "It's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task." She knows that people will be watching her to see how she does in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am aware that I…will be closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm used to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly."



Steinhaus has a lot of experience as a referee. She has refereed Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed a women’s World Cup final and the women's gold medal match at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she heard about her promotion, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief and curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bundesliga - Level 0 Bundesliga - Level 1   or  Bundesliga - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39978823
  • http://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/Bundesliga/bibiana-steinhaus-to-become-bundesliga-s-first-female-referee-444644.jsp
  • http://www.bavarianfootballworks.com/2017/5/20/15668332/bibiana-steinhaus-first-female-referee-bundesliga-history


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. the first female referee in
  2. the lower divisions
  3. She is very happy
  4. It's a dream
  5. I'm very much looking
  6. She knows that people
  7. I'm used to
  8. I will find my feet
  1. forward to the task
  2. to be the first
  3. pressure
  4. will be watching her
  5. of German football
  6. come true
  7. quickly
  8. Europe's top leagues

Paragraph 2

  1. Steinhaus has a lot of experience
  2. She also refereed a women’s
  3. the women's gold
  4. I was quite
  5. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief
  6. It was simply a roller-coaster ride
  7. It has always
  8. fills me with
  1. been my dream
  2. medal match
  3. of emotions
  4. World Cup final
  5. joy
  6. speechless
  7. as a referee
  8. and curiosity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

German football (1) ___________________ female referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Bibiana Steinhaus from (2) ___________________ of German football. She is very happy to be (3) ___________________ female referee. She said: "It's a dream come true. I'm very much (4) ___________________ the task." She knows that people will be watching her to see how she does in top-level men's matches. She said: "I (5) ___________________ will be closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm (6) ___________________ and am convinced I will find my feet quickly."

Steinhaus (7) ___________________ experience as a referee. She has refereed Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. (8) ___________________ women’s World Cup final and the women's gold (9) ___________________ the London Olympic games in 2012. After she heard about her promotion, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, (10) ___________________. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It (11) ___________________ my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally (12) ___________________." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GermanfootballnowhasthefirstfemalerefereeinEurope'stopleagues.
Germany'sBundesligapromotedBibianaSteinhausfromthelowerdivis
ionsofGermanfootball.Sheisveryhappytobethefirsttop-flightfema
lereferee.Shesaid:"It'sadreamcometrue.I'mverymuchlookingforwa
rdtothetask."Sheknowsthatpeoplewillbewatchinghertoseehowshed
oesintop-levelmen'smatches.Shesaid:"IamawarethatI…willbeclosel
ywatchedbythemedia".Sheadded:"I'musedtopressureandamconvi
ncedIwillfindmyfeetquickly."Steinhaushasalotofexperienceasarefer
ee.ShehasrefereedBundesliga2matchessince2011.Shealsorefereed
awomen’sWorldCupfinalandthewomen'sgoldmedalmatchattheLond
onOlympicgamesin2012.Aftersheheardaboutherpromotion,shesaid
:"Iwasquitespeechless.Ifeeldisbelief,joy,happiness,reliefandcuriosi
ty.Itwassimplyaroller-coasterrideofemotions."Sheadded:"Ithasalw
aysbeenmydreamtobeaBundesligareferee.Thatthisdreamwillcomet
ruenaturallyfillsmewithjoy."SteinhauswillnextrefereetheWomen’sC
hampionsLeaguefinal.

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

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Free writing

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