The Reading / Listening - 2020 Olympics - Level 3

There will be more mixed-gender events and more women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said men and women would compete together in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m mixed relay in swimming. British Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that having mixed events in Tokyo would make the Olympics "more fun". He said "It's something that would make things a little bit more fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch.



The IOC also announced that there would be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, more urban and include more women". Not everyone is happy with the introduction of the new events. Some people said it was wrong to include urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young people to watch the Games. Having newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in more traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced Olympics ever. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of athletes who will compete at the Games.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    2020 Olympics - Level 0 2020 Olympics - Level 1   or  2020 Olympics - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/40226990
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/10/olympics-2020-mixed-gender-events_n_17022720.html
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/mixed-gender-events-added-2020-olympics-154410553.html http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003752925


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Warm-ups

1. TOKYO OLYMPICS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Tokyo Olympics. 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?

       2020 / Tokyo / Olympics / athletics / swimming / triathlon / champion / fun / spice /
       sports / urban / happy / skateboarding / BMX / traditional / weightlifting / wrestling

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

3. MIXED-GENDER EVENTS: Students A strongly believe all events at the Olympics should be mixed gender; Students B strongly believe none should.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. INTERESTING: How can we make the Olympics more interesting? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How?

Why?

Opening ceremony

 

 

Stadiums

 

 

Medals ceremony

 

 

Athletics

 

 

Cycling

 

 

Closing ceremony

 

 

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

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

  • wrestling
  • skateboarding
  • triathlon
  • swimming
  • marathon
  • cycling
  • BMX
  • shooting

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. There will be no mixed-gender events in judo.     T / F
  2. There will be mixed-gender relays in swimming and athletics.     T / F
  3. A swimming champion said mixed-gender events would take away the fun.  T / F
  4. The champion said mixed-gender events add a little spice to the Games.    T / F
  5. The IOC president said the 2020 Games would be more youthful.     T / F
  6. Everybody liked the introduction of sport climbing to the 2020 Games.    T / F
  7. Traditional events like wrestling will have fewer athletes in Tokyo.     T / F
  8. Women will make up less than 48% of the athletes.     T / F

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

  1. compete
  2. champion
  3. fun
  4. spice
  5. great
  6. include
  7. happy
  8. wrong
  9. traditional
  10. ever
  1. enjoyable
  2. pleased
  3. contain
  4. excitement
  5. take part
  6. customary
  7. not right
  8. gold medalist
  9. until now
  10. wonderful

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

  1. There will be more mixed-
  2. men and women would compete
  3. a 4x400m mixed relay
  4. swimming
  5. it adds a little
  6. happy with the introduction
  7. try and get more young people
  8. in more traditional events
  9. the most gender-balanced
  10. Women will make up
  1. Olympics ever
  2. spice
  3. 48.8% of athletes
  4. of the new events
  5. together
  6. like weightlifting
  7. champion
  8. gender events
  9. to watch the Games
  10. in athletics

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
little
compete
relay
great
events
things
triathlon
having

There will be more mixed-gender (1) ____________ and more women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said men and women would (2) ____________ together in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and (3) ____________. There will be a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m mixed (4) ____________ in swimming. British Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that (5) ____________ mixed events in Tokyo would make the Olympics "more fun". He said "It's something that would make things a (6) ____________ bit more fun….It's great to mix (7) ____________ up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are (8) ____________ to watch."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
climbing
urban
athletes
newer
ever
president
new
like

The IOC also announced that there would be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC (9) ____________ Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, more (10) ____________ and include more women". Not everyone is happy with the introduction of the (11) ____________ events. Some people said it was wrong to include urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport (12) ____________ and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young people to watch the Games. Having (13) ____________ sports means there will be fewer athletes in more traditional events (14) ____________ weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced Olympics (15) ____________. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of (16) ____________ who will compete at the Games.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  men and women would ______
     a.  complete together
     b.  compete together
     c.  competing together
     d.  competes together

2)  athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, ______
     a.  and triathlons
     b.  and try alone
     c.  and trial on
     d.  and triathlon

3)  British Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty ______
     a.  told the BBC
     b.  scold the BBC
     c.  toll the BBC
     d.  old the BBC

4)  He said "It's something that would make things a little ______"
     a.  bite more fun
     b.  bits more fun
     c.  byte more fun
     d.  bit more fun

5)  mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds ______
     a.  a little spicy
     b.  a little spice
     c.  a little spiced
     d.  a little space

6)  The IOC also announced that there would ______
     a.  be more sports
     b.  been more sports
     c.  being more sports
     d.  become more sports

7)  IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more ______ urban
     a.  youth full, more
     b.  youthfully, more
     c.  youth fully, more
     d.  youthful, more

8)  Not everyone is happy with the introduction ______ events
     a.  of a new
     b.  of the new
     c.  off the new
     d.  of the newly

9)  Having newer sports means there will be ______
     a.  few a athletes
     b.  fewer athlete
     c.  fewer athletes
     d.  few are athletes

10)  Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced ______
     a.  Olympics ever
     b.  Olympics even
     c.  Olympics every
     d.  Olympics never

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There will be more mixed-gender events and (1) ___________________ the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said men and women would (2) ___________________ in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table (3) ___________________. There will be a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m mixed relay in swimming. British Olympics (4) ___________________ Adam Peaty told the BBC that having mixed events in Tokyo would make the Olympics "more fun". He said "It's something that would make things (5) ___________________ fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] (6) ___________________ watch."

The IOC also announced that there (7) ___________________ sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, (8) ___________________ include more women". Not everyone is happy with the introduction (9) ___________________ events. Some people said it was wrong to include urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These (10) ___________________ get more young people to watch the Games. Having newer sports means there (11) ___________________ athletes in more traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced Olympics ever. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of athletes (12) ___________________ at the Games.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does IOC mean?
  2. What mixed relay will there be in athletics?
  3. In what sport did Adam Peaty win a gold medal?
  4. What did Adam Peaty say would be "more fun"?
  5. What did Adam Peaty say mixed events would add to the 2020 Games?
  6. Who is Thomas Bach?
  7. What did some people say about the introduction of new events?
  8. What kind of basketball will be introduced?
  9. Which two sports did the article say would have fewer athletes?
  10. What percentage of the athletes at the Tokyo Games will be women?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What does IOC mean?
a) Internal Olympic Committee
b) International Olympic Committee
c) International Olympic Commission
d) Internal Olympics Commission

2) What mixed relay will there be in athletics?
a) 4x100m
b) 1x400m
c) 1x100m
d) 4x400m

3) In what sport did Adam Peaty win a gold medal?
a) BMX freestyle
b) athletics
c) swimming
d) judo

4) What did Adam Peaty say would be "more fun"?
a) mixed events
b) skateboarding
c) a little bit
d) the BBC

5) What did Adam Peaty say mixed events would add to the 2020 Games?
a) herbs
b) spice
c) sugar
d) bits

6) Who is Thomas Bach?
a) IOC president
b) an Olympics swimming champion
c) a BMX freestyler
d) a BBC journalist

7) What did some people say about the introduction of new events?
a) wonderful
b) they were over the moon
c) it was wrong
d) they were needed

8) What kind of basketball will be introduced?
a) 3-on-3
b) 4-on-4
c) 5-on-5
d) 6-on-6

9) Which two sports did the article say would have fewer athletes?
a) football and rugby
b) table tennis and triathlon
c) sport climbing and BMX freestyle
d) weightlifting and wrestling

10) What percentage of the athletes at the Tokyo Games will be women?
a) 48.6
b) 48.7
c) 48.8
d) 48.9

Role play

Role  A – The Marathon

You think the marathon is the best Olympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their events. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): wrestling, skateboarding or swimming.

Role  B – Wrestling

You think wrestling is the best Olympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their events. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the marathon, skateboarding or swimming.

Role  C – Skateboarding

You think skateboarding is the best Olympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their events. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): wrestling, the marathon or swimming.

Role  D – Swimming

You think swimming is the best Olympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their events. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why):  wrestling, skateboarding or the marathon.

After reading / listening

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

'mixed'

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  • and 'gender'.

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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:

    • president
    • youthful
    • everyone
    • 3
    • fewer
    • 48.8
    • 2020
    • together
    • champion
    • fun
    • mix
    • great




    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 - Mixed-gender events added to 2020 Olympics

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Olympics'?
    3. What do you think of the Olympics?
    4. How good is your country at the Olympics?
    5. What's your favourite Olympics sport and why?
    6. What do you think of mixed-gender events?
    7. Are you looking forward to watching the Olympics?
    8. Do the Olympics need to be made more fun?
    9. How can the IOC 'spice' things up at the Olympics?
    10. Who is the greatest Olympian in history?

    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 when you hear the city name 'Tokyo'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is the Olympics the world's best sporting event?
    5. Should every sport in the world be at the Olympics?
    6. What do you think of urban sports like skateboarding?
    7. How can the IOC get more young people to watch the Olympics?
    8. What do you think of traditional sports like wrestling?
    9. How will having more women athletes change the Olympics?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the boss of the IOC?

    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)

    There will be (1) ____ mixed-gender events and more women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said men and women would (2) ____ together in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be a 4x400m mixed relay (3) ____ athletics and a 4x100m mixed relay in swimming. British Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC (4) ____ having mixed events in Tokyo would make the Olympics "more fun". He said "It's something that would make things a little (5) ____ more fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little (6) ____ and [mixed events] are great to watch."

    The IOC also announced that there would be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more (7) ____, more urban and include more women". Not everyone is happy (8) ____ the introduction of the new events. Some people said it was wrong to (9) ____ urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young people to watch the Games. Having newer sports (10) ____ there will be fewer athletes in more traditional events (11) ____ weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced Olympics (12) ____. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of athletes who will compete at the Games.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     more     (b)     most     (c)     much     (d)     moor    
    2. (a)     complete     (b)     competition     (c)     compete     (d)     compact    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    4. (a)     what     (b)     thus     (c)     which     (d)     that    
    5. (a)     bite     (b)     byte     (c)     bit     (d)     bitten    
    6. (a)     space     (b)     spice     (c)     species     (d)     special    
    7. (a)     youth hostel     (b)     youthful     (c)     youthfulness     (d)     youth    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     with     (c)     of     (d)     but    
    9. (a)     conclude     (b)     preclude     (c)     include     (d)     elude    
    10. (a)     meaning     (b)     meanie     (c)     meanings     (d)     means    
    11. (a)     liking     (b)     likelihood     (c)     likely     (d)     like    
    12. (a)     even     (b)     never     (c)     every     (d)     ever

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     Committee (IOC) said men and women would compete together in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting,

    (    )     things a little bit more fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've

    (    )     Tokyo would make the Olympics "more fun". He said "It's something that would make

    (    )     The IOC also announced that there would be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games

    (    )     ever. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of athletes who will compete at the Games.

    (    )     swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m mixed relay

    1  )     There will be more mixed-gender events and more women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic

    (    )     will be "more youthful, more urban and include more women". Not everyone is happy with the introduction of the new

    (    )     traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most gender-balanced Olympics

    (    )     in swimming. British Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that having mixed events in

    (    )     people to watch the Games. Having newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in more

    (    )     been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch."

    (    )     events. Some people said it was wrong to include urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3

    (    )     basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. and   Men   archery   in   together   compete   would   women   .
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    9. young   watch   Try   more   to   Games   get   people   the   and   .
    10. Olympics   will   most   balanced   Tokyo   the   -   ever   be   gender   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The IOC also announcement / announced that there would be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful / youth, more urban and include / included more women". Not everyone is happy for / with the introduction of the new events. Some people said it was wrong to / for include urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing / climber and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more youth / young people to watch the Games. Having newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in / on more traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Tokyo will be the most / must gender-balanced Olympics ever. Women will take / make up 48.8 per cent of athletes who will compete at the Games.

    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

    there will be more mixed-gender events and more women at the 2020 tokyo olympics the international olympic committee (ioc) said men and women would compete together in archery athletics judo sailing shooting swimming table tennis and triathlon there will be a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m mixed relay in swimming british olympics swimming champion adam peaty told the bbc that having mixed events in tokyo would make the olympics "more fun" he said "it's something that would make things a little bit more fun…it's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch"

    the ioc also announced that there would be more sports at the tokyo olympics ioc president thomas bach said the games will be "more youthful more urban and include more women" not everyone is happy with the introduction of the new events some people said it was wrong to include urban sports like skateboarding 3-on-3 basketball sport climbing and bmx freestyle these are to try and get more young people to watch the games having newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in more traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling tokyo will be the most gender-balanced olympics ever women will make up 488 per cent of athletes who will compete at the games

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    oting,swimming,tabletennis,andtriathlon.Therewillbea4x400mmix
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    ortsattheTokyoOlympics.IOCpresidentThomasBachsaidtheGamesw
    illbe"moreyouthful,moreurbanandincludemorewomen".Noteveryon
    eishappywiththeintroductionofthenewevents.Somepeoplesaiditwas
    wrongtoincludeurbansportslikeskateboarding,3-on-3basketball,sp
    ortclimbingandBMXfreestyle.Thesearetotryandgetmoreyoungpeopl
    etowatchtheGames.Havingnewersportsmeanstherewillbefewerathl
    etesinmoretraditionaleventslikeweightliftingandwrestling.Tokyowill
    bethemostgender-balancedOlympicsever.Womenwillmakeup48.8p
    ercentofathleteswhowillcompeteattheGames.

    Free writing

    Write about 2020 Olympics for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the good and bad things about mixed-gender sports? Discuss three things.

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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 the Tokyo Olympics. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. TOKYO OLYMPICS: Make a poster about the Tokyo Olympics. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MIXED-GENDER SPORTS: Write a magazine article about mixed-gender sports, with men and women playing on the same teams. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.

    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 Tokyo Olympics. Ask him/her three questions about the Olympics. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make the Olympics more exciting. 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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