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Date: Aug 1, 2005

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THE ARTICLE

South Korea’s Jeong Jang has won the Women’s British Open golf tournament. She led from start to finish to win by four shots. Jang, also known as JJ, becomes the fourth South Korean winner of one of golf’s major tournaments. Describing her victory, Jang said: “I wasn't nervous but I am now. My hands are shaking”. The spectacular victory was also the young Korean’s first ever as a professional. She was closely pursued throughout the tournament by world number one Annika Sorrenstam, the phenomenal 15-year-old prodigy Michelle Wie and compatriot Young Kim. Sorrenstam never looked like intimidating Jang, even though she remained in contention for the lead until the final hole. Her predicted late charge failed to materialize as she dropped shots at the last hole, ending her charge to glory. It summed up a disappointing day for the Swede, whose dominance of the women’s game is comparable to that of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s. Defending champion Karen Stupples finished joint 11th on seven under par.

WARM-UPS

1. GOLF: In pairs / groups, talk about golf. Use these words as conversation headings:

boring / classic / exciting / big names / history / environmental damage / rich people / prize money / television coverage

2. QUICK DEBATE: Students A think women’s sport is more interesting than men’s. Students B think women’s sport is really boring and men’s sport is the best. Change partners often.

3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring.

South Korea / British Open / women’s golf / women’s sport / nervousness / prodigies / shaking hands / winning / glory / dominance / Tiger Woods

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

4. SPORT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word “sport”. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

5. FEMALE STARS: In pairs / groups, talk about the following world famous female sports stars.

  1. Mia Hamm (Soccer)
  2. Maria Sharapova (Tennis)
  3. Annika Sorrenstam (Golf)
  4. Michelle Kwan (Ice skating)
  5. Layla Ali (Boxing)
  6. Ellen MacArthur (Sailing)
  7. Ryoko Tani (Judo)
  8. Gabrielle Reese (Beach Volleyball)
  9. Other
  10. Female stars from your country.

Change partners and compare what you talked about.


 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

South Korea’s Jeong Jang has won a British golf championship.

T / F

b.

She came from well behind to win on the last hole.

T / F

c.

She is the first South Korean to win a major golf tournament.

T / F

d.

Jang will turn professional next week.

T / F

e.

Jang’s hands were shaking as she made the winning putt.

T / F

f.

A fifteen-year-old challenged for the lead.

T / F

g.

The world number one was never in contention for the lead.

T / F

h.

The women’s world number one is as good as Tiger Woods.

T / F

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

a.

won

countrywoman

b.

also known as

wonder

c.

spectacular

supremacy

d.

pursued

staggering

e.

prodigy

epitomized

f.

compatriot

AKA

g.

contention

equal

h.

summed up

chased

i.

dominance

triumphed in

j.

joint

the running

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

She led

are shaking

b.

also

failed to materialize

c.

My hands

throughout the tournament

d.

spectacular

of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s

e.

closely pursued

known as JJ

f.

phenomenal 15-year-old

for the lead

g.

she remained in contention

prodigy

h.

Her predicted late charge

from start to finish

i.

she dropped shots

victory

j.

comparable to that

at the last hole

WHILE READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the correct spaces.

S. Korean wins Women’s British Open

South Korea’s Jeong Jang has won the Women’s British Open golf tournament. She _______ from start to finish to win by four shots. Jang, also known as JJ, _______ the fourth South Korean winner of one of golf’s major tournaments. Describing her victory, Jang said: “I wasn't nervous but I am now. My hands are _______”. The spectacular victory was also the young Korean’s first ever as a professional. She was closely _______ throughout the tournament by world number one Annika Sorrenstam, the _______ 15-year-old prodigy Michelle Wie and compatriot Young Kim. Sorrenstam never looked like _______ Jang, even though she remained in _______ for the lead until the final hole. Her predicted late charge failed to _______ as she dropped shots at the last hole, ending her charge to glory. It _______ up a disappointing day for the Swede, whose dominance of the women’s game is _______ to that of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s. Defending champion Karen Stupples finished joint 11th on seven under par.

 

 

comparable
becomes
phenomenal
materialize
led
contention
pursued
summed
intimidating
shaking


 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘number’ and ‘one’.

  • 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 gap fill. 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. STUDENT “WOMEN’S SPORT” SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about golf and women in sport.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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

  • led
  • known
  • hands
  • professional
  • pursued
  • phenomenal
  • compatriot
  • intimidating
  • contention
  • charge
  • dominance
  • par

DISCUSSION

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

  1. What were your initial thoughts on this headline?
  2. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  3. What do you think of men’s and women’s golf?
  4. What do you think of women’s sports?
  5. Do you think women will ever receive as much money as men in sport?
  6. Do you think men and women should receive the same amount of money?
  7. Do women have better abilities and skills than men in sports?
  8. Do you prefer watching women’s or men’s sports?
  9. Do you think women will take part in men’s competitions?
  10. In which sports would you like to see women take on men?

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

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What did you think about what you read?
  3. Why are there no female Formula One racing drivers?
  4. Do girls receive equal access to sports at school in your country?
  5. Are women’s sports given a lot of TV coverage in your country?
  6. Would you give equal encouragement to your son and daughter to pursue a career playing sports?
  7. Who is the best / most famous female sports star in the world?
  8. Are there any sports women should not take part in?
  9. When was the last time you felt under par?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What question would you like to ask about this topic?
  2. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  3. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  4. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  5. What did you like talking about?
  6. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?
  7. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

WOMEN IN SPORT: You are head of the “Women in Sport” campaign. You have to revamp your society’s policies and attitudes towards women in sport at every level. In pairs / groups, discuss what problems or barriers currently exist and suggest recommendations to break down these barriers.

After you have finished, talk about the feasibility of your recommendations taking place in your country.

 

 FORMS

 

 BARRIERS

 

 SUGGESTIONS

 

 FEASIBILITY

 

 

 Elementary
 school

 

 

 

 

 

 Junior high /
 Secondary
 school

 

 

 

 

 

 University

 

 

 

 

 

 Television

 

 

 

 

 

 Sponsorship rules
 for sport

 

 

 

 

 

 Government
 policies

 

 

 

 

 

 Sports federations

 

 

 

 

 

 Other

 

 

 

 

Change partners and explain what you discussed with your previous partner(s).

Return to your original partners and talk about any feedback you received.

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

S. Korean wins Women’s British Open

South Korea’s Jeong Jang has won the Women’s British Open golf tournament. She ___ _____ _____ to finish to win by four shots. Jang, also known as JJ, becomes the fourth South Korean winner of one of golf’s major tournaments. ___________ ___ _______, Jang said: “I wasn't nervous but I am now. My hands are shaking”. The __________ victory was also the young Korean’s first ever as a professional. She was closely __________ throughout the tournament by world number one Annika Sorrenstam, the phenomenal 15-year-old __________ Michelle Wie and compatriot Young Kim. Sorrenstam never looked like intimidating Jang, even though she remained in __________ for the lead until the final hole. Her predicted late charge failed to materialize as she dropped shots at the last hole, ending her __________ to glory. It summed up a disappointing day for the Swede, whose __________ of the women’s game is comparable to that of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s. __________ champion Karen Stupples finished joint 11th on seven under par.

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 more information on women’s golf. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

3. WOMEN’S SPORT: Write a report outlining the areas in which you think women’s sport is better than men’s. Explain the main points of your report to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

4. VICTORY: Imagine you have just won a major world sporting event. Write the entry in your journal / diary about the day of your win. Read your letter to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

ANSWERS

TRUE / FALSE:

a. T

b. F

c. F

d. F

e. F

f. T

g. F

h. F

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

won

triumphed in

b.

also known as

AKA

c.

spectacular

staggering

d.

pursued

chased

e.

prodigy

wonder

f.

compatriot

countrywoman

g.

contention

the running

h.

summed up

epitomized

i.

dominance

supremacy

j.

joint equal

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

She led

from start to finish

b.

also

known as JJ

c.

My hands

are shaking

d.

spectacular

victory

e.

closely pursued

for the lead

f.

phenomenal 15-year-old

prodigy

g.

she remained in contention

throughout the tournament

h.

Her predicted late charge

failed to materialize

i.

she dropped shots

at the last hole

j.

comparable to that

of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s

GAP FILL:

S. Korean wins Women’s British Open

South Korea’s Jeong Jang has won the Women’s British Open golf tournament. She led from start to finish to win by four shots. Jang, also known as JJ, becomes the fourth South Korean winner of one of golf’s major tournaments. Describing her victory, Jang said: “I wasn't nervous but I am now. My hands are shaking”. The spectacular victory was also the young Korean’s first ever as a professional. She was closely pursued throughout the tournament by world number one Annika Sorrenstam, the phenomenal 15-year-old prodigy Michelle Wie and compatriot Young Kim. Sorrenstam never looked like intimidating Jang, even though she remained in contention for the lead until the final hole. Her predicted late charge failed to materialize as she dropped shots at the last hole, ending her charge to glory. It summed up a disappointing day for the Swede, whose dominance of the women’s game is comparable to that of Tiger Woods’ in the men’s. Defending champion Karen Stupples finished joint 11th on seven under par.

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