The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Football fans in England are celebrating a fairytale win. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in their 132-year history. They beat many big teams to the title. It may be the greatest win in sports history. Leicester were bottom of the 20-team League last year. They changed their style of play and got new players and a new coach. They became almost unbeatable. They won the title on Monday and their supporters went crazy.



Leicester got to the Premier League two years ago. They were favourites to go back down again. No one gave them a chance of winning the League. They were 5,000-1 against winning the title. If you had put a $1 bet on them to win, you could now collect $5,000. Leicester's team cost less to buy than just one star in the top teams. Two Leicester players won awards in England. It is also likely that Leicester's manager will be world coach of the year.

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Sources
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/sports/soccer/leicester-city-clinches-premier-league-title.html?_r=0
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/02/476498542/longshot-leicester-city-win-english-premiere-league-title
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/05/03/leicester-citys-astounding-premier-league-win-a-huge-loss-for-british-bookmakers/


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. for the first time in their
  2. the greatest win
  3. bottom of the 20-
  4. They changed their style
  5. new players and a new
  6. They became almost
  7. They won the
  8. their supporters went
  1. title on Monday
  2. 132-year history
  3. in sports history
  4. crazy
  5. unbeatable
  6. team League
  7. coach
  8. of play

Paragraph 2

  1. They were favourites to go
  2. No one gave them a chance
  3. They were 5,000-1 against
  4. put a $1
  5. cost less to buy
  6. Two Leicester players won
  7. It is also
  8. world coach
  1. awards in England
  2. bet on them to win
  3. of the year
  4. than just one star
  5. likely
  6. back down
  7. winning the title
  8. of winning the League

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans in England (1) ___________________ a fairytale win. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time in their (2) ___________________. They beat many big teams to the title. It may (3) ___________________ win in sports history. Leicester (4) ___________________ the 20-team League last year. They changed their (5) ___________________ and got new players and a new coach. They became almost unbeatable. They (6) ___________________ Monday and their supporters went crazy.

Leicester got to the Premier League two years ago. They were favourites to (7) ___________________ again. No one gave them a (8) ___________________ the League. They were 5,000-1 against (9) ___________________. If you had put a $1 bet on them to win, you could now collect $5,000. Leicester's team cost (10) ___________________ just one star in the top teams. Two Leicester players (11) ___________________ England. It is also likely that Leicester's manager will (12) ___________________ of the year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfansinEnglandarecelebratingafairytalewin.LeicesterCitywo
nEngland'sPremierLeagueforthefirsttimeintheir132-yearhisto
ry.Theybeatmanybigteamstothetitle.Itmaybethegreatestwininspor
tshistory.Leicesterwerebottomofthe20-teamLeaguelastyear.Th
eychangedtheirstyleofplayandgotnewplayersandanewcoach.Theyb
ecamealmostunbeatable.TheywonthetitleonMondayandtheirsuppor
terswentcrazy.LeicestergottothePremierLeaguetwoyearsago.They
werefavouritestogobackdownagain.Noonegavethemachanceofwinn
ingtheLeague.Theywere5,000-1againstwinningthetitle.Ifyouhadpu
ta$1betonthemtowin,youcouldnowcollect$5,000.Leicester'steamco
stlesstobuythanjustonestarinthetopteams.TwoLeicesterplayerswon
awardsinEngland.ItisalsolikelythatLeicester'smanagerwillbeworldc
oachoftheyear.

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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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