The Reading / Listening - Cheerleaders - Level 5

NFL fans will soon be in for a surprise. For the first time, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part of its official spirit squad. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history to dance alongside their female counterparts. Other NFL teams have men who do stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both classically trained dancers with years of experience. They were selected after a rigorous three-week-long process of auditions and interviews.



The captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad talked about her new colleagues in an interview on TV. She said: "They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." She added: "They bring so much energy and there's something so magnetic about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." Napoleon praised the team for welcoming them and said he was "humbled" by his new role. He wants to prove that "boys can dance too".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cheerleaders - Level 4 or  Cheerleaders - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/rams/2018/03/28/los-angeles-rams-male-cheerleaders-make-nfl-history/466967002/
  • http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/male-cheerleaders-nfl-history-describe-lengthy-la-rams/story?id=54063851
  • https://ca.news.yahoo.com/male-cheerleaders-coming-nfl-first-time-ever-boys-can-dance-163344800.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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. soon be in
  2. recruited
  3. dance alongside their female
  4. men who
  5. classically
  6. years
  7. a rigorous three-week-
  8. auditions and
  1. of experience
  2. trained dancers
  3. interviews
  4. counterparts
  5. long process
  6. for a surprise
  7. do stunts
  8. two men

Paragraph 2

  1. talked about her new
  2. They really just fit
  3. they are
  4. They bring so
  5. you really can't take your eyes
  6. praised the team for
  7. he was humbled
  8. prove that boys
  1. by his new role
  2. much energy
  3. can dance too
  4. colleagues
  5. the bill
  6. off them
  7. eloquent
  8. welcoming them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

NFL fans will soon be in (1) ___________________. For the first time, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part of its (2) ___________________. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history (3) ___________________ their female counterparts. Other NFL teams have men (4) ___________________, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon (5) ___________________ trained dancers with years of experience. They were selected after a rigorous three-(6) ___________________ of auditions and interviews.

The (7) ___________________ LA Rams cheerleader squad talked about her new colleagues in an interview on TV. She said: "They (8) ___________________ the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; (9) ___________________; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." She added: "They bring so much energy and there's something (10) ___________________ their performance that you really can't take your (11) ___________________." Napoleon praised the team for welcoming them and said he was "humbled" by his new role. He (12) ___________________ that "boys can dance too".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NFLfanswillsoonbeinforasurprise.Forthefirsttime,anNFLteamwillha
vemalecheerleaders.TheLosAngelesRamshaverecruitedtwomenasp
artofitsofficialspiritsquad.QuintonPeronandNapoleonJinnieswillbeth
efirstmeninNFLhistorytodancealongsidetheirfemalecounterparts.Ot
herNFLteamshavemenwhodostunts,buttheydonotdance.Quintonan
dNapoleonarebothclassicallytraineddancerswithyearsofexperience.
Theywereselectedafterarigorousthree-week-longprocessofauditio
nsandinterviews.ThecaptainoftheLARamscheerleadersquadtalkeda
bouthernewcolleaguesinaninterviewonTV.Shesaid:"Theyreallyjustfi
tthebilltobeaLosAngelesRamscheerleader.Theyareintelligent;theya
reeloquent;theyaremorethanqualifiedtobeambassadorsoutintheco
mmunity."Sheadded:"Theybringsomuchenergyandthere'ssomethi
ngsomagneticabouttheirperformancethatyoureallycan'ttakeyourey
esoffthem."Napoleonpraisedtheteamforwelcomingthemandsaidhe
was"humbled"byhisnewrole.Hewantstoprovethat"boyscandanceto
o".

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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