The Reading / Listening - Colin Kaepernick - Level 5

Nike has said it will use American football player Colin Kaepernick in its "Just Do It" 30th anniversary advertising campaign. Mr Kaepernick started a controversy in 2016 while playing for his team the San Francisco 49ers. He refused to stand for the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. Instead he knelt down on one knee. This started a trend among other players. Kaepernick's actions caused heated debate. In September 2017, Donald Trump tweeted that NFL players should be either fired or suspended if they did not stand up for the national anthem.

Nike sponsors the NFL and provides uniforms for its teams. It will use Kaepernick's face with the caption: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." The company said: "We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has [used] the power of sport to help move the world forward." Yahoo Sports said: "It's an interesting decision for Nike. No other athlete produces the same emotional response as Kaepernick." Many on social media criticized Nike. One person tweeted: "Time to throw away all my Nike crap."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Colin Kaepernick - Level 4 or  Colin Kaepernick - Level 6

Sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/nike-makes-colin-kaepernick-face-just-30th-anniversary-campaign-200029766.html
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2162612/nike-defies-trumps-ire-embracing-nfls-kneeling-colin
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/american-sports/nfl-outcast-colin-kaepernick-chosen-13188901


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. 30th anniversary advertising
  2. Mr Kaepernick started
  3. as a protest against racial
  4. he knelt
  5. This started a trend among
  6. heated
  7. players should be either fired
  8. stand up for the
  1. debate
  2. campaign
  3. national anthem
  4. injustice
  5. or suspended
  6. a controversy
  7. other players
  8. down on one knee

Paragraph 2

  1. Nike sponsors
  2. one of the most inspirational
  3. the power of
  4. help move the world
  5. It's an
  6. the same emotional
  7. Many on social media
  8. Time to throw away
  1. forward
  2. criticized Nike
  3. interesting decision
  4. the NFL
  5. all my Nike crap
  6. athletes
  7. sport
  8. response

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nike has said (1) ___________________ American football player Colin Kaepernick in its "(2) ___________________" 30th anniversary advertising campaign. Mr Kaepernick started a controversy in 2016 (3) ___________________ his team the San Francisco 49ers. He refused to stand for the national anthem (4) ___________________ against racial injustice. Instead he knelt down on one knee. This started a trend among other players. Kaepernick's actions (5) ___________________. In September 2017, Donald Trump tweeted that NFL players should be either fired or suspended if they did (6) ___________________ for the national anthem.

Nike sponsors the NFL and provides uniforms (7) ___________________. It will use Kaepernick's face (8) ___________________: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." The company said: "We believe Colin is one (9) ___________________ inspirational athletes of this generation, who has [used] (10) ___________________ sport to help move the world forward." Yahoo Sports said: "It's an interesting decision for Nike. No other athlete (11) ___________________ emotional response as Kaepernick." Many on social media criticized Nike. One person tweeted: "Time to (12) ___________________ my Nike crap."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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stDoIt"30thanniversaryadvertisingcampaign.MrKaepernickstarted
acontroversyin2016whileplayingforhisteamtheSanFrancisco49ers.
Herefusedtostandforthenationalanthemasaprotestagainstracialinju
stice.Insteadhekneltdownononeknee.Thisstartedatrendamongothe
rplayers.Kaepernick'sactionscausedheateddebate.InSeptember20
17,DonaldTrumptweetedthatNFLplayersshouldbeeitherfiredorsusp
endediftheydidnotstandupforthenationalanthem.NikesponsorstheN
FLandprovidesuniformsforitsteams.ItwilluseKaepernick'sfacewitht
hecaption:"Believeinsomething.Evenifitmeanssacrificingeverything
."Thecompanysaid:"WebelieveColinisoneofthemostinspirationalath
letesofthisgeneration,whohas[used]thepowerofsporttohelpmoveth
eworldforward."YahooSportssaid:"It'saninterestingdecisionforNike
.NootherathleteproducesthesameemotionalresponseasKaepernick.
"ManyonsocialmediacriticizedNike.Onepersontweeted:"Timetothro
wawayallmyNikecrap."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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