The Reading / Listening - Premier League - Level 0

Premier League clubs paid over $3.7 billion in wages for the first time last season. Almost 60 per cent of clubs' money goes towards wages. This was 55 per cent in 2016-17. The Premier League's top six clubs, which include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have the highest wage bills.



The Premier League is the most-watched league in the world. People in 212 countries watch it. The increase in wages has lowered the clubs' profits. It is harder for teams in the lower half of the League to make money. The bottom teams can lose up to $130 million if they go down from the Premier League.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Premier League - Level 1 Premier League - Level 2   or  Premier League - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/premier-league-clubs-wage-bill-almost-3bn-last-season-11702927
  • https://www.ft.com/content/d0855c6c-668f-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league-money-rising-wages-sees-gap-widen-between-big-six-and-the-rest-a4125491.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. for the first
  2. last
  3. the first
  4. Almost 60 per cent
  5. money goes towards
  6. This was 55 per cent
  7. The Premier League's top
  8. have the highest
  1. time last season
  2. six clubs
  3. season
  4. wage bills
  5. of clubs
  6. time
  7. wages
  8. in 2016-17

Paragraph 2

  1. the most-watched
  2. People in 212 countries t
  3. The increase
  4. lowered the clubs'
  5. teams in the lower half
  6. make
  7. lose up
  8. if they go
  1. to $130 million
  2. money
  3. down
  4. in wages
  5. league
  6. profits
  7. of the League
  8. watch it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Premier League (1) ___________________ $3.7 billion (2) ___________________ the first time last season. Almost 60 per cent (3) ___________________ goes towards wages. (4) ___________________ per cent in 2016-17. The Premier League's (5) ___________________, which include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have (6) ___________________ bills.

The Premier League (7) ___________________-watched league in the world. People in 212 (8) ___________________. The increase in wages (9) ___________________ clubs' profits. It is harder for teams in the (10) ___________________ the League to make money. The bottom teams (11) ___________________ to $130 million if they (12) ___________________ the Premier League.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PremierLeagueclubspaidover$3.7billioninwagesforthefirsttimelasts
eason.Almost60percentofclubs'moneygoestowardswages.Thiswas
55percentin2016-17.ThePremierLeague'stopsixclubs,whichinclud
eManchesterUnited,LiverpoolandArsenal,havethehighestwagebills.
ThePremierLeagueisthemost-watchedleagueintheworld.Peoplein
212countrieswatchit.Theincreaseinwageshasloweredtheclubs'profit
s.ItisharderforteamsinthelowerhalfoftheLeaguetomakemoney.The
bottomteamscanloseupto$130millioniftheygodownfromthePremier
League.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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