The Reading / Listening - Simone Biles - Level 4

Gymnast Simone Biles has made history. She won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships - the second woman to do so. The victory was her 20th consecutive, major tournament win, going back to 2013. But, it was her jaw-dropping performances that put her into the record books. She became the first gymnast to land a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, and the first woman to land a triple-double on the floor.



Ms Biles, 22, was her usual modest self with reporters. Rather than celebrate her records, she expressed frustration at her mistakes. She said: "I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself." She is a perfectionist and was disappointed after falling after her triple-double. The praise came flooding in following her routines. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this girl a crown."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Simone Biles - Level 5 or  Simone Biles - Level 6

Sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/simone-biles-makes-more-history-at-us-gymnastics-championships-012129210.html
  • https://people.com/sports/stars-react-simone-biles-historic-triple-double/
  • https://www.10tv.com/article/simone-biles-wins-record-tying-6th-us-womens-gymnastics-title-2019-aug


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. Biles has made
  2. the second woman
  3. her 20th consecutive, major
  4. going back
  5. her jaw-dropping
  6. put her into the
  7. double
  8. the first woman to land a triple-
  1. record books
  2. to 2013
  3. double on the floor
  4. performances
  5. somersault
  6. to do so
  7. history
  8. tournament win

Paragraph 2

  1. Ms Biles, 22, was her usual
  2. celebrate
  3. she expressed frustration at
  4. I just want to do the best
  5. She is a
  6. The praise came
  7. Simone's got enough gold
  8. someone give this
  1. flooding in
  2. her mistakes
  3. girl a crown
  4. her records
  5. medals at home
  6. routine
  7. perfectionist
  8. modest self

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Gymnast Simone Biles (1) ___________________. She won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships - the second woman (2) ___________________. The victory was her 20th consecutive, (3) ___________________, going back to 2013. But, it (4) ___________________ performances that put her into the record books. She became the first gymnast to (5) ___________________ twisting, double somersault beam dismount, and the first woman to land a triple-double (6) ___________________.

Ms Biles, 22, was her (7) ___________________ with reporters. Rather than (8) ___________________, she expressed frustration at her mistakes. She said: "I just want to do the (9) ___________________ the audience and for myself." She (10) ___________________ and was disappointed after falling after her triple-double. The (11) ___________________ in following her routines. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got (12) ___________________ at home, someone give this girl a crown."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GymnastSimoneBileshasmadehistory.ShewonhersixthU.S.Gymnas
ticsChampionships-thesecondwomantodoso.Thevictorywasher20th
consecutive,majortournamentwin,goingbackto2013.But,itwasherj
aw-droppingperformancesthatputherintotherecordbooks.Shebeca
methefirstgymnasttolandadoubletwisting,doublesomersaultbeamd
ismount,andthefirstwomantolandatriple-doubleonthefloor.MsBiles,
22,washerusualmodestselfwithreporters.Ratherthancelebrateherre
cords,sheexpressedfrustrationathermistakes.Shesaid:"Ijustwantto
dothebestroutinefortheaudienceandformyself."Sheisaperfectionist
andwasdisappointedafterfallingafterhertriple-double.Thepraisec
amefloodinginfollowingherroutines.FormergymnastNastiaLiukintw
eeted:"Simone'sgotenoughgoldmedalsathome,someonegivethisgir
lacrown."

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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