The Reading / Listening - Sports - Level 5

The spread of COVID-19 is playing havoc with sport worldwide. The WHO designated the coronavirus as a pandemic. Many sports are taking measures to curb the spread of the virus. Major events are being suspended. European football is coming to a standstill as major leagues in Spain, Italy and other countries have suspended games for the coming weeks. The Champions League could be suspended until the summer. In other sports, the first grand prix of the Formula 1 season has been cancelled in Australia, and major league sports in the USA have been suspended until further notice.



The biggest worry for sports fans is uncertainty over the Tokyo Olympics. Japan is preparing to continue with the Games as scheduled. The minister in charge said it was "inconceivable" they would be cancelled, but a member of the organizing committee said it was "more realistic" to postpone them. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Japan should consider postponing the Games. Sport is already being hit in Japan. The nation's 15-day spring sumo tournament is being held behind closed doors, and a national high school baseball tournament has been cancelled.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sports - Level 4 or  Sports - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51853524
  • https://www.espn.com/soccer/uefa-european-championship/story/4073259/champions-league-cancellation-euro-2020-delay-on-table
  • https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11956076/uefa-considers-champions-league-and-europa-league-suspension


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. COVID-19 is playing
  2. taking measures to
  3. Major events are
  4. European football is coming
  5. suspended games for
  6. suspended
  7. the Formula 1 season has
  8. suspended until further
  1. to a standstill
  2. notice
  3. curb the spread
  4. the coming weeks
  5. been cancelled
  6. being suspended
  7. havoc with sport
  8. until the summer

Paragraph 2

  1. The biggest worry
  2. uncertainty over the
  3. Japan is preparing to continue
  4. The minister in
  5. inconceivable they would be
  6. a member of the organizing
  7. it was more realistic to
  8. being held behind
  1. with the Games
  2. closed doors
  3. cancelled
  4. postpone them
  5. Tokyo Olympics
  6. charge
  7. committee
  8. for sports fans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The spread of COVID-19 is (1) ___________________ sport worldwide. The WHO designated the coronavirus (2) ___________________. Many sports are taking measures to (3) ___________________ of the virus. Major events are being suspended. European football is coming to a standstill as major leagues in Spain, Italy and other countries (4) ___________________ for the coming weeks. The Champions League (5) ___________________ until the summer. In other sports, the first grand prix of the Formula 1 season has been cancelled in Australia, and major league sports in the USA have been suspended (6) ___________________.

The biggest worry for sports fans (7) ___________________ the Tokyo Olympics. Japan is (8) ___________________ with the Games as scheduled. The minister in charge said it was "inconceivable" they would be cancelled, but a member of the organizing committee said it (9) ___________________ to postpone them. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Japan should (10) ___________________ Games. Sport is already being hit in Japan. The nation's 15-day spring sumo tournament is being held (11) ___________________, and a national high school baseball tournament (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThespreadofCOVID-19isplayinghavocwithsportworldwide.TheWHO
designatedthecoronavirusasapandemic.Manysportsaretakingmeas
urestocurbthespreadofthevirus.Majoreventsarebeingsuspended.Eu
ropeanfootballiscomingtoastandstillasmajorleaguesinSpain,Italyan
dothercountrieshavesuspendedgamesforthecomingweeks.TheCha
mpionsLeaguecouldbesuspendeduntilthesummer.Inothersports,th
efirstgrandprixoftheFormula1seasonhasbeencancelledinAustralia,a
ndmajorleaguesportsintheUSAhavebeensuspendeduntilfurthernoti
ce.ThebiggestworryforsportsfansisuncertaintyovertheTokyoOlympi
cs.JapanispreparingtocontinuewiththeGamesasscheduled.Themini
sterinchargesaiditwas"inconceivable"theywouldbecancelled,butam
emberoftheorganizingcommitteesaiditwas"morerealistic"topostpon
ethem.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsuggestedJapanshouldconsiderp
ostponingtheGames.SportisalreadybeinghitinJapan.Thenation's15-
dayspringsumotournamentisbeingheldbehindcloseddoors,andanati
onalhighschoolbaseballtournamenthasbeencancelled.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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