The Reading / Listening - Sports Events - Level 4

Climate change will threaten global sport over the next three decades. A report said nearly all sports would be impacted by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the weather had already disrupted major events. Bushfires created dangerous playing conditions at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential typhoon rain disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause more problems.



A researcher asked the sports industry to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to...halt the climate emergency, others will follow." Carbon emissions from global sport are equal to those of a medium-sized country. The report author said sport should be more proactive. He said making sports carbon-neutral would bring a common-sense approach to politics.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sports Events - Level 5 or  Sports Events - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/20/climate-crisis-threatens-future-of-global-sport-says-report
  • https://news.yahoo.com/climate-change-sport-heading-fall-053733948.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53111881


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. over the next
  2. nearly all sports would be
  3. an accelerating climate
  4. disrupted major
  5. Bushfires created dangerous
  6. torrential typhoon
  7. rising sea
  8. cause more
  1. rain
  2. events
  3. problems
  4. impacted
  5. crisis
  6. levels
  7. three decades
  8. playing conditions

Paragraph 2

  1. some of society's most influential
  2. If sport can change how
  3. halt the climate
  4. carbon
  5. a medium-
  6. sport should
  7. making sports carbon-
  8. bring a common-sense approach
  1. emergency
  2. sized country
  3. to politics
  4. role models
  5. neutral
  6. emissions
  7. it operates
  8. be more proactive

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Climate (1) ___________________ global sport over the next three decades. A report said (2) ___________________ would be impacted by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the (3) ___________________ disrupted major events. Bushfires created dangerous (4) ___________________ the Australian Tennis Open and torrential typhoon rain (5) ___________________ Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will (6) ___________________.

A researcher asked the sports (7) ___________________ carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides (8) ___________________ most influential role models. If sport can change (9) ___________________ to...halt the climate emergency, others will follow." Carbon emissions from global sport are equal to those of a (10) ___________________. The report author said sport should (11) ___________________. He said making sports carbon-neutral would bring a common-sense (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Climatechangewillthreatenglobalsportoverthenextthreedecades.Ar
eportsaidnearlyallsportswouldbeimpactedby"anacceleratingclimate
crisis".Ithighlightedhowtheweatherhadalreadydisruptedmajoreven
ts.BushfirescreateddangerousplayingconditionsattheAustralianTen
nisOpenandtorrentialtyphoonraindisruptedlastyear'sRugbyWorldC
upinJapan.Fires,floods,heatwavesandrisingsealevelswillcausemore
problems.Aresearcheraskedthesportsindustrytobecomecarbon-n
eutral.Hesaid:"Sportprovidessomeofsociety'smostinfluentialrolem
odels.Ifsportcanchangehowitoperatesto...halttheclimateemergenc
y,otherswillfollow."Carbonemissionsfromglobalsportareequaltotho
seofamedium-sizedcountry.Thereportauthorsaidsportshouldbemor
eproactive.Hesaidmakingsportscarbonneutralwouldbringacommon-
senseapproachtopolitics.

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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