The Reading / Listening - Sports Events - Level 6

A new study has revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over the next three decades. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called "an accelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause greater disruption.



Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms urged the sports industry to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to halt the climate emergency, others will follow." He added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to those produced by a medium-sized country. The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more proactive. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense priority of all politics."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Sports Events - Level 4  or  Sports Events - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CLIMATE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the climate. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       study / climate change / sports events / global issues / weather / hazardous / fires /
       industry / role models / speed / scale / carbon / emissions / equal / common sense
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ZERO-CARBON: Students A strongly believe no sports event should take place unless it is zero-carbon; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPORTS EVENTS: How bad do you think these sports events are for the environment? How can the organisers reduce their carbon footprint? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Bad

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Summer Olympics

 

 

Soccer World Cup

 

 

Winter Olympics

 

 

Tour de France

 

 

Wimbledon Tennis

 

 

Formula One

 

 

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5. GLOBAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "global". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SPORTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • football
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • wrestling
  • cycling
  • archery
  • horse racing
  • swimming

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. revealed a. Risky; dangerous.
      2. threaten b. Cause someone or something to be vulnerable or at risk; endanger.
      3. decade c. Look at and check the progress or quality of something over a period of time.
      4. monitor d. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      5. impacted e. Disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process.
      6. hazardous f. A period of ten years.
      7. disruption g. Strongly affected by something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. coordinator h. The full range of different levels of people or things, from lowest to highest.
      9. urged i. Having a lot or power to change people's minds or have an effect on.
      10. influential j. Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than doing something after it has happened.
      11. scale k. A person whose job is to organize events or activities and to negotiate with others so they work together effectively.
      12. emissions l. Recommend something strongly.
      13. proactive m. A thing that is regarded as much, much more important than another thing.
      14. priority n. The gas or radiation that comes from engines, factories and other processes.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Climate change will endanger sports events in the next 30 years.     T / F
  2. A report into sports events was published by Oxford University Press.     T / F
  3. The report said all sports would be affected by climate change.     T / F
  4. The report said floods and heatwaves would disrupt sports events.     T / F
  5. The report's publisher said sport didn't have to be carbon-neutral.     T / F
  6. The publisher said that if sport acted on emissions, others would follow.  T / F
  7. Sports create as much carbon emissions as a medium-sized country.     T / F
  8. The report's author said sports could affect political priorities.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. revealed
  2. published
  3. monitors
  4. disrupted
  5. hazardous
  6. urged
  7. halt
  8. equal
  9. proactive
  10. priority
  1. perilous
  2. stop
  3. issued
  4. prime concern
  5. impeded
  6. enterprising
  7. tracks
  8. recommended
  9. identical
  10. disclosed

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A new study has
  2. threaten global sports events over
  3. the weather has already disrupted
  4. torrential
  5. rising sea levels will cause
  6. Andrew Simms urged the sports industry
  7. some of society's most influential
  8. the speed and
  9. carbon
  10. a carbon-zero world the common-
  1. role models
  2. rain
  3. revealed that
  4. the next three decades
  5. to do more
  6. sense priority
  7. greater disruption
  8. emissions
  9. major sports events
  10. scale necessary

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
impacted
revealed
floods
disrupted
greater
monitors
decades
hazardous

A new study has (1) ____________ that climate change will threaten global sports events over the next three (2) ____________. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group (3) ____________ climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be (4) ____________ by what they called "an accelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how the weather has already (5) ____________ major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions (6) ____________ at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, (7) ____________, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause (8) ____________ disruption.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
equal
halt
contribution
industry
proactive
emissions
influential
priority

Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms urged the sports (9) ____________ to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most (10) ____________ role models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to (11) ____________ the climate emergency, others will follow." He added that the carbon (12) ____________ from sports events worldwide are (13) ____________ to those produced by a medium-sized country. The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more (14) ____________. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense (15) ____________ of the sports world would make a huge (16) ____________ to making it the common-sense priority of all politics."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A new study has revealed that climate change will ______
     a.  threatens global sports
     b.  threaten global sports
     c.  threaten globally sports
     d.  threaten global spots
2)  This group monitors climate change, development ______
     a.  and global reissues
     b.  and global tissues
     c.  and global issuance
     d.  and global issues
3)  playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open ______
     a.  end torrentially rain
     b.  land torrential rain
     c.  and torrentially rain
     d.  and torrential rain
4)  disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The ______
     a.  report predict that
     b.  report predicts that
     c.  report predicts what
     d.  reports predicts what
5)  fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will ______
     a.  cause grate tar disruption
     b.  cause great tar disruption
     c.  cause grey tar disruption
     d.  cause greater disruption

6)  Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms ______ industry
     a.  purged the sports
     b.  urged the sports
     c.  merged the sports
     d.  surged the sports
7)  Sport provides some of society's most ______
     a.  influential role models
     b.  influential parole models
     c.  influential droll models
     d.  influential rule models
8)  If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed ______
     a.  and shale necessary
     b.  and snail necessary
     c.  and stale necessary
     d.  and scale necessary
9)  The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should ______
     a.  be more pre-active
     b.  be more flow active
     c.  be more protective
     d.  be more proactive
10)  make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense ______ politics
     a.  priority of all
     b.  priority offal
     c.  priority off all
     d.  priority of fall

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new study has revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over the (1) ___________________. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This (2) ___________________ change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called "an (3) ___________________". They highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing (4) ___________________ the Australian Tennis Open and torrential rain from a (5) ___________________ last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and (6) ___________________ will cause greater disruption.

Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms (7) ___________________ industry to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's (8) ___________________ models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the (9) ___________________ necessary to halt the climate emergency, others will follow." He added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are (10) ___________________ produced by a medium-sized country. The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should (11) ___________________. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense priority (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. Over what timeframe did a study say the climate would threaten sports?
  2. What kind of climate crisis did researchers say there was?
  3. What created hazardous playing conditions at the Australian Open?
  4. What kind of rain disrupted the Rugby World Cup?
  5. What will cause disruption besides fires, floods and heatwaves?
  6. What did a coordinator urge the sports industry to do?
  7. What influential things did the coordinator say sport provides?
  8. What did the coordinator equate sports industry emissions to?
  9. What did the report's author say the sports industry needed to be?
  10. What kind of priority did the author write about?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Over what timeframe did a study say the climate would threaten sports?
a) the remainder of this century
b) the coming years
c) three decades
d) months
2) What kind of climate crisis did researchers say there was?
a) an accelerating crisis
b) a serious crisis
c) a manageable crisis
d) a decades-old crisis
3) What created hazardous playing conditions at the Australian Open?
a) flies
b) bushfires
c) heat
d) a slippery surface
4) What kind of rain disrupted the Rugby World Cup?
a) non-stop rain
b) endless rain
c) freezing race
d) torrential typhoon rain
5) What will cause disruption besides fires, floods and heatwaves?
a) terrorists
b) cyber attacks
c) rising sea levels
d) viruses

6) What did a coordinator urge the sports industry to do?
a) help the young
b) become carbon neutral
c) redistribute wealth
d) hold events indoors
7) What influential things did the coordinator say sport provides?
a) world records
b) medals
c) prestigious events
d) role models
8) What did the coordinator equate sports industry emissions to?
a) the oil industry
b) emissions of a medium-sized country
c) fossil fuel emissions
d) the industrial revolution
9) What did the report's author say the sports industry needed to be?
a) more competitive
b) more proactive
c) more profitable
d) more inclusive
10) What kind of priority did the author write about?
a) a common-sense priority
b) an urgent priority
c) a pressing priority
d) priority number one

Role play

Role  A – Football
You think football is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): skiing, archery or horse racing.

Role  B – Skiing
You think skiing is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): football, archery or horse racing.

Role  C – Archery
You think archery is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): skiing, football or horse racing.

Role  D – Horse Racing
You think horse racing is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): skiing, archery or football.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'global'

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  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • and 'sport'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • new
    • published
    • nearly
    • already
    • huge
    • rising
    • urged
    • some
    • act
    • equal
    • should
    • all




    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 - Sports Events

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'sports'?
    3. What do you think of sports?
    4. Why do so many people not enjoy watching sports?
    5. What is the best sport in the world?
    6. What do you think of your country's national sport?
    7. How might climate change affect sport?
    8. Should all sport be held inside?
    9. What are the benefits of sports to the world?
    10. How can sports deal with climate change?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'event'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What can sports events do to be carbon neutral?
    5. Who are sports biggest role models?
    6. How do sports events create global emissions?
    7. Should sports events be carbon neutral before they can go ahead?
    8. What's your favourite sport and why?
    9. How big a priority is carbon-zero sports events?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A new study has revealed (1) ____ climate change will threaten global sports events over the next three decades. The report was (2) ____ by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be (3) ____ by what they called "an accelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia (4) ____ playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and (5) ____ rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause (6) ____ disruption.

    Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms (7) ____ the sports industry to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential (8) ____ models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary (9) ____ halt the climate emergency, others will follow." He added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to (10) ____ produced by a medium-sized country. The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more (11) ____. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to (12) ____ it the common-sense priority of all politics."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     which     (b)     what     (c)     whatever     (d)     that    
    2. (a)     perished     (b)     polished     (c)     punished     (d)     published    
    3. (a)     reported     (b)     impacted     (c)     started     (d)     reacted    
    4. (a)     hazed     (b)     fazed     (c)     made     (d)     did    
    5. (a)     torrential     (b)     spitting     (c)     showery     (d)     light    
    6. (a)     greater     (b)     madly     (c)     wet     (d)     pent up    
    7. (a)     paged     (b)     raged     (c)     ogre     (d)     urged    
    8. (a)     role     (b)     super     (c)     fashion     (d)     scale    
    9. (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    10. (a)     them     (b)     these     (c)     those     (d)     that    
    11. (a)     fun     (b)     competitive     (c)     proactive     (d)     profitable    
    12. (a)     make     (b)     making     (c)     made     (d)     makes

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to halt the climate emergency, others will
    (...)  decades. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors
    (...)  accelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major
    (...)  neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can
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    (...)  fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause greater disruption.
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    (...)  rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that
    (...)  Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms urged the sports industry to do more to become carbon-
    (...)  climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called "an
    (...)  contribution to making it the common-sense priority of all politics."
    (...)  sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. sports   said   nearly   be   impacted   .   all   would   Researchers
    3. sports   has   events   .   weather   The   major   disrupted   already
    4. conditions   Australia   in   made   playing   hazardous   .   Bushfires
    5. will   levels   disruption   .   greater   sea   cause   Rising
    6. industry   sports   do   urged   the   to   more   .   Simms
    7. provides   some   models   .   Sport   role   society's   of   influential
    8. can   operates   .   how   change   sport   If   it
    9. medium-sized   to   by   Equal   country   .   produced   a   those
    10. the   of   all   Making   priority   common-sense   politics   .   it

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A new study has revelation / revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over / under the next three decades. The report was published by / to the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors climate change, development and globally / global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted / compacted by what they called "an accelerating / decelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how the weather has still / already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential / torrentially rain from a huge typhoon disrupted / erupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and raising / rising sea levels will cause greater disruption.

    Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms purged / urged the sports industry to do more / much to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport providing / provides some of society's most influential role / scale models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to halt / fault the climate emergency, others will follow." He added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equally / equal to those produced to / by a medium-sized country. The report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more productive / proactive. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to / by making it the common-sense priority of all / every politics."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a new study has revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over the next three decades the report was published by the rapid transition alliance this group monitors climate change development and global issues researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called an accelerating climate crisis they highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major sports events bushfires in australia made playing conditions hazardous at the australian tennis open and torrential rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last years rugby world cup in japan the report predicts that fires floods heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause greater disruption

    rapid transition alliance coordinator andrew simms urged the sports industry to do more to become carbonneutral he said sport provides some of societys most influential role models if sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to halt the climate emergency others will follow he added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to those produced by a mediumsized country the reports author david goldblatt said sport should be more proactive he said making a carbonzero world the commonsense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the commonsense priority of all politics

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Anewstudyhasrevealedthatclimatechangewillthreatenglobalsportse
    ventsoverthenextthreedecades.ThereportwaspublishedbytheRapid
    TransitionAlliance.Thisgroupmonitorsclimatechange,developmenta
    ndglobalissues.Researcherssaidthatnearlyallsportswouldbeimpacte
    dbywhattheycalled"anacceleratingclimatecrisis".Theyhighlightedho
    wtheweatherhasalreadydisruptedmajorsportsevents.BushfiresinAu
    straliamadeplayingconditionshazardousattheAustralianTennisOpen
    andtorrentialrainfromahugetyphoondisruptedlastyear'sRugbyWorl
    dCupinJapan.Thereportpredictsthatfires,floods,heatwavesandrisin
    gsealevelswillcausegreaterdisruption.RapidTransitionAlliancecoord
    inatorAndrewSimmsurgedthesportsindustrytodomoretobecomecar
    bon-neutral.Hesaid:"Sportprovidessomeofsociety'smostinfluentia
    lrolemodels.Ifsportcanchangehowitoperatestoactatthespeedandsc
    alenecessarytohalttheclimateemergency,otherswillfollow."Headde
    dthatthecarbonemissionsfromsportseventsworldwideareequaltotho
    seproducedbyamedium-sizedcountry.Thereport'sauthor,DavidGol
    dblatt,saidsportshouldbemoreproactive.Hesaid:"Makingacarbon-ze
    roworldthecommon-sensepriorityofthesportsworldwouldmakeahug
    econtributiontomakingitthecommon-sensepriorityofallpolitics."

    Free writing

    Write about sports events for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Sports events should not be allowed to take place if they are not carbon neutral. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SPORTS EVENTS: Make a poster about sports events. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CARBON NEUTRAL: Write a magazine article about banning all sports events that are not carbon neutral. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on sports events. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make sports events more carbon neutral. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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