The Reading / Listening - Maradona - Level 0

Football fans said goodbye to football legend Diego Maradona. He died of a heart attack, aged 60. Fans cried and blew kisses as they walked past his coffin. An Argentina flag and his number 10 football shirt covered his car. There is three days of national mourning for him. A fan said his hero Maradona represents "Argentinianess".



Maradona is one of the greatest players ever. He captained Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England, and the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona...is eternal." Pele wants to play with Maradona, "in the sky".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Maradona - Level 1 Maradona - Level 2   or  Maradona - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55060614
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/26/the-greatest-thousands-of-argentinians-say-goodbye-to-maradona
  • https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/mourners-bid-final-farewell-to-maradona-at-the-casa-rosada.phtml


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. football
  2. Fans cried and blew
  3. walked past
  4. An Argentina
  5. his number 10
  6. three days of national
  7. his hero
  8. Maradona represents
  1. flag
  2. "Argentinianess"
  3. legend Diego Maradona
  4. football shirt
  5. Maradona
  6. his coffin
  7. kisses
  8. mourning

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the greatest players
  2. He captained
  3. win the 1986
  4. He scored the famous
  5. the twentieth
  6. Maradona is
  7. Pele wants to play
  8. in the
  1. "Hand of God" goal
  2. with Maradona
  3. eternal
  4. sky
  5. Argentina
  6. World Cup
  7. ever
  8. century

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football (1) ___________________ to football legend Diego Maradona. He died of (2) ___________________, aged 60. Fans cried and blew kisses as they walked (3) ___________________. An Argentina flag and (4) ___________________ football shirt covered his car. There is three days of national (5) ___________________. A fan (6) ___________________ Maradona represents "Argentinianess".

Maradona is (7) ___________________ greatest players ever. He captained Argentina (8) ___________________ 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "(9) ___________________" goal against England, and (10) ___________________ of the twentieth century. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona...is eternal." Pele (11) ___________________ with Maradona, "(12) __________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfanssaidgoodbyetofootballlegendDiegoMaradona.Hediedof
aheartattack,aged60.Fanscriedandblewkissesastheywalkedpasthis
coffin.AnArgentinaflagandhisnumber10footballshirtcoveredhiscar.
Thereisthreedaysofnationalmourningforhim.Afansaidhishero,Mara
dona,"representsArgentinianess".Maradonaisoneofthegreatestplay
ersever.HecaptainedArgentinatowinthe1986WorldCup.Hescoredth
efamous"HandofGod"goalagainstEngland,andthegreatestgoalofthe
twentiethcentury.BarcelonacaptainLionelMessisaid:"Maradona...is
eternal."PelewantstoplaywithMaradona,"inthesky".

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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