The Reading / Listening - Maradona - Level 1

Football fans have paid their respects to football legend Diego Maradona on the streets of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires. An Argentina flag and his number 10 football shirt covered his car. Thousands walked past his coffin at the Presidential Palace. They cried, blew kisses to their hero and prayed. Maradona died of a heart attack, aged 60. There is three days of national mourning for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess."



Maradona is one of the greatest players ever to play on a football pitch. He captained Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England, and a goal voted as the greatest of the twentieth century. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because he is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele said he hoped to one day, "play together in the sky" with Maradona.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Maradona - Level 0 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. fans have paid their
  2. on the streets of Argentina's
  3. his number 10
  4. walked past his
  5. blew
  6. Maradona died of a heart
  7. three days of national
  8. Maradona represents
  1. football shirt
  2. mourning for him
  3. coffin
  4. capital
  5. Argentinianess
  6. respects
  7. attack
  8. kisses to their hero

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the greatest players
  2. on a football
  3. he scored the famous
  4. a goal voted as
  5. the twentieth
  6. Maradona will never leave us
  7. Brazilian
  8. play together in
  1. the sky
  2. century
  3. the greatest
  4. legend Pele
  5. ever to play
  6. "Hand of God" goal
  7. because he is eternal
  8. pitch

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans have (1) ___________________ to football legend Diego Maradona (2) ___________________ of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires. An Argentina flag and his (3) ___________________ shirt covered his car. Thousands walked (4) ___________________ at the Presidential Palace. They cried, blew kisses to their (5) ___________________. Maradona died of a heart attack, aged 60. There is three days (6) ___________________ for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess."

Maradona is one of the greatest (7) ___________________ play on a football pitch. He captained Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He (8) ___________________ "Hand of God" goal against England, and a (9) ___________________ the greatest of the twentieth century. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will (10) ___________________ because he is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele said he (11) ___________________ day, "play together (12) ___________________" with Maradona.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfanshavepaidtheirrespectstofootballlegendDiegoMaradona
onthestreetsofArgentina'scapitalBuenosAires.AnArgentinaflagandh
isnumber10footballshirtcoveredhiscar.Thousandswalkedpasthiscof
finatthePresidentialPalace.Theycried,blewkissestotheirheroandpra
yed.Maradonadiedofaheartattack,aged60.Thereisthreedaysofnatio
nalmourningforhim.Onefansaid:"MaradonarepresentsArgentiniane
ss."Maradonaisoneofthegreatestplayersevertoplayonafootballpitch
.HecaptainedArgentinatowinthe1986WorldCup.Hescoredthefamou
s"HandofGod"goalagainstEngland,andagoalvotedasthegreatestofth
etwentiethcentury.BarcelonacaptainLionelMessisaid:"Maradonawill
neverleaveusbecauseheiseternal."BrazilianlegendPelesaidhehoped
tooneday,"playtogetherinthesky"withMaradona.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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