The Reading / Listening - Tennis Stars - Level 4

Australians are angry because dozens of tennis stars are allowed to enter the country for the Australian Open tennis tournament. There are around 37,000 Australians stranded around the world waiting to return home. Many are frustrated at why they cannot return, while sports stars can enter. The stars must have negative tests for coronavirus and stay in special COVID-safe hotels. Some stars tested positive, so they could not come.



The stars' special treatment has been criticised. There is anger because Australia cut the number of citizens allowed to return. One Aussie said she couldn't understand why Australia halved the limit for citizens and the following week announced they'd found 1,200 spaces for tennis players. A Twitter user said letting in tennis players was risky. He said it hurt that the government is taking this risk for sport but not for stranded Australians.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tennis Stars - Level 5 or  Tennis Stars - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55683035
  • https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-australians-angry-as-elite-tennis-players-arrive-in-country-despite-travel-restrictions-12189231
  • https://sg.news.yahoo.com/two-test-positive-virus-australian-041050971.html


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. dozens
  2. allowed to enter
  3. 37,000 Australians stranded
  4. waiting to return
  5. Many are frustrated
  6. stars must have negative
  7. stay in special COVID-
  8. Some stars
  1. home
  2. safe hotels
  3. of tennis stars
  4. tests for coronavirus
  5. tested positive
  6. the country
  7. at why
  8. around the world

Paragraph 2

  1. special
  2. cut the number
  3. she couldn't understand
  4. Australia halved the limit
  5. they'd found 1,200
  6. letting in tennis players was
  7. He said it
  8. taking this risk
  1. spaces
  2. for sport
  3. of citizens
  4. hurt
  5. treatment
  6. for citizens
  7. risky
  8. why

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Australians are angry (1) ___________________ tennis stars are allowed to enter the (2) ___________________ Australian Open tennis tournament. There are around 37,000 Australians stranded around the world (3) ___________________ home. Many (4) ___________________ why they cannot return, while sports stars can enter. The stars (5) ___________________ tests for coronavirus and stay in special COVID-safe hotels. Some (6) ___________________, so they could not come.

The stars' special treatment has been criticised. There (7) ___________________ Australia cut the number of (8) ___________________ return. One Aussie said she couldn't understand why Australia (9) ___________________ for citizens and the following week announced they'd found 1,200 (10) ___________________ players. A Twitter user said letting in tennis (11) ___________________. He said it hurt that the government is (12) ___________________ for sport but not for stranded Australians.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Australiansareangrybecausedozensoftennisstarsareallowedtoenter
thecountryfortheAustralianOpentennistournament.Therearearoun
d37,000Australiansstrandedaroundtheworldwaitingtoreturnhome.
Manyarefrustratedatwhytheycannotreturn,whilesportsstarscanent
er.Thestarsmusthavenegativetestsforcoronavirusandstayinspecial
COVID-safehotels.Somestarstestedpositive,sotheycouldnotcom
e.Thestars'specialtreatmenthasbeencriticised.Thereisangerbecaus
eAustraliacutthenumberofcitizensallowedtoreturn.OneAussiesaids
hecouldn'tunderstandwhyAustraliahalvedthelimitforcitizensandthef
ollowingweekannouncedthey'dfound1,200spacesfortennisplayers.
ATwitterusersaidlettingintennisplayerswasrisky.Hesaidithurtthatth
egovernmentistakingthisriskforsportbutnotforstrandedAustralians.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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