The Reading / Listening - Tokyo Olympics - Level 4

There has been speculation about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will happen. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) vowed they would take place. It said: "Our task is to organize the Olympic Games and not to cancel them." It is working "day and night" and is "confident" the Games would go ahead, "unless some drastic changes occur". It added: "There are no certainties in life and what might happen with the virus."



The Games are a logistical nightmare. Authorities have to keep safe athletes, reporters and spectators. Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency. It has a third wave of infections. Warmer weather and a vaccine rollout may see safer conditions. Japan's Prime Minister is sure the Games will take place. However, an anti-Olympics group says Japan's government is "obsessed" with the Games. It said: "The Olympics would sacrifice people's lives."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tokyo Olympics - Level 5 or  Tokyo Olympics - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/27/asia/tokyo-olympics-logistics-intl-hnk-dst/index.html
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-insurance-idUSKBN29W1OL
  • https://apnews.com/article/yoshihide-suga-thomas-bach-tokyo-sports-asia-coronavirus-pandemic-6f9df2d9985d9ec9167cb615c84d3ac9


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. There has been
  2. vowed they would take
  3. Our task is to organize
  4. It is working day
  5. confident the Games
  6. unless some drastic changes
  7. There are no certainties
  8. what might happen
  1. place
  2. in life
  3. would go ahead
  4. with the virus
  5. occur
  6. the Olympic Games
  7. speculation
  8. and night

Paragraph 2

  1. The Games are a logistical
  2. reporters and
  3. under a state
  4. a third wave
  5. a vaccine
  6. sure the Games will
  7. Japan's government is "obsessed"
  8. The Olympics would sacrifice
  1. of emergency
  2. with the Games
  3. spectators
  4. people's lives
  5. of infections
  6. rollout
  7. nightmare
  8. take place

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will happen. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) vowed they would take place. It said: "Our task (2) ___________________ the Olympic Games and not to cancel them." It is working "day and night" (3) ___________________ the Games would go ahead, "(4) ___________________ changes occur". It added: "There are (5) ___________________ life and what might happen (6) ___________________."

The Games are (7) ___________________. Authorities have to keep safe athletes, (8) ___________________. Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency. It has a third (9) ___________________. Warmer weather and (10) ___________________ may see safer conditions. Japan's Prime Minister is sure the Games will take place. However, an anti-Olympics group says Japan's government (11) ___________________ the Games. It said: "The Olympics (12) ___________________ lives."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherehasbeenspeculationaboutwhetherornottheTokyoOlympicswill
happen.TheInternationalOlympicCommittee(IOC)vowedtheywould
takeplace.Itsaid:"OurtaskistoorganizetheOlympicGamesandnottoc
ancelthem."Itisworking"dayandnight"andis"confident"theGamesw
ouldgoahead,"unlesssomedrasticchangesoccur".Itadded:"Thereare
nocertaintiesinlifeandwhatmighthappenwiththevirus."TheGamesar
ealogisticalnightmare.Authoritieshavetokeepsafeathletes,reporters
andspectators.Tokyoiscurrentlyunderastateofemergency.Ithasathi
rdwaveofinfections.Warmerweatherandavaccinerolloutmayseesafe
rconditions.Japan'sPrimeMinisterissuretheGameswilltakeplace.Ho
wever,ananti-OlympicsgroupsaysJapan'sgovernmentis"obsessed
"withtheGames.Itsaid:"TheOlympicswouldsacrificepeople'slives."

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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