The Reading / Listening - Tokyo Olympics - Level 5

There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will take place in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president has vowed that the event will go ahead. It said: "Our task is to organize the Olympic Games and not to cancel them." It added it is working "day and night" to host a safe event. An IOC spokesperson said he was "confident" the Games would go ahead, "unless some drastic changes occur". He added: "I hope that we're able to pull it off." He said: "There are no certainties in life and what might happen with the virus."

The Games are a logistical nightmare. Authorities have to secure the safety of 11,000 athletes, the world's media and spectators. Over 25,000 journalists attended the Games in 2016. Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency amid a third wave of infections. Warmer weather and a vaccine rollout will see safer conditions. Japan's Prime Minister is sure the Games will take place. However, an anti-Olympics group in Tokyo accused Japan's government of being "obsessed" with the Games. It said: "The Olympics would sacrifice people's lives."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tokyo Olympics - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There has been a lot of
  2. vowed that the event
  3. host a safe
  4. he was "confident" the Games
  5. unless some drastic
  6. I hope that we're able
  7. There are no certainties
  8. what might happen
  1. to pull it off
  2. event
  3. with the virus
  4. speculation
  5. would go ahead
  6. in life
  7. will go ahead
  8. changes occur

Paragraph 2

  1. The Games are a logistical
  2. secure the safety
  3. the world's media
  4. under a state
  5. amid a third wave
  6. an anti-Olympics group
  7. being "obsessed"
  8. The Olympics would sacrifice
  1. of infections
  2. with the Games
  3. of emergency
  4. people's lives
  5. nightmare
  6. and spectators
  7. of 11,000 athletes
  8. in Tokyo

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There has been a (1) ___________________ about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will take place in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president (2) ___________________ the event will go ahead. It said: "(3) ___________________ to organize the Olympic Games and not to cancel them." It added it is working "day and night" to (4) ___________________ event. An IOC spokesperson said he was "confident" the Games would go ahead, "unless some (5) ___________________". He added: "I hope that we're able to pull it off." He said: "There are no (6) ___________________ and what might happen with the virus."

The Games are (7) ___________________. Authorities have to (8) ___________________ of 11,000 athletes, the world's media and spectators. Over 25,000 journalists attended the Games in 2016. Tokyo is currently (9) ___________________ of emergency amid a third wave of infections. Warmer weather and (10) ___________________ will see safer conditions. Japan's Prime Minister is sure the Games will take place. However, an anti-Olympics group (11) ___________________ Japan's government of being "obsessed" with the Games. It said: "The Olympics would (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherehasbeenalotofspeculationaboutwhetherornottheTokyoOlympi
cswilltakeplaceinJuly.TheInternationalOlympicCommittee(IOC)pre
sidenthasvowedthattheeventwillgoahead.Itsaid:"Ourtaskistoorgan
izetheOlympicGamesandnottocancelthem."Itaddeditisworking"day
andnight"tohostasafeevent.AnIOCspokespersonsaidhewas"confide
nt"theGameswouldgoahead,"unlesssomedrasticchangesoccur".He
added:"Ihopethatwe'reabletopullitoff."Hesaid:"Therearenocertainti
esinlifeandwhatmighthappenwiththevirus."TheGamesarealogistical
nightmare.Authoritieshavetosecurethesafetyof11,000athletes,the
world'smediaandspectators.Over25,000journalistsattendedtheGa
mesin2016.Tokyoiscurrentlyunderastateofemergencyamidathirdw
aveofinfections.Warmerweatherandavaccinerolloutwillseesafercon
ditions.Japan'sPrimeMinisterissuretheGameswilltakeplace.Howeve
r,ananti-OlympicsgroupinTokyoaccusedJapan'sgovernmentofbein
g"obsessed"withtheGames.Itsaid:"TheOlympicswouldsacrificepeop
le'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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Free writing

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Answers

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