The Reading / Listening - Night Golf - Level 6

The rise of the popularity of golf in South Korea shows no sign of abating. The country is now the world's third largest market for golf, and Korean golfers spend more per capita on golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is taking off in Korea to reflect the ever-increasing popularity of the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The concept has been dubbed "white night" golf. It allows Korea's avid golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a round of golf in Korea. There is a scarcity of courses in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is limited to use by military personnel.

There are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night games. White night golf may result in South Korea's golfers achieving more success on the international stage, especially in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website states that: "As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's world rankings, including 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at least one golf major every season since 2010. Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in her rookie season. She may have been a white night trailblazer. It is reported her father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to toughen her up.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Night Golf - Level 4  or  Night Golf - Level 5

Sources
  • https://seoulsisters.freeforums.net/thread/2927/night-golf-over-south-korea
  • https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/golf/golf-the-secret-behind-the-endless-dominance-of-south-koreas-women
  • https://destinationgolf.travel/world-golf-report-confirms-prominence-of-japan-and-korea/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. GOLF: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about golf. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       popularity / market / golf / equipment / apparel / popularity / club / metropolitan /
       golf courses / holes / international / world rankings / major / season / swing
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NIGHT GOLF: Students A strongly believe playing golf at night is better than playing golf during the day; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NIGHT SPORTS: What are the pros and cons of playing these sports at night? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Golf

 

 

Formula One

 

 

Football

 

 

Marathon

 

 

Sailing

 

 

Archery

 

 

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5. POPULARITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "popularity". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SPORTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best sports at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Golf
  • Formula One
  • Football
  • Karate
  • Tennis
  • Darts
  • Marathon
  • Basketball

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. abating a. For each person.
      2. per capita b. Gave an unofficial name or nickname to someone or something.
      3. apparel c. Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.
      4. dubbed d. Clothing.
      5. avid e. The state of being in short supply; shortage.
      6. scarcity f. Causing to become smaller or less intense.
      7. military g. Having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. course h. Successfully bringing about or reach a desired objective, level, or result by effort, skill, or courage.
      9. achieving i. A position in a scale of achievement or status; a classification.
      10. ranking j. A burial ground; a graveyard.
      11. legendary k. A member of an athletic team or a sports player in his or her first full season in that sport.
      12. rookie l. Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known.
      13. trailblazer m. An area of land set aside and prepared for racing, golf, or another sport.
      14. cemetery n. A pioneer; an innovator.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The popularity of golf in South Korea is falling.     T / F
  2. South Korea is the second largest global market for golf.     T / F
  3. Korean golfers spend more on golf clothing than other golfers.     T / F
  4. There are only three gold courses in Seoul.     T / F
  5. There are over 110 golf courses in South Korea offering night golf.     T / F
  6. Four of the world's top ten women golfers are South Korean.     T / F
  7. A South Korean woman won a golf major every year for 10 years.    T / F
  8. South Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won her first major at the age of 19.   T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. abating
  2. per capita
  3. phenomenon
  4. dubbed
  5. scarcity
  6. achieving
  7. rankings
  8. legendary
  9. trailblazer
  10. toughen
  1. pioneer
  2. nicknamed
  3. standings
  4. occurrence
  5. harden
  6. famous
  7. decreasing
  8. shortage
  9. attaining
  10. for each person

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The rise of the
  2. shows no sign of
  3. The concept has been dubbed
  4. a scarcity of courses in
  5. military
  6. There are as many as 117 golf courses
  7. players in the women's world
  8. in her rookie
  9. She may have been a white night
  10. toughen her
  1. of 18 holes or more
  2. personnel
  3. season
  4. rankings
  5. abating
  6. up
  7. metropolitan areas
  8. trailblazer
  9. popularity of golf
  10. "white night" golf

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
reflect
avid
popularity
limited
capita
market
scarcity
dubbed

The rise of the (1) _____________________ of golf in South Korea shows no sign of abating. The country is now the world's third largest (2) _____________________ for golf, and Korean golfers spend more per (3) _____________________ on golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is taking off in Korea to (4) _____________________ the ever-increasing popularity for the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The concept has been (5) _____________________ "white night" golf. It allows Korea's (6) _____________________ golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a round of golf in Korea. There is a (7) _____________________ of courses in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is (8) _____________________ to use by military personnel.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
legendary
result
toughen
rankings
currently
trailblazer
season
states

There are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that (9) _____________________ offer night games. White night golf may (10) _____________________ in South Korea's golfers achieving more success on the international stage, especially in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website (11) _____________________ that: "As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's world (12) _____________________, including 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at least one golf major every (13) _____________________ since 2010. Korea's (14) _____________________ Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in her rookie season. She may have been a white night (15) _____________________. It is reported her father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to (16) _____________________ her up.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The rise of the popularity of golf in South Korea shows no ______
     a.  sign of a baiting
     b.  sign of a bathing
     c.  sign of a biting
     d.  sign of abating
2)  third largest market for golf, and Korean golfers spend ______
     a.  more per capital
     b.  mope a capital
     c.  more perk a pita
     d.  more per capita
3)  The concept has been ______
     a.  daubed "white night"
     b.  dubbed "white night"
     c.  dabbed "white night"
     d.  dibbed "white night"
4) more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a ______
     a.  round doff golf
     b.  round of golf
     c.  rounds of golf
     d.  rowdy golf
5)  capital city of Seoul has just one course and is limited to use ______
     a.  of military personnel
     b.  by militia tree person knoll
     c.  by militarily person kneel
     d.  by military person knell

6) are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently ______
     a.  offer night game
     b.  offers night games
     c.  offer night games
     d.  coffer night games
7)  As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's ______
     a.  weird rankings
     b.  word rankings
     c.  worldly rankings
     d.  world rankings
8)  Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in ______
     a.  her cookie season
     b.  her rookie season
     c.  her bookie season
     d.  her talkie season
9)  She may have been a white ______
     a.  night trial blazer
     b.  night trill blazer
     c.  night trail blazer
     d.  night thrill blazer
10)  made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to ______
     a.  roughen her up
     b.  buffer her up
     c.  coven her up
     d.  toughen her up

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The rise of the (1) ____________________ in South Korea shows no sign of abating. The country is now the world's third largest market for golf, and Korean golfers spend more (2) ____________________ golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is taking off in Korea (3) ____________________ ever-increasing popularity for the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The concept (4) ____________________ "white night" golf. It allows Korea's avid golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a round of golf in Korea. There is a (5) ____________________ in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is limited to use (6) ____________________.

There are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night games. White night golf (7) ____________________ South Korea's golfers achieving more success on (8) ____________________, especially in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website states that: "As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's (9) ____________________ 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at least one golf major (10) ____________________ 2010. Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in her rookie season. She may have been a (11) ____________________. It is reported her father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the popularity of golf in South Korea show no signs of?
  2. What do South Koreans spend more on per capita than other golfers?
  3. What does white night golf allow golfers to get out more often?
  4. What does the article say it can be difficult to secure in Korea?
  5. Who are the only people who can use the golf course in Seoul?
  6. How many golf courses offer 18 or more holes?
  7. Where does the article say South Korean golfers might achieve success?
  8. How many South Korean women are in the world's top ten?
  9. At what age did Pak Se-ri win the US Open?
  10. What did Pak Se-ri's father want her to practice?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What does the popularity of golf in South Korea show no signs of?
a) getting cheaper
b) attracting younger players
c) abating
d) improving
2) What do South Koreans spend more on per capita than other golfers?
a) golf equipment and apparel
b) watching golf
c) golf club membership
d) green fees
3) What does white night golf allow golfers to get out more often?
a) night vision glasses
b) their torches
c) fluorescent clothes
d) their clubs
4) What does the article say it can be difficult to secure in Korea?
a) golf club membership
b) a round of golf
c) a tournament
d) a loan

5) Who are the only people who can use the golf course in Seoul?
a) rich people
b) politicians
c) military personnel
d) those with a golf handicap of 10 or less

6) How many golf courses offer 18 or more holes?
a) 32
b) 117
c) 18
d) 118
7) Where does the article say South Korean golfers might achieve success?
a) in amateur tournaments
b) in Asia
c) at the US Open
d) on the international stage
8) How many South Korean women are in the world's top ten?
a) three
b) four
c) six
d) five
9) At what age did Pak Se-ri win the US Open?
a) 20
b) 19
c) 18
d) 21
10) What did Pak Se-ri's father want her to practice?
a) putting
b) maths
c) swimming
d) her swing

Role play

Role  A – Golf
You think golf is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): football, tennis or basketball.

Role  B – Football
You think football is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): golf, tennis or basketball.

Role  C – Tennis
You think tennis is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): football, golf or basketball.

Role  D – Basketball
You think basketball is the best sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): football, tennis or golf.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'night'

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  • and 'golf'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • rise
    • market
    • reflect
    • allow
    • difficult
    • capital
    • many
    • result
    • week
    • since
    • legendary
    • swing

    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 - Night Golf

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'night'?
    3. What do you think of golf?
    4. Why is golf so popular?
    5. What are the benefits of playing golf?
    6. What do you think of the idea of night golf?
    7. What other sports can be played at night?
    8. What equipment and apparel do you need to play golf?
    9. What are golf courses like in your country?
    10. What else could golf clubs do to increase playing opportunities?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'golf'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is golf a sport, game or pastime?
    5. What damage do golf courses do to the environment?
    6. Are golf stars good role models?
    7. Why do you think South Korea's women are so good at golf?
    8. Who is your favourite golf player, and why?
    9. Should all schoolchildren play golf?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a golf club CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The rise of the popularity of golf in South Korea shows no sign of (1) ____. The country is now the world's third largest market for golf, and Korean golfers spend more per (2) ____ on golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is taking off in Korea to (3) ____ the ever-increasing popularity for the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The concept has been (4) ____ "white night" golf. It allows Korea's avid golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a (5) ____ of golf in Korea. There is a scarcity of courses in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is (6) ____ to use by military personnel.

    There are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night games. White night golf may result (7) ____ South Korea's golfers achieving more success on the international (8) ____, especially in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website states that: "As (9) ____ last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's world rankings, including 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at (10) ____ one golf major every season since 2010. Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in her (11) ____ season. She may have been a white night trailblazer. It is reported her father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to toughen her (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     debating     (b)     rebating     (c)     baiting     (d)     abating    
    (a)     cap it all     (b)     capital     (c)     cap pit tall     (d)     capita    
    (a)     shine     (b)     reflect     (c)     starburst     (d)     ray    
    (a)     daubed     (b)     dibbed     (c)     dubbed     (d)     dabbed    
    (a)     square     (b)     circle     (c)     round     (d)     oval    
    (a)     limited     (b)     incorporated     (c)     liability     (d)     juxtaposed    
    (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    (a)     stage     (b)     platform     (c)     dais     (d)     phase    
    (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    (a)     lest     (b)     lost     (c)     least     (d)     lust    
    (a)     cookie     (b)     bookie     (c)     rookie     (d)     talkie    
    (a)     down     (b)     about     (c)     over     (d)     up

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. spend more per cpaati
    3. golf equipment and lpearpa
    4. The concept has been udebbd "white night" golf
    5. There is a iyatcsrc of courses
    6. use by miltryia personnel

    Paragraph 2

    1. ihgvnciae more success
    2. world rnikangs
    3. Korea's ygednlrea Pak Se-ri
    4. in her korieo season
    5. She may have been a white night taiabrllzer
    6. near smeetcieer at night

    Put the text back together

    (...)  dubbed "white night" golf. It allows Korea's avid golfers more opportunities to get their
    (...)  in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website states that: "As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's world
    (...)  father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to toughen her up.
    (...)  clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a round of golf in Korea. There is a scarcity
    1  )The rise of the popularity of golf in South Korea shows no sign of abating. The country is now the world's third
    (...)  games. White night golf may result in South Korea's golfers achieving more success on the international stage, especially
    (...)  There are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night
    (...)  apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is taking off in Korea to reflect the ever-
    (...)  rankings, including 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at
    (...)  aged 20 in her rookie season. She may have been a white night trailblazer. It is reported her
    (...)  of courses in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is limited to use by military personnel.
    (...)  least one golf major every season since 2010. Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open
    (...)  increasing popularity of the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The concept has been
    (...)  largest market for golf, and Korean golfers spend more per capita on golf equipment and

    Put the words in the right order

    1. golf   in   popularity   The   in   Korea   .   rise   of
    2. world's   the   Now   third   market   for   golf   .   largest
    3. is   off   Korea   .   A   in   new   taking   phenomenon
    4. people   play   .   allow   after   Opening   to   to   dark
    5. clubs   get   out   .   their   to   More   opportunities
    6. as   are   There   many   117   golf   courses   .   as
    7. success   the   stage   .   Golfers   international   achieving   on   more
    8. woman   at   one   .   won   has   least   Korean   A
    9. a   have   may   She   white   been   night   trailblazer   .
    10. made   father   swing   .   practice   her   Her   her

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The rise of the popular / popularity of golf in South Korea shows no sign of abating. The country is now the world's third largest bazaar / market for golf, and Korean golfers spend more per capita / capital on golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country. A new phenomenon is teeing / taking off in Korea to reflect the ever-increasing popularity for the game. Golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game. The contract / concept has been dubbed / daubed "white night" golf. It allows Korea's void / avid golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out. It can be difficult to secure a square / round of golf in Korea. There is a scarcity / security of courses in metropolitan areas. The capital city of Seoul has just one course and is limited to use by militia / military personnel.

    There are as many as 117 golf causes / courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night games. White night golf may result on / in South Korea's golfers achieving more success on / in the international stage, especially in the women's game. The SeoulSisters website states that: "Has / As of last week, 32 of the top 100 players in the women's world ramblings / rankings, including 4 of the top 10, were from South Korea." A Korean woman has won at last / least one golf major every season since 2010. Korea's legendary Pak Se-ri won the 1998 US Open aged 20 in her cookie / rookie season. She may have been a white night trailblazer / blazer. It is reported her father made / took her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to toughen her down / up.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    There  _re  _s  m_ny  _s  117  g_lf  c__rses  _f  18  h_les  _r  m_re  th_t  c_rrently  _ffer  n_ght  g_mes.  Wh_te  n_ght  g_lf  m_y  res_lt  _n  S__th  K_re_'s  g_lfers  _ch_ev_ng  m_re  s_ccess  _n  the  _ntern_t__n_l  st_ge,  espec__lly  _n  the  w_men's  g_me.  The  Se__lS_sters  webs_te  st_tes  th_t:  "_s  _f  l_st  week,  32  _f  the  t_p  100  pl_yers  _n  the  w_men's  w_rld  r_nk_ngs,  _ncl_d_ng  4  _f  the  t_p  10,  were  fr_m  S__th  K_re_."  _  K_re_n  w_m_n  h_s  w_n  _t  le_st  _ne  g_lf  m_j_r  every  se_s_n  s_nce  2010.  K_re_'s  legend_ry  P_k  Se-r_  w_n  the  1998  _S  _pen  _ged  20  _n  her  r__k_e  se_s_n.  She  m_y  h_ve  been  _  wh_te  n_ght  tr__lbl_zer.  _t  _s  rep_rted  her  f_ther  m_de  her  pr_ct_ce  her  sw_ng  ne_r  cemeter_es  _t  n_ght  t_  t__ghen  her  _p.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the rise of the popularity of golf in south korea shows no sign of abating the country is now the worlds third largest market for golf and korean golfers spend more per capita on golf equipment and apparel than people in any other country a new phenomenon is taking off in korea to reflect the everincreasing popularity for the game golf clubs are opening after dark to allow more people to play the game the concept has been dubbed white night golf it allows koreas avid golfers more opportunities to get their clubs out it can be difficult to secure a round of golf in korea there is a scarcity of courses in metropolitan areas the capital city of seoul has just one course and is limited to use by military personnel

    there are as many as 117 golf courses of 18 holes or more that currently offer night games white night golf may result in south koreas golfers achieving more success on the international stage especially in the womens game the seoulsisters website states that as of last week 32 of the top 100 players in the womens world rankings including 4 of the top 10 were from south korea a korean woman has won at least one golf major every season since 2010 koreas legendary pak seri won the 1998 us open aged 20 in her rookie season she may have been a white night trailblazer it is reported her father made her practice her swing near cemeteries at night to toughen her up

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    TheriseofthepopularityofgolfinSouthKoreashowsnosignofabating.T
    hecountryisnowtheworld'sthirdlargestmarketforgolf,andKoreangolf
    ersspendmorepercapitaongolfequipmentandapparelthanpeopleina
    nyothercountry.AnewphenomenonistakingoffinKoreatoreflecttheev
    er-increasingpopularityofthegame.Golfclubsareopeningafterdarkt
    oallowmorepeopletoplaythegame.Theconcepthasbeendubbed"whit
    enight"golf.ItallowsKorea'savidgolfersmoreopportunitiestogettheir
    clubsout.ItcanbedifficulttosecurearoundofgolfinKorea.Thereisascar
    cityofcoursesinmetropolitanareas.ThecapitalcityofSeoulhasjustone
    courseandislimitedtousebymilitarypersonnel.Thereareasmanyas11
    7golfcoursesof18holesormorethatcurrentlyoffernightgames.Whiten
    ightgolfmayresultinSouthKorea'sgolfersachievingmoresuccessonth
    einternationalstage,especiallyinthewomen'sgame.TheSeoulSisters
    websitestatesthat:"Asoflastweek,32ofthetop100playersinthewome
    n'sworldrankings,including4ofthetop10,werefromSouthKorea."AKo
    reanwomanhaswonatleastonegolfmajoreveryseasonsince2010.Kor
    ea'slegendaryPakSe-riwonthe1998USOpenaged20inherrookiese
    ason.Shemayhavebeenawhitenighttrailblazer.Itisreportedherfathe
    rmadeherpracticeherswingnearcemeteriesatnighttotoughenherup.

    Free writing

    Write about night golf for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Golf is the best game in the world. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. GOLF: Make a poster about golf. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. 24 HOURS: Write a magazine article about making all sports facilities available 24 hours a day. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on golf. Ask him/her three questions about golf. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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