The Reading / Listening - Paralympics - Level 0

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games have started. There will be 539 events in 22 sports over 12 days. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said there are 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes. Japan's emperor wished all athletes "the very best". The IPC said the Paralympics were fantastic and could change society.

The IPC said: "Thanks to the efforts of many people, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to begin." A 14-year-old swimmer was excited. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I feel really comfortable."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paralympics - Level 1 Paralympics - Level 2   or  Paralympics - Level 3

Sources
  • https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0007704337
  • https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14425044
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/08/e5935c34a293-japan-emperor-hoping-paralympians-can-reach-highest-highs.html


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 :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There will
  2. 22 sports over
  3. there are 161
  4. 4,500 para
  5. Japan's
  6. wished all athletes the very
  7. the Paralympics were
  8. change
  1. athletes
  2. fantastic
  3. be 539 events
  4. society
  5. best
  6. 12 days
  7. emperor
  8. countries

Paragraph 2

  1. The IPC said
  2. the efforts
  3. the most transformative sport
  4. about to
  5. A 14-year-
  6. I feel like I'm meeting
  7. Since it's the
  8. I feel really
  1. event
  2. old swimmer
  3. Paralympics
  4. comfortable
  5. thanks
  6. of many people
  7. movie stars
  8. begin

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ Paralympic Games have started. (2) ___________________ 539 events in 22 sports (3) ___________________. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said there are (4) ___________________ 4,500 para athletes. Japan's emperor wished all athletes "(5) ___________________". The IPC said the Paralympics were fantastic (6) ___________________ society.

The IPC said: "Thanks (7) ___________________ of many people, the most transformative (8) ___________________ Earth is about to begin." A (9) ___________________ swimmer was excited. She said: "I (10) ___________________ meeting movie stars." She added: "(11) ___________________ Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

The2020TokyoParalympicGameshavestarted.Therewillbe539event
sin22sportsover12days.TheInternationalParalympicCommittee(IP
C)saidthereare161countriesand4,500paraathletes.Japan'semperor
wishedallathletes"theverybest".TheIPCsaidtheParalympicswerefan
tasticandcouldchangesociety.TheIPCsaid:"Thankstotheeffortsofma
nypeople,themosttransformativesporteventonEarthisabouttobegin
."A14-year-oldswimmerwasexcited.Shesaid:"IfeellikeI'mmeetingm
oviestars."Sheadded:"Sinceit'stheParalympicsandeverybodyelseis
disabled,Ifeelreallycomfortable."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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