The Reading / Listening - Paralympics - Level 2

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games have begun after the opening ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The 12-day sporting celebration has 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking part. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. Japan's emperor opened the Games. He said: "I would like to join you in wishing all athletes the very best." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just fantastic to watch, they also have the ability to transform society."

The Games should have taken place last year. The coronavirus pandemic postponed them. The IPC president spoke about his happiness at the event happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here.…Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer summed up her excitement about the Games. 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 0 Paralympics - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the opening
  2. The 12-day sporting
  3. 539 events in
  4. 4,500 para athletes are
  5. Japan's emperor opened
  6. I'd like to join you in wishing all
  7. fantastic
  8. have the ability to
  1. 22 para sports
  2. athletes the very best
  3. transform society
  4. celebration
  5. to watch
  6. taking part
  7. ceremony
  8. the Games

Paragraph 2

  1. The Games should have taken
  2. The coronavirus pandemic
  3. The IPC president spoke
  4. I cannot believe
  5. thanks to the efforts
  6. the most transformative sport
  7. I feel like I'm meeting
  8. I feel really
  1. about his happiness
  2. of many
  3. comfortable
  4. movie stars
  5. we are finally here
  6. place last year
  7. event on Earth
  8. postponed them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games have begun (1) ___________________ ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The 12-day sporting celebration (2) ___________________ in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes (3) ___________________. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. Japan's emperor opened the Games. He said: "I would (4) ___________________ you in wishing all athletes (5) ___________________." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just fantastic to watch, they also have (6) ___________________ transform society."

The Games should have taken (7) ___________________. The coronavirus pandemic postponed them. The IPC president spoke about his happiness (8) ___________________ happening. He said: "I cannot believe we (9) ___________________....Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the (10) ___________________, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer summed up her excitement about the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm (11) ___________________." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

The2020TokyoParalympicGameshavebegunaftertheopeningcerem
onyatJapan'sNationalStadium.The12-daysportingcelebrationhas53
9eventsin22parasports.TheInternationalParalympicCommittee(IPC
)said161countriesand4,500paraathletesaretakingpart.Thisincludes
theRefugeeParalympicTeam.Japan'semperoropenedtheGames.Hes
aid:"Iwouldliketojoinyouinwishingallathletestheverybest."TheIPCp
residentsaid:"TheParalympicsarenotjustfantastictowatch,theyalso
havetheabilitytotransformsociety."TheGamesshouldhavetakenplac
elastyear.Thecoronaviruspandemicpostponedthem.TheIPCpreside
ntspokeabouthishappinessattheeventhappening.Hesaid:"Icannotb
elievewearefinallyhere....Manythoughtitwasimpossible.But,thankst
otheeffortsofmany,themosttransformativesporteventonEarthisabo
uttobegin."A14-year-oldUgandanswimmersummedupherexciteme
ntabouttheGames.Shesaid:"IfeellikeI'mmeetingmoviestars."Shead
ded:"Sinceit'stheParalympicsandeverybodyelseisdisabled,Ifeelreall
ycomfortable."

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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