The Reading / Listening - Paralympics - Level 3

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night with the opening ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration includes a total of 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total of 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking part in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony took place in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito 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 like no other sports event on this planet."

The Games should have taken place last year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at the event finally happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people doubted this day would happen. 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, Husnah Kukundakwe, summed up her excitement about being at 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 easier levels:

    Paralympics - Level 0 Paralympics - Level 1   or  Paralympics - Level 2

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 :-)





Warm-ups

1. THE PARALYMPICS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Paralympics. 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?
       Tokyo / opening ceremony / stadium / celebration / athletes / ability / sports / planet
       last year / coronavirus / pandemic / happiness / swimmer / movie stars / disabled
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPORT: Students A strongly believe sport is the best thing to bring people together ; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TRANSFORM: How can sport transform these people? How can goverments get these people to do more sport? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Transform

How?

Schoolchildren

 

 

Pensioners

 

 

People with disabilities

 

 

People with mental health issues

 

 

Overweight people

 

 

Prisoners

 

 

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

  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Goalball
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • Wheelchair tennis
  • 5-a-side football
  • Athletics
  • Archery

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. ceremony a. Joining in.
      2. celebration b. A formal or public occasion, especially one that celebrates the opening of an event, an achievement, or an anniversary.
      3. event c. A thing that happens or takes place, especially one that is important.
      4. taking part d. A person who is very good at sports and other forms of physical exercise.
      5. empty e. Change the form, nature, or appearance of something or someone.
      6. athlete f. An enjoyable activity held to be happy about something.
      7. transform g. Containing nothing; not filled.

    Paragraph 2

      8. postponed h. The work and activities of a group of people with the same goal.
      9. pandemic i. Feeling relaxed.
      10. doubted j. Of a person having a physical or mental condition that limits their movements, senses, or activities.
      11. efforts k. Felt unsure that something would happen.
      12. summed up l. Said something again in very few words.
      13. disabled m. Caused or arranged for something to take place at a time later than that first scheduled.
      14. comfortable n. Of a disease that is everywhere over a whole country or the world.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The Paralympics opening ceremony was at the Tokyo City stadium.     T / F
  2. There will be over 500 events at the Paralympics.     T / F
  3. The stadium at the opening ceremony was half empty.     T / F
  4. The Paralympics president said the Games could change society.     T / F
  5. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the 2020 Paralympics.     T / F
  6. The Paralympics president could not believe the Games went ahead.     T / F
  7. A teenage swimmer said she felt like a movie star.     T / F
  8. The teenage swimmer said she felt comfortable at the Paralympics.     T / F

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

  1. began
  2. celebration
  3. taking part
  4. took place
  5. transform
  6. postponed
  7. happiness
  8. doubted
  9. excitement
  10. comfortable
  1. joy
  2. occurred
  3. delayed
  4. occasion
  5. questioned
  6. relaxed
  7. started
  8. elation
  9. change
  10. participating

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

  1. The twelve-day sporting
  2. 4,500 para athletes
  3. The opening ceremony took place
  4. I would like to join you in wishing all athletes
  5. the ability to transform society like
  6. The Games should have
  7. Many people doubted this
  8. thanks to the efforts
  9. summed
  10. I feel like I'm
  1. in an empty stadium
  2. day would happen
  3. meeting movie stars
  4. are taking part
  5. up her excitement
  6. of many
  7. no other sports event
  8. celebration
  9. the very best
  10. taken place last year

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
taking
join
fantastic
ceremony
society
includes
best
place

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night with the opening (1) _____________________ at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration (2) _____________________ a total of 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total of 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are (3) _____________________ part in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony took (4) _____________________ in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would like to (5) _____________________ you in wishing all athletes the very (6) _____________________." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just (7) _____________________ to watch, they also have the ability to transform (8) _____________________ like no other sports event on this planet."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
doubted
begin
happiness
disabled
finally
summed
postponed
efforts

The Games should have taken place last year but were (9) _____________________ because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his (10) _____________________ at the event (11) _____________________ happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people (12) _____________________ this day would happen. Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the (13) _____________________ of many, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to (14) _____________________." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, (15) _____________________ up her excitement about being at the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is (16) _____________________, I feel really comfortable."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night with ______
     a.  the open in ceremony
     b.  the opening ceremony
     c.  the opening ceremonial
     d.  the opening ceremonies
2)  The twelve-day sporting celebration includes a ______ events
     a.  total of 536
     b.  total of 537
     c.  total of 538
     d.  total of 539
3)  The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total ______
     a.  of 161 country
     b.  of 161 countries
     c.  of 161 countrified
     d.  of 161 counties
4)  The opening ceremony took place in ______
     a.  on empty stadium
     b.  an empty stadium
     c.  a empty stadium
     d.  inner empty stadium
5)  The Paralympics are not just fantastic to watch, they also have the ability ______
     a.  too transform society
     b.  two transform society
     c.  to transform society
     d.  though transform society

6)  The Games should have taken place last year ______
     a.  but were postponed
     b.  but are postponed
     c.  but when postponed
     d.  but where postponed
7)  Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at the ______
     a.  event final happening
     b.  event finally happen in
     c.  event finally happening
     d.  event final happening
8)  I cannot believe we are finally here. Many ______
     a.  people doubt it this
     b.  people doubled this
     c.  people doubt Ted this
     d.  people doubted this
9)  Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the ______
     a.  efforts of meanie
     b.  efforts of any
     c.  efforts of many
     d.  efforts of much
10)  Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I feel ______
     a.  really comfort table
     b.  really comfortable
     c.  really comfortableness
     d.  really comfortably

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday (1) ____________________ opening ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration (2) ____________________ of 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said (3) ____________________ 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking part in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony (4) ____________________ an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would (5) ____________________ 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 (6) ____________________ sports event on this planet."

The Games should have taken place last year (7) ____________________ because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at (8) ____________________ happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people doubted this day would happen. Many thought (9) ____________________. But, thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on Earth (10) ____________________ begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, (11) ____________________ excitement about being at 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 (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What stadium did the Paralympics Opening Ceremony take place in?
  2. How many events are there at the Paralympics?
  3. How many spectators were at the Opening Ceremony?
  4. Who wished all the athletes well?
  5. What did the Paralympics president say the Games could do to society?
  6. What caused the delay of the Paralympics?
  7. Who doubted whether the Paralympics would take place?
  8. What event does Husnah Kukundakwe take part in?
  9. Who does Husnah Kukundakwe feel like she is meeting?
  10. How does Husnah Kukundakwe feel at the Paralympics?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What stadium did the Paralympics Opening Ceremony take place in?
a) the Tokyo Giants baseball stadium
b) the Tokyo City Stadium
c) Yokohama Stadium
d) Japan's National Stadium
2) How many events are there at the Paralympics?
a) 359
b) 539
c) 593
d) 395
3) How many spectators were at the Opening Ceremony?
a) 5,000
b) 10,000
c) none (the stadium was empty)
d) 2,783
4) Who wished all the athletes well?
a) Japan's emperor
b) the IPC president
c) Japan's prime minister
d) the IOC president
5) What did the Paralympics president say the Games could do to society?
a) educate it
b) entertain it
c) transform it
d) make it fitter

6) What caused the delay of the Paralympics?
a) technical problems
b) the coronavirus pandemic
c) money problems
d) internal arguments
7) Who doubted whether the Paralympics would take place?
a) the IOC president
b) athletes
c) many people
d) the IPC president
8) What event does Husnah Kukundakwe take part in?
a) swimming
b) fencing
c) archery
d) wheelchair tennis
9) Who does Husnah Kukundakwe feel like she is meeting?
a) her idols
b) royalty
c) movie stars
d) future superstars
10) How does Husnah Kukundakwe feel at the Paralympics?
a) worried
b) comfortable
c) nervous
d) happy

Role play

Role  A – Cycling
You think cycling is the best Paralympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as enjoyable. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): wheelchair tennis, 5-a-side football or goalball.

Role  B – Wheelchair Tennis
You think wheelchair tennis is the best Paralympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as enjoyable. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): goalball, 5-a-side football or cycling.

Role  C – 5-a-side Football
You think 5-a-side football is the best Paralympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as enjoyable. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): wheelchair tennis, goalball or cycling.

Role  D – Goalball
You think goalball is the best Paralympics event. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as enjoyable. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): wheelchair tennis, 5-a-side football or cycling.

After reading / listening

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

'sport'

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  • and 'games'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • night
    • twelve
    • 161
    • empty
    • all
    • other
    • because
    • happiness
    • thanks
    • being
    • movie
    • really

    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 - Paralympics

    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 'ceremony'?
    3. What do you think of the Paralympics?
    4. What are your favourite Paralympic sports?
    5. Was it right that the stadium was empty?
    6. Who are your country's best Paralympians?
    7. What do you think being in the Paralympics village is like?
    8. What do you think the training is like to be a Paralympian?
    9. What advice do you have for the Paralympians?
    10. How can the Paralympics transform society?

    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 'Paralympics'?
    3. What do you know about Tokyo?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. Should the Games be happening during a pandemic?
    6. Should the Paralympics and Olympics be combined?
    7. Would you like to attend the events in Tokyo?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. In what ways are the Paralympics better than the Olympics?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Paralympians?

    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 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began (1) ____ Tuesday night with the opening ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration includes a total (2) ____ 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total of 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking (3) ____ in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony (4) ____ place in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would like to join you in (5) ____ all athletes the very best." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just fantastic to watch, they also have the ability to (6) ____ society like no other sports event on this planet."

    The Games should have taken place last year but were (7) ____ because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at the event (8) ____ happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people (9) ____ this day would happen. Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on Earth is (10) ____ to begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, summed (11) ____ her excitement about being at the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody (12) ____ is disabled, I feel really comfortable."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    2. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     as    
    3. (a)     party     (b)     part     (c)     partner     (d)     participate    
    4. (a)     did     (b)     had     (c)     gave     (d)     took    
    5. (a)     washing     (b)     whiling     (c)     wishing     (d)     whistling    
    6. (a)     pressure     (b)     transform     (c)     movement     (d)     protest    
    7. (a)     postponed     (b)     reposted     (c)     posted     (d)     posited    
    8. (a)     finals     (b)     finality     (c)     final     (d)     finally    
    9. (a)     doubled     (b)     indebted     (c)     doubted     (d)     dabbled    
    10. (a)     kind     (b)     roughly     (c)     around     (d)     about    
    11. (a)     down     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     out    
    12. (a)     else     (b)     other     (c)     another     (d)     others

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. wishing all thletaes the very best
    4. atfsantic to watch
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at the event finally
    (...)  happen. Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on
    (...)  stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I feel really comfortable."
    (...)  like to join you in wishing all athletes the very best." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just
    (...)  events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total of 161 countries
    (...)  and 4,500 para athletes are taking part in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening
    (...)  fantastic to watch, they also have the ability to transform society like no other sports event on this planet."
    (...)  up her excitement about being at the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie
    (...)  Earth is about to begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, summed
    (...)  Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration includes a total of 539
    1  ) The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night with the opening ceremony at
    (...)  ceremony took place in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would
    (...)  happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people doubted this day would
    (...)  The Games should have taken place last year but were postponed because of the coronavirus

    Put the words in the right order

    1. celebration   539   includes   sporting   The   events   .   twelve-day
    2. total   athletes   .   countries   A   161   of   and   4,500
    3. The   took   place   stadium   .   an   in   ceremony   empty
    4. said   like   join   I   to   you   .   He   would
    5. transform   also   the   to   society   .   have   They   ability
    6. Games   taken   The   place   year   .   should   last   have
    7. I   we   believe   here   .   are   finally   cannot
    8. Many   day   doubted   this   people   would   happen   .
    9. I'm   meeting   feel   like   movie   I   stars   .
    10. everybody   the   else   Paralympics   disabled   .   is   It's   and

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night within / with the opening ceremony to / at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration inclusive / includes a total of 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a totally / total of 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking part / partner in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony gave / took place in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would like to joint / join you in wishing all athletes the very best." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just fantastic / fantastically to watch, they also have the ability / able to transform society like no other sports event in / on this planet."

    The Games should have taken place lasted / last year but were postponed because of a / the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at / of the event finally happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are final / finally here. Many people doubled / doubted this day would happen. Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the efforts of much / many, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to beginning / begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, summed up / down her excitement about being at the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie suns / stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is / be disabled, I feel really comfortable."

    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)

    Th_  2020  T_ky_  P_r_lymp_c  G_m_s  b_g_n  _n  T__sd_y  n_ght  w_th  th_  _p_n_ng  c_r_m_ny  _t  J_p_n's  N_t__n_l  St_d__m.  Th_  tw_lv_-d_y  sp_rt_ng  c_l_br_t__n  _ncl_d_s  _  t_t_l  _f  539  _v_nts  _n  22  p_r_  sp_rts.  Th_  _nt_rn_t__n_l  P_r_lymp_c  C_mm_tt__  (_PC)  s__d  _  t_t_l  _f  161  c__ntr__s  _nd  4,500  p_r_  _thl_t_s  _r_  t_k_ng  p_rt  _n  th_  G_m_s.  Th_s  _ncl_d_s  th_  R_f_g__  P_r_lymp_c  T__m.  Th_  _p_n_ng  c_r_m_ny  t__k  pl_c_  _n  _n  _mpty  st_d__m.  J_p_n's  _mp_r_r  N_r_h_t_  _p_n_d  th_  G_m_s.  H_  s__d:  "_  w__ld  l_k_  t_  j__n  y__  _n  w_sh_ng  _ll  _thl_t_s  th_  v_ry  b_st."  Th_  _PC  pr_s_d_nt  s__d:  "Th_  P_r_lymp_cs  _r_  n_t  j_st  f_nt_st_c  t_  w_tch,  th_y  _ls_  h_v_  th_  _b_l_ty  t_  tr_nsf_rm  s_c__ty  l_k_  n_  _th_r  sp_rts  _v_nt  _n  th_s  pl_n_t."

    Th_  G_m_s  sh__ld  h_v_  t_k_n  pl_c_  l_st  y__r  b_t  w_r_  p_stp_n_d  b_c__s_  _f  th_  c_r_n_v_r_s  p_nd_m_c.  Th_  _PC  pr_s_d_nt  _ndr_w  P_rs_ns  sp_k_  _b__t  h_s  h_pp_n_ss  _t  th_  _v_nt  f_n_lly  h_pp_n_ng.  H_  s__d:  "_  c_nn_t  b_l__v_  w_  _r_  f_n_lly  h_r_.  M_ny  p__pl_  d__bt_d  th_s  d_y  w__ld  h_pp_n.  M_ny  th__ght  _t  w_s  _mp_ss_bl_.  B_t,  th_nks  t_  th_  _ff_rts  _f  m_ny,  th_  m_st  tr_nsf_rm_t_v_  sp_rt  _v_nt  _n  __rth  _s  _b__t  t_  b_g_n."  _  14-y__r-_ld  _g_nd_n  sw_mm_r,  H_sn_h  K_k_nd_kw_,  s_mm_d  _p  h_r  _xc_t_m_nt  _b__t  b__ng  _t  th_  G_m_s.  Sh_  s__d:  "_  f__l  l_k_  _'m  m__t_ng  m_v__  st_rs."  Sh_  _dd_d:  "S_nc_  _t's  th_  P_r_lymp_cs  _nd  _v_ryb_dy  _ls_  _s  d_s_bl_d,  _  f__l  r__lly  c_mf_rt_bl_."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the 2020 tokyo paralympic games began on tuesday night with the opening ceremony at japans national stadium the twelveday sporting celebration includes a total of 539 events in 22 para sports the international paralympic committee ipc said a total of 161 countries and 4500 para athletes are taking part in the games this includes the refugee paralympic team the opening ceremony took place in an empty stadium japans emperor naruhito 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 like no other sports event on this planet

    the games should have taken place last year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic the ipc president andrew parsons spoke about his happiness at the event finally happening he said i cannot believe we are finally here many people doubted this day would happen many thought it was impossible but thanks to the efforts of many the most transformative sport event on earth is about to begin a 14yearold ugandan swimmer husnah kukundakwe summed up her excitement about being at the games she said i feel like im meeting movie stars she added since its the paralympics and everybody else is disabled i feel really comfortable

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    The2020TokyoParalympicGamesbeganonTuesdaynightwiththeope
    ningceremonyatJapan'sNationalStadium.Thetwelve-daysportingce
    lebrationincludesatotalof539eventsin22parasports.TheInternation
    alParalympicCommittee(IPC)saidatotalof161countriesand4,500par
    aathletesaretakingpartintheGames.ThisincludestheRefugeeParaly
    mpicTeam.Theopeningceremonytookplaceinanemptystadium.Japa
    n'sEmperorNaruhitoopenedtheGames.Hesaid:"Iwouldliketojoinyou
    inwishingallathletestheverybest."TheIPCpresidentsaid:"TheParaly
    mpicsarenotjustfantastictowatch,theyalsohavetheabilitytotransfor
    msocietylikenoothersportseventonthisplanet."TheGamesshouldha
    vetakenplacelastyearbutwerepostponedbecauseofthecoronavirusp
    andemic.TheIPCpresidentAndrewParsonsspokeabouthishappinessa
    ttheeventfinallyhappening.Hesaid:"Icannotbelievewearefinallyhere
    .Manypeopledoubtedthisdaywouldhappen.Manythoughtitwasimpos
    sible.But,thankstotheeffortsofmany,themosttransformativesportev
    entonEarthisabouttobegin."A14-year-oldUgandanswimmer,Husna
    hKukundakwe,summedupherexcitementaboutbeingattheGames.S
    hesaid:"IfeellikeI'mmeetingmoviestars."Sheadded:"Sinceit'sthePa
    ralympicsandeverybodyelseisdisabled,Ifeelreallycomfortable."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The Paralympics are the most transformative event on Earth.  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. THE PARALYMPICS: Make a poster about the Paralympics. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TRANSFORMING: Write a magazine article about how the Paralympics could change the world.
    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 the Paralympics. Ask him/her three questions about the Games. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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