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The Olympics
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Type:
A topical lead-in
Level:
Pre-Intermediate
Time:
15 minutes
Skill:
Speaking
Work:
Students work in pairs
Stage:
Lead-in
 
 
This is a speaking lead-in activity for pre-intermediate students about when ten various sports became part of the Olympic programme of events. Learners sort the cut up card and try to arrange the sports in chronological order and match them to the date they joined the Olympics.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Level:
Pre-Intermediate
Time:
10 minutes
Skill:
Speaking
Work:
Students work in pairs
Stage:
Lead-in
 
 
For a speaking introduction to the topic of the Olympics, this concise discussion activity gets learners talking. In the activity, the learners are tasked with identifying three non-Olympic sports from a list of eight.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Level:
Intermediate
Time:
10 minutes
Skill:
Speaking
Work:
Students work in pairs
Stage:
Lead-in
 
 
This is a quick, topical lead-in about the Olympics involving speaking. Learners discuss why a selection of eight popular sports are not part of the Olympic programme of events, from Formula 1 to sumo.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Level:
Intermediate
Time:
15 minutes
Skill:
Speaking
Work:
Students work in pairs
Stage:
Lead-in/Extended speaking task
 
 
This lead-in/extended speaking task handout is great for getting the learners into the spirit of the Olympics. Features a range of questions for discussion about athletes, performances, participating countries, and host cities.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Level:
Upper-Intermediate
Time:
15 minutes
Skill:
Speaking
Work:
Students work in pairs
Stage:
Lead-in/Extended speaking task
 
 
With new and ridiculous sports being added to the Olympic bill every 4 years, this great debating activity comes as a refreshing surprise. The object of the game is for students to try and convince their partner to accept a number of new sports into the next Olympics.
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