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Matt | Insideout.com,Teach English in China | Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

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4th August – Beijing Olympics

This week’s lesson focuses on the huge international sports event beginning in China on 8th August: the Olympic Games.

Level
Intermediate and above (equivalent to CEF level B1 and above)

Student’s Worksheet
PDF (40K)
DOC (66K)

Teacher’s Notes
PDF (22K)
DOC (32K)

Glossary based on the Macmillan English Dictionary and the Macmillan Essential Dictionary
PDF (28K)
DOC (43K)

Example:

The Beijing Olympic Games worksheet A

There is no (1) _________ that the Olympic Games, which begin on 8th August in Beijing, China, will be one of the biggest sporting events in history. Around 3 million Chinese and foreign visitors are expected to arrive in the city during the games, and more than 10,000 athletes will be (2) _________ at a total of 37 different venues. By the time the closing ceremony takes place on 24th August it is (3) _________ that between 3.5 and 4 billion people, out of the Earth’s total population of 6.7 billion, will have watched some part of the games on television.

This year’s Olympics consist of 28 different sports, some of which are divided into various different ‘disciplines’. Athletics, for example, consists of ‘track’ events such as (4) _________ races, and ‘field’ events such as pole-vaulting and javelin-throwing. Athletics is widely (5) _________ as the most glamorous part of the Olympics and probably gets the most international TV coverage, with hundreds of millions of viewers watching the finals of races such as the 100-metre sprint. The athletics events always take place in the largest (6) _________ , in this case the Beijing National Stadium, which has the nickname ‘the bird’s nest’ because of its unusual

(7) _________ from the outside.

Other Olympic sports that attract large TV (8) _________ in many parts of the world include basketball, football and gymnastics, while sports such as canoeing and archery have smaller audiences.

All the different venues in Beijing have been ready for some time – unlike in many previous Olympics, when some of the (9) _________ work was only completed at the last minute. There are, however, concerns about the possibility of air pollution affecting the competitors.

As always, some countries are very likely to do well in certain events – such as the East African nations (particularly Kenya) in the long-distance running, and Brazil and Argentina in the men’s football. The United States finished top of the medals

(10) _________ in the last Olympics in Athens in 2004 (with China in second place, Russia in third, Australia in fourth and Japan in fifth), and not many people would (11) _________ against their athletes repeating the achievement this year. However, it’s also the case that there are always some (12) _________ , such as when Argentina won the men’s basketball in Athens.

The Beijing Olympic Games worksheet B


Exercise 1

Fill in the gaps in the text on Worksheet A with the correct words from the table below. There are four extra words.

feared

journalists

venue

bet

winning

running

surprises

seen

table

disaster

competing

building

appearance

doubt

expected

audiences


The Beijing Olympic Games worksheet C

Exercise 2

Below is the text from Worksheet A, but it has been copied incorrectly and now contains twenty mistakes. Find and correct the mistakes.

There is no doubt that the Olympic Games, which beginning on 8th August in Beijing, China, will be one of the biggest sporting events in the history. Around 3 million Chinese and foreign visitors are expected to arrive in the city during the games, and more than 10,000 athletes will be competing at a total of 37 different venewes. By the time the closing ceremony takes place on 24th August it is expected that between 3.5 and 4 billion people, out of the Earth total population of 6.7 billion, will have watch some part of the games on television.

This year’s Olympics consist 28 different sports, some of which are divided to various different ‘disciplines’. Athletics, for example, consists of ‘track’ events such as running races, and ‘field’ events such as pole-vaulting and javelin-jumping. Athletics is widely seen as the most glamorous part of the Olympics and probably get the most international TV coverage, with hundreds of millions of viewers watching the finals of courses such as the 100-metre sprint. The athletics events always have place in the largest venue, in this case the Beijing National Stadium, which have the nickname ‘the bird’s nest’ because of its unusual appearance from the outside.

Other Olympic sports that attract large TV audiences in many parts of the world include basketball, football and gym, while sports such as canoeing and archery have smaller audiences.

All the different venues in Beijing are ready for some time – unlike in many previous Olympics, when some of the building work was only completed at last minute. There are, however, concerns about the possibility of air pollution affecting the competers.

As always, some countries are very like to do well in certain events – such as the East African nations (particular Kenya) in the long-distance running, and Brazil and Argentina in the men’s football. The United States finished top of the medals table in the last Olympics in Athens in 2004 (with China in second place, Russia in third, Australia in fourth and Japan in five), and not many people would bet against their athletes repeating the achieve this year. However, it’s also the case that there are always some surprises, such as when Argentina won the men’s basketball in Athens.


The Beijing Olympic Games worksheet D


There is no doubt that the Olympic Games, which begin on 8th August in Beijing, China, will be one of the biggest sporting events in history. Around 3 million Chinese and foreign visitors are expected to arrive in the city during the games, and more than 10,000 athletes will be competing at a total of 37 different venues. By the time the closing ceremony takes place on 24th August it is expected that between 3.5 and 4 billion people, out of the Earth’s total population of 6.7 billion, will have watched some part of the games on television.

This year’s Olympics consist of 28 different sports, some of which are divided into various different ‘disciplines’. Athletics, for example, consists of ‘track’ events such as running races, and ‘field’ events such as pole-vaulting and javelin-throwing. Athletics is widely seen as the most glamorous part of the Olympics and probably gets the most international TV coverage, with hundreds of millions of viewers watching the finals of races such as the 100-metre sprint. The athletics events always take place in the largest venue, in this case the Beijing National Stadium, which has the nickname ‘the bird’s nest’ because of its unusual appearance from the outside.

Other Olympic sports that attract large TV audiences in many parts of the world include basketball, football and gymnastics, while sports such as canoeing and archery have smaller audiences.

All the different venues in Beijing have been ready for some time – unlike in many previous Olympics, when some of the building work was only completed at the last minute. There are, however, concerns about the possibility of air pollution affecting the competitors.

As always, some countries are very likely to do well in certain events – such as the East African nations (particularly Kenya) in the long-distance running, and Brazil and Argentina in the men’s football. The United States finished top of the medals table in the last Olympics in Athens in 2004 (with China in second place, Russia in third, Australia in fourth and Japan in fifth), and not many people would bet against their athletes repeating the achievement this year. However, it’s also the case that there are always some surprises, such as when Argentina won the men’s basketball in Athens.

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