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  • 7/28/2019 Football World Cup Lesson Idea


    Football World Cup Lesson Idea

    Author: Dennis Delany Page 1 of 22r: Katie J ones. Pearson Education 2010 PHOTOCOPIABLE

    Preparation Time: NoneLearning Objectives: In the context of the

    football World Cup use of abstract nouns andadjectives; awareness of word class and

    structures used with each; language of discussion

    Skill: Speaking

    Completion Time: 4560 minutes or a

    sequence of lessons using a project-

    based approach with stronger classes

    Grammar: Word class, it takes/you need/you have to Age/Level: TeenagerAdult/Intermediate

    Resources: Images of the World Cup, South Africa, famous footballers, etc.

    Warm-Up (15 minutes)

    Have a look at Football World Cup Stats Warmerfor some statistics on the World Cup.

    Presentation (510 minutes)

    Ask the questions: What does it take to win the World Cup? and What do you need to

    win the World Cup?

    Elicit some answers, then highlight the forms:

    It takes strength/determination/stamina/talent/bravery/courage/passion, etc.

    You need to be/strong/determined/fit/talented/brave/passionate, etc.

    Draw a two column table on the board (or use a wall poster) and put the examples in

    each column.

    Ask the students what each column is (one for nouns and the other for adjectives)

    Practice (1015 minutes)

    Students copy a two-column table and fill it in with as many nouns and adjectives as they can.

    They can work by themselves or with their classmates.

    Discussion (in pairs or groups 15+ minutes)

    What does a team need to win the World Cup?

    Why have Brazil won it so many times?

    Why have England won it only once, and not since 1966?

    What is the role of the captain of the team?

    What is the role of the manager?

    Can supporters make a difference?

    What about refereeing decisions?

  • 7/28/2019 Football World Cup Lesson Idea


    Football World Cup Lesson Idea

    Author: Dennis Delany Page 2 of 22r: Katie J ones. Pearson Education 2010 PHOTOCOPIABLE

    Business Classes can discuss these questions:

    What qualities does it take to be a successful football manager?

    What lessons can business managers learn from football managers?

    Should business managers run their departments like a football team? Why/why not?

    What business opportunities does the World Cup offer?


    Ask pairs or groups to give feedback in open class or summarise the main points yourself on the board.

    Other ideas

    Ask the class to cut out and bring in pictures of players illustrating qualities such as fitness, bravery,

    passion, team spirit, fair play, strength, etc. and make a wall poster.

    Ask each student to write a biography of their favourite player and give a five-minute

    presentation in the next class, using pictures or PowerPoint slides.

    Extension activities

    For more activities on football and the World Cup have a look at:

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    Football Gaffes Answer Key

    Football Idiom Pictionary

    Sports Expressions Matching Cards Game

    Eight Famous Managers Reading

    Eight Famous Managers Reading Answer Key

    Football Pundits Predictions Dialogue

    The Not-So-Serious World Cup Quiz