GE|Adults|Intermediate|9. Sports Superstitions
1.1 Athletes and sportsmen are very superstitious, watch this video about superstitions and answer the questions:
1. Are rituals important for sportsmen? Why?
2. Do rituals work?
3. Do you have any rituals?
4. What rituals did they mention?
1.2 Watch the video again and fill in the gaps with the missing words.
1.1 What are these items for?
1.2 Match the words and the pictures.
2.1 Match the places and sports.
3.1 Fill in the gaps with the past tense and past participles.
win and beat
⦁ You win a medal, a competition or a match.
⦁ You beat another team or person.
NOT Madrid won Barcelona.
4.1 Complete the sentences using the past form of the verbs given in the exercise 3.1.
5.1 Fill in the gaps with the given words.
⦁ It’s important to warm up before you do any exercises. (=do light exercise to get ready)
⦁ My brother works out every morning. (=does exercise at a gym)
⦁ The player got a red card and was sent off after touching the ball with his hand. (= told to leave the pitch / court, etc.)
⦁ My team was knocked out in the semi-finals. (= eliminated)
1.1 Answer the questions.
1. What sport do you watch?
2. What sport/s do you practice?
3. How often do you practice it?
4. Where do you practice it?
5. Which sport do you like the most?
6. Do you have any superstitions, when you’re playing or watching sport, or before the exam?
1.1 Do you know any sportsmen who are superstitious? What rituals do they do?
1.2 Read the text about the most famous superstitious sportsmen and complete it with the given phrases.
1.3 Find five words or phrases you want to remember from the article. Find their definitions and learn by heart.
1.1 Do you know any referees? Are they well-paid, respected, popular? Why do you think somebody would want to become a referee?
1.2 You’re going to listen to an interview with an ex-Champions League football referee from Spain. Listen to Part 1 and choose the answers.
2.1 Listen to the Part 2 of the interview, fill in the gaps with one to three words.
2.2 Do you agree that now there is more cheating in football than it used to be? Why (not)? Would you like to be a referee? Why (not)?
1.1 Answer the following questions:
1. Is cheating in sport considered to be a big problem in your country?
2. In what sport do you think cheating is most common?
3. What kind of thing do people do when they cheat?
1.2 Read the text about the most famous cheats in sports.
The most famous cheats in sports
On a very foggy day in January 1990, at Louisiana’s Delta Downs track, Carmouche aroused the suspicions of the stewards by riding home 23-1 outsider Landing Officer by 24 lengths in just a second over the course record.
It transpired that Carmouche, who initially protested his innocence, had dropped out of the one-mile race as soon as he was out of view, only to rejoin it just before the rest of the field came round on the second lap. He finally admitted what he had done and served a ban for eight years.
In the 1985 qualifying round for the Open at Deal, Kent, the former Scottish boys champion took advantage of golf’s culture of honesty and self-regulation. After 14 holes, Robertson’s playing companions called an official who disqualified him for repeatedly replacing his ball incorrectly on the greens.
By arriving on the green first Robertson would appear to mark his ball before surreptitiously moving it closer to the hole. The shamed golfer was fined £20,000 and banned from the PGA European Tour for 20 years.
Representing Soviet Union in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the respected pentathlete was looking to improve on the silver medal he had been awarded four years previously in Munich.
In his desire to win, Onischenko bent the rules by using a crooked sword. Having wired a switch into the handle of his épée, he was able to claim an electronic ‘hit’ even when he missed. When Great Britain’s Adrian Parker and then countryman Jim Fox reported their doubts over the authenticity of Onischenko’s victories, his weapon was replaced, and he was eventually disqualified. As a result Onischenko was given the nickname «Disonischenko», which descends from the word «dishonest».
Fencing rules were subsequently changed so that grips that could hide wires or switches were banned.
2.1 Look at the highlighted verbs in the text. Which of them are used for:
⦁ a completed action in the past;
⦁ an action that happened before the past time we are talking about;
⦁ an action in progress (or not) at a particular moment in the past.
2.2 Choose and mark the correct form.
3.1 Complete with the past simple, past continuous, or past perfect.
1.1 Choose two of the topics below and plan what you are going to say. Ask your teacher for any words you need.
TELL YOUR TEACHER ABOUT:
⦁ a time you cheated (in a sport / game or in an exam)
When and where did this happen? What were you doing? Why did you cheat? What happened in the end?
⦁ a really exciting sports event you saw
Where and when was it? Who was playing? What happened? Why was it so exciting?
⦁ a time you had an accident or got a sports injury
When and where did this happen? What were you doing? How did the accident happen? What part of your body did you hurt? What happened next? How long did it take you to recover?
⦁ a time you got lost
Where were you going? How were you travelling? Why did you get lost? What happened in the end?
⦁ a time you saw or met a celebrity
When was it? Where were you? Who was with you? What was the celebrity doing? What was she/he wearing? Did you speak to him/her? What happened in the end?
Start your anecdote with:
⦁ I’m going to tell you about a time when…
⦁ This happened a few years ago…
⦁ When I was younger…
1.1 Read a story about the meeting with a celebrity? Do you think it is funny?
Julia Roberts Sat At My Table
I was sitting at the Cow, a cafe in Arroyo Seco, NM and I had been playing didgeridoo. I had just begun telling a story about how I attracted UFOs with my didgeridoo when Julia and her entourage sat across from us. They looked at as I spoke so I thought they were interested and included them as part of my audience. She was wearing giant sunglasses so I did not recognize her until she pulled her glasses low to give me a «What planet are you from?» look. I just winked at her.
1.2 Write about your meeting with a celebrity (or invent one). Plan what you’re going to write using the paragraph headings below.
When was it? Where were you? Who with? Why?
How did you meet him/her? What happened?
What happened at the end?
1.1 Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Use the past simple, past continuous or past perfect.
2.1 Read the extract from the article.
Seventy students were involved in a pattern of smartphone-enabled cheating last month at Stuyvesant High School, New York City officials said Monday, describing an episode that has blemished one of the country’s most prestigious public schools.
The cheating involved several state exams and was uncovered after a cellphone was confiscated from a 16-year-old junior during a citywide language exam on June 18, according to a city Department of Education investigation.
Cellphones are not permitted in city schools, and when officials looked into the student’s phone, they found a trail of text messages, including photos of test pages, that suggested pupils had been sharing information about state Regents exams while they were taking them.
Sixty-nine students had received the messages and responded to them, the department said.
All of the students will have to retake the exams, and the one whose phone was confiscated, who was said to be at the center of the cheating network, faces possible suspension and may have to transfer to another school by fall, the department said. Four other students involved in the cheating could also face suspension, a spokeswoman said.
“Cheating has taken place for who knows how long,” the school’s chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, said Monday morning in an interview on the John Gambling show, a radio program in New York. “Now with technology, and that’s why we banned cellphones; people have the ability to use new technology to try to cheat. So people are always trying to think of new ways to do things. It’s not acceptable.”
The revelations that dozens of Stuyvesant students had cheated on tests not considered particularly challenging for them were the latest example of the competitive pressures inside top schools. In December, officials uncovered widespread cheating on an English final exam by students at a well-regarded school outside Houston; hundreds of students were believed to be involved, and 60 were disciplined. An SAT cheating scandal on Long Island last year, in which test takers used fake IDs to impersonate other students, led to nationwide changes in the way college admissions exams are administered.
Cheating has been a difficult issue for Stuyvesant for some years, one that students have not shied from confronting. An editorial in the Stuyvesant newspaper, The Spectator, two years ago pinpointed a culture of “academic dishonesty,” whose roots derived from an emphasis on numerical success, like high test scores, rather than on valuing learning that is not as easy to measure.
2.2 Mark the statements as true (T) or false (F).
2.3 Read the definitions and write the words.
3.1 Fill in the gaps with the past simple of the verbs in the box.
4.1 Listen to a radio programme about a sporting scandal. Which country won the competition in the end?
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