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Unit 9. Sport



SPEAKING WARM-UP
Which sports would you like to try? Why?

 
WORDPERFECT
Each of the words in italic is in the wrong sentence. Cross out the incorrect word and write the correct word on the line.
1    Carlo is so champion - all he thinks about is winning!
2    Which team are you going to medal in the match on Saturday?
3    I love pitch, particularly the long jump and the javelin.
4    Let's have a competitive and see who can get to the top of the castle first!
5    You'd better put on your athletics if you're going to play football in the park.
6    Football, rugby and cricket are all played on a support.
7    She won a gold race in the Winter Olympics.
8    He's been the world rules for the past three years.
9    I'd love to play squash, but I don't know the trainers.

DEVELOP YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS
Speaking know-how EXPRESSING OPINIONS, GIVING REASONS AND EXAMPLES
Для выражения собственного мнения по какому-либо вопросу, используйте фразы I
think.... In my opinion..., As far as I'm concerned...,
интонационно выделяя слова I, my, I'm, me, а не слова opinion и concerned.


flag.jpgListen to five teenagers talking about sport. Choose the correct words to complete the phrases.
Key.1 In    2 Personally   3 ask  
4 seems    5 In

Expressing opinion
1    In / According to my opinion ...
2    Individually / Personally, I think / I don't think that...
3    If you request / ask me,...
4    It feels / seems to me (that)...
5    In / From my view ...

Tapescript  
  

  1 

    Well, in my opinion, everyone should do some sport because it keeps you fit and healthy.

  2 

    No, personally, I don't think sport has to be competitive as there are lots of sports like bungee jumping or fishing where you don't have winners and losers. People just do it for fun. I much prefer sports like that.

  3 

    Well, if you ask me, since some people don't like sport at all, I don't see why they make us do PE at school. It should be voluntary/

  4 

    It seems to me that professional sport these days is all about money. Football players like David Beckham earn millions of euros a year - as long as they keep on winning, of course!

  5 

    Oh, in my view, sport's more about taking part than winning. Last week, for example, our team lost, but we all played really well, so we didn't mind too much.

flag.jpgListen again.
Key.1 because   2 as   3 since  
4 like   5 for example

For the first three speakers, write down the words they use to introduce reasons for their opinions.
Introducing reasons
1  _____________________________________
2  _____________________________________
3  _____________________________________

For the final two speakers, write down the words or phrases they use to introduce examples.

Introducing examples
4  _____________________________________
5  _____________________________________

Tapescript  
  

  1 

    Well, in my opinion, everyone should do some sport because it keeps you fit and healthy.

  2 

    No, personally, I don't think sport has to be competitive as there are lots of sports like bungee jumping or fishing where you don't have winners and losers. People just do it for fun. I much prefer sports like that.

  3 

    Well, if you ask me, since some people don't like sport at all, I don't see why they make us do PE at school. It should be voluntary/

  4 

    It seems to me that professional sport these days is all about money. Football players like David Beckham earn millions of euros a year - as long as they keep on winning, of course!

  5 

    Oh, in my view, sport's more about taking part than winning. Last week, for example, our team lost, but we all played really well, so we didn't mind too much.
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Here are some more words and phrases we can use to introduce opinions, reasons and examples. Next to each one, write OPINION, REASON or EXAMPLE.   
Key.1 OPINION   2 REASON   3 EXAMPLE  
4 EXAMPLE   5 OPINION
The word 'cos is more informal than the others.

More useful phrases
1   As far as I'm concerned, ... ________________
2   ... cos ... ________________
3   ... for instance ... ________________
4   ... such as ... ________________
5   To my mind, ... ________________

Which word or phrase is more informal than the others?




PRACTISE YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS


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In pairs, discuss these questions. Use words and phrases from Exercises А, В and С to express your opinion and give examples and reasons.

1    What kind of sports do you like / dislike watching on TV?
2    Are some sports more interesting than others?
3    Are all sports good for us?
4    What can sport teach us?
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Look at the pictures. As a class, discuss the questions below. Use words and phrases from Exercises А, В and С to express your opinion and give examples and reasons.
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What kinds of sports are the most ...
•    exciting?
•    relaxing? 
•    difficult? 
•    dangerous?
•    fun?
•    interesting to watch?
•    interesting to play / do?
Example: In my view, non-competitive sports like fishing are the most fun because you сan just enjoy yourself and you don't have to worry about winning and losing.


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