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Unit 9. Sport



LISTENING WARM-UP
Match the people with the correct pictures in Exercise A. Explain what each of them does.
Key.athlete с   referee a  
spectator e   commentator g
umpire b   coach d  judge f
- An athlete takes part in an athletics event, such as the 100m.
- A referee controls a game such as football.
- A spectator watches a sport.
- A commentator describes a sport for radio or TV.
- An umpire controls a game such as tennis.
- A coach trains people in sport.
- A judge awards marks in sports like ice-skating.
 
•    athlete    •   spectator          •   umpire    •   judge
•    referee    •   commentator    •   coach

DEVELOP YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
Listening know-how IDENTIFYING ROLES AND RELATIONSHIPS
Слушая диалог, постарайтесь определить, кем являются собеседники, и какие отношения их связывают. Это поможет вам понять содержание разговора.
 

flag.jpgListen to the conversation between two people, Tiffany and Ryan. Match each person to the correct picture.
Key.Tiffany с    Ryan d 
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Tiffany:  Picture ___________
Ryan:     Picture ___________

Tapescript
Tiffany Hello?
Ryan Tiffany? Hi. It's me, Ryan.
Tiffany Oh, hi. Are we still meeting at five?
Ryan Yes, of course. I just wanted to check a couple of things with you. What's your weight at the moment?
Tiffany Erm ...63 kilos. Are you working on the new diet?
Ryan Yes, I am. The exercises you're doing are great, but I want you to start eating more red meat. We need to build up those muscles if you're going to do well in the competition next week.
Tiffany Okay. Red meat. Got it. Anything else?
Ryan No, I don't think so. Oh! Don't forget your trainers this time. I'm not lending you a pair again!
Tiffany I won't. See you later, then.
Ryan At five, yes. Bye.

flag.jpgListen again and choose the correct answer.
Key.1A   2B   ЗС   4A 
1    Tiffany says she weighs _______________ kilos.
      A 63      В 65      С 67
2    Ryan suggests that Tiffany should eat more _______________.
      A vegetables     В red meat       С bread
3    Tiffany is taking part in a competition next _______________.
      A year    В month    С week
4    Last time. Tiffany forgot to bring her _______________.
      A shoes    В shorts    С vest

Tapescript
Tiffany Hello?
Ryan Tiffany? Hi. It's me, Ryan.
Tiffany Oh, hi. Are we still meeting at five?
Ryan Yes, of course. I just wanted to check a couple of things with you. What's your weight at the moment?
Tiffany Erm ...63 kilos. Are you working on the new diet?
Ryan Yes, I am. The exercises you're doing are great, but I want you to start eating more red meat. We need to build up those muscles if you're going to do well in the competition next week.
Tiffany Okay. Red meat. Got it. Anything else?
Ryan No, I don't think so. Oh! Don't forget your trainers this time. I'm not lending you a pair again!
Tiffany I won't. See you later, then.
Ryan At five, yes. Bye.

flag.jpgListen to Tiffany talking to three different people. For each conversation, choose which person Tiffany is talking to.
Key.1b   2a   3a 
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Tapescript

  1 


Reporter Could I ask you how you prepared for today's race?
Tiffany Well... a lot of practice ... hard work, really ... and I've made some changes to my diet.
Reporter What kind of changes?
Tiffany Well, I don't want to go into detail, because it might help those I compete against, but it's a kind of high protein diet.
Reporter I personally have followed your career quite closely and it seems to me that we're seeing a new Tiffany Wesley this year.
Tiffany Well ...I don't know about that... but I do know that everyone's put in a lot of hard work. That's what it takes these days to keep up with the other girls.
Reporter I know you'll be anxious to get off to celebrate with your coach now. Thanks so much, Tiffany.
Tiffany Thank you.

  2 


Spectator Tiffany! Tiffany! Could I have an autograph?
Tiffany Of course. Who is it for?
Spectator Just put 'For Sally'. That's me. Thanks. I thought you were great in that race. You deserved to win.
Tiffany Thanks, Sally.
Spectator Oh, yes. I think you're improving all the time. When I saw you in Munich last month, I thought you looked really strong.
Tiffany Oh, were you there?
Spectator Of course I was! I'm your biggest fan. I always watch your races, if I can. Good luck next week, Tiffany!
Tiffany  Thanks a lot

  3 


Tiffany And we went out after the race to a restaurant for something to eat. I'm on this red meat diet, which was great because it meant that I could have a really nice steak.
Davina Sounds lovely! Wish I'd been there. It's not like that for me.
Tiffany Oh?
Davina Well, in long-distance races, like the 10,000 metres, you need a different kind of muscle, you see. You need a lot of stamina, not the kind of sudden explosion that you need.
Tiffany Right. The way you talk about those long races, you make them sound so easy. I could never keep going for that long. Any further than 200 metres and I'm exhausted!
Davina I know. I've beaten you in the 400 metres, remember? Anyway, tell me more about this race. What was it like to win?



PRACTISE YOUR
LISTENING SKILLS


flag.jpgListen to this news bulletin. As you listen, match each person with one of the words in the box. There is one extra word you do not need to use.
Key.-Nirmali Patel: coach, Peter Davies: doctor,
-Oliver Carter: sportsman, John Adams: reporter, Chloe
-Howard: judge
 
• judge    • sportsman / woman    • coach    • spectator    • reporter     • doctor

Nirmali Patel ____________________________
Peter Davies ____________________________
Oliver Carter ____________________________
John Adams ____________________________
Chloe Howard ____________________________

Tapescript

Newsreader And now for today's sport. It's been a real day of ups and downs on the pitches and courts across the country. Tennis first and the Tina Bennett scandal continues. Bennett failed a drugs test two months ago and doctors believe that her coach must have known about it. Here's what Nirmali Patel, the woman responsible for Bennett's training, had to say to reporters earlier this afternoon.
Nirmali This suggestion is ridiculous and I completely deny it.
I have never, at any time, helped any of my athletes to win by illegal means. I shall be demanding a complete apology from those who have repeated these comments.
Newsreader This seems to be a problem that is growing in sport and one that carries many risks. I spoke to Dr Peter Davies of the Sports Medical Council about the problem.
Peter Davis What many young athletes don't realize is that drugs that improve your performance, apart from being illegal, can also be very bad for your health. This is a very serious matter and we will be presenting our evidence later today.
Newsreader Now let's turn our attention to ice-skating and there was an incredible result in the European Junior Championship today when Oliver Carter and Cicely Green, competitors in the pairs figure-skating, took the gold medal with perfect sixes from every single judge. It's the first time the championship has been won with a perfect score. John Adams finds out more.
John It's the stuff that dreams are made of. Last year, the
young couple from Lincoln came a disappointing seventh. They changed their coach, gave up their jobs as a policeman and a nurse to concentrate on skating, and today was the result. Their faultless performance had the crowd on its feet as soon as the music stopped. There was never any doubt that Carter and Green would win. The only question was by how much. I spoke to Chloe Howard, one of the people who awarded the British pair their perfect sixes.
Chloe What we're looking for out there on the ice is power, control and emotion. These two were just perfectly suited to each other. Most of us don't give perfect scores very easily, but they really didn't put a foot wrong. None of us will ever see a routine danced as perfectly as that one was. Absolutely marvellous.
John So they'll be celebrating in Lincoln tonight. Back to you in the studio, Michael.
Newsreader Thank you, John. That's all from the sports desk.

flag.jpgListen to the news bulletin again. Write a word or short phrase to complete each statement.
Key.1 Two months  
2 apology  
3 performance 
4 Junior
5 policeman 
6 emotion
 
1    __________________ ago. Tina Bennett failed a drugs test.
2    Nirmali says that she wants an__________________ from some people.
3    Peter Davies says that you can damage your health by taking drugs that improve your __________________.
4    A British couple won the European __________________ Championship with a perfect score.
5    The two skaters used to work as a __________________ and a nurse.
6    Chloe Howard says that skaters need power, control and __________________.

Tapescript
Newsreader And now for today's sport. It's been a real day of ups and downs on the pitches and courts across the country. Tennis first and the Tina Bennett scandal continues. Bennett failed a drugs test two months ago and doctors believe that her coach must have known about it. Here's what Nirmali Patel, the woman responsible for Bennett's training, had to say to reporters earlier this afternoon.
Nirmali This suggestion is ridiculous and I completely deny it.
I have never, at any time, helped any of my athletes to win by illegal means. I shall be demanding a complete apology from those who have repeated these comments.
Newsreader This seems to be a problem that is growing in sport and one that carries many risks. I spoke to Dr Peter Davies of the Sports Medical Council about the problem.
Peter Davis What many young athletes don't realize is that drugs that improve your performance, apart from being illegal, can also be very bad for your health. This is a very serious matter and we will be presenting our evidence later today.
Newsreader Now let's turn our attention to ice-skating and there was an incredible result in the European Junior Championship today when Oliver Carter and Cicely Green, competitors in the pairs figure-skating, took the gold medal with perfect sixes from every single judge. It's the first time the championship has been won with a perfect score. John Adams finds out more.
John It's the stuff that dreams are made of. Last year, the
young couple from Lincoln came a disappointing seventh. They changed their coach, gave up their jobs as a policeman and a nurse to concentrate on skating, and today was the result. Their faultless performance had the crowd on its feet as soon as the music stopped. There was never any doubt that Carter and Green would win. The only question was by how much. I spoke to Chloe Howard, one of the people who awarded the British pair their perfect sixes.
Chloe What we're looking for out there on the ice is power, control and emotion. These two were just perfectly suited to each other. Most of us don't give perfect scores very easily, but they really didn't put a foot wrong. None of us will ever see a routine danced as perfectly as that one was. Absolutely marvellous.
John So they'll be celebrating in Lincoln tonight. Back to you in the studio, Michael.
Newsreader Thank you, John. That's all from the sports desk.

As a class, discuss these statements. Give reasons for your opinions.

Anyone can become a champion. It just takes a lot of hard word.
Anybody who takes drugs should not be allowed to take part in sports.
Winning is not important. It's taking part that counts.


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