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2014 Brazil World Cup - Round-up 1   (16th June, 2014)
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is well under way and there have been some great games already. The tournament opened on June the 12th with a ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo. The opening ceremony was very colourful and had a cast of 660 dancers. Soon after, the first match took place, between hosts Brazil and Croatia. It was an exciting game that Brazil won 3-1. Brazilian superstar Neymar scored twice. Croatia were very angry that the referee gave Brazil a penalty they thought was not a penalty, and disallowed a goal that they thought was a goal.

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The next day saw a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final, between world champions Spain and a very strong Netherlands team. The Dutch shocked Spain by thrashing them 5-1. Holland striker Robin Van Persie scored a spectacular header, which could be goal of the tournament. In other matches, Italy defeated England 2-1, and Lionel Messi scored for Argentina as they scraped past Bosnia-Herzrgovina 2-1. None of the eleven games so far has ended in a draw. The average number of goals per game is over three. The France-Honduras game saw the first use of goal-line technology.

 

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PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is well

a.

660 dancers

2.

there have been some

b.

that Brazil won 3-1

3.

a cast of

c.

a penalty

4.

the first match

d.

under way

5.

It was an exciting game

e.

Neymar scored twice

6.

Brazilian superstar

f.

goal

7.

the referee gave Brazil

g.

took place

8.

disallowed a

h.

great games already

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The next day saw a repeat of

a.

thrashing them 5-1

2.

world

b.

spectacular header

3.

The Dutch shocked Spain by

c.

has ended in a draw

4.

Robin Van Persie scored a

d.

England 2-1

5.

goal of

e.

champions

6.

Italy defeated

f.

line technology

7.

None of the eleven games so far

g.

the 2010 World Cup Final

8.

the first use of goal-

h.

the tournament

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The 2014 FIFA World Cup (1) _____________________ and there have been some great games already. The tournament opened on June the 12th (2) _____________________ the Arena de Sao Paulo. The opening ceremony was very colourful and had (3) _____________________. Soon after, the first match (4) _____________________ hosts Brazil and Croatia. It was an exciting game that Brazil won 3-1. Brazilian superstar Neymar scored twice. Croatia (5) _____________________ the referee gave Brazil a penalty they thought was not a penalty, and (6) _____________________ that they thought was a goal.

The next day (7) _____________________ the 2010 World Cup Final, between world champions Spain and a very strong Netherlands team. The Dutch shocked Spain (8) _____________________ 5-1. Holland striker Robin Van Persie scored a spectacular header, (9) _____________________ of the tournament. In other matches, Italy defeated England 2-1, and Lionel Messi scored for Argentina (10) _____________________ Bosnia-Herzrgovina 2-1. None of the eleven games so far has (11) _____________________. The average number of goals per game is over three. The France-Honduras game saw the first use of (12) _____________________.

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The2014FIFAWorldCupiswellunderwayandtherehavebeensomegreatgam
esalready.ThetournamentopenedonJunethe12thwithaceremonyattheAre
nadeSaoPaulo.Theopeningceremonywasverycolourfulandhadacastof660
dancers.Soonafter,thefirstmatchtookplace,betweenhostsBrazilandCroatia
.ItwasanexcitinggamethatBrazilwon3-1.BraziliansuperstarNeymarscoredt
wice.CroatiawereveryangrythattherefereegaveBrazilapenaltytheythought
wasnotapenalty,anddisallowedagoalthattheythoughtwasagoal.Thenextda
ysawarepeatofthe2010WorldCupFinal,betweenworldchampionsSpainand
averystrongNetherlandsteam.TheDutchshockedSpainbythrashingthem5-
1.HollandstrikerRobinVanPersiescoredaspectacularheader,whichcouldbe
goalofthetournament.Inothermatches,ItalydefeatedEngland2-1,andLi
onelMessiscoredforArgentinaastheyscrapedpastBosnia-Herzrgovina2-
1.Noneoftheelevengamessofarhasendedinadraw.Theaveragenumberofg
oalspergameisoverthree.TheFrance-Hondurasgamesawthefirstuseofgo
al-linetechnology.

WORLD CUP DISCUSSION

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

a)

What did you think when you read the headline?

b)

What do you imagine when you hear the word 'Brazil'?

c)

What do you think of the World Cup so far?

d)

What did you think of the opening ceremony?

e)

What has been the best game so far, and why?

f)

Did you agree with the referee's decision in the Brazil-Croatia game?

g)

What did you think of Robin Van Persie's header?

h)

What do you think of the vanishing spray and goal-line technology?

i)

How has the World Cup changed your daily schedule?

j)

Who do you think will win the tournament?

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

a)

Did you like reading this article? Why/not?

b)

What is the biggest shock of the tournament so far?

c)

Have you been disappointed by anything so far?

d)

Do you think Brazil has done a good job in hosting the tournament?

e)

Who has the best player been so far?

f)

What is the biggest mistake made by a referee so far?

g)

Are you surprised Wayne Rooney has not scored in 9 World Cup games?

h)

What three adjectives best describe the tournament so far (and why)?

i)

What games are you looking forward to in the next few days?

j)

What questions would you like to ask the boss of FIFA?

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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WRITING

Write about Brazil 2014 for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

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