The Reading / Listening - 2020 Olympics - Level 1

There will be more mixed-gender events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The mixed-gender events will be in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be mixed relays in athletics and swimming. A swimming champion told the BBC that: "It's something that would make things a little bit more fun….It's great to mix things up…as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch."



There will also be more sports and more women in Tokyo. A spokesman said the Games will be "more youthful, more urban and include more women". Not everyone wants urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, and BMX freestyle. These are to get more young people to watch the Games. These sports mean fewer athletes for traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of the athletes.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2020 Olympics - Level 0 2020 Olympics - Level 2   or  2020 Olympics - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/40226990
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/10/olympics-2020-mixed-gender-events_n_17022720.html
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/mixed-gender-events-added-2020-olympics-154410553.html http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003752925


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There will be more mixed-gender
  2. The mixed-gender events
  3. table tennis and
  4. There will be mixed
  5. swimming
  6. make things a little bit
  7. It's great to mix things
  8. it adds a little
  1. champion
  2. triathlon
  3. up
  4. more fun
  5. relays in athletics
  6. events
  7. spice
  8. will be in archery

Paragraph 2

  1. There will also be more
  2. the Games will be more
  3. urban sports like
  4. 3-on-
  5. get more young people to
  6. fewer athletes
  7. weightlifting
  8. Women will make up 48.8 per cent
  1. skateboarding
  2. for traditional events
  3. 3 basketball
  4. watch the Games
  5. sports
  6. of the athletes
  7. youthful
  8. and wrestling

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ mixed-gender events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The mixed-gender events (2) ___________________ archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be (3) ___________________ athletics and swimming. A swimming champion told the BBC that: "It's (4) ___________________ would make things a (5) ___________________ fun….It's great to mix things up…(6) ___________________ little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch."

There (7) ___________________ more sports and more women in Tokyo. A spokesman said the Games (8) ___________________ youthful, (9) ___________________ include more women". Not everyone wants urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, and BMX freestyle. These (10) ___________________ more young people to watch the Games. These sports mean fewer (11) ___________________ traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. Women (12) ___________________ 48.8 per cent of the athletes.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therewillbemoremixed-gendereventsatthe2020TokyoOlympi
cs.Themixed-gendereventswillbeinarchery,athletics,judo,sailing,sh
ooting,swimming,tabletennis,andtriathlon.Therewillbemixedrelaysi
nathleticsandswimming.AswimmingchampiontoldtheBBCthat:"It's
somethingthatwouldmakethingsalittlebitmorefun….It'sgreattomixt
hingsup…asitaddsalittlespiceand[mixedevents]aregreattowatch."T
herewillalsobemoresportsandmorewomeninTokyo.Aspokesmansai
dtheGameswillbe"moreyouthful,moreurbanandincludemorewomen
".Noteveryonewantsurbansportslikeskateboarding,3-on-3baske
tball,andBMXfreestyle.Thesearetogetmoreyoungpeopletowatchthe
Games.Thesesportsmeanfewerathletesfortraditionaleventslikeweig
htliftingandwrestling.Womenwillmakeup48.8percentoftheathletes.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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