The Reading / Listening - Taekwondo - Level 4

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has changed its name to World Taekwondo. The change is to stop the acronym 'WTF' being confused with a slang term used on social media. On social media, the abbreviation 'WTF' is used to show disbelief. The World Taekwondo president said the acronym 'WTF' now has "negative connotations unrelated to our organization". He added: "It was important that we rebrand to better engage with our fans."



Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that uses head-height kicks. The Taekwondo Federation president said: "Since 1973, we have been known as the World Taekwondo Federation. Over the following 44 years, we have grown taekwondo into the global sport it is today; in 2020, we will have the honour of seeing taekwondo at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and we have reinforced our federation’s position…beyond sport and into the field of humanitarianism."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Taekwondo - Level 5 or  Taekwondo - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.rt.com/sport/393856-world-taekwondo-federation-wtf/
  • http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1051887/wtf-announces-rebrand-to-world-taekwondo
  • http://www.worldtaekwondo.org/wtf-rebrands-to-world-taekwondo/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. changed its
  2. confused with a slang
  3. used to show
  4. the acronym
  5. negative
  6. unrelated to our
  7. It was important that we
  8. better engage with
  1. connotations
  2. disbelief
  3. our fans
  4. term
  5. rebrand
  6. 'WTF'
  7. name
  8. organization

Paragraph 2

  1. Taekwondo is a Korean martial
  2. uses head-
  3. Over the following
  4. we have
  5. the global sport
  6. the honour of
  7. reinforced our federation’s position
  8. into the field
  1. seeing taekwondo
  2. of humanitarianism
  3. it is today
  4. art
  5. beyond sport
  6. 44 years
  7. height kicks
  8. grown taekwondo

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has (1) ___________________ World Taekwondo. The change (2) ___________________ acronym 'WTF' being confused with a slang (3) ___________________ social media. On social media, the abbreviation 'WTF' is used to show disbelief. The World Taekwondo president (4) ___________________ 'WTF' now has "negative connotations (5) ___________________ organization". He added: "It was important that we rebrand to better (6) ___________________ fans."

Taekwondo is a Korean martial (7) ___________________ head-height kicks. The Taekwondo Federation president said: "(8) _________________, we have been (9) ___________________ World Taekwondo Federation. Over the following 44 years, we have grown taekwondo (10) ___________________ sport it is today; in 2020 (11) ___________________ honour of seeing taekwondo at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and we have reinforced our federation’s position…(12) ___________________ and into the field of humanitarianism."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWorldTaekwondoFederation(WTF)haschangeditsnametoWorldT
aekwondo.Thechangeistostoptheacronym'WTF'beingconfusedwith
aslangtermusedonsocialmedia.Onsocialmedia,theabbreviation'WT
F'isusedtoshowdisbelief.TheWorldTaekwondopresidentsaidtheacro
nym'WTF'nowhas"negativeconnotationsunrelatedtoourorganizatio
n".Headded:"Itwasimportantthatwerebrandtobetterengagewithour
fans."TaekwondoisaKoreanmartialartthatuseshead-heightkick
s.TheTaekwondoFederationpresidentsaid:"Since1973,wehavebeen
knownastheWorldTaekwondoFederation.Overthefollowing44years,
wehavegrowntaekwondointotheglobalsportitistoday;in2020willhav
ethehonourofseeingtaekwondoatboththeOlympicandParalympicGa
mes;andwehavereinforcedourfederation’sposition…beyondsportan
dintothefieldofhumanitarianism."

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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(l) ________________

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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