The Reading / Listening - Taekwondo - Level 5

The World Taekwondo Federation changed its name to World Taekwondo. The change is to avoid confusion over its acronym 'WTF'. This is widely used as a slang term on social media, but it has a very different and very rude meaning there. The abbreviation 'WTF' is a slang term used to indicate disbelief. The World Taekwondo president said: "The acronym of our federation has developed negative connotations unrelated to our organization, and so it was important that we rebrand to better engage with our fans...stay relevant and appeal to young and modern audiences."



Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that uses head-height kicks, and jumping and spinning 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; we have led taekwondo to the Olympic Games, and 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 as a global leader in taking taekwondo beyond sport and into the field of humanitarianism."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Taekwondo - Level 4 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. The change is to avoid
  3. This is widely
  4. as a slang term
  5. indicate
  6. developed negative
  7. rebrand to better
  8. appeal to young and modern
  1. in social media
  2. connotations
  3. audiences
  4. confusion
  5. engage with our fans
  6. name
  7. disbelief
  8. used

Paragraph 2

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

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Taekwondo Federation changed (1) ___________________ World Taekwondo. The change (2) ___________________ confusion over its acronym 'WTF'. This is widely (3) ___________________ term on social media, but it has a very different and very rude meaning there. The abbreviation 'WTF' is a slang term used to (4) ___________________. The World Taekwondo president said: "The acronym of our federation has developed negative connotations (5) ___________________ organization, and so it was important that we rebrand to better engage with our fans...stay relevant (6) ___________________ young and modern audiences."

Taekwondo is a Korean martial (7) ___________________ head-height kicks, and jumping and spinning kicks. The Taekwondo Federation president said: "Since 1973, we have (8) ___________________ the World Taekwondo Federation. (9) ___________________ 44 years, we have grown taekwondo into the global sport it is today; we have led taekwondo to the Olympic Games, (10) ___________________ will have the honour of seeing taekwondo at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games; (11) ___________________ reinforced our federation’s position as a leader in taking taekwondo beyond sport and (12) ___________________ humanitarianism."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWorldTaekwondoFederationchangeditsnametoWorldTaekwond
o.Thechangeistoavoidconfusionoveritsacronym'WTF'.Thisiswidelyu
sedasaslangtermonsocialmedia,butithasaverydifferentandveryrud
emeaningthere.Theabbreviation'WTF'isaslangtermusedtoindicatedi
sbelief.TheWorldTaekwondopresidentsaid:"Theacronymofourfeder
ationhasdevelopednegativeconnotationsunrelatedtoourorganizatio
n,andsoitwasimportantthatwerebrandtobetterengagewithourfans..
.stayrelevantandappealtoyoungandmodernaudiences."Taekwondoi
saKoreanmartialartthatuseshead-heightkicks,andjumpingandspin
ningkicks.TheTaekwondoFederationpresidentsaid:"Since1973,weh
avebeenknownastheWorldTaekwondoFederation.Overthefollowing
44years,wehavegrowntaekwondointotheglobalsportitistoday;weha
veledtaekwondototheOlympicGames,andin2020willhavethehonour
ofseeingtaekwondoatboththeOlympicandParalympicGames;andwe
havereinforcedourfederation’spositionasagloballeaderintakingtaek
wondobeyondsportandintothefieldofhumanitarianism."

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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