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worldcup2010Well, partly because I have classes with no football enthusiasm and as schools close this Friday, I can’t do any World Cup themed lessons with my students.  I believe the event itself can be a great resource for a speaking activity. However, there are other great things which can be done while the world cup is going on.

1. This one is in South Africa so it can be a good opportunity to reasearch the country. You can ask your students to learn something about Nelson Mandela or Nadine Gordimer as they also have Nobel prizes.

2. You can group students as A, B, Cs and ask them to reasearch the countries in their groups and present them to the class. They can even prepare a World Cup corner somewhere in the school with some information about the countries.

3. You can ask them to create trivia quizzes on past world cups.

4. They can prepare a presentation on unforgettable moments. I still remember how Maradona scored a goal with his hand and stayed unpenalised and as a result Argentina won the cup.

5. You can ask them to research the top scorers of the games.

6. You can ask the students to research some football legends like Pele, Cruyff, Socrates, Zoff ,Puskás, etc and  how they continued their lives.

For more ideas visit

Sean Banville’s Blog and read The Beautiful Game 2010. Sean is also determined to prepare a 9-page-lesson for each game so keep visiting Breaking english News.

Esolcourses for lots of lessons.

World cup project ebook by David Deubelbeiss

The Beautiful Game – South Africa 2010 by Chickensaltash


3 Comments so far

  1.    Anne Hodgson on June 14, 2010 2:49 am      Reply

    Ad 3.: The FIFA site itself us great – especially its A-Z here http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/destination/southafricafromatoz/index.html. It gave me a lot of background for mine http://tinyurl.com/2bsaj2s.

    Last week I used a worksheet with a mindmap and the questions who/what/when/why/how/where which I found through our PLN to have two teams make questions for each other, based on a text. See http://bit.ly/makegms by @ddeubel

  2.    Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on June 14, 2010 2:57 am      Reply

    Thank you Anne for the links. There are really great things that we can do with all these events like World Cup, Olympic games, etc and thanks to blogging and twitter and PLN we can reach wonderful links.
    Teaching has never been this easy :)

  3.    eslreading on June 16, 2010 8:24 am      Reply

    Have you seen my world cup stuff here:

    More mainstream materials here: http://www.eslreading.org/

    and you can follow on @worldcupfunfact and @eslreading

    Will link to your page.

    Many thanks

    Editor, http://www.eslreading.org/


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