~ Dialog ~ Topic 24 ~ Sports ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Do you currently play any sports? What kind? For how long. Tell.
Yes. We play badminton every Sunday at a mountain park. It¡¯s an informal club,
and most of us are high school alumni. We have a picnic and drink wine and beer.
2) Were you on a sports team when you were young? Did you enjoy it.
Yes. I was on a Tae Kwon Do team. We travelled to tournaments about once a month.
It was as much fun as a teenager could have. Sometimes we actually won a trophy.
3) Are you in good shape? If so, how do you do it? If not, what will you do?
I¡¯m not in good shape. Most people in good shape spend lots of time thinking about it.
Others are naturally endowed with good health. I think I need to think about it.
4) Do you play golf? When did you learn? Is it expensive? Who do you play with?
Yes. I play screen golf (sometimes lessons) every chance I get. I can¡¯t afford the real
golf course, but someday I will become a member at an actual country club.
5) Do you like to watch sports on TV? Which sports? How often? Where?
Football is the beautiful game. I can always watch football. In fact, the game
is so addictive, we often fight over our teams. Life without football is impossible.
6) Do you like watching car races? wrestling? boxing? extreme sports? Why?
I like watching mixed martial arts. It¡¯s a contest with possible extreme results.
I also like ice hockey. They sometimes fight. Boxing is always good. Not wrestling.
7) Do you think playing sports helps kids learn how to work together? Explain.
Absolutely. All kids can benefit from exercise and teamwork. One problem is the
emphasis on competition. Out of control, competition can turn into violence.
8) Which sport would you not allow your child to play? Why?
American football, boxing, and rugby. It¡¯s obvious to the unbiased observer that
these sports all inflict damage to the head. Our brain is located there. End of story.
9) Who do you think is/was the best all around athlete in the world? In your country?
Mohammad Ali. What a smart and graceful boxer. I was young then, but I was inspired
by his opposition to the war in Viet Nam. Man of peace. And a miracle in the ring.
10) Which sports do women in your country/culture like best? Why?
Women like the same sports as men, but here, golf is all the rage. Women have
always been left out of participating in many sports. Fortunately, times have changed.
More questions/Free Talk ~ the original 25 questions ~
~ Topic 24 ~ Sports ~ FooD 4 ThoughT ~ Internet ~ Think about it¡¦
Sport (¡°Sports¡± North Amer.) include(s) all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.
Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals. In certain sports such as racing, many contestants may compete, simultaneously or consecutively, with one winner; in others, the contest (a match) is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other.
Some sports allow a "tie" or "draw", in which there is no single winner; others provide tie-breaking methods to ensure one winner and one loser. A number of contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion. Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.
SportAccord uses the following criteria, determining that a sport should:
1) have an element of competition
2) be in no way harmful to any living creature
3) not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier
4) not rely on any "luck" element specifically designed into the sport.
In competitive events, participants are graded or classified based on their "result" and often
divided into groups of comparable performance, (e.g. gender, weight and age). The measurement
of the result may be objective or subjective, and corrected with "handicaps" or penalties.
In a race, for example, the time to complete the course is an objective measurement.
There are many shades of judging between boxing and mixed martial arts, where victory is
assigned by judges if neither competitor has lost at the end of the match time.
~ Print Textbook ~ Topics 13 through 24 ~
~ Lesson Procedures ~
1) To begin with, as a class, in groups or in pairs study and talk about sections one and two.
2) Then, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about from section one or from more questions.
3) After that, share your ideas in your conversations. Take equal turns.
4) Finally, make your own questions and create discussion.
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