~ TLW ~ News for Discussion ~ Group One ~

~ News Discussion ~ 106 ~ Extreme Sports ~


Extreme Sports: The Thrill of it All ~ Adapted from BBC Learning


Extreme sports are about exhilaration, skill and danger. They do not normally involve teams and there are very few rules. People who take part use their skills and experience to control the risks. That control is what makes the extreme a sports and not just dangerous behavior.


Here are some examples of extreme sports:


Kite surfing: a growing band of enthusiasts have been discovering the thrilling combination of kite, board and waves. These kites can be up to 17 meters long. Kite surfing champion Jo Wilson says: "It's always an adrenalin rush. It's unpredictable. You could jump 5ft or 35ft. You never know if you're going to go up in the air, and your heart is just going boom, boom, boom all the time."


Coasteering: this is exploring the coastline without worrying about a coastal path or finding a rocky cliff blocking your route. You climb, dive, swim and clamber from A to B. When the tides come in you swim your way back to shore.


Sky diving: skydiving is the name for jumping from a plane and listening to your heart pound as you hurtle towards earth before you open your parachute at the last moment. Once you've got a few jumps under your belt, you can throw in some extra risks. For example, skydiving in pairs or groups


Mountain biking: it's been around so long that bikers are no longer satisfied with just going up and down a mountain. Nowadays thrill-seeking mountain bikers want a big slope to go down very, very fast. "It's pure madness going downhill," according to Dean Dunbar. "People go to old ski resorts, take the chair lift to the top then bomb down, amazingly not killing themselves."


Group A

1) Do you or does anyone you know participate in extreme sports? Tell the tale(s).

2) Why do you think people engage in extreme sports? Explain.

3) Do you think by challenging your fears (phobias) you can overcome them? Explain.

4) If you had to choose one extreme sport to try, which would it be? Why?

5) Which extreme sport would you never dream of attempting? Why not?


Group B

1) Which cultures in the world most embrace extreme sports? Why do you think so?

2) Which cultures seem to be more conservative regarding extreme sports? Explain.       

3) What do you think makes danger exciting? Does it have anything to do with evolution?

4) What are the differences between team sports and extreme sports? Any similarities?

5) What¡¯s your relationship with sports in general? Tell about your history in sports.







~ The following procedures are recommended for studying the topics in this curriculum ~


1) Before class, read through the text and questions in order to prepare for your discussion.

2) When study begins, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, read the text and discuss the content and vocabulary. 

3) After that, in a similar fashion, choose the questions you¡¯d like to answer or create your own questions.

4) Take some time to prepare meaningful responses to the questions (with the teacher or in pairs/groups).

5) Take part in the class discussion with your peers, and follow your teacher¡¯s prompts and suggestions.


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Tony accepted the project without thinking; he always dives in headfirst!


race against time ~ to work very quickly in order to do or finish something before a deadline.
It was a race against time to get everything ready for the graduation.

ride out the storm ~ If you manage to survive a dangerous or very unpleasant situation, like a ship sailing through a storm, you ride it out.
His business was hit by the recession but he managed to ride it out.


sail close to the wind ~ To do something dangerous or act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.
He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind.

skating on thin ice ~ To do or say something risky, or something that could cause trouble.
Don't mention that subject during the debate. You could be skating on thin ice.


swim against the tide ~ To do or say the opposite of what others feel and think.
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