~ Dialogue ~ Topic 24 ~ Sports ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
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.
~ Original Questions ~ Sports ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Do you currently play any sports? How long have you been engaged in this/these sports?
2) Are you a member of any sports team? If not, have you ever been? What was your experience?
3) Are you in good shape? If so, how do you do it? If not, what is the problem?
4) Did your high school have any sports teams? Did you participate in any of them? Tell the tale.
5) Do you jog or use the treadmill/walking machine? How often? How long? Where? With whom?
1) Do you play golf? When did you learn? Is it expensive? Who do you play with? When? How long?
2) Do you like to exercise? If so, why? If not, why not? What is the most interesting exercise?
3) Do you play tennis? When did you learn? Who do you play with? When? Is it healthy?
4) Do you like winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice-skating, sledding, etc.) ?
5) Do you like to watch sports on TV? Which sports? What teams? How often? Where?
1) Do you like watching car races? wrestling? boxing? extreme sports? Why do you think so?
2) Do you think athletes earn enough money, not enough money, or too much money? Explain.
3) Do you think sports can contribute to global peace and stability? How can this be so?
4) Do you think playing sports help people learn how to work together? Explain.
5) Are parents are too involved in their children's sports activities in your country? Explain.
1) How often do you exercise? What do you do? Do you like it? What keeps you motivated?
2) When was the last time you went to a sporting event? Who did you go with? How was it?
3) Did you learn to swim as a child? What was your experience? When did you last take a swim?
4) Which sport would you not let your child play? Why? Which would you encourage? Why?
5) Who do you think is the best all around athlete in the world? In your country? Why?
1) Does it bother you that people gamble on sporting events? If so, why?
2) Is fishing/hunting viewed as a sport in your country/culture? What's your viewpoint?
3) If you had the opportunity to do away with any sport, which would it be? Why?
4) Which sports do women in your country/culture like best? Why?
5) Which sports do men in your country/culture like best? Why?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 24 ~ Sports ~ Explore the Topic ~
Sport(s) include all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organized 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 to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants either in teams or competing as individuals.
Some sports allow a "tie" or "draw", in which there is no single winner; others provide tie-breaking methods to ensure there is 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 many cases by playoffs between different groups. All in all, sports are well-organized and closely monitored games.
The following criteria can be used: 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.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and reflection.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 24 ~ Sports ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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