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Beach Soccer World Cup Opens in Dubai (16th November, 2009)

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is on in Dubai. It will last for a week. The hosts are the United Arab Emirates, who are the Asian champions. They hope they can win the tournament because they are playing in their own country. However, they have very tough competition. The favourite to win the final is Brazil. The Brazilians have won thirteen of the 15 previous finals. The five-a-side championship is played in more than 170 countries. It is one of the fastest growing games in the world. Up to 40,000 people will watch the games.

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Beach soccer is much more exciting than regular football. It’s a lot faster and there are more goals. Each match lasts 36 minutes and is divided into three 12-minute periods. There is always a winner because of extra time and penalties. It will never become more popular than soccer played on grass. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Billions of people watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Not many people can play beach soccer. You have to live near the sea. Anyone can play normal football. You can play that anywhere.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It will last for

a.

own country

2

The hosts are the

b.

games in the world

3.

they are playing in their

c.

a week

4.

The favourite to

d.

previous finals

5.

thirteen of the 15

e.

United Arab Emirates

6.

one of the fastest growing

f.

win the final

 

Paragraph 2

1.

much more exciting than

a.

minute periods

2

Each match lasts

b.

sport in the world

3.

divided into three 12-

c.

36 minutes

4.

more popular

d.

regular football

5.

the most popular

e.

near the sea

6.

You have to live

f.

than soccer


LISTENING GAP FILL

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup __________ Dubai. It will last for a week. The hosts are the United Arab Emirates, __________ Asian champions. They hope they __________ tournament because they are playing in their own country. However, they have __________ competition. The favourite __________ final is Brazil. The Brazilians have won thirteen of the __________ finals. The __________ championship is played in more than 170 countries. It is one of the fastest growing games in the world. __________ people will watch the games.

Beach soccer _____________ exciting than regular football. It’s a lot faster and there are more goals. Each match _____________ and is divided _____________-minute periods. There is always a winner because _____________ and penalties. It will never become more popular than soccer _____________. Football is the most popular sport in the world. ________________ watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Not many people can play beach soccer. You _____________ near the sea. Anyone can play normal football. You _____________ anywhere.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is (1) ____ in Dubai. It will last for a week. The (2) ____ are the United Arab Emirates, who are the Asian champions. They hope they can win the tournament because they are playing in their own country. However, they have very (3) ____ competition. The favourite to win the final is Brazil. The Brazilians have won thirteen of the 15 (4) ____ finals. The five-a-side championship is played in more than 170 countries. It is one of the fastest (5) ____ games in the world. Up to 40,000 people will watch the games.

Beach soccer is much more exciting than (6) ____ football. It’s a lot faster and there are more goals. Each match lasts 36 minutes and is (7) ____ into three 12-minute periods. There is always a winner because of extra time and penalties. It will never become more popular than soccer (8) ____ on grass. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Billions of people watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Not many people can play beach soccer. You (9) ____ to live near the sea. Anyone can play (10) ____ football. You can play that anywhere.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

on

2.

(a)

hosts

(b)

hostess

(c)

hosting

3.

(a)

through

(b)

tough

(c)

though

4.

(a)

previous

(b)

previously

(c)

previews

5.

(a)

growth

(b)

growing

(c)

grown

6.

(a)

regularly

(b)

regulars

(c)

regular

7.

(a)

division

(b)

divides

(c)

divided

8.

(a)

plays

(b)

played

(c)

playing

9.

(a)

have

(b)

must

(c)

should

10.

(a)

normally

(b)

normality

(c)

normal


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

alst for a week

2.

The sthso

3.

very ughto competition

4.

the 15 previous asnfil

5.

the fastest inrgowg games

6.

watch the gmase

 

Paragraph 2

7.

luraegr football

8.

Each htcam

9.

taxre time

10.

played on sgsra

11.

iislbonl of people

12.

play that yneaerhw


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is on in Dubai. It will last for a week. The hosts are the United Arab Emirates,

(    )

beach soccer. You have to live near the sea. Anyone can play normal football. You can play that anywhere.

(    )

thirteen of the 15 previous finals. The five-a-side championship is played in more than 170

(    )

match lasts 36 minutes and is divided into three 12-minute periods. There is always a winner because of extra

(    )

countries. It is one of the fastest growing games in the world. Up to 40,000 people will watch the games.

(    )

time and penalties. It will never become more popular than soccer played on grass. Football is the most

(    )

popular sport in the world. Billions of people watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Not many people can play

(    )

country. However, they have very tough competition. The favourite to win the final is Brazil. The Brazilians have won

(    )

Beach soccer is much more exciting than regular football. It’s a lot faster and there are more goals. Each

(    )

who are the Asian champions. They hope they can win the tournament because they are playing in their own


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

a     for     last     will     It     week.

2.

playing     in     their     own     country     They     .     are

3.

is     to     Brazil     win     the     The     final     favourite.    

4.

in     countries     Played     170     than     .     more

5.

watch     the     games     Up     to     40,000     people     will.    

6.

exciting     regular     more     than     football     Much.    

7.

a     of     always     because     time     is     winner     extra     There.

8.

most     is     in     popular     the     the     sport     Football     world.

9.

beach     can     many     soccer     play     people     Not.

10.

that     play     can     You     anywhere.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about beach soccer for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about beach soccer. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about beach soccer. Include imaginary interviews with one person who thinks beach soccer is better than real soccer, and another person who thinks real soccer is best. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the best beach soccer player in the world. Ask him three questions about beach soccer. Give him three of your opinions on beach soccer. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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