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Germans Want Revenge on World Cup Octopus (9th July, 2010)

One of the biggest stars of the World Cup is Paul the octopus. He has become an international superstar for correctly guessing the winners of six World Cup matches. People say he’s psychic – he can predict the future. His predictions on German TV have been 100 per cent correct. He predicted Germany’s losses to Serbia and Spain. German soccer fans now want revenge. There are comments on Facebook suggesting Paul should be fried, barbequed or turned into a seafood salad. One angry fan said he should “be thrown into the shark tank”.

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Can an octopus really predict the winners of football games? Paul’s six-out-of-six record suggests there is something special about him. German fans’ hearts sank when he went into a box with the Spanish flag before the Spain-Germany game. They knew this was a bad sign for their team. It’s not really fair though for German fans to want to eat him. It’s not really Paul’s fault their team lost against Spain. Or is it? Perhaps Paul the octopus doesn’t only predict winners, but puts a spell on the match to make a team win. Stranger things have happened.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

One of the biggest

a.

the future

2

correctly guessing

b.

shark tank

3.

he can predict

c.

a seafood salad

4.

soccer fans now

d.

stars

5.

turned into

e.

the winners

6.

thrown into the

f.

want revenge

Paragraph 2


1.

predict the

a.

sank

2

there is something

b.

have happened

3.

German fans’ hearts

c.

fault

4.

this was a bad sign

d.

winners

5.

It’s not really Paul’s

e.

for their team

6.

Stranger things

f.

special about him


LISTENING GAP FILL


One ___________________ the World Cup is Paul the octopus. He has become an international superstar ___________________ the winners of six World Cup matches. People say he’s psychic – he ___________________. His predictions on German TV ___________________ cent correct. He predicted Germany’s losses to Serbia and Spain. German soccer fans ___________________. There are comments on Facebook suggesting Paul should be fried, barbequed or turned into a seafood salad. One ___________________ “be thrown into the shark tank”.
Can an octopus really ___________________ of football games? Paul’s six-out-of-six record suggests there is something special about him. German fans’ ___________________ went into a box with the Spanish flag before the Spain-Germany game. They knew this was ___________________ team. It’s not really fair though for German fans ___________________. It’s not really Paul’s fault their team lost against Spain. Or is it? Perhaps Paul the octopus ___________________ winners, but puts a spell on the match to make a team win. Stranger ___________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


One of the biggest stars of the World Cup is Paul the octopus. He has become an international superstar for (1) ____ guessing the winners of six World Cup matches. People say he’s (2) ____ – he can predict the future. His predictions on German TV have been 100 per cent correct. He predicted Germany’s (3) ____ to Serbia and Spain. German soccer fans now want revenge. There are comments (4) ____ Facebook suggesting Paul should be fried, barbequed or turned into a seafood salad. One angry fan said he should “be (5) ____ into the shark tank”.
Can an octopus really predict the winners of football games? Paul’s six-out-of-six (6) ____ suggests there is something special about him. German fans’ hearts (7) ____ when he went into a box with the Spanish flag before the Spain-Germany game. They knew this was a bad sign for their team. It’s not really (8) ____ though for German fans to want to eat him. It’s not really Paul’s fault their team lost against Spain. Or is it? Perhaps Paul the octopus (9) ____ only predict winners, but puts a (10) ____ on the match to make a team win. Stranger things have happened.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

right

(b)

true

(c)

correctly

2.

(a)

psychic

(b)

physics

(c)

physical

3.

(a)

lose

(b)

losses

(c)

lost

4.

(a)

in

(b)

at

(c)

on

5.

(a)

threw

(b)

thrown

(c)

throws

6.

(a)

record

(b)

recorded

(c)

records

7.

(a)

drowned

(b)

choked

(c)

sank

8.

(a)

fair

(b)

fare

(c)

fear

9.

(a)

never

(b)

doesn’t

(c)

not

10.

(a)

spelling

(b)

spelled

(c)

spell


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

the sebitgg stars

2.

correctly egsugsin the winners

3.

cpridte the future

4.

Germany’s sloses

5.

ommnstec on Facebook

6.

hnrwto into the shark tank

 

Paragraph 2

7.

football smgea

8.

six-out-of-six odrcre

9.

something ecsipla

10.

fans’ artehs sank

11.

not really Paul’s ufalt

12.

Stranger shngti have happened


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


(    )

on German TV have been 100 per cent correct. He predicted Germany’s losses to Serbia and Spain. German soccer

(    )

Spain-Germany game. They knew this was a bad sign for their team. It’s not really fair though for German

1  )

One of the biggest stars of the World Cup is Paul the octopus. He has become an international superstar for correctly

(    )

guessing the winners of six World Cup matches. People say he’s psychic – he can predict the future. His predictions

(    )

special about him. German fans’ hearts sank when he went into a box with the Spanish flag before the

(    )

only predict winners, but puts a spell on the match to make a team win. Stranger things have happened.

(    )

fans now want revenge. There are comments on Facebook suggesting Paul should be fried, barbequed or turned

(    )

fans to want to eat him. It’s not really Paul’s fault their team lost against Spain. Or is it? Perhaps Paul the octopus doesn’t

(    )

into a seafood salad. One angry fan said he should “be thrown into the shark tank”.

(    )

Can an octopus really predict the winners of football games? Paul’s six-out-of-six record suggests there is something


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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


1.

One     biggest     the     the     of     Cup     of     stars     World.    

2.

six     Guessing     World     the     Cup     winners     matches     of.    

3.

the     –     future     he     can     He’s     predict     psychic.    

4.

fans     want     soccer     now     revenge     German.    

5.

be     tank     thrown     into     He     the     should     shark.    

6.

octopus     an     Can     winners     the     predict     really?    

7.

something     about     is     special     him     There.    

8.

box     Spanish     He     a     the     into     with     flag     went.    

9.

their     team     They     knew     this     was     a     bad     sign     for.    

10.

lost     Paul’s     fault     It’s     their     not     team     really.    


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 revenge 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. PAUL THE OCTOPUS: Search the Internet and find more information about Paul the octopus. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about revenge. Include imaginary interviews with Paul the octopus and an angry German fan. 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 Paul the octopus. Ask him three questions about his predictions. What do you want to know about the future? Give him three more things to predict. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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