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The 2010 Soccer World Cup -
Slovakia


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  THE TAPESCRIPT

This is the very first time Slovakia have been in the World Cup Finals. Of course, we have been before when we were part of Czechoslovakia. Getting there as just Slovakia means a lot to us. We did so well in the qualification round and came top of our group. Many people thought we would struggle, but we proved everyone wrong. Our team isn’t full of household names, but that doesn’t matter – we have a great team. I guess the only player everyone knows about is Martin Skrtel of Liverpool. So yes, we are a very small country but we have big dreams. We can surprise the world and top our group. We will beat New Zealand and Paraguay and we have the ability to beat Italy. We will cause some shocks.

  LISTENING GAP FILL

This is ___________________ Slovakia have been in the World Cup Finals. Of course, we have been before when ___________________ Czechoslovakia. Getting there as just Slovakia means a lot to us. We did so well in the qualification round and came ___________________. Many people thought ___________________, but we proved everyone wrong. Our team isn’t ___________________ names, but that doesn’t matter – we have a great team. I ___________________ player everyone knows about is Martin Skrtel of Liverpool. So yes, we are a very small country but we have big dreams. We can ___________________ and top our group. We will beat New Zealand and Paraguay and we have the ability to beat Italy. We will ___________________.

  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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  DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

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

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  TEAM SLOVAKIA SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Slovakia’s team in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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  WRITING

Write about Slovakia’s team 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 INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about Slovakia’s team. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Slovakia. How will they do in the 2010 World Cup? Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. SLOVAKIA POSTER Make a poster about Slovakia’s team. Include profiles of the star players.  Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY SLOVAKIA LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Slovakia. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on Slovakia. Share your findings with the class.

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