Are you a player or a supporter?

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talk about sport


The main objectives of this lesson are to:

  • talk about sport and its various aspects;
  • revise and practise sports vocabulary;
  • watch a video and summarise its main points.

This speaking lesson allows students to express their opinions about sports, revise vocabulary related to sports (e.g. compete, coach, track, etc.), and compare different kinds of sports. Students also share their experiences from both perspectives: taking part in a competition and being a supporter. 

B1 / Intermediate45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.


The lesson starts with a short warm-up activity. Students look at different opinions about sport and choose the one that is the most true for them. After the warm-up, students have a chance to review some sports vocabulary. They find the odd word in the line of four and explain why they think it is odd. You can extend the activity and ask students to name more things related to sport (e.g. a piece of sports equipment, a sporting event, a place where people do sport, etc.). Then, students move on to watch an interview of two athletes – a footballer and a golf player. Before the viewing, students think of two similarities and differences between the two sports. After that, students watch the video and complete the sentences with what they remember or their own ideas. Finally, students discuss the video and talk about a sport that is a good/bad fit for them. 


In this part of the lesson, students do more activities to talk about sport. First, they look at some sports (e.g. tennis, weightlifting, baseball, yoga, etc.) and do different tasks. Apart from sharing their experiences playing the sports or doing the activities mentioned, students think about the personal characteristics required of people who do them professionally and discuss the popularity of these sports and activities where they live. After that, students read the statements (e.g. Competing in sport makes me energetic; In my free time, I’d much rather relax than go to the gym; etc.) and choose the ones they can respond to with ‘It’s true for me’, ‘It’s not true for me’, and ‘It depends’. Finally, students look at the photos of people cheering and elaborate on their feelings. They talk about sports competitions, their importance, and the celebrations that are related to them. Students also discuss some famous sporting events like the FIFA World Cup, Summer and Winter Olympics, Tour de France, etc.  




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  1. Sam O Neill

    Fantastic lesson! Thank you. (from a huge sports fan, with a lot of sport fan students)

    1. Ewa

      Yay! Thanks 🙂


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