English Listening Lesson on
 Marathons

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THE LESSON ON MARATHONS

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I’m full of admiration for people who run marathons. I couldn’t do it. I love running and have done a few half-marathons, but I always found a full marathon to be too much. Marathon runners are special. I don’t think I have the stamina to do it. Not properly, anyway. I could “run” one of the big marathons in the world, like the Boston or London marathon, but it would really be pretty much as a fun run. Most people who take part in these well-known international marathons only do so for fun. I think to be a marathon runner, you need to train and run a hundred kilometres a week. I wonder what it’s like to be in the lead in the Olympic marathon. That must be an amazing feeling. I think the marathon is the most important Olympic event.





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LISTENING GAP FILL

_______________ admiration for people who run marathons. I couldn’t do it. I love running _______________ a few half-marathons, but I always found a full marathon _______________. Marathon runners are special. I don’t think I _______________ to do it. Not properly, anyway. I could “run” one of the big marathons in the world, like the Boston or London marathon, but it would really _______________ as a fun run. Most people who take part in these well-known international marathons _______________ fun. I think to be a marathon runner, you __________________ run a hundred kilometres a week. I wonder _______________ be in the lead in the Olympic marathon. That must be an amazing feeling. I think the marathon is the most important Olympic event.




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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STUDENT MARATHONS SURVEY

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

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WRITING

Write about marathons 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 marathons. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about marathons. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. MARATHONS POSTER Make a poster about marathons. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY MARATHONS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on marathons. 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 marathons. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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