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Warm-up Task:
In teams, name as many summer sports as you can in three minutes. Compare your results.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Which Summer Olympic Games event would you most like to see?
  2. Which country do you guess will win the most gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games? Why is that country good at sports?
  3. Would you like to watch an Olympic Games opening or closing ceremony? Why or why not?
  4. Are you worried about terrorism affecting these Summer Olympics?
  5. Which do enjoy more – the Summer or Winter Olympics? Why?
  6. If you could magically gain the ability to do any summer sport well, which would you choose and why?
  7. Are you interested in visiting Brazil? Why or why not?
  8. Do you think hosting the Olympics can help a country’s image? Which countries have benefited from hosting the Olympics?
  9. It costs a lot of money to host the Olympic Games and Brazil has a lot of people who live in poverty. Is it right that they host the Olympics?
  10. Does your country have any famous Olympians? What do you remember about their achievements?
  11. Which Olympians from other countries do you know? Why are they so famous?
  12. What is the spirit of the Olympics? Is it about winning? Or something else?
  13. The use of performance enhancing drugs by athletes is a serious issue. What do you think about it?
  14. Which Olympic sport is the most glamorous? Why does it receive a lot of attention?
  15. Which country should host the next Winter or Summer Olympics?
  16. Every Olympics, some new sports are added to the games (and others are dropped). What sport would you like to see added to the Summer Olympics?
  17. Olympic athletes sacrifice a lot to reach the highest levels of their sports. Would you encourage your children to pursue a sporting career and aim for the Olympic Games?

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