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World Cup Just for the Rich? (10th May, 2010)

Many poor people in South Africa are unhappy about the World Cup. The BBC reports that small traders cannot sell their products near the new soccer stadia. FIFA, the organization that looks after world football, controls who can sell things. Its rules say only commercial partners can trade close to a stadium. The BBC interviewed Clement Zulu, a local ice cream seller. He said the World Cup is creating a big gap between the haves and have-nots: "Big businesses, who don't even need the money like we do, are the ones who will be able to sell here,” he said.

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Mr Zulu has a point. The World Cup is not only about football. It is also about helping the local community and the local economy. It seems unfair that local people cannot sell their goods and make some money from the tournament. FIFA only lets big, international companies sell stuff. This is unfair and wrong. The poor people who live near the venues should be able to work. This would really help the local area. Multinational companies charge much higher prices for things like ice cream and soft drinks. Poorer soccer fans can’t afford them.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

unhappy about

a.

after world football

2

traders cannot

b.

and have-nots

3.

the organization that looks

c.

to a stadium

4.

trade close

d.

the World Cup

5.

a big gap between the haves

e.

like we do

6.

need the money

f.

sell their products

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Mr Zulu has

a.

from the tournament

2

about helping the local

b.

afford them

3.

make some money

c.

things like ice cream

4.

poor people who live

d.

a point

5.

charge much higher prices for

e.

community

6.

Poorer soccer fans can’t

f.

near the venues


LISTENING GAP FILL

Many poor people in South Africa ____________________ World Cup. The BBC reports that small traders cannot sell their products near the new soccer stadia. FIFA, the ____________________ after world football, controls who can sell things. Its rules say only commercial partners ____________________ stadium. The BBC interviewed Clement Zulu, a local ice cream seller. He said the World Cup is creating a big ____________________ and have-nots: "Big businesses, who don't ____________________ like we do, are the ones ____________________ sell here,” he said.

Mr Zulu has a point. The World Cup ____________________ football. It is also about helping the local community and the local economy. It ____________________ local people cannot sell their goods and make some money from the tournament. FIFA only lets big, international companies sell stuff. This is unfair and wrong. The poor people ____________________ venues should be able to work. This would really ____________________. Multinational companies ____________________ prices for things like ice cream and soft drinks. Poorer soccer ____________________ them.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Many (1) ____ people in South Africa are unhappy about the World Cup. The BBC reports that small traders cannot sell their (2) ____ near the new soccer stadia. FIFA, the organization that looks after world football, controls who can sell things. Its rules say only commercial partners can (3) ____ close to a stadium. The BBC interviewed Clement Zulu, a local ice cream seller. He said the World Cup is creating a big gap between the (4) ____ and have-nots: "Big businesses, who don't (5) ____ need the money like we do, are the ones who will be able to sell here,” he said.

Mr Zulu has a (6) ____. The World Cup is not only about football. It is also about helping the local community and the local economy. It seems unfair that local people cannot sell their goods and (7) ____ some money from the tournament. FIFA only lets big, international companies sell (8) ____. This is unfair and wrong. The poor people who live near the venues should be able to work. This would really help the local area. Multinational companies      (9) ____ much higher prices for things like ice cream and soft drinks. Poorer soccer fans can’t (10) ____ them.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

poorly

(b)

poverty

(c)

poor

2.

(a)

products

(b)

production

(c)

productive

3.

(a)

trading

(b)

trades

(c)

trade

4.

(a)

have

(b)

haves

(c)

has

5.

(a)

even

(b)

evens

(c)

event

6.

(a)

points

(b)

point

(c)

pointed

7.

(a)

do

(b)

be

(c)

make

8.

(a)

staff

(b)

stiff

(c)

staff

9.

(a)

change

(b)

charge

(c)

exchange

10.

(a)

afford

(b)

pay

(c)

budget


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

poor eelppo

2.

sell their pcusdrto

3.

who can sell hgtisn

4.

commercial tnerpars

5.

a big gap etweben the haves and have-nots

6.

Big uibsssenes

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Mr Zulu has a nipot

8.

the olcla economy

9.

make some onyme

10.

unfair and onrgw

11.

arghec much higher prices

12.

fans can’t draffo them


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Many poor people in South Africa are unhappy about the World Cup. The BBC reports that small traders cannot

(    )

and have-nots: "Big businesses, who don't even need the money like we do, are the ones who will be able to sell here,” he said.

(    )

Mr Zulu has a point. The World Cup is not only about football. It is also about helping the local community

(    )

much higher prices for things like ice cream and soft drinks. Poorer soccer fans can’t afford them.

(    )

tournament. FIFA only lets big, international companies sell stuff. This is unfair and wrong. The poor people who

(    )

sell their products near the new soccer stadia. FIFA, the organization that looks after world football, controls

(    )

who can sell things. Its rules say only commercial partners can trade close to a stadium. The BBC

(    )

live near the venues should be able to work. This would really help the local area. Multinational companies charge

(    )

and the local economy. It seems unfair that local people cannot sell their goods and make some money from the

(    )

interviewed Clement Zulu, a local ice cream seller. He said the World Cup is creating a big gap between the haves


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

unhappy     Africa     in     poor     South     are     .     people     Many

2.

traders     sell     products     Small     cannot     their.    

3.

football     world     after     looks     that     organization     The.    

4.

big     gap     between     A     the     haves     and     have-nots.    

5.

be     sell     The     will     to     who     able     here     ones.    

6.

community     about     helping     It     the     is     local     also.    

7.

cannot     Unfair     sell     that     their     local     goods     people.    

8.

poor     the     people     venues     who     live     The     near.    

9.

area     local     the     help     really     would     This.    

10.

much    for    ice    Charge    prices    like    higher    things    cream.


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 the World Cup 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. THE WORLD CUP: Search the Internet and find more information about the World Cup. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the World Cup. Include an imaginary interview with a poor South African trader banned from selling ice cream and the CEO of a multinational who can sell at the stadia. 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 the head of FIFA. Ask him three questions about the World Cup. Give him three of your opinions on why poor people cannot sell near the World Cup venues. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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