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London 2012 Olympics Opened (28th July, 2012)

The opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games took place on Friday night. The event started with Britain's first ever Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing a huge bell. After that came songs and images from the four countries of Great Britain – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There followed images of British history from Shakespeare's times to the industrial revolution to punk, Harry Potter and digital Britain. There was a special tribute to inventor of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

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The three-hour event was officially opened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who said: "I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era." The Olympic flame arrived by a boat steered by English soccer player David Beckham. Seven young athletes lit the Olympic Cauldron, made from 204 copper petals carried in by teams from across the world. Then the fireworks lit up the sky around the Olympic Park. The ceremony ended with Sir Paul McCartney and the audience singing Hey Jude.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Britain's first ever

a.

huge bell

2

ringing a

b.

British history

3.

the four countries

c.

revolution

4.

images of

d.

of the worldwide web

5.

the industrial

e.

of Great Britain

6.

a special tribute to inventor

f.

Tour de France winner

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The three-

a.

era

2

I declare open the

b.

the Olympic Cauldron

3.

the modern

c.

Games of London

4.

The Olympic flame arrived

d.

hour event

5.

Seven young athletes lit up

e.

the sky

6.

the fireworks lit

f.

by a boat


LISTENING GAP FILL

The opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games                 (1) _____________________ Friday night. The event started with Britain's first ever Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing a huge bell. After that (2) _____________________ from (3) _____________________ Great Britain – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There followed images of British history (4) _____________________ to the industrial revolution to punk, Harry Potter (5) _____________________. There was a special (6) _____________________ of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The three-hour event (7) _____________________ by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who said: "I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad                                   (8) _____________________." The Olympic flame arrived by a (9) _____________________ English soccer player David Beckham. Seven (10) _____________________ the Olympic Cauldron, made from 204 copper petals                                    (11) _____________________ from across the world. Then the fireworks lit up the sky around the Olympic Park. The ceremony ended with Sir Paul McCartney (12) _____________________ Hey Jude.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games (1) ____ place on Friday night. The event started with Britain's first (2) ____ Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing a (3) ____ bell. After that came songs and images from the four countries of Great Britain – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There (4) ____ images of British history from Shakespeare's times to the industrial revolution to punk, Harry Potter and    (5) ____ Britain. There was a special tribute (6) ____ inventor of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The three-hour event was (7) ____ opened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who said: "I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern (8) ____." The Olympic flame arrived by a boat steered by English soccer player David Beckham. Seven young (9) ____ lit the Olympic Cauldron, made from 204 copper petals carried in (10) ____ teams from across the world. Then the fireworks lit (11) ____ the sky around the Olympic Park. The ceremony ended with Sir Paul McCartney and the (12) ____ singing Hey Jude.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

gave

(b)

did

(c)

took

2.

(a)

ever

(b)

even

(c)

never

3.

(a)

hug

(b)

huge

(c)

refuge

4.

(a)

followed

(b)

after

(c)

then

5.

(a)

digit

(b)

digitally

(c)

digital

6.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

on

7.

(a)

officially

(b)

office

(c)

offered

8.

(a)

near

(b)

era

(c)

are

9.

(a)

competes

(b)

trains

(c)

athletes

10.

(a)

of

(b)

by

(c)

at

11.

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

inside

12

(a)

audio

(b)

audition

(c)

audience


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

took laecp

2.

gnigrin a huge bell

3.

the industrial ieuvtlorno

4.

ltagdii Britain

5.

a special etbiutr

6.

nretvino of the worldwide web

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ofylfaciil opened

8.

"I eecalrd open the Games of London"

9.

the oemnrd era

10.

young eattsehl

11.

ersfirowk lit up the sky

12.

the eacineud singing


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

on Friday night. The event started with Britain's first ever Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing

(    )

flame arrived by a boat steered by English soccer player David Beckham. Seven young

(    )

ended with Sir Paul McCartney and the audience singing Hey Jude.

(    )

The three-hour event was officially opened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who said:

(    )

athletes lit the Olympic Cauldron, made from 204 copper petals carried in by teams from

(    )

across the world. Then the fireworks lit up the sky around the Olympic Park. The ceremony

(    )

"I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era." The Olympic

1  )

The opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games took place

(    )

Shakespeare's times to the industrial revolution to punk, Harry Potter and

(    )

a huge bell. After that came songs and images from the four countries of Great Britain –

(    )

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There followed images of British history from

(    )

digital Britain. There was a special tribute to inventor of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

Games     of     the     The    London    opening    Olympic     ceremony.    

2.

four     the     from     images     and     Songs     countries.    

3.

history     There     images     British     followed     of.    

4.

revolution     industrial     the     to     times     Shakespeare's     From.    

5.

worldwide   web   A    special    tribute    to    the    inventor    of    the.    

6.

officially     -     opened     hour     event     The     was     three.    

7.

the     the     modern     30th     era     Olympiad     of     Celebrating.    

8.

by     arrived     flame     Olympic     The     boat     a.    

9.

lit     athletes     young     Seven     Cauldron     Olympic     the.    

10.

fireworks     the     Then     sky     the     up     lit.    


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 Olympics Opening Ceremony 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. OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY: Search the Internet and find more information about the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Include an imaginary interview with the organizers. 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 an Olympics Opening Ceremony expert. Ask him/her three questions about London's Olympics Opening Ceremony. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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