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Sports Lessons

Have you ever wondered if sports lessons are a waste of time? We have some activities, so you can decide if we could use our time better at school. Then you can have a go at writing an article for a school magazine about this issue. Time 30-40 minutes Main Skill Writing Topic Health and Fitness – Sports Lessons Download Q&A Exam Practice Video Email Quiz Vocabulary You have been discussing whether having sports lessons wastes time in school. Explain why students believe this argument has negative and positive sides in your article.   Here are some comments from your classmates: Playing sports makes you feel less stressed. I could learn more science instead. I could learn more science instead. There are more important things to learn.   Now write an article for a school magazine.   The comments above may give you some ideas, and you should also use your own ideas.   Write about 120 to 160 words Watch the video to learn how to write a successful article for a school magazine. How much do you know about having sports at school? Try this quiz to find out. Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: balance believe benefits better ways debate good idea personal growth stay healthy stress Cinema World IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that… Read Full Story… Art Exhibition Trip IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a report about a trip by your teacher? We have some activities, so… Read Full Story… Sports Lessons IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered if sports lessons are a waste of time? We have some activities, so you can decide… Read Full Story… Going Vegetarian IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered about going vegetarian? We have some activities, so you can decide if you would like to… Read Full Story…

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Sports at School

Sports at School

Sports at School Extended Paper, you have to read texts about sports at school and decide if the statements are correct about them. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Health, Fitness and Sport – Sports at School (Exercise 2) Click Here A Sarah Jones B Matt Brown C Ross Wright D Kate Robinson Looking back , I did enjoy sports lessons at school, even though I think most schools in those days assumed sports were basically for boys, and girls weren’t encouraged to do well at sports. That attitude really annoys me, because the whole point of sports at school is to help kids develop the right attitudes, and it doesn’t matter really how good you are. If you can’t run as fast as an Olympic athlete, that doesn’t matter -what matters is that you run as fast as you can. Schools are highly competitive environments and sports can teach children the importance of teamwork. To do well in almost everything else at school, like maths or history, you are rewarded for individual effort, but sports are about working together towards a common goal. Sports at school give children who are not high achievers a chance to excel at something. My own memories of sports lessons at school aren’t particularly good, but that’s mainly because of the type of school I went to. It was very unusual by British standards, with old-fashioned ways of teaching, and the headteacher didn’t really think sports mattered at all. The school rarely organised sports events and never invested in sports equipment. There was very little emphasis on the importance of eating sensibly and the benefits of keeping fit and exercising properly. I believe that issues like obesity, anorexia, nutritional value of food, etc. should be included in sports lessons at school. Children should be encouraged to take part in competitive sports. Being competitive is part of human nature, and doing sports can provide an excellent outlet for this aggressiveness. Winning at sports can build up your self-esteem and confidence. On the other hand, since you can’t expect to win every time, sports can also teach you how to be humble and realistic. There are obvious benefits in having good sports classes at school. Children stay fit and learn the importance of fair play. Schools can introduce children to sports they would never otherwise have the opportunity of doing. For instance, I grew up in a big city, and we hardly ever travelled to the countryside as a family. At school, we had a climbing wall in the gym, and we learnt rock climbing in the sports class. When I moved to Europe, I took up rock climbing and was surprised by how good I was at it. Schools should offer a wide range of sports from the most popular ones, like football and basketball, to the less popular ones, like table tennis and climbing. Unfortunately, sports are often regarded as a sort of optional extra by certain schools and this is also reflected in the children’s attitude to them. The main point about sports is that they encourage peaceful competition. I think that’s the basis of the Olympic spirit of Classical Greece, which nowadays is more important than ever before. Sports can teach you how to discipline yourself, how to remain focused on what you’re doing and how to apply yourself to achieving a goal. I don’t think sports are really about the sort of aggression and rage that you see sometimes in football matches, for instance. I certainly think teachers should discourage any form of aggression during sports classes. On top of that, we need to be more sensitive towards the feelings of children who are not fit or good at sports. Taking part in a sports lesson can be a major source of embarrassment and a traumatic experience for less athletic children. Questions Vocabulary Read the text about sports at school.  Choose the statements which are correct about the people. Here are the some words and phrases covered in this exercise: aggression attitude competitive sports discipline importance of teamwork high achievers old-fashioned ways optional extra sports equipment traumatic experience More reading tasks available now! 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