Is it worth a sacrifice

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Lessons 3-4 Is it worth a sacrifice?


1 Read the following opinions and answer the questions:

1 How are they different?
2 Do you agree with these opinions?

Professional athletes are spoilt and overpaid.
They contribute nothing to society.

Professional athletes represent their country and
provide a role model for a healthy lifestyle.


2 A. Match the expressions in bold in the first column with the phrases nearest in meaning in the second column.

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B. Word formation. Copy and complete the following table in your vocabulary notebooks.

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C. Read the article headlines taken from sport newspapers.

. What do you think the articles could be about?

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3 A. Read about three famous gymnasts. What would you like to ask them if you had a chance to talk to them?


B. Translate the questions Nadia, Olga and Mary Lou were asked in the interview to the magazine "People".

1 You are no longer In training, Do you have any secret Indulgences that you couldn't afford earlier?
2 What advice would you give youngsters hoping to follow in your footsteps?
3 How do you relax?
4 WIlo were yourll'Jols wnen you were growing up?
5 What was the worst moment of your career?

C. Listen to the interview with the questions missing. Match the questions in ex. 3B above with the answer you hear.

. Below in the chart write the proper number of the question from ex.  3B

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D. Fill in the blanks with the necessary words from the box below.

. Pay attention to the form:

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Mary Lou Retton: Nadia was definitely my (1) ... .
Olga Korbul: At first when I stopped (2) ... I thought I would eat all the world.
Nadia Comaneci: 1(3) ... in sausage pizzas and Snickers bars.
Mary Lou Retton: To make my own decisions was one of the hardest things. We had been (4)... all our lives.
Mary Lou Retton: I indulge in rollerblading and skiing, We were never allowed to do these things because of the possibility of (5) ... .
Nadia Comaneci: I believe (6) ... in everything is the key. I can't think of anything I'm dying to do or eat.

E. Listen to the interview again and correct the statements below.

1 Mary Lou Retton was inspired by watching Olga because Olga was a champion.
2 Doctors managed to force Retton not to participate in the Olympics after the knee surgery.
3 Olga doesn't feel really happy that she had been doing gymnastics all her life.
4 Retton indulges in spaghetti and chocolate chip cookies.
5 Mary Lou liked it that she had been coached all her life.
6 Comaneci says if children don't achieve high results they won't get anything from sports.
7 Olga Korbut likes to relax by watching ping-pong matches and eating Russian food.


F. Which of the factors from the chart below are proved by the facts the gymnasts give about professional sport?

                                                               PROFESSIONAL SPORT

     Positive factors   

1 professional sport educates a strong will. 

discipline, ability to overcome difficulties 

2 it gives a chance to acquire a lot of friends

3 helps to increase self-esteem and self confidence

4 professional sport is a possibility to become   famous

5 sport IS always fun and excitement (like doing other   sports, for example)

6 it gives a chance to see the whole world 

7 helps athletes earn a lot of money

8 professional sport develops the feeling of  patriotism


       Negative factors

  1 professional sport often makes athletes selfish

    and too ambitious

   2 athletes are forced to keep a diet

   3 athletes have no possibility to make a decision of their own

   4 professional sport is associated with hard work

   5 athletes are forced to sacrifice a lot of things   

    6 professional sport is associated with injuries and tiredness

    7 often athletes don't have a profession and are  forced to retire young 

     8 professional sport is often unfair



4 Role play: "Should pmfessional sport be prohibited?"



5 Write a paragraph: "Pmfessional sport has / doesn't have the right to exist".

O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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