Why Kids Should Play Sports

Why Kids Should Play Sports – ESL Speaking Lesson

As teens it is important to be physically active to get rid of stress and help us lead healthier lives.

Sports is a great way to achieve these things. But, playing sports offers us more than just physical benefits. Sports help kids academically and socially as well.

Do you agree with these “benefits” of sports?

This ESL lesson will enhance your English speaking skill and teach you the value of sports.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Sports 1

1. Do you think this field is a good surface for playing soccer?

2. What are the odds the goal keeper will stop the ball?

3. Is the penalty shooter wearing soccer cleats or regular sneakers?

4. What position do you usually take when you play soccer and why?

5. Have you ever seen a live World Cup soccer match?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Do you play sports with friends?

Yes
No

2. Do you play on a school sports team?

Yes
No

3. What’s the most popular team sport in your country?

Soccer
Baseball
Cricket
Basketball
Football
Rugby
Another sport

4. What is your favorite team sport to play?

Soccer
Baseball
Cricket
Basketball
Football
Rugby
Another sport

5. How often do you watch your favorite professional sports team play on TV?

Always
Often
Sometimes

6. Do you watch the Olympics?

Yes
No
If no, why not?

7. What’s your favorite summer Olympic sport?

Swimming
Archery
Track and Field
Soccer
Weigh lifting
Volleyball
Boxing
Shooting
Tennis
Cycling
Judo
Water polo
Fencing
Gymnastics
Golf
Rugby
Taekwondo
Not mentioned

8. What’s your favorite winter Olympic sport?

Downhill skiing
Cross country skiing
Freestyle skiing
Ski jumping
Snowboarding
Bobsledding
Luging
Curling
Ice hockey
Speed skating
Not mentioned

9. Do you think professional athletes are worth what they are paid?

Yes
Perhaps
No

10. Who are 3 most popular sports stars in your country?

1.
2.
3.

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Sports 2

Discuss the Photo

1. What sport are these boys playing?

2. Does it appear that they’re fighting?

More Discussion

3. What violence in sports have you witnessed?

4. Do you think violence in sports is necessary?

5. Should professional athletes be fined or suspended if they commit an act of violence?

6. What sport do you feel is the most violent?

7. Do you watch “ultimate fighting”on television?

8. How does violence increase the sale of tickets?

9. Have you ever been involved in a violent act when playing sports?

10. What do you think is the more common cause of violence in sports: competitiveness or bad sportsmanship?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

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