How to Teach 'TALKING ABOUT SPORTS' in Form Two

How to Teach 'TALKING ABOUT SPORTS' in Form Two

Welcome to UNIT 5:2! 

Review: Previously in Unit 5:1, we discussed about how to productively use and teach the sub topic, ‘Using a Dictionary’ in Form One. In that sub topic, we discussed how the students can use the dictionary appropriately so help them in the learning process.

In this Unit 5:2, we will learn how to teach the sub topic, Talking about sports’ in Form Two. In this sub topic, we will practically help students to narrate what took place during a sports event they witnessed or they know.

2. Sub Topic: Talking about sports.
3. Periods per sub topic: 10
4: Class: Form Two.

The general aim of the sub topic is to enable students to narrate what took place during sport events and to know all necessary vocabularies and phrases to be used at a certain sports event. In this sub topic, the teacher will select a kind of sport or game to teach, and he/she will help students to be familiar with vocabularies used in a particular sport or game. This sub topic is also a place where students will learn how to speak the language of sports and cheer up their teams by singing or using the appropriate language of sports.


A teacher should brainstorm and discuss with students on what takes place in various sports. Also, a teacher can guide them to understand various kinds of sports by discussing various aspects of this topic:
  •   Types of sports and games,
  •   The equipment used for particular sports,
  •   Fields where these sports are played, and
  •   Other important details to know about the particular sport.
Discussion Questions.
The following questions can guide a teacher and students in getting to know more about the sports and games.
After defining the word ‘sports’, a teacher can guide students to discuss the following questions in which various number of activities will be engaged:
  •   How many sports can you and your students list?
A teacher and students can answer this question as follows:
A teacher and students brainstorm as a class and make an extensive list of sports, and then ask students how they would define the word sport.
Lead a discussion with students on the following questions:
  •    Are there certain activities that are classified as sports but they should not be?
Here students can discuss with their teacher by listing various activities that should not be called sports. They can give their reasons.
  •   Are there any activities that are not classified as sports but should be?
This question helps the students to discuss the activities that are not classified as sports but they should be classified as sports, that is, they should be included as sports in the societies.
Once students have brainstormed and discussed the terms and above questions have them read a text on Sport in the following activity and let them offer their opinions in small groups of discussions as they discuss the questions after the text.
In this activity, a teacher can provide students with various texts on different sports events. Students are required to read these texts on sports and narrate what they have read to the class or groups. Students are expected to narrate the sports events they have participated or witnessed.
As they read the texts, students should pay attention to the phrases like:
Won the.............
….participate in…
Warm up…..
In football/volleyball……
Played centre forward,
The defense.
The following vocabularies are observed as well:
Jersey, defeated, trophy, dribble, kick, pass the ball, health, participate, goalkeeper, pitch, field, spectators, referee, midfield, wing, marathon, javelin, discus, netball, volley, corner, corner kick, etc.
Also, the teacher should help students or groups them and guide them in investigating on sports events taking place in their school or community and report about them.
Kaika: The Queens of Netball
By Emmanuel Kachele

“Our Netball team is very strong”, Mwalimu Linda said, “And it will massively beat our weak team today”, she continued. Before adding to last comment of her short speech, all students applauded her. She finally promised everyone at parade that our team will win, and she wanted more support from us. She said,
“What we want from you is one thing. That is your support from you as our fans from the stands!”. She finished and went down the Parade’s podium. All teachers congratulated her and students made loud voices in support of her and the team. Mwalimu Linda was a good Netball Team Coach. Our school was lucky to have her. Our school’s netball team, Kaika Secondary Queens, was going to play with a team from Madigo Secondary School. We all waited that match eagerly.
During the evening, the team from Madigo Secondary School arrived and after all the necessary procedures, the match began. At first, our team was overpowered by the opponent. Our opponents were leading the scores by 34 to 10 points of our team. We were so disappointed. But Mwalimu Musa, another Sports teacher encouraged us to support our team through songs and encouraging words. We all agreed. I was chosen to lead others. We started with one song. We gathered together and our teacher told us some words, then we begin to sing:

Kaika Queens
Be Heroes Today
Be our heroes today,
We need you today!
Don't let this game
Go away!
Fight, fight, fight for the game,
While it's not too late
This game is our game×2

It's Not Too Late
We love you, Kaika Queens,
You know we love you Queens.
Pull up, pull up, our queens,
Show us what you can do.

Fight, fight, fight for the game,
While it's not too late
This game is our game×2

As we sang, other fans who could not sing cheered our team with a lot of encouraging words. Everyone was saying anything to our players so that they can quickly recover and win the game at home ground. Those who did not sing said various cheering words and phrases like these:
Go team!”; “ Defense! ”; “Hey pass the ball”,  “Referee!”; "Hey! Ho!
C'mon team, LET'S GO!"; “Attack that ball”; “Push them back!”; “C’mon Big girls, let’s fight’; “Fight to the end”; “Let’s take it all”; “Go, Go, Go”; “Hey, crowds clap your hands”; “Go Kaikas, Go, Go”.
There were so many noises at the ground. As our team heard our cheers and cries, it worked hard that ever. The team recovered its morale and our hopes were kept alive again. No one believed what was happening, but from 34 to 10 points, at the final whistle, our team had 99 points to 45 points of our opponents. That day, everyone was talking about ‘Kaika: The Queens of Netball’. And after the game, teachers and students congratulated me for leading the supporting fans. Mwalimu Musa told, “You were amazing, Angela”.
For sure, that was the game I will never forget!
  1.    Who is the coach for Kaika Secondary School?.............................
  2.   Who is telling this story? …………………………..
  3.   Suggest the title of the story…………………………………
  4.  The other name for Kaika Secondary School’s netball team is………………….
  5.  What is the name of the another Sport teacher for Kaika Secondary School?.........................................................
Guide students to form groups. Ask each group to write a position on the question of whether the sport they have read in the text is a good sport and they should give reasons to support their opinions.

Support Your Team. Ask students the teams they support other than school teams. They may find themselves supporting town’s teams, national clubs, professional players or even national competitors in the Olympics. Almost all students may be supporting their various school teams.

Discuss with the students. Brainstorm with them on some expressions they might use to show their support to their teams.

As a teacher when the school begin inter-class competitions, encourage the students to cheer up their teams. Take them to the playground when the teams are playing, and encourage them to cheer up their teams.

You may want to have your students do some listening research by watching some popular sports films that show fans cheering for their team.

Guide students to create Signs to show support for their teams. Even at school level, encourage students to cheer up their teams with signs they have created. As a teacher, while students are supporting, he/she should encourage them to observe the philosophy that ‘Game is Fair Play’ and that games should improve unity and peace, not chaos.

If you have a school team for a seasonal sport, make signs that your students can use at the next game. If not, have your students choose a professional team to support and then display the signs around the classroom.

6: CONNECTION: Beyond the Sub Topic. In this sub topic various learning outcomes are expected. One of them is improving both special vocabularies for the various sports and grammar. So, the students will not only be equipped with special terminologies about the sports, but also in the process, they master the grammar of the English language as they practice it in the activities.

7: NOTE: The most important thing about the sub topic is to equip students with various vocabularies and terminologies which are used in various sports and games. This knowledge can help them whenever they are communicating about particular subject matters.



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