Popular Sports and Games. Ukrainian Sportsmen

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Good morning, dear children. I am very glad to see you today. How are you? Are you ready to speak English? So, today we will speak on the topic “Popular sports and games. Ukrainian sportsmen.”



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Liudmyla Bilanenko, school 22, Bila Tservka, Kyiv Region

Topic: Popular Sports and Games. Ukrainian Sportsmen


  •  to practise the vocabulary on the topic in speech;
  •  to develop students' listening, reading and speaking skills;
  •  to speak about the Ukrainian sportsmen;
  •  to develop students' thinking, imagination and attention.

Level: Pre – Intermediate

Equipment: a computer, a multimedia projector, a CD player, an audio CD, cards, handout (a text for reading).




T: Good morning, dear children. I am very glad to see you today. How are you? Are you ready to speak English? So, today we will speak on the topic “Popular sports and games. Ukrainian sportsmen.” (Slide 1)

You will practise the vocabulary on the topic, develop your listening, reading and speaking skills and speak about the famous Ukrainian sportsmen. (Slide 2)


T: Well, our body needs training, but our tongue needs training too. Let's start our lesson with a phonetic drill. Look at the screen, listen to me and repeat the tongue – twister after me. (Slide 3)

I like to run out in the sun,

It's such a fun to run, to run.



T: Listen and try to guess what sport the teenagers talk about.

a) Some people think that it is a boring game, because it can last for five days. But I think that it is very interesting and intelligent. The players look wonderful in their white trousers and white shirts and jumpers. (Cricket)

b) It is one of the oldest and the most popular sport in the world, the Americans called it soccer. It is an exciting game for real men. There are eleven players in each team. They are big, fast and really strong. (Football)

c) It is an individual sport both for boys and girls. First it was popular only among the boys but now more and more girls take part in it. It helps to become strong, confident and you are always ready to defend yourself and other people. It is very important. Some people say that it is a fight and it is not good for girls but I can't agree with them. (Karate)


T: You know many kinds of sports. Group these activities into winter and summer sports. (Slide 4)

Words: volleyball, horse – racing, baseball, tennis, skating, figure skating, basketball, skiing, wrestling, ice – hockey, skateboarding.


winter sports: figure skating, skiing, ice hockey, skate boarding;

summer sports: volleyball, baseball, skating, basketball, wrestling, horse – racing, tennis.

T: Look at the screen. Which are team sports, which are individual sports? (Slide 5)

Words: volleyball, hockey, jumping, baseball, cricket, gymnastics, running, skiing, basketball, cycling, football, athletics.


team sports: volleyball, cricket, basketball, football, hockey, baseball;

individual sports: jumping, running, gymnastics, skiing, cycling, athletics.

T: What competitions in pairs do you know?

Possible answers: boxing, table tennis, badminton, chess, wrestling, judo, karate.


T: Your home assignment was to write a short paragraph about your favourite kind of sport. Let's check it.


T: You are a bit tired. I would like you to relax a little. Let's play a mime game. S1, take the card. Look it through. Think and try to show the kind of sport. And the others have to guess the word.

Words on the cards: football, basketball, volleyball, cycling, cricket, swimming, boxing, rugby, skiing.


T: The British are a sporting nation. They are fond of different sports.

Pre – reading

T: Before you read, try to guess what kinds of sports are popular in Great Britain and why.

While – reading

T: Read the text and check your answers.

    The British are great sport lovers. They like playing or watching sports and talking about them.

    One of the most popular British game is cricket. It is often played in schools, colleges and universities all over the country. They can't imagine summer without cricket. Another game which attracts the greatest attention is football. Every Saturday from August till May large crowds of people support their favourite teams in football grounds.

    Rugby football is very popular, too, but it is not a professional game.

    The next lovely sport in British life is horse – racing. The Derby is the most famous event in the whole world.  

    A great number of people play and watch tennis. Tennis tournaments at Wimbledon are known all over the world.

    The British also like to play golf, baseball, hockey and grass - hockey. Running, jumping, swimming and boxing are also popular in Great Britain.

Post – reading

T: Answer the questions (Slide 6)

a) What are the most popular kinds of sport in Great Britain?

b) Who plays cricket in Great Britain?

c) When do people play football?

d) What is Derby?


a) Cricket, football, rugby, horse – racing, tennis, golf, baseball, grass – hockey, running, jumping, swimming and boxing.

b) Students at school, colleges and universities play cricket.

c) Every Saturday from August till May people play football.

d) It is the most famous sporting event in the whole world.


T: And now we will speak about sports in Ukraine. As you know, Ukrainian people are fond of sports too. And the best Ukrainian sportsmen are our national heroes. Ukrainian sportsmen take part in the international sports competitions. They win many gold and silver medals there. Well, do you want to know more about sportsmen in Ukraine?

Ss: Certainly!

T: You have prepared some information about the most famous Ukrainian sportsmen. Let's look at the screen and listen to your classmates. While listening, be ready to answer the question:

  •  What are the most popular sports in your country?

(Slide 7)

S1: Andrii Shevchenko

  •  Date of birth: 29 September 1976 (Dvirkivshchyna, Kyiv region, Ukraine).
  •  a Ukrainian footballer who plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukraine national team as a striker.
  •  the third – highest scorer in the history of European club competition with 63 goals.
  •  Awards: the Golden Ball and the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with AC Milan.

(Slide 8)

S2: Klychko Brothers

  •  Date of birth: Volodymyr – 25 March 1976 (Semypalatynks, Kazakh SSR), Vitalii – 19 July 1971 (Belovodsk, Kyrgyz SSR) in family of Ukrainians.
  •  Vilatii is the current WBC world heavyweight champion.
  •  Volodymyr is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer.

(Slide 9)

S3: Liliia Podkopaieva

  •  Date of birth: 15 August 1978 (Donetsk, Ukraine).
  •  She is the 1996 Olympic all – around champion.
  •  one of the best gymnasts in the history.
  •  the proud owner of 45 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals.

(Slide 10)

S4: Anna Bessonova

  •  Date of birth: 29 July 1984 (Kyiv, Ukraine).
  •  She is the number one rhythmic gymnast in Ukraine.
  •  won the bronze individual all – around medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics.
  •  won 24 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals, 24 European Championship medals and 10 World Cup medals (60 in total).

(Slide 11)

S5: Serhii Bubka

  •  Date of birth: 4 December 1963 (Luhansk, Ukraine).
  •  Six times world champion (between 1983 and 1997).
  •  European champion in 1986 and Olympic champion in 1988.
  •  Broke the world record for men's pole vaulting 35 times.
  •  Holds the current outdoor world record of 6.14m in 1994 in Italy and the current indoor world record of 6.15m in 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

(Slide 12)

S6: Yana Klochkova

  •  Date of birth: 7 August 1982 (Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine).
  •  She is a Ukrainian swimmer who has won 5 Olympic medals, 4 gold medals came in the 200 meter individual medley and the 400 meter individual medley at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
  •  Her silver medal came in the 800 meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

(Slide 13)

S7: Vasyl Virastiuk

  •  Date of birth: 22 April 1974 (Ivano – Frankivsk, Ukraine).
  •  He is a strongman competitor from Ukraine who competed in the finals of the World's Strongest Man contest in 2003 (3-rd place) and 2004 (1-st place).
  •  He won the 2007 IFSA Strongman World Championship.

T: So, what are the most popular sports in your country?

S1: They are football, boxing, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, pole vault, swimming and weight – lifting.

T: Are you proud of the Ukrainian sportsmen?

S2: Yes, of course.

T: What do you think you need to be a winner?

Possible answers:

It is important

  •  to be confident;
  •  to be the best in all situations;
  •  to be an active participant;
  •  to do morning exercises;
  •  to go running every day;
  •  to keep fit;
  •  to train hard.

T: Good job! I am glad you have done this task perfectly.


T: It is time to finish our lesson. You were hardworking. And I hope that all of you will go in for sports to be the winners.


T: Tell about your favourite Ukrainian sportsman.


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