I love when the Olympics roll around! It’s so much fun to watch all the athletes compete, and I love hearing about sportsmanship and determination. Below are a list of articles and stories that you can use in your ESL classroom if you want to discuss the Olympics! I’ve been talking about it all week with my students, and they are very interested!
There are so many fun things to do with the Olympics in an ESL class. I asked my communication class to discuss which Olympic sports they don’t know anything about, and then had them do some quick research and explain to the class what the rules of the sport are, and how you play it. This was extremely entertaining, and we’re still not quite sure about how curling is played and won!
Most of these stories are appropriate for low-intermediate through advanced ESL classes. For some, you may need to edit for vocabulary if you’d like to use it in the classroom.
- Olympics are a chance to go home again for Korean-American
- American luger Emily Sweeney silences crowd with horrific crash
- The Chloe Kim experience was a blast
- The Olympics prove that every country needs to learn English
- Japanese skater banned from PyeongChang Olympics for alleged doping
- Here’s why Adam Rippon placed lower than skaters who fell at the Olympics
- Why you won’t see Olympics-themed McDonald’s ads this year
- Olympic figure skaters are super flexible…here’s why you don’t need to be
- Cyberattack caused Olympic opening ceremony disruption
- Finding new meaning after an Olympic career
- The most dreaded opponent at the Olympics: the common cold
- When being an Olympic snowboarder doesn’t pay the bills