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For Teachers: World Cup 2018 Lesson Plan

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

The FIFA Football World Cup is a few weeks away, so I thought I'd create a lesson for you to use with your students before it starts and to get ready as the world goes football mad.

The lessons includes two video listenings - about the history of the world cup and about a few host cities - language that can be used to talk about a football match. And, an FCE like exercise where students have to choose one more host city from a selected list and explain their reasons why they've decided on the selected city and not the others.

This lesson is best suited for strong intermediate students and upwards. Feel free to edit, change, add or lose any of this lesson.


1. Show Ss the first slide and put them in pairs and ask how the numbers and words on the board are connected to the topic of the lesson and what the topic might be.

All answers can be found on the last page of the PDF

2. Put Ss in groups and give them 5 minutes to go through the questions before exploring them more in detail in open feedback

3. Focus on the last question and ask if anyone was able to explain the structure of the WC before telling them they are going to watch a short video about the history of the WC and how it is run.

Put Ss in A/Bs, hand out the worksheet, and tell each student to listen for their respected numbers.

Give Ss the chance to watch for a second time with sharing what they heard between listening

Post: Did you say any of the information in the video, is anything surprising ?

4. Elicit some of the most common verbs in football (kick, score, head, save) or refer back to the video and ask if students can remember any verbs they saw in it. Then elicit win, lose, draw and the expression X beat y. Highlight in football - and usually in sport in general - the higher number always comes first and the 0 is always referred to as nil. Two – nil, one – nil, etc

Tell Ss they are going to play against each other in a game of vocabulary. Put Ss in groups and get them to choose a country to represent their team, and then choose two countries to compete against each other. Tell them you are going to show them a list of words that are in the wrong order and they should order them as quickly as possible keeping a timing of how long they take.

After each game - there are 4 - go over the words helping with understanding if needed. Also reinforce the X beat Y phrase and the use of scores. ONE - NIL

Depending on your time the next step can be left out.

5. Put Ss in pairs and ask them to brainstorm some phrases you might say to describe a football match after it finished and then go over some of the common phrases that can be used before handing out the WC vocabulary worksheet for Ss to take away with them.

The worksheet is still in the making...

Extra: if you'd like to spend more time on the phrases, you could add some predictions for some of the games or find a video that will allow the Ss to see the phrases.

6. Tell Ss that the WC is more than just a competition and a game of football, but it's also about helping and developing countries. Divide the class into pros and cons and ask them to come up with some ideas of how hosting a world cup can help and hinder a country.

After having a short discussion about the ideas they have come up with, tell Ss you are going to show them another video, this time of some of the host cities. It's their job to watch and listen for the information for each city.

Start video at 4.17

Post: which city would you like to visit most? Were any of your pro/con ideas mentioned?

7. Tell Ss that there has been a problem with one of the cities and now another one needs to be chosen. Tell Ss that is it is their job to look at 5 different cities and towns in their groups and then decide which one to choose to become a host city. They should think of their reasons WHY for choosing the city WHAT needs to be done in the city to make it to the standard of a host city and HOW it will help the people and the town or city after the competition has finished.

After 10 minutes, pair the groups up to share their ideas and reasons for choosing and not choosing certain towns and cities.

Note: This task can act as a FCE speaking part 3 type task.

8. Finish up with feedback and some error correction before ending the lesson on who they think will win the world cup

Homework: if you wish to give homework, you could give each student a country to read up on and then report back on.

Cheers - English native speaker in Lviv


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