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For Teachers: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 Lesson Plan

Updated: Apr 9, 2023

It’s the summer of 2022 and we should all be enjoying a football World Cup right now, but no, for the first time in its history the FIFA World Cup has been moved to November – December in Qatar. Four years ago I created a World Cup 2018 lesson which went down very well in my classroom, and I hope in yours too. I’m back with an updated version of the lesson plan for all of you to use. Also, as Christmas is also just around the corner, there is a Christmas lesson plan here, and some useful Christmassy vocab to accompany it if you're looking for ideas.


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The lesson includes two video listenings - about the history of the World Cup and about the host country - language that can be used to talk about football matches. 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 WORKSHEETS

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. Allow students to take guesses before you play the video.

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 finishes 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 the host country. Explain that Qatar’s reputation hasn't been very good in the build-up to the games and some reasons are mentioned in the video - feel free to ask them for ideas before you press play. It's their job to watch, listen, and answer the questions with the information about the host country.

If your Ss aren't the best at listening, you can break the video up in sections as the video is divided into different areas.

Post: Would you like to go to the WC in Qatar? What do you think about people boycotting it? Were any of your cons mentioned?

7. Tell Ss that Qatar are going to add a new city outside the capital and now another city needs to be chosen. Tell Ss that 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.


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