Warm up exercise:
Some World cup warmer questions:
1. Where and when was the last World Cup? Germany 2006
2. Where and when is the next World Cup? Brazil 2014
3. How many years is there between each World Cup? 4 years
Questions to ask every day during the World Cup:
What countries played yesterday?
What were the scores?
What players scored?
What country is at the top/bottom of group x?
First half – Countries , flags & mascots
Word relay game:
Ask the students to make groups.
Ask the groups to stand in separate lines in front of the board.
The student at the front of the each group is given a pen/piece of chalk.
Students have to write down all the countries in the world cup. The first student from each group writes a country and then passes the pen to the next in line.
Give the students a time limit(3 mins) and see how many countries they can write within the time limit.
Each group checks the ‘wordle’ to see how many words they managed to get and deduct points for wrong spellings.
World cup countries ‘Wordle’
Match the flag with the country
In groups the Students look at the flags and match the countries with their flags. (Give the students a time limit)
Ask the students what the mascot is for the South Africa World Cup. Why do they think that a leopard was chosen to represent the world cup.
Ask the students if they can remember any previous world cup mascots and if they can, have them try to describe what they looked like.
Show students the picture of the previous mascots and ask them what country the mascot represents.
Click here for an article on the 10 dumbest World Cup mascots.
Answers: Goleo VI – Germany, Ato, Kaz & Nik – Korea & Japan, Footix – France, Stryker – USA, Ciao – Italy, Pique – Mexico, Naranjito – Spain, Gauchito – Argentina, Tip & Tap – West Germany, Juanito- Mexico, Willy – England
Ask the students what their favourite ‘mascot’ is and why. Find out which is the most popular mascot within your class.
Students have to design a mascot to represent their own country.
Divide the class into teams. Ask the students if they know what countries are in each group. Have a contest to see which team can write the countries in each group correctly.
Second half – Video dictation.
The alternative England anthem.
Watch the following video by the legendary; Mark E Smith. His vocals are usually difficult to comprehend so it is very helpful that there are subtitles for the lyrics. Ask the students to write down the words that they see.
Music video – ‘England’s Heartbeat ‘- Shuttleworth feat. Mark E. Smith
Extra time – Samurai Blue
If I haven’t already told you, the team I will be following this World Cup is shown in the clip below.
If only they were as strong as this:
What’s your prediction?
Ask your students who they predict to win the world cup and what team they think will actually win the world cup. Put their predictions on the wall and check if they were correct at the end of the cup.
A British music magazine, ‘the NME’ recently did a feature on who the musicians predict will win the world cup. Click here from some predictions by musicians. Ask students to listen to the celebrities and have them write down the countries each artist thinks will win.
I have nostalgic memories of collecting stickers during the world cup when I was a wee boy.
I was always really excited to try and get as many stickers as possible. It was always fun swapping stickers with friends.
You could hand out world cup country stickers every time a student answers a question correctly. Give students stickers outside the classroom as well, if they ask you questions in English about the world cup.
I usually use images I find from ‘clipart’, laminate them and put double-sided tape on the back. You could make a sticker sheet for the students to collect their stickers on. MES English has a great selection of ideas for stickers and sticker sheets and has recently put up some great football stickers.
I hope you and your students enjoy the world cup and my lesson 😉