World cup traffic and hooligans intermediate instant lesson
Intermediate Instant Lesson™
World Cup traffic and
Work in pairs and answer these questions.
1. What do you know about soccer? (If you are an expert, you have three minutes to talk
about soccer! If you don't know much, tell the others in your group what
2. What is the name of the most important world soccer event?
3. How would you feel if this event were held in your country?
4. What would you worry about if one of the most important games at
this event were held in your city or hometown? Write a
list of things that you might worry about.
a. b. c. d.
5. This event is being held in Germany in 2006. What particular things do
you think the German people might be worried about in hosting this
A: Checking Your Predictions
Read today's article. Are any of the problems that are described in today's article
problems you thought of?
Germans worried about World Cup
ERLIN (Reuters) Thu Jan 19, 2006
Germans are worried about
olicing, transport problems and
ooligans at this year's World Cup,
ccording to a survey published on
he 1,000 Germans questioned by
he TNS Emnid polling institute were
urprisingly gloomy about the
roblems that could affect the
onth-long finals starting on June 9.
ermans have previously expressed
ptimism about the tournament,
ore than three-quarters -- 77
ercent -- said it was probable or
ighly probable there would be
rioting hooligans in the city centers
f cities hosting matches" and two-
hirds predicted trouble with
ampaging fans inside the stadiums.
ome 42 percent of Germans even
aid they were expecting one match
o be canceled because of a terror
care and 24 percent said a terror
ttack was either probable or highly
D: True Or False
Read the article again and say whether the following sentences are true or false.
1. The article says that it is not surprising that Germans were pessimistic about World
Cup problems in the latest poll.
2. Many Germans believe that the World Cup will help bring money into Germany.
3. Germans are worried about hooliganism only in the centers of hosting cities.
4. A large number of Germans want to go and watch the World Cup.
You may do one or more of these.
A: Problem Solving
Work in pairs. Imagine you are hosting the World Cup with an important game being
held in your city or hometown.
Choose one of the things you said would be worried about if you were hosting it in Pre-
Reading Activity A. How would you plan to solve this worry? What would you do?
Brainstorm and then present your ideas to the class.
Who are the strongest soccer teams in the world at the moment? Who won the last world
cup? Who is most likely to win the next one?
Work in pairs and find answers to these questions. Use the Internet, books or ask any
friends who know about soccer!
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
A: Discussion - Notes
1. If some students know a lot, and others know only a little, try to pair them up so that the knowledgeable
ones can be interviewed by the ones who only know a little.
2. Soccer's biggest event is the FIFA World Cup, usually known as the World Cup. The 2006 event is being
held in Germany with games being played
in twelve towns and cities: Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover,
Kaiserslautern, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
4. Answers will vary but students may list things like terrorism, crowd control, traffic congestion,
depending on where they live!
5. Answers will vary but could include hooliganism and terrorism.
A: Checking Your Predictions - Answers
Answers will vary. Problems described in the article are policing, transport problems, long queues and
B: Reading For Specific Information - Answers
Number of people in survey: 1000
Percentage of people who felt it was likely there would be strong control by police: 96
Percentage of people who were worried about queuing: 94
Percentage of people who were worried about crowded public transport: 89
Percentage of people who were worried about traffic jams: around 89 ("a similar number")
Percentage of people who were worried about hooliganism in the city centers: 77
Percentage of people who were worried about cancellations due to terrorist activities: 42
Percentage of people who said terrorist strikes were likely: 24
Percentage of people who thought it was unlikely that their country would win the World Cup: 75
C: Vocabulary - Answers
1. tournament, 2. stadium, 3. pessimism
D: True Or False - Answers
1. F (they were surprisingly gloomy.), 2. T, 3. F (they are also worried about fans rioting in the stadiums),
Please note: The official website of the FIFA World Cup is at http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/