FIFA Women’s World Cup

Lesson plan overview

This ESL lesson is about FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament. Students will learn about the tournament and discuss topics like women in sport, the growing popularity of women’s football, and the ongoing disputes for pay equity. You can combine this lesson with other football and sport-related related lessons, such as “Football fans”, and “Phrasal verbs: The World Cup (football)”, “Financial tips for athletes“, as well as lessons related to gender equality, such as “What is holding women back at work” and “Idioms: gender equality”.

Speaking: The lesson starts with conversation questions about women in sport and women in football. Students discuss 8 questions given.

Reading: Students read about the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and match the titles to the correct paragraphs. 

Vocabulary: Students learn useful expressions to talk about the competition such as reigning champion, contenders, underdogs, a three-peat, debut, to make history. They match the expressions from 8 sentences given to their definitions. To practise, students complete 3 questions with the correct word and discuss the questions before watching the video.

Listening: students watch a video called “What you need to know about the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023” and answer 8 multiple-choice questions.

Speaking: Finally, students are given 3 statements related to women in sport to debate in pairs or small groups.

You can use the conversation cards to revise the target vocabulary from this lesson and for additional speaking practice.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

She is a star in the National Women’s Soccer League and it’s going to be a tough competition, really tough group match.
It’s happening to other teams as well, a sign of the professionalization and the popularity of the women’s game.
This video shows stunning goals by some superstars of France’s men’s team, but halfway through, a twist.

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