Qatar 2022: The World Cup of controversy
Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson plan is about the World Cup in Qatar and the controversies surrounding it. It is focused on speaking – students will discuss issues such as workers’ rights, human rights, LGBTQ+ rights and corruption. You may also like this worksheet: “Phrasal verbs: The World Cup (football)”.
Speaking: The lesson starts with a few general questions about the World Cup. After that students are given a list of issues related to the World Cup in Qatar (e.g. Working conditions of migrant workers, bribery and corruption allegations, human rights violations, climate concerns) and they discuss what they know about each one. After that, they look at a few quotes related to the World Cup in Qatar and talk about each one, expressing their opinions and giving their arguments.
Collocations: in a short vocabulary activity, students practice collocations related to human rights. They complete the questions with the correct word and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.
Video: Students watch a video “How Qatar got to host the World Cup” and complete 2 tasks. Firt, they are asked to take notes about a few things mentioned in the video and then they complete extracts from the video with the verbs they hear.
Grammar: the second listening activity is also used as a transition to the grammar part of the lesson. After students have completed the extracts with the correct reporting verb (deny, accuse, allege, acknowledge), they match the verb to their definitions. Then, they complete a few sentences with the correct verb and word out the correct verb pattern each verb follows.
Speaking: next they are asked to share with a partner what they know about the topics given, using the reporting verbs from this lesson. The last activity is optional: a link to an article is provided where fans share their opinions about the World Cup. Students read it and discuss each of the opinions.
The printable conversation cards will provide further conversation practice.
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