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THE LESSON ON DAVID BECKHAM

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David Beckham is an English footballer who has played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as representing his country 100 times. He moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 to increase the profile of football in America. He married Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and has become a worldwide celebrity, an advertising brand and a fashion icon.

Beckham was born in London in 1975. His parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters. His talent was obvious from an early age and he signed with Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday. He helped the youth team win several trophies and made his first team debut in 1995. He helped his team achieve considerable success in his eleven seasons with them.

Beckham has been runner-up twice as world football’s best player.  He won many trophies with Manchester United, including the Champions League, and won a league title with Real Madrid. He also captained his club and country. He was famously sent off in a match against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. In 2003, Beckham received an honour for services to football from Britain’s Queen.

Beckham has many interests off the soccer pitch and is rarely out of the headlines, especially concerning his marriage and children. He has established football academies in Los Angeles and London. In 2006 he was named a judge for the British Book Awards. He lives near Tom Cruise and the two are best buddies. Beckham is also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

moved

a.

elevate

2

increase

b.

crazy

3.

icon

c.

a great deal of

4.

fanatical

d.

symbol

5.

obvious

e.

relocated

6.

considerable

f.

plain to see


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7.

runner-up

g.

set up

8.

title

h.

hardly ever

9.

honour

i.

championship

10.

rarely

j.

friends

11

established

k

second placed

12

buddies

l

award

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

increase the profile of

a.

from an early age

2

an advertising

b.

a match against Argentina

3.

His parents were fanatical

c.

buddies

4.

His talent was obvious

d.

for services to football

5.

He helped his team achieve

e.

football in America

6.

Beckham has been runner-

f.

brand and a fashion icon

7.

He was famously sent off in

g.

of the headlines

8.

Beckham received an honour

h.

considerable success

9.

rarely out

i.

up twice

10.

the two are best

j.

Manchester United supporters

LISTENING GAP FILL

David Beckham is an English footballer __________________ for Manchester United and Real Madrid, _______________ representing his country 100 times. He moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 to __________________ of football in America. He married Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and has become a worldwide celebrity, an advertising ___________________ icon.

Beckham was born in London in 1975. His parents _______________ Manchester United supporters. His talent was _______________ early age and he signed with Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday. He helped the youth team win several trophies and _______________ debut in 1995. He helped _______________ considerable success in his eleven seasons with them.

Beckham has been _______________ as world football’s best player.  He won many trophies with Manchester United, including the Champions League, and _________________ with Real Madrid. He also captained his club and country. He was _______________ in a match against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. In 2003, Beckham received an _________________ to football from Britain’s Queen.

Beckham has many interests _______________ pitch and is _________________  headlines, especially concerning his marriage and children. He has established football academies in Los Angeles and London. In 2006 _________________ judge for the British Book Awards. He lives near Tom Cruise and the _________________. Beckham is also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

David Beckham is an English footballer who has played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, was / as well as representing his country 100 times. He moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 to decrease / increase the profile of football in America. He married Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and has become a worldwide celebrity, an advertising / advert   brand / bland and a fashion icon.

Beckham was born in London in 1975. His parents were fanatical / fans Manchester United supporters. His talent was obviously / obvious from an early age and he signed with Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday. He helped the youth team won / win several trophies and made his first team debut in 1995. He helped his team achievement / achieve considerable success in his eleven seasons with them.

Beckham has been runner-up / running up twice as world football’s best player.  He won many / any trophies with Manchester United, including the Champions League, and won a league title with Real Madrid. He also captained his club and country. He was famous / famously sent off in a match against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. In 2003, Beckham received an honour for services / serviced to football from Britain’s Queen.

Beckham has many interesting / interests off the soccer pitch and is rarely in / out of the headlines, especially concerning his marriage and children. He has established football academies in Los Angeles and London. In 2006 he was named a judge / judgment for the British Book Awards. He lives near Tom Cruise and the two are best baddies / buddies. Beckham is also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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1.

representing his ytnurco 100 times

2.

increase the epiflro of football in America

3.

a worldwide bclyetire

4.

an igdvrentisa brand


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5.

Manchester United esrprtpuso

6.

His talent was sbviouo from an early age

7.

He helped the youth team win ervaesl trophies

8.

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9.

unnrre-pu twice as world football’s best player

10.

He also ipdaneact his club and country

11.

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12.

Beckham received an honour for ssveeicr to football


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13.

Beckham has many etertssni off the soccer pitch

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rarely out of the ealdsehni

15.

football cesiaamde

16.

best isudbed

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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marriage and children. He has established football academies in Los Angeles and London. In 2006 he was named a

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Beckham has been runner-up twice as world football’s best player.  He won many trophies with

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buddies. Beckham is also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

(    )

 

Beckham has many interests off the soccer pitch and is rarely out of the headlines, especially concerning his

(    )

 

Manchester United, including the Champions League, and won a league title with Real Madrid. He also captained his

(    )

 

as representing his country 100 times. He moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 to increase the profile of

(    )

 

football in America. He married Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and has become a

(    )

 

from an early age and he signed with Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday. He helped the youth team win

(    )

 

judge for the British Book Awards. He lives near Tom Cruise and the two are best

(    )

 

several trophies and made his first team debut in 1995. He helped his team

(    )

 

Beckham received an honour for services to football from Britain’s Queen.

(    )

 

club and country. He was famously sent off in a match against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. In 2003,

(    )

 

Beckham was born in London in 1975. His parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters. His talent was obvious

( 1 )

 

David Beckham is an English footballer who has played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well

(    )

 

worldwide celebrity, an advertising brand and a fashion icon.

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achieve considerable success in his eleven seasons with them.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

America    the    of    in    increase    profile    football

2.

brand    a    icon    advertising    and    fashion    an

3.

obvious    was    talent    His    age    early    an    from

4.

youth    the    helped    He    trophies    several    win    team

5.

team    considerable    He    his    achieve    success    helped

6.

world    -    football’s    up    best    twice    player    as    runner

7.

captained    club    country    also    his    and    He

8.

to    services    for    honour    an    received    Beckham    football

9.

soccer    the    off    interests    many    has    Beckham    pitch

10.

and    the   best    two    are   He   lives   buddies    near   Tom    Cruise

DAVID BECKHAM DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about David Beckham?

2.

Would you like to have met David Beckham?

3.

What would you like to know about David Beckham and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about David Beckham?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked David Beckham?

3.

What would his answers have been to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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DAVID BECKHAM SURVEY

Write five questions about David Beckham in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about David Beckham for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about David Beckham. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. DAVID BECKHAM POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of David Beckham. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about David Beckham. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he did every day and what he thought about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to David Beckham. Ask him three questions about his life. Tell him how important he is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “David Beckham expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

moved

a.

relocated

2

increase

b.

elevate

3.

icon

c.

symbol

4.

fanatical

d.

crazy

5.

obvious

e.

plain to see

6.

considerable

f.

a great deal of


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

runner-up

g.

second placed

8.

title

h.

championship

9.

honour

i.

award

10.

rarely

j.

hardly ever

11

established

k

set up

12

buddies

l

friends

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

increase the profile of

a.

football in America

2

an advertising

b.

brand and a fashion icon

3.

His parents were fanatical

c.

Manchester United supporters

4.

His talent was obvious

d.

from an early age

5.

He helped his team achieve

e.

considerable success

6.

Beckham has been runner-

f.

up twice

7.

He was famously sent off in

g.

a match against Argentina

8.

Beckham received an honour

h.

for services to football

9.

rarely out

i.

of the headlines

10.

the two are best

j.

buddies

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