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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in 1985. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world. The legendary Dutch genius Johan Cruyff said he's one of the best ever. Ronaldo became a soccer superstar playing for English team Manchester United, Spain's Real Madrid and for Portugal. He plays in midfield, from where he regularly scores spectacular goals.

Ronaldo started kicking a ball around when he was three. His skill was obvious then and by ten years old, two of Portugal's top clubs wanted to sign him. He joined Sporting Lisbon and became the only player in their history to play for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, B team and first-team within one season. His skills soon attracted Europe's big teams.

Manchester United decided Ronaldo was the perfect replacement for David Beckham and signed him in 2003. He set the English Premier League alight in his time there with his silky skills, and helped the team win nine trophies, including the UEFA Champions League. He also picked up the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008.

In 2009, Ronaldo joined his boyhood heroes Real Madrid and became the most expensive footballer in history. His transfer fee was over $131 million. He broke Real's scoring record in his second season, with 53 goals in all competitions. He bettered that in 2011-12, netting 60 times to help Real win Spain's La Liga. In 2012, Diego Maradona said Ronaldo was "the best player on the planet."


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

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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

regarded

a.

frequently

2

legendary

b.

caught the attention of

3.

regularly

c.

famous

4.

obvious

d.

inside

5.

within

e.

considered

6.

attracted

f.

clear

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

perfect

g.

cost

8.

silky

h.

signed up with

9.

picked up

i.

improved on

10.

joined

j.

ideal

11

fee

k

won

12

bettered

l

smooth

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

widely regarded as one

a.

for David Beckham

2

The legendary Dutch

b.

Europe's big teams

3.

His skill was

c.

heroes

4.

top clubs wanted to

d.

of the best players

5.

His skills soon attracted

e.

that in 2011-12

6.

the perfect replacement

f.

sign him

7.

set the English Premier League

g.

skills

8.

silky

h.

genius Johan Cruyff

9.

joined his boyhood

i.

obvious then

10.

He bettered

j.

alight


LISTENING GAP FILL

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in 1985. He ______________________ one of the best players in the world. The ______________________ Johan Cruyff said he's one of the best ever. Ronaldo became a soccer superstar playing for English team Manchester United, Spain's Real Madrid and for Portugal. He plays in midfield, from ______________________ scores spectacular goals.

Ronaldo started ______________________ when he was three. His skill was obvious then and by ten years old, two of Portugal's top clubs ______________________. He joined Sporting Lisbon and became the only player in their history to play for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, B team and first-team within one season. His ______________________ Europe's big teams.

Manchester United decided Ronaldo was the ______________________ David Beckham and signed him in 2003. He set the English Premier League alight in his time there ______________________, and helped the team win nine trophies, including the UEFA Champions League. ______________________ the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008.

In 2009, Ronaldo joined _____________________ Real Madrid and became the most expensive footballer in history. His ______________________ over $131 million. He broke Real's scoring record in his second season, with 53 goals in all competitions. ______________________ in 2011-12, netting 60 times, helping Real win Spain's La Liga. In 2012, Diego Maradona said Ronaldo was "the best player on the planet."


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in 1985. He is narrowly / widely regarded as one of the best player / players in the world. The legendary Dutch genius Johan Cruyff said he's one of the best even / ever. Ronaldo became a soccer superstar playing for English team Manchester United, Spain's Real Madrid and for Portugal. He plays in midfield, from while / where he regularly scores spectacular goals.

Ronaldo started kicking a ball around when he was three. His skill was obvious / obviously then and by ten years old, two of Portugal's top clubs wanted to signal / sign him. He joined Sporting Lisbon and became the only player in their history to play for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, B team and first-team with / within one season. His skills soon attractive / attracted Europe's big teams.

Manchester United decided Ronaldo was the perfect / perfected replacement for David Beckham and signed him in 2003. He set the English Premier League lit up / alight in his time there with his silky skills, and helped the team win nine trophies, including / included the UEFA Champions League. He also picked over / up the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008

In 2009, Ronaldo joint / joined his boyhood heroes Real Madrid and became the most expensive footballer in history. His transfer fee / free was over $131 million. He break / broke Real's scoring record in his second season, with 53 goals in all competitions. He bettered that in 2011-12, netting / netted 60 times, helping Real win Spain's La Liga. In 2012, Diego Maradona said Ronaldo was "the best player on the planet."


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1

1.

widely redagerd as one of the best

2.

The legendary Dutch uisnge

3.

He became a soccer tpsuearrs

4.

he eagrulrly scores spectacular goals

Paragraph 2

5.

Ronaldo started kicking a ball onudra when he was three

6.

His skill was svoouib then

7.

He ndojie Sporting Lisbon

8.

His skills soon dteaattcr Europe's big teams

Paragraph 3

9.

the reectpf replacement

10.

silky ikllss

11.

win nine hroitesp

12.

Player of the Year wadar

Paragraph 4

13.

his oyohbod heroes

14.

rfastern fee

15.

in his second ensaso

16.

the best player on the lpetna


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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regarded as one of the best players in the world. The legendary Dutch genius Johan Cruyff said he's one

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picked up the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008

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in his second season, with 53 goals in all competitions. He bettered that in 2011-12, netting 60 times, helping Real

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by ten years old, two of Portugal's top clubs wanted to sign him. He joined Sporting Lisbon and became the only

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footballer in history. His transfer fee was over $131 million. He broke Real's scoring record

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one season. His skills soon attracted Europe's big teams.

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player in their history to play for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, B team and first-team within

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him in 2003. He set the English Premier League alight in his time there with his silky skills, and helped

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win Spain's La Liga. In 2012, Diego Maradona said Ronaldo was "the best player on the planet."

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and for Portugal. He plays in midfield, from where he regularly scores spectacular goals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in 1985. He is widely

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In 2009, Ronaldo joined his boyhood heroes Real Madrid and became the most expensive

(    )

Manchester United decided Ronaldo was the perfect replacement for David Beckham and signed

(    )

Ronaldo started kicking a ball around when he was three. His skill was obvious then and

(    )

of the best ever. Ronaldo became a soccer superstar playing for English team Manchester United, Spain's Real Madrid

(    )

the team win nine trophies, including the UEFA Champions League. He also


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

of   widely   the   regarded   best   as   He   one   is

2.

spectacular   regularly   goals   scores   he

3.

he   Ronaldo   a   when   three   kicking   around   was   started   ball

4.

skill   then   was   His   obvious

5.

soon   Europe's   teams   skills   attracted   big   His

6.

set     He     alight     League     Premier     English     the.    

7.

the   of    Player   World    FIFA   the    up    picked   also     He    award   Year

8.

his     Madrid     boyhood     Ronaldo     heroes     joined     Real

9.

scoring     season     record     He     in     broke     his     Real's     second

10.

bettered     He     times     60     netting     ,     2011-12     in     that.    


CRISTIANO RONALDO DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Cristiano Ronaldo?

2.

Would you like to meet Cristiano Ronaldo?

3.

What would you like to know about Cristiano Ronaldo 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 Cristiano Ronaldo?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Cristiano Ronaldo?

3.

What would his answers be 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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CRISTIANO RONALDO SURVEY

Write five questions about Cristiano Ronaldo 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 Cristiano Ronaldo 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 Cristiano Ronaldo. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. CRISTIANO RONALDO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Cristiano Ronaldo. 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 Cristiano Ronaldo. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks 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 Cristiano Ronaldo. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Cristiano Ronaldo expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

regarded

a.

considered

2

legendary

b.

famous

3.

regularly

c.

frequently

4.

obvious

d.

clear

5.

within

e.

inside

6.

attracted

f.

caught the attention of

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

perfect

g.

ideal

8.

silky

h.

smooth

9.

picked up

i.

won

10.

joined

j.

signed up with

11

fee

k

cost

12

bettered

l

improved on

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

widely regarded as one

a.

of the best players

2

The legendary Dutch

b.

genius Johan Cruyff

3.

His skill was

c.

obvious then

4.

top clubs wanted to

d.

sign him

5.

His skills soon attracted

e.

Europe's big teams

6.

the perfect replacement

f.

for David Beckham

7.

set the English Premier League

g.

alight

8.

silky

h.

skills

9.

joined his boyhood

i.

heroes

10.

He bettered

j.

that in 2010-12

ALL OTHER EXERCISES

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