Listen to five people talking. Match each speaker (1-5) to one of the topics (A-F). There is one topic you do not need to use.
A reasons for taking part in sport
Â the sporting facilities available
Ñ innovations in sport
D attitudes towards health and fitness
E the cost of buying sports equipment
F the income and status of sports stars
Now listen to two people talking about sport. Using points A-F above as headings, make short notes about their ideas, and compare them with yours.
3 Listen again. What unusual sports do the speakers mention?
Vocabulary 1:word formation (prefixes)
Look at the prefixes. Although they do not mean anything by themselves, they are used to make words negative or opposite. Work with a partner and write down two adjectives for each one using the prefix. They may be negatives or opposites. You can use a dictionary if you need to.
Work with a partner. Take turns to read one of the following statements so that your partner can contradict it using a word with a prefix from Exercise 1. Remember to stress the prefix.
A: / think the new stadium has very comfortable seats.
B: Oh, really? I think the seats in the new stadium are very uncomfortable.
1 That information is completely relevant to this discussion.
2 When I read it, I thought the ideas in his proposal for a new sports club were totally logical.
3 The young footballer interviewed on television last night seemed very mature for his age.
4 Children nowadays seem to be more obedient than in the past.
5 I found that last statement quite believable.
Some prefixes have a dictionary definition. Look at the prefixes in bold in each of these sentences. Match them to their meanings below.
1 You'll have to rerun the race, as the result wasn't clear.
2 The English team were completely outplayed by the Australians.
3 I completely misheard the trainers instructions, and ran ten miles instead of ten kilometres.
4 He overate and put on so much weight that he was dropped from the team.
5 I am very antisocial when I'm training for a competition - I never go out with friends because I always have early nights.
6 I've read Lance Armstrong's autobiography six times - I think it's really inspiring.
7 The player was not feeling well, and underperformed in the final.
8 There was a kind of postmortem after the team lost the game, to try to find out what went wrong.
9 Do you use a monolingual dictionary in class?
10 I find it easier to use a bilingual dictionary when I'm travelling - it's quicker!
a) less of an action or quality than is correct, needed or desired
e) badly / wrongly
f) two / double
g) too much
h) being or becoming bigger, further, greater, etc.
i) one / single
j) of or by yourself
3 How does knowing the meaning of the prefix help you understand the word?
Decide which prefix(es) from Exercise 3 can be used with each of the words below. Then write a sentence using each one to bring out its meaning.