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Team Refugee

Pre-Reading Activities

A: Matching Words And Pictures
Here are some words from today's articles. Match the words with the pictures: team, Olympic flag, judo, swimming race
A: ____
B: ____
C: ____
D: ____

Reading Activities

A: Matching Ideas
Match the ideas with the paragraphs from Article 1. (One is done for you.)

In 2016 a team of refugees will compete at the Olympic Games.
The team will march before Brazil.
There are athletes from South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.
The President of the IOC hopes the Olympic Village will be the team's home for the Olympic Games.
The refugees athletes will do judo, athletics and swimming.

Article One:
Rio Games refugee team will have 10 athletes
June 3, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says there will be a team of refugees for the first time at the Rio Games.  The Refugee Olympic Team will have 10 members and 12 officials.  The team will compete under the Olympic flag.

The team has five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia.
"These refugee athletes have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem," IOC President Thomas Bach said. "The invention of this refugee team is to give them a home in the Olympic village together with all the athletes around the world."

The athletes, six men and four women, will compete in the sports of swimming, judo and athletics.


[The team will march with the Olympic flag just before host Brazil at the Opening Ceremon.] (Continued.../)

Article © 2016 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2016 www.english-to-go.com

Words: refugee - a person who has to leave their home to escape fighting, a disaster etc., athlete - a person who plays sport, Opening Ceremony - a time when people do special things to show that the Olympic Games are starting, compete - try to win a race

B: Completing A Table Of Information
Complete this table using Article One.
Number of refugee athletes:  
Number of officials for refugee team:  
Number of male athletes:  
Number of female athletes  
Flag of team:  
Countries the athletes are from:  


C: Understanding The Main Idea
Your teacher will divide you into two groups and give you an article. Some of you will read Article Two, the others Article Three. Use your article to answer these questions.
1. Which country is the athlete from?
2. What is the name of the team the athlete competes in at the Olympic Games in 2016?
3. How old is the athlete?
4. What sport does he or she compete in?


D: Completing A Table Of Information
Complete this table of information for the athlete you read about.
Name:  
Age:  
Team Name:  
Country:  
Sport:  
His/her dream:  
Other information:  











E: Sharing Information
Work in pairs with a student who read the other article. Complete this table of information for the athlete your partner read about. Help your partner complete their table.
Name:  
Age:  
Team Name:  
Country:  
Sport:  
His/her dream:  
Other information:  



 

 



Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these.

A: What Do They Mean?
Here are some words from today's articles. Talk about what they mean.

"These refugee athletes have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem," IOC President Thomas Bach said. "The invention of this refugee team is to give them a home in the Olympic village together with all the athletes around the world."
"I can pass a message to the world that, refugees can also do what other people can do. They should not be looked down upon."


B: Talk About Sport!
Work in pairs or small groups. Answer these questions:
1. What sport do you enjoy watching? Why?
2. Which athlete do you think is the best in the world. Why do you think this?
3. Imagine you can meet any athlete at the Olympic Games. Which athlete do you want to meet?


TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY

Reading Activities

A: Matching Ideas - Answers
In 2016 a team of refugees will compete at the Olympic Games. - paragraph 1
The team will march before Brazil. - paragraph 5
There are athletes from South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. - paragraph 2
The President of the IOC hopes the Olympic Village will be the team's home for the Olympic Games. - paragraph 3
The refugees athletes will do judo, athletics and swimming. paragraph 4


B: Completing A Table Of Information - Answers
Number of refugee athletes: 10
Number of officials for refugee team: 12
Number of male athletes: 6
Number of female athletes: 4
Flag of team: the Olympic flag
Countries the athletes are from: South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia

C: Understanding The Main Idea - Notes
Students now read one of two articles about two of the refugee athletes on the team. Divide the class in two. Make copies of the article below and distribute to students;  half of the class read Article 2, the other half Article 3. You may want students to work alone or in small groups. This activity gets them to skim the article to find some information about the athlete.

C: Understanding The Main Idea - Texts To Be Copied And Given To Students

Article Two:
From Congo to Brazil, refugee lives Olympic dreams
Fri Jun 3, Popole Misenga lived as an orphan in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He never imagined he would compete in the Olympic Games or for a refugee team.

The 24-year-old judo fighter will march with 9 other refugees in the
Refugee Olympic Team at the opening ceremony on August 5. 

"I never expected this," he told Reuters at the gym...in Rio where he trains.
"In Congo, there’s a lot of violence, a lot of war,... I decided to stay in Brazil to find a better life."  Misenga came to Brazil in 2013 for a judo competition. His mother died when he was 8 years old. Msenga ran away from the hotel where he was staying.  He lived on the streets until a group of Congolese looked after him.

Misenga learned judo as part of a program for orphans in the Congo. Now he has a Brazilian wife, Fabiana and a young son.  He says Brazil is now home. "I have found a good life here, and I'm happy to stay," he said, but he still dreams sometimes of returning to DRC one day....
Article © 2016 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2016 www.english-to-go.com




Article Three:
A chance to call for peace
Fri Jun 10, Angeline Nadai Lohalith would like to see peace in South Sudan so she could march for her country at the Olympic Games.  But 21-year-old Lohalith will march under the flat of the Refugee Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio.

"Some years to come, I will like to represent South Sudan," Lohalith, who will run in the 1500 m, said in an interview. She was at the Anita Children’s Home, a Catholic Church-run home 20 km south of Nairobi. Kenya. She came from a refugee camp in Kakuma in northern Kenya. [She left South Sudan in 2002. Her family are still in South Sudan.]
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"I can pass a message to the world that, refugees can also do what other people can do. They should not be looked down upon," Lohalith said.

Her parents, two sisters and brother are still in South Sudan. They do not know that she is going to the Games.

"My dream is to train hard and, maybe, win a race...Right now I am very happy because I will represent the ORT."
Article © 2016 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2016 www.english-to-go.com

D: Completing A Table Of Information - Notes
Students transfer the information from Reading Activity C onto the table. They also now look for any other information about the athletes that interest them and fill this in for "other information". For the second-to-last question of the table, they scan the article for the word 'dream'.

D/E: Completing A Table Of Information - Answers
Name: Popole Misenga
Age: 24
Team: Refugee Olympic Team
Country: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Sport: 24
His/her dream: To return to DRC one day
Other information: Students' answers will vary.

Name: Angeline Nadai Lohalith
Age: 21
Team: Refugee Olympic Team
Country: South Sudan
Sport: Running (1500 m)
His/her dream: To train hard and win a race.
Other information: Students' answers will vary.


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