Unit 10
5 • Sports and society

Athletic scholarship
American flag

Are All Stars the new rock stars?


  • break a record (exp.)
  • audience (n.)
  • college /ˈkɒlɪdʒ/ (n.)
  • shoulder /ˈʃəʊldə/ pads /
  • knee /ˈniː/ pads (n.)
  • helmet / jersey (sports shirt) (n.)
  • cheer /ˈtʃɪə/ / yell in support (v.)
  • tackle = bring to the ground (v.)
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Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Your final project

You are a talented high school student who is applying for a sport scholarship at the university of your choice.
Let's go!

Get ready!

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Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
a. Find a title for each box.


b. Add the words from the toolbox in the vocabulary boxes. Find two more words for each category.

a. Look at the picture above. Imagine the commentary of the presenter (the game, the atmosphere, his or her reaction).

Useful vocabulary: Look at that! He appears to... He looks like... He is about to... He is on the verge of...

b. Read the caption. What do you think of the message? Is it realistic?

NCAA College Football game between Louisville and Kentucky, 2017.
NCAA College Football game between Louisville and Kentucky, 2017.

Sports in college

  • arena /əˈriːnə/ (n.)
  • bench (n.)
  • a row of seats (n.)
  • locker room (n.)
  • stadium /ˈstεɪdɪəm/ (n.)
  • university / training (n.)
  • field / court (n.)

  • half time (n.)
  • homecoming (n.)
  • medal / cup / trophy /ˈtrəʊfɪ/ (n.)
  • playoff / tie-break (n.)
  • tournament (n.)
  • varsity (college team) (n.)
  • practice / train (v.)

  • cheerleaders (n.)
  • coach (n.)
  • home ≠ visiting team (n.)
  • opponent /əˈpəʊnənt/ (n.)
  • referee / umpire /ˈʌmˌpaɪə/ (n.)
  • sportscaster (n.)
  • team captain (n.)
Sports in college

  • touchdown /ˈtʌʧˌdaʊn/ (n.)
  • draw / tie (n.)
  • compete (v.)
  • dribble (v.)
  • have the lead (v.)
  • pitch / shoot (v.)
  • score (v.)

  • athletics /æθˈlɛtɪks/ (n.)
  • baseball (n.)
  • basketball (n.)
  • football (n.)
  • hockey /ˈhɒkɪ/ (n.)
  • league (n.)
  • soccer (n.)

  • sing the national anthem (exp.)
  • crowd /ˈkraʊd/ (n.)
  • applaud /əˈplɔːd/ (v.)
  • chant (v.)
  • tailgating /ˈtεɪlˌgεɪtɪŋ/ (v.)

Brainstorming question

What do you like about them?

IDIOM of the week!

To hit a home run

To hit a home run
A home run is when the batter hits the ball so far that he or she is able to circle the bases and score. It is a much applauded performance. Can you guess the symbolical meaning?


Brainstorming question

Do you know any famous American athletes?

Brainstorming question

Have you ever watched a US sports game?

Let's learn!

The longest list

⏱️ Memorize as many words as possible from the vocabulary boxes below during three minutes. Write everything you remember.

Step 2

Write to your role model athlete.
Activity 3
Activity 4

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

On your way to the task - Step 1

Discuss with the coach about one of your teammates.
Activity 1
Activity 2
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