Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 35 | Close Listening | Vocabulary Preview | Children, Sports, & Identity

Ahhh, controversial topics, good vocabulary to speak about, and a preview into what we will be doing next Monday. Following Monday’s post will be a study skill technique called “cornell notes.” Now, I don’t necessarily care so much about universities in general, but while you’re listening, there are different ways you can take notes to separate information. So, welcome to the first part of the three-day festive!

Match the following words from the box with the correct definitions.

Words: eliminate, enhance, initiative, interfere, motivate, outrage, prestige, protective

  1. to encourage someone to behave in a particular way
  2. to deliberately become involved in a situation to try to influence it
  3. a strong feeling of anger and shock at something you feel is unfair
  4. the high reputation that someone or something has earned
  5. wanting to stop someone or something from being hurt
  6. the ability to decide in an independent way what to do and when
  7. to get rid of something that is not wanted or needed
  8. to improve something or make it more attractive or valuable

Complete the sentences with the words in bold.

  1. All competitors would _________ their sports performances if they had the opportunity.
  2. It would be impossible to _________ all elements of competition from society.
  3. Most sports competitors will do anything for the __________ of winning.
  4. Parents and teachers should not _____________ in children’s playground games.
  5. Parents should avoid being too ______________ of their children in team sports.
  6. Prize money is the most effective way to __________ sports competitors.
  7. The government should take the _____________ to fund more public sports centers.
  8. We are right to feel ____________ when a sports competitor is revealed as a cheat.


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