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Exploiting the World Cup for teaching MFL


Pupils engaged by topic which interests them – which gives then information they want to know.

Topic of World Cup ahould interests all through the nature of the topic and current relevance.


Knowledge / understanding

(a) relating to country of target language

(b) relating to other countries if appropriate

People: Famous footballers / coaches in France (current and past)

Geography: Where the main French clubs are situated

Media: How public can find out about football (TV radio website press)

Football: colours worn, anthem sung, mascots, rules, equipment

Gestures: common gestures used!!

Language: chants, technical vocabulary

Specific language content



Clothing (kit)

Colours (kit, flags)

Dates (of matches / years – match year to venue)

Local environment (description of towns,facilities)

numbers (shorts)

Personal Identification

Technical core vocabulary relating to football

Towns + Countries (in Germany / home / target language country)


Compare & Contrast


comparatives, superlatives

Specific language skills


radio/TV commentary, new items


web, magazines, emails, newspaper


diary / results / profiles / reports ... display on wall / website


opinions / recorded commentary in Powerpoints etc


scroll to the pink section for links to language activities

Links to exercises and resources


Activities in French, German and Spanish

Info from a German perspective

linguashare – go to ‘sports’ – Neil Jines has uploaded many of his resources there
Sources for all languages:

Ideas for exploiting world cup

Sunderland site ... general

PDF with ideas for all subject areas

Sudoku .. could be translated into other languages

Document with useful links for all areas


World Cup History – interesting site in English – probable souce of penalty shoot out questions

Details about venues: city info, profile, tourist info, stadium profile (links to fifa site)

British Embassy World Cup site

World cup site – available in Gn En Sp French Portunguese

World cup images used by Andrew Balaam for languageslinline (aso great for other images!!)

Football database acknowledged by A Balaam as source for languagesonline exercises

What languages do they speak?

Grid to complete for Tunisia, Germany, Brazil, Paraguay, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Netherlands

All news – teams, stadia etc in En Fr Gn Sp It and Portuguese

Soccerlingua poster – gives key vocab in En Sp It Gn – not French!

CILT’s support of Starwatch

The resource pack contains a series of fifteen 'football, nutrition and fitness' worksheets and a starwatch competition poster as well as links to the international Starwatch website with competition details, key vocabulary, a language quiz and information about the featured football stars. Resource packs have been sent to all secondary schools in the UK, CILT has a very limited number of replacement packs but all files can be downloaded, see the resources area of the Starwatch website or click here.

(Mainly WEnglish ... language games not really that engaging .. but perhaps could use th edictionary)

Statements of players from worksheets translated into English, German, Italina, Dutch, Czech in resource area
Resources here:

Starwatch dictionary English, German, Italina, Dutch, Czech

onl ine + HEM has made word document stored in folder

Summary of where and when matches take place incl info on Groups.
(Use to practise countries, dates, times)

pdf 1_schedule_football_wc downloaded from starwatch resource site

Stored in folder

Sources for French:

French team details + adssociated reading comprehension (could be a source for many more games e.g. pelmansim, TaskMagic etc)

equipe de france – full version includes reading comp, answers + source – Helen Myers (on school network + mflresources2 + ALL site)

Grid with links to football team sites in France

(Helen intends to do a sheet on this!)

Website in English on French football teams

Vocab for French football – HEM made copy form French gov sitre – no longer on line

football vocab list on the network

Linguascope – DIVERS – has vocab list

Fifa site in French – has overviews etc – good for R/C and revision of culture / geographie etc

From MFLE:

Thanks to Jeff Marsh of Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh. for contributing these documents and advising on suitable levels.

Download word docs from web site

R/C – gap-fill on personal identification about Ronaldo

Word file: ‘Ronaldo’ exercise in filling gaps (suitable for S1) – 36KB

R/C – matching statements to numbers

Word file: ‘Ça fait combien?’ exercise in matching numbers to statements (suitable for S2) – 22KB

R/C – match countries to descriptions (c’est un pays qui ....)

Word file: ‘La Coupe Du Monde’ exercise in matching countries with their descriptions (suitable for S3) – 35KB

Vocab acquistion – fond meaning of faux amis

Word file: ‘A Vos Dictionnaires’ exercise in working out the meaning of the ‘faux ami’ (suitable for S3) – 45KB

S/W – frame for giving opinions

Word file: ‘A mon avis’ exercise in expressing opinions about all things World Cup (suitable for S3) – 39KB

Grammar – après avoir/être exercise

Word file: ‘After...’ exercise in the use of ‘Après’ and the perfect tense (suitable for S4) – 21KB

French puzzles T hanks to Nan McGhee for providing these entertaining puzzles.

English clues given to French technical words

Word file: World Cup crossword in French (39KB)

French words given for finding French words in grid

Word file: World Cup wordsearch in French (26KB)

French anagrams to find French words for the countries above

Word file: World Cup anagram puzzle in French (40KB)

From Neil Jones – The Elliott School (includes Sunderland resources)

Dowloaded from

Worksheet to present + practise the words for positions and roles (3 errors to correct)

Wordsearch with all 32 countries

Photos giving nationalities, positions, shirt numbers of Chelsea team, coach and owner

World cup flags to colour in and label (countries not given) (from Sunderland site)

Team names - fill in the vowel

R/C match start to end of phrases describing Michael Essien

Followed by

Writing: write paragraph based on info given


R/C – secton A to match En to French categories in a personal fiche. (Thierry Henry); Section B to answer questions about the answers on the form; Section C: Writing: Give details about Zinedine Zidane following same model

(Spanish headings to be changed!)

resources also in linguashare – see the topic ‘sport’ to download the following from Neil Jones, The Elliott school

Listening comprehension on les footballeurs


Les footballeurs - profiles

From Sunderland site:

Les drapeaux du monde

R/C – description of colour and shapes on flags ... pupils have to match description to flag, then place on map

(Need to sort this .. some pages meant ot be on A3, but page not set up to print this way – also not sure what the number mean)


Powerpoint slide showing different time zones on French world map

(tp [ractise times, countries)

Time Zones en français

Wordsnake of countries involved in World Cup

(Sunderland resource)

Find the countries

World cup schedule- dates and fixtures written in words
Pupils could keep in book and fill in.

From TES resources:

TES resource submitted by slick – A4 sheet to present/practise Countries, flags, key vocabulary, opinions

TES resource submitted by slick – world map to show participating countries – worksheet tpo fill in countries

TES resource submitted by slick – A4 poster per country with flag, French name and German name

From mflresources2

Several documents for a project submitted by lady_skier (Sharon Foley) – cover, matches. ideal team, flags, match En to Fr country, match stadia pictures + name to dot on German map, writing frame for writing a profile on a football player – join mflresources2 to access these then go to files / French / World Cup 2006

L’équipe en chiffres – reading comp – submitted by Helen Blow – French / reading seciton

as above

Sources for German: has been created by Yvonne Clerehugh, who is an advanced skills teacher for MFL at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.

Resources from Notre Dame High Svhool Norwich

Die Stadien – powerpoint with info and pictures about each staduium

“ Spielplan – info on dates, groups etc

Welches Land?

Multichoice – select country which matches flag (Hot Potatoes)

Welche Manschaft ist das?

Multichoice – select nationality which matches team photo (Hot Potatoes)

In welchen Gruppen spielen die Mannschaften?

Select group for each country named (32)

Fill gaps in paragraph about WM Stadt Hamburg ... followed by other stadia

Match info about players: one exrcise each for 6 players

Weltmeisterscheft – penalty shoot out – 10 questins in German about the history of the games (who won .. how many times etc)

GCSE Reading & Matching Activity - excel print version

World cup novelties – match picture, title + text describing

Reading passage on Drugtesting + qestions in English

Reading passage on Theo Walcott + questions in german


Engish chants with German translations

(Could do fun with texts exercise on this? or TaskMagic reordering

Fpotball glossay – 24 sides on a pdf file – for 6th form?

Football chants – flash show gives phrase / translation / sound on a click

mp3 download

Reading headlines – multichoice of 3 for 5 headlines (2 mins)

Interactive game on football positions and officials (5 mins)

Info in English on the football grounds, their home teams and snippets of info. (Click on location for info)

Then do 10 question quiz based on this (can be printed out)

Soccerlingua poster – gives key vocab


Word document with Webquest (from MFLE Scotland):

With this German internet challenge, students can check out the home team and book train tickets to the towns in which they might play.

Internet challenge

Overview of activities offered by Goethe Institut

World cup poster from Goethe Institut

Overviewfrom the youth portal promoting cooperation between En/Gn young people (the voyage)

From Elliott (some from Sunderland)

Wordsnake of countries involved in World Cup

(Sunderland resource)

Team names - fill in the vowel

Atantot website - IWB

A variety of games for use with IWB

Wordsearch – 6 German words (no translation)

Die Flagge – select groups, click on flag which represents country name given (no feedback – teacher will scor – or could be practice stage before team game)

Penalty Shoot out - series of queston – mulitcjoice answer then chance to score the goal (I can’t work out how to et the question – must ask Esther.!) NB great tool for creating games – must buy this!!!

NC – noughts and crosses to test positions (linguamate)

Quiz – questions (pupil write answers?) then 10 answers

Lied – words for a German chant (no translation, no sound)

Sources for Spanish:

Soccerlingua poster – gives key vocab

Elliott (some form Sunderland)

Team names - fill in the vowel

Crossword to translate categories of personal form into Spanish from English

Los Futbolistas

R/C – section A to match En to French categories in a personal fiche. (Thierry Henry); Section B to answer questions about the answers on the form; Section C: Writing: Give details about Zinedine Zidane following same model

Wordsnake of countries involved in World Cup

(Sunderland resource)

Sources for Italian

Soccerlingua poster – gives key vocab

Word document with Webquest (from MFLE Scotland):

Your students can find out more about the Serie A in Italy, and about visiting Pisa, with this Italian internet challenge. Thanks to Maura Carr of East Renfrewshire for providing it.

Internet challenge

Langaugesonline – exercises for French Spanish and German using the same sources. The French is given below to aid with planning and follow-up (e.g. we could do a wordlist and set a homeowrk to create ‘fiches’ for othe rplayers using the vocabulary they have learnt.

Languages online – French

This unit is designed and written by Andrew Balaam.

The materials in this unit should be accessible to all abilities, from beginners onwards. To help with more difficult vocabulary, any word in blue type can be clicked for a translation into English.

  1. Thierry Henry (Match up)

  1. Zinédine Zidane (Gap fill)

  1. Wayne Rooney (Match up)

  1. Michael Ballack (Multi-choice

  1. Robinho (Gap fill)

  1. Michael Essien (Gap fill)

  1. David Beckham (Gap fill Q/A)

  1. Angleterre (Match up)

  1. Allemagne (Match up)

  1. France (Match up)

  1. Japon (Gap fill)

  1. Argentine (Gap fill)

  1. Espagne (Multi-choice)

  1. Côte d'Ivoire (Gap fill)

  1. Les Pays et les Drapeaux (Match up)

  1. Les Pays et les Drapeaux 2 (Match up)


  1. ? Allemand

  2. ? le 26 septembre

  3. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  4. ? 1m89

  5. ? FC Bayern München

  6. ? Allemagne

  7. :-) Michael

  8. ? Ballack

  9. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  10. ? 80kg

Nom de famille:

  1. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  2. ? FC Bayern München

  3. :-) Ballack

  4. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  5. ? Michael

  6. ? 80kg

  7. ? 1m89

  8. ? Allemand

  9. ? le 26 septembre

  10. ? Allemagne


  1. :-) le 26 septembre

  2. ? Ballack

  3. ? Allemand

  4. ? Michael

  5. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  6. ? 80kg

  7. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  8. ? FC Bayern München

  9. ? Allemagne

  10. ? 1m89

Date de naissance:

  1. ? Allemand

  2. ? 1m89

  3. ? Ballack

  4. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  5. ? Michael

  6. :-) le 26 septembre 1976

  7. ? 80kg

  8. ? le 26 septembre

  9. ? Allemagne

  10. ? FC Bayern München

Lieu de naissance:

  1. ? Michael

  2. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  3. ? 1m89

  4. ? Allemagne

  5. ? Ballack

  6. ? le 26 septembre

  7. ? FC Bayern München

  8. ? Allemand

  9. :-) Gorlitz, Allemagne

  10. ? 80kg


  1. ? FC Bayern München

  2. :-) Allemand

  3. ? 1m89

  4. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  5. ? 80kg

  6. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  7. ? Ballack

  8. ? Michael

  9. ? Allemagne

  10. ? le 26 septembre


  1. ? le 26 septembre

  2. ? Ballack

  3. ? Michael

  4. ? FC Bayern München

  5. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  6. :-) 1m89

  7. ? Allemagne

  8. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  9. ? Allemand

  10. ? 80kg


  1. ? FC Bayern München

  2. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  3. ? Allemagne

  4. ? le 26 septembre

  5. ? Michael

  6. ? Allemand

  7. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  8. :-) 80kg

  9. ? 1m89

  10. ? Ballack

Équipe dans la Coupe du Monde 2006:

  1. ? Ballack

  2. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  3. ? 80kg

  4. ? Michael

  5. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  6. :-) Allemagne

  7. ? le 26 septembre

  8. ? 1m89

  9. ? FC Bayern München

  10. ? Allemand

Équipe normale:

  1. ? 80kg

  2. ? 1m89

  3. ? le 26 septembre

  4. ? Michael

  5. ? le 26 septembre 1976

  6. ? Gorlitz, Allemagne

  7. ? Allemagne

  8. :-) FC Bayern München

  9. ? Ballack

  10. ? Allemand

Select phrase which precedes single word (more advanced)

Select full sentence answer to question

Match info to category about the country

Select category to match to answer


  1. :-) 40, 000, 000

  2. ? Euro

  3. ? 504, 782km2

Fête nationale:

  1. :-) 12 octobre

  2. ? Espagne

  3. ? Euro


  1. ? Espagne

  2. ? espagnol

  3. :-) Euro


  1. ? Espagne

  2. ? 40, 000, 000

  3. :-) espagnol


  1. ? espagnol

  2. :-) 504782 km2

  3. ? 40, 000, 000


  1. :-) espagnol

  2. ? castillan

  3. ? Madrid


  1. ? Castillan, Catalan

  2. :-) Madrid

  3. ? Espagnol

Dirigeant actuel:

  1. ? Espagne

  2. ? 12 octobre

  3. :-) Juan Carlos I (Roi) / Rodriguez Zapatero (Premier Ministre)

Les Pays et les drapeaux

Les Pays et les drapeaux 2

Flag images from sevenoaks art site (wish I’d seen this before tackiling the exrecises!!!!)

Ideas from Sunderland Geekie – AST teacher Clare Seccombe ...

With ref to my post 5, I've been putting together a list of activities for said event which will take place on Feb 27th.

Exclusive preview for you guys:

-Calculate the number of spectators at each match.
-Work out the average age of each team.
-Time zones. E.g. Germany play Costa Rica at 6 pm on the opening day of the tournament. What time will it be in Costa Rica when the match begins ?
-Angles - use an elastic band stretched over two nails to show how the goalkeeper can narrow the angle for players shooting from different positions
-Recalculate the league table, giving two points for a win instead of three. Does it change much?
-Find out the heights and weights of the players in each team. Which team is the tallest / smallest / heaviest / lightest, what are the averages ?

-Write match reports (ICT or handwriting)

-Direct and indirect speech – comments by players, coaches, commentators…
-Grammar using football terminology
-Imagine being at the opening ceremony/England’s first game/the final and write about your feelings
-Pick a player or a manager. Follow stories about them in the papers or on TV and prepare to be interviewed by classmates as that person.
-Imagine you are the only child reporter allowed to interview one of the World Cup personalities.
-Prepare questions and find out as much about the person in advance as you can. How does the interview go? How do you react when you are given a signed football?
-Discuss the vocabulary used in football commentary, such as "sick as a parrot" and "over the moon". Think about how to use language more creatively, then write an article or prepare to speak about a match without using expressions like these.
-Imagine) You've won a Category A ticket to the Rugby World Cup Final. Write a cheer for your favourite team; design a banner and an appropriate outfit for the day.
-Write a travel itinerary to get your family to the nearest Rugby World Cup match.
-Write 2 poems capturing the emotions of the winners and losers of the World Cup Final.
-There are many football heroes and legends. Who is yours? Write a brief half page biography.

-World Cup songs (get inspired at !)

-Traditional music of the participating countries
-National Anthems (

-Draw people in football poses

-Traditional arts and crafts of the participating countries
-National costumes
-Flags and strips – find out why they are the colours they are and what the colours symbolise
-How have football boots and strips changed since the first World Cup ?
-Design a poster for the tournament (view the posters for all tournaments up to 1998 at )
-Compare the climates of each participating country. How comfortable will they feel in Germany in June ? What clothes should teams take with them? Will they need special training to help them prepare for a change in climate?
-Research the venues
-Research the lifestyles of the people in each participating country
-Prepare fact sheets about each participating country
-Locate each country on a map of the world
-Adopt a country playing in the World Cup (work in pairs or groups) and prepare a pack to tell other groups about your country.
-Research local foods of each team
-Work out the route each national team has to take to get to Germany. How many countries will they cross? How far will they travel? What is the time difference between the two countries?
-Compare and contrast two venues / participating countries

-Have a mini-World Cup. Select teams of three or four players (or pupils can form "squads" and take turns to play for their team). Each team takes the name of one of the 32 countries in the World Cup. Play short games (three or four minutes each way) on small pitches. Keep the results up to date and displayed on a notice-board, or on computers. Make league tables (three points for a win, one for a draw, and show the numbers of goals for and against). Histograms can be used to show how many goals each team scored. You can calculate the average number per match. Pupils can referee and run the line. Write match reports for a newsletter, website, or sports video.

-Research the languages spoken by each team.
-Find out how to say “football” in all the languages spoken in all the participating countries. This could stimulate some interesting discussion about language families.
-Many of the above activities, in the foreign language !

HEM 21-May-06

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