8. Do you like sports? - Listening


1. What competitive sports do you know?

— I know football, volleyball, basketball and many others.


What are spectator (participant) sports? — Practically all kinds of sport are spectator and participant.


What sports are popular in our country (the USA. England)? — Football and volleyball are the most popular kinds of sport in Ukraine. American football, baseball and basketball arc the most popular kinds of sport in USA. Football and cricket arc the most popular kinds of sport in England.


What Is the most characteristic feature of Ukrainian sports programmes? — In Ukrainian sports programmes there are only kinds of sport the moat popular in Ukraine.

5.   What are you know about major professional sports in Great Britain and the USA? — Baseball is the most popular game in the US. It is played throughout the spring and summer by schools, colleges and professional teams. Football is the most popular game in the autumn. There are professional football teams in all the main cities of the United States. In American football there are eleven players in each team, as in original football, but the rules are different. Players are often hurt in American football. So the teams wear special clothing and helmets as in hockey. Basketball is a very popular game in the United States too. It is especially popular In high schools, both among boys and girls. The game of golf is very popular with businessmen and professional people. It is played by both men and women. There are now more golfers than tennis players. Swimming, water siding and skin diving are popular summer

sports. In winter many people go in for ice-skating, skiing and hockey if they live in the Northern and Central states. Other sports include wrestling, boxing and horse-racing. The game of football is any of several similar team sports, of similar origins which involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot in an attempt to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just ‘football’ or ‘soccer’. Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union and other related games. While football continued to be played in various forms throughout Britain, its ‘public’ schools (known as private schools in other countries) are widely credited with four key achievements in the creation of modern football codes. First of all, the evidence suggests that they were important in taking football away from its ‘mob’ form and turning it into an organised team sport. Second, many early descriptions of football and references to it were recorded by people who had studied at these schools. Third, it was teachers, students and former students from these schools who first codified football games, to enable matches to be played between schools. Finally, it was at English public schools that the division between ‘kicking’ and ‘running’ (or ‘carrying') games first became clear.


1. Americans consider baseball our national sport.

2. Baseball dates back long before the Civil War.

3. Baseball is a professional sport and this means that the players receive a salary.

4.   World Series is a national competition.

5. Football is extremely popular and attracts crowds of spectators.

6. Due to huge stadiums people can attend the game.

7.   American football is called «soccer».

8.   Football teams can be professional.

9.   Football players can use their feet and hands.

10. American footballers play with an oval ball.


1. How long docs a football match last? — A football match lasts for one and half hour.

2. How many referees are there in a basketball match? — There is one referee in a basketball match.

3. How many players are there in a volleyball team? — There are six players in a volleyball team.

4. How often are the World Athletics Championships held? — The World Athletics Championships hold one time in a year.

5.   How long is a marathon? — Marathon is a 42,195 km long.

6. How many holes are there on a golf course? — There are five holes in a golf course.

7.   The game, peculiarly associated with England, is cricket. Many other games are also English in origin, but have been accepted with enthusiasm in other countries. Cricket has been seriously and extensively accepted only in the Commonwealth, particularly in Australia. India, and Pakistan.

Cricket is slow, and a spectator, sitting in the afternoon sun after his lunch, may be excused for having a little sleep for half an hour. Cricket is making no progress in popularity. Association football or soccer is very popular. Nearly 40 million spectators each year attend matches between the great professional teams organised by the Football League. The biggest event in England is the Cup Final played at the Empire Stadium, Wembley, in a London suburb.

Rugby football (or rugger) has existed in Britain since the beginning of the 19th century, when a teacher at Rugby school, while playing football, decided that it would be better to pick up the ball and run with it. Rugby football is played with an egg-shaped ball which may be carried and thrown (but not forward).

The games of golf and tennis are played by great numbers of people. Golf is played in the countryside. It consists in driving a small ball towards and into holes separated by considerable distances, by means of special golf clubs. The aim is to 'go round’ using as few strikes as possible.

There are many tennis clubs, but every town provides tennis championship in public parks. The world courts tennis matches arc held at Wimbledon in London, during June and July.