Improving the Olympics


Level: Intermediate
Topic: Sport
Grammar Topic: Functions & Text
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 10th Aug 2012

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Improving the Olympics

What aspects of the Olympics most need improving?

What do you think about Olympic mascots? 

How could Olympic mascots be improved? 

Discuss these ideas:

Use a pre-existing character

Give the contract to a company with experience of designing characters, e.g. Sanrio or 
Nintendo, and let them decide 

Let the local mayor decide

Let the local councillors decide

Allow members of the public to send in their own designs

Allow designers from all over the world to take part in a competition

Allow one famous designer to choose the design rather than deciding by committee

Have a public vote

Have a public vote in rounds with the designers explaining their ideas and improving 
on their efforts, like a kind of American Idol for designers

Employ one famous designer and let them do what they like

Let a panel of different experts (e.g. a designer, an architect and an artist) decide

Use an update of a good previous Olympic character

Have more rounds in the competition, e.g. top 100, then top 10, then top 3

Give the contract to a famous children’s book illustrator and let them decide

Let school children design it

How could you improve the Olympics more generally?

Discuss these ideas: 

Ban cities from holding the Olympics more than once

Change continent in a fixed pattern, e.g. always Asia (including Australasia) then 
Europe then the Americas then Africa then back to Asia

Award it to a country rather than a city

Have the games more often

Have the games less often

Make it less commercial, e.g. less obvious advertising

Have more sports

Have fewer sports

Have sports that appeal more to young people, e.g. adventure sports like skydiving

Eliminate old-fashioned sports like horse riding

Allow to public to vote on more things, e.g. who should light the Olympic flam


Written by Alex Case for © 2012

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