A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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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 UsingEnglish.com © 2012