Numbers in Sport

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: Numbers
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 16th Mar 2011

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Numbers in sport Presentation and practice

What sport is each piece of commentary below about?

Match report for the local derby, kick off three thirty pm on Saturday the second of March. 
They went in for half time after three quarters of an hour with the score and nil nil, but the 
home side came out much more motivated and the score was two nil within quarter of an 
hour. After they got a red card and were reduced to ten men, however, the visitors pulled it 
back to two all by the end of an hour and a half. With their main rivals losing four one early 
on Sunday morning, that puts them in second place in the league.

The third seed won most of her service games forty love but found it much more difficult to 
break her opponent’s serve and with the third set at six games all the match was went to a 
tie break. The final score was six three, three six, seven six (seventeen fifteen) after two 
and three quarter hours.

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Without looking back at the texts, try to remember how these numbers were written out in  
full.  

Time and dates

0:45 (length of time)
0:15 (length of time)
1:30 (length of time)
2:45 (length of time)
15:30 (a time)
2/3 (a date)

Scores
4-1 
2-2
2-0
0-0
40-0 
6-6

Positions
2

nd

3

rd

 

Look back at the text and check. 

Are there any other ways of saying those numbers?

Practice
Say some recent sports results or other statistics related to you or famous teams you  
know and see if your partner can remember or guess what they refer to.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

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