Sports- Brainstorming & Discussion

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Sport

Grammar Topic: General

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Sports Vocabulary Brainstorming and Discussion
Brainstorm as many sports as you can, explaining any your partner doesn’t understand, 
putting them into as many categories and sub-categories as you can. 

Compare with the list below.
Air sports
Ballooning

Gliding

Hang gliding

Kite fighting

Skydiving

Skysurfing

Animal sports
Bullfighting

Camel racing

Cockfighting

Dressage

Fox hunting

Greyhound racing

Horse racing

Hunting

Pigeon racing

Polo

Rodeo

Sheepdog trials

Show jumping

Sled dog racing

Athletics (= track and field)
Biathlon

Cross country running

Discus

Hammer throwing

Heptathlon

High jump

Hurdles

Javelin

Marathon

Pentathlon

Pole vault

Race walking

Relay

Shot put

Sprinting

Steeplechase

Triathlon

Triple jump

Ball sports
(Field) hockey

Australian Rules football Baseball

Basketball

Beach volleyball

Boules/ Petanque

Bowling (= ten pin bowling)/ skittles

Crazy golf

Cricket

Croquet/ Gateball

Dodgeball

Football (= Association football = Soccer)

Football tennis

Futsal/ Five-a-side football

Golf

Handball

Lacrosse

Lawn bowling/ Bowls

Netball

Pitch and putt

Roller hockey

Rounders

Rugby

Softball

Squash

Table tennis (= ping pong)

Bicycle sports
BMX

Keirin

Mountain biking

Track cycling

Tour de France

Unicycling

Climbing
Abseiling

Bouldering

Free climbing

Mountaineering

Cue sports
Billiards

Pool

Snooker

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Gun sports
Clay pigeon shooting

Target shooting

Martial arts
Aikido

Archery

Arm wrestling

Boxing

Fencing

Graeco-Roman wrestling

Judo

Karate

Kendo

Kung fu

Laser quest

MMA (= mixed martial arts)

Paintball

Sumo wrestling

T’ai Chi

Taekwondo

Thai boxing/ Muai Thai

Mental sports
Bridge

Chess

Motor sports
Drag racing

F1 (= Formula 1)

Go-kart racing

NASCAR

Rally

Water sports
Angling (= fishing)

Backstroke

Breaststroke

Butterfly

Canoeing

Diving

Freestyle/ Crawl

Kayaking

Kite surfing

Lifesaving

Open water swimming

Rafting

Rowing

Sailing

Scuba diving

Surfing

Synchronised swimming Wakeboarding

Water polo

Waterskiing

Windsurfing

Winter sports
Bobsleigh

Ice hockey

Luge

Nordic skiing/ cross country skiing

Ski jumping

Skiing

Snowboarding

Speed skating

Misc
Aerobics

Ballroom dancing

Baton twirling

Bungee jumping

Competitive eating

Darts

Geo-caching

Gymnastics

Hiking

Juggling

Orienteering

Skateboarding

Skipping

Three-legged race

Trampoline

Tug of war

Ultimate Frisbee

Weightlifting

Yoga

Yo-yo

Did you think of any words or categories which aren’t above?

Are there any sports above which you don’t know?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Language tasks
Find at least four things from the list above or your own list:
-

Only done indoors

-

Types of swimming

-

Sports that go with the verb “play”

-

Sports that go with the verb “go”

-

Sports that go with the verb “do”

-

Three syllables

-

Stressed on the first syllable

Speaking tasks
Work together to choose at least five things from the list above and your own list that 
match each of these categories:
-

Not really sports

-

Not in the Olympics but should be

-

In the Olympics but shouldn’t be

-

Likely to become more popular in the future.

-

Likely to become less popular in the future

-

Likely to disappear this century

-

Shouldn’t be played in schools

-

Good ways of getting fit

-

Should be available for everyone to watch on free terrestrial TV

-

Not shown on terrestrial TV but should be

-

Shouldn’t be on terrestrial TV

-

Should be very tightly controlled or banned.

-

Embarrassing to be seen doing.

-

Only suitable for older/ younger people

-

Only suitable for males/ females

-

Too violent

-

Relaxing

-

Likely to lead to injury

-

Boring

-

Pointless

-

Too complicated

-

Candidates for the national sport of this country

Brainstorm language that you could have used above into these categories:
Giving opinions

Agreeing

Disagreeing

Use phrases like those above to compare your ideas with another group.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012