Sports- Debates


Level: Advanced
Topic: Sport
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 1st Jul 2012

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Written by Alex Case for © 2012 

Debates on the topic of Sport 
Choose one of the topics below. Start by pretending one of you is for and one of you is 
against and then try to move together in some way, e.g. by compromising or one of you 
being convinced.   
  School PE lessons in English 
  Compulsory sport in high school 
  Compulsory sport in university 

Women’s boxing in the Olympics 

  Yoga in the Olympics 
  The Olympics being hosted by non-democratic countries 
  Free swimming pools 
  The government trying to force people to use the stairs, e.g. by turning off escalators 
  Turning roads into cycle lanes 
  Lifetime bans for drug cheats 
  Television replays for referees 
  Goal line technology in soccer 
  Public television competing to buy the most popular sports 
  Commercial sponsorship of school sports 
  Banning junk food companies from sponsoring sports 
  The best local teams in one sport competing in a foreign league instead, e.g. the best 

basketball teams joining the NBA 

  Banning people who have been declared bankrupt from ever owning sports teams 
  Banning people who have ever been found guilty of a crime from ever owning sports 


  Banning foreigners from owning sports teams in your country 
  A limit on the number of foreign players in sports teams in your country 
  Allowing everyone to compete for the country whose passport they have (whatever 

their previous background) 

  A test that cyclists must pass before they are allowed to ride on the road 
  Banning adults cycling on the pavement 
  A law forcing some landowners to open their land to hikers (along designated paths) 
  Your local government building a stadium for a local professional sports team 
  A government policy of concentrating on sports which are more likely to lead to medals, 

e.g. ones your country have traditionally done well on or ones which are less 

  Leaving players out of the national team because of their lifestyle, e.g. because they 

have had an affair 

  Stripping players of the captain

’s armband because of their lifestyle, e.g. because of a 

ticket for speeding 

Do the same but as a more formal debate in front of the class. 

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