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  1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
  4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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  6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

Germany Wins 2014 World Cup

dateline: 15 July 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • tune in: to watch or listen to something via radio, TV, or Internet
  • overtime: extra time that is played after regulation time due to a tie
  • in a row: one after another with no space or time in between
Germany Wins 2014 World Cup
The 20th World Cup Final took place in Brazil on between Germany and Argentina. Approximately 1 billion people tuned in from around the world to watch the . The score remained 0-0 for 90 minutes. For the third World Cup Final , the match went to extra time. Germany’s Mario Götze, a midfield attacker, scored the winning goal during the second overtime period. The final score was for Germany. This was their World Cup win.

  1. Which two teams faced off during the 2014 World Cup Final?
  2. When was the winning goal scored?
  3. Who is Mario Götze?

Discussion Question: Like Argentina, Brazil experienced a disappointing loss against Germany in the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final loss against Germany was disappointing for the team, the fans, and the entire host nation. What major disappointments have you faced in life, and what helped you get over them?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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