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  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.

NFL Hires First Female Coach

dateline: 04 August 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • hire: to employ someone for a job
  • intern: one who works for job experience in a temporary position (paid or unpaid)
  • linebacker: a defensive player who makes tackles in American football
  • gender barrier: something that prevents a person of a certain gender (usually female) from having an opportunity that the opposite sex has

NFL Hires First Female Coach

The Arizona Cardinals have hired a female coach for the next National Football League (NFL) season. Jen Welter will work as an intern with inside linebackers for the 2015 . This is not the first time Jen Welter has broken the gender barrier in American . In 2014, Welter became the first female to play a non-kicking in a men’s professional football league. She has also coached for a men’s pro-football indoor team. Welter says she wants to show girls and women that anything is . The NFL also hired its first full-time female official for the 2015-16 season.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What major announcement did the NFL make this week?
  2. What role did Welter hold in American football in 2014?
  3. Which other female first does this report mention?

Discussion Questions: What other gender barriers do females need to break down in sports?

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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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