Watching Sporting Events Live or on TV

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 21, 2020 and last updated on July 18, 2023

This intriguing topic opens doors for English learners to discuss the excitement of watching sports. Comparing live events to TV broadcasts, learners enhance vocabulary, descriptive language and fluency. Expressing opinions on the atmosphere, advantages and drawbacks nurtures conversational skills and critical thinking.

Embracing this subject not only kindles sports enthusiasm but also empowers learners to confidently express their preferences and insights on sporting experiences.


Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Watching Sporting Events Live or on TV

Sports are very popular with many people and it’s generally considered that going to watch a sporting event live is the best possible place to be. However, with the increase in technology and the quality of viewing sporting events on television the question of the best place to watch a sporting event is no longer so simple.

It’s true that when you watch a sporting event live you get to enjoy the atmosphere, but there are also many things that you miss that you wouldn’t miss if you were watching it on television.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • event (noun)
  • live (adjective)
  • arena (noun)
  • stadium (noun)
  • benefit (noun)
  • popular (adjective)
  • technology (noun)
  • atmosphere (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you prefer to watch sporting events live in person or on the television?
  • What sporting events do you like to watch?
  • Are there some sporting events that you think are better to watch on television than in person?
  • Are there some sporting events that you think are better to watch in person than on television?
  • What are the advantages of watching sports events live in person?
  • How does the experience of watching a sporting event on TV differ from being at the stadium?
  • What are some popular sports events that people in your country like to watch on TV?
  • Is the atmosphere and excitement of watching sports live worth the higher cost compared to watching on TV?
  • Does watching sports events on TV contribute to a sense of community and national pride, similar to live events?
  • Should ticket prices for live sporting events be more affordable to encourage more people to attend?
  • Overall, what do you think is the best way to watch sporting events?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.