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Should competitive sports be played in school?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

Competitive sports have traditionally been played in schools including sports such as football, cricket, netball and many more. It is not uncommon for children to compete regularly against their fellow students and even against students from other schools. Some people are in favour of children playing competitive sports and think it is good for them, but others disagree, stating that the competitive nature of sport can be very discouraging to a lot of children and have a negative effect on their lives.

Questions

  • Did you play any competitive sports when you were at school?
  • What are the benefits of children playing competitive sports at school?
  • What are the potential negative effects of children playing competitive sports at school?
  • Overall do you think competitive sports should be played at school?

Key Vocabulary

  • Benefit noun
  • Competitive adjective
  • Traditionally adverb
  • Cricket noun
  • Netball noun
  • Uncommon adjective
  • Potential adjective
  • Compete verb
  • Student noun
  • Fellow adjective
  • Discourage verb
  • Disagree verb
  • State verb

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