Watching Sports

woman sitting on brown sofa watching TV
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 22, 2020 and last updated on July 13, 2023

Watching sports is an excellent conversation topic for English learners as it provides a wide range of discussion opportunities. Engaging in conversations about sports helps improve vocabulary related to different sports, teams and players. It also allows learners to practice using expressions and idioms commonly used in sports discussions.

Moreover, discussing sports encourages learners to express opinions, debate and share personal experiences, enhancing their speaking and listening skills. Additionally, it fosters cultural awareness as sports are often deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of a country.

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 Sports

Watching sports is an enjoyable activity where we observe athletes playing games like football, basketball or tennis. It’s exciting to see their skills and teamwork in action. We cheer for our favourite teams and feel happy when they win.

Whether we watch at home or in stadiums, it brings people together. Sports create a sense of connection and we celebrate the hard work of the players. It’s a fun way to have a good time and be part of a community.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • sport (noun)
  • watch (verb)
  • television (noun)
  • TV (noun)
  • cricket (noun)
  • popular (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you enjoy watching sports?
  • Which sports do you like the most?
  • Do you have a favourite sports team? Why do you support them?
  • Have you ever been to a live sports event? How was the experience?
  • Do you prefer watching sports on TV or watching them live?
  • Do you prefer watching sports alone or with friends? Why?
  • Who is your favourite sports player?
  • What are some popular sports in your country?
  • Have you played any of them?
  • Should children be encouraged to play sports instead of watching them?
  • Do you think watching sports can bring people from different cultures together?
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.