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Booklet Sports for all!


In Britain Saint George’s Day



Too much noise! Pssst!

Hey guys! You’re making too much noise with that music

I don’t want any problems, okay!

Okay guys, let’s play the slow songs. They’ve warmed up* down there!

Okay Sir! Don’t get angry! We’ll play some quieter songs now!!

Fine! That’s just fine!

Go Luca, you go for it!

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Okay guys! Tonight we’re going to light your fire*!

* Glossary


light your fire: (here) make you have fun warmed up: (here) started to enjoy themselves

Hello friends!


If you’re keen on sports, start reading straight away! On page 6 you’ll find our interesting report on the next World Athletics! And there’s a pullout book all about the eight most famous sports for you too! For a break between sporting activities, relax and check out the rest of our news and articles. Happy reading!

The Team Up Editorial Team


The language of Babylon An English professor at the University of Cambridge, Martin Worthington, has made an extraordinary discovery: after studying for many years he has managed to understand the sounds, which make up the language of Babylon. The professor has recited* a number of texts and posted* them online, so that everyone can hear the language of the ancient Babylonians! They are mainly stories which talk about giants, monsters, strange and curious creatures who fight against the force of evil*. What if the next episode of The Chronicles of Narnia was in …. Babylonian?

Cinema Kaley Cuoco


The Clacsons


Report Ready, steady … GO!


Book Sports for all! The eight most fun and famous sports


In Britain Saint George’s Day Games Corner



America Today Easter at the White House


GRAMMY. In this edition you will learn about: • • • •

Tense revision Past Continuous introduction Future passive introduction More phrasal verbs

* Glossary

The word Babylon means:

evil: bad posted: (here) inserted onto a webpage recited: performed

a [ ] Gateway to the Universe b [ ] Gateway to the Sun c [ ] Gateway to God Answer on page 15.

Ciao Italia è corredato di:

Common European Framework Level A2-B1



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Kaley is probably most famous for her roles in the TV sit-coms* 8 Simple Rules and The Big Bang Theory. But she has acted in many other television shows, films and advertisements too! In fact, when Kaley was younger she starred in six Barbie advertisements! In her most recent television series, The Big Bang Theory, Kaley plays the character of Penny, a beautiful and very sweet actress, who works in a cheesecake factory. She becomes friends with her nerdy* neighbours, two scientists from the California Institute of Technology. She says, “The show is so funny and I’m proud to be part of it”.



She’s a 25-year-old American actress, who began acting and modelling when she was just 6 years old!

This spring we will see Kaley on the big screen* when she stars in the Easter film Hop. It’s a comedy about a man who hurts the Easter Bunny in an accident and is forced to look after him until he gets better. We look forward to seeing Kaley’s Easter adventures when the film is released on 1st April. Kaley’s surname, Cuoco, translates into “cook” in Italian!

Are the sentences about Kaley true or false? Correct the false statements.

Kaley loves animals and has 5 pets: a horse, a cat and 3 dogs!


* glossary big screen: cinema nerdy: a person who is usually very intelligent but not very trendy or cool sit-com: short for “situation comedy” a light, funny TV programme


past simple present perfect

1 Kaley started acting and modelling before she was a teenager. [T] / [F]

2 Kaley is probably most famous for her work in various films.

[T] / [F]

…………………………………………………………………………… 3 Kaley’s character in The Big Bang Theory, Penny, manages a [T] / [F] cheesecake factory. …………………………………………………………………………… 4 Kaley’s surname translates into “cook” in Italian. [T] / [F] …………………………………………………………………………… Answers on page 15.

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S I haven’t decided which sport yet.

When I grow up, I want to be an athletics champion.







But where are the other competitors?

There aren’t any! Winning is always winning!

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Let’s watch my athletics competition. Look!



Ready…Steady…GO! Are you ready for the next World Championship of Athletics? No hurry, there is still a month or two to go, but they are already making preparations in South Korea.

South Korea This year the World Championship of Athletics will be held in September in Daegu, South Korea. Many countries wanted to host the World Championship of Athletics, for example Australia, Spain, Russia and the USA. South Korea was chosen for its impressive sports stadiums. An ancient sport Athletics comes from man’s need to survive. The word “athletics” derives* from the Greek word athletès which means “fight”. The Ancient Greeks were the first to transform this “fight” into sports competitions. However, it was only in 1983 that the World Championship of Athletics was organised and it is now held every two years.

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A name for many sports Athletics is a combination of different sports which are divided into 5 categories* : track running, throwing and jumping, road racing, racewalking and cross-country running. Men and women compete* in separate races, but the races are the same for both*.



of English

Sports for all! The eight most fun and famous sports.

Motorcycling It began in the 19th century in Europe, as an alternative to horse racing. There are two types of motorcycling: road and off-road. Along with Formula 1 motor racing, it is one

of the fastest and most exciting sports! “I did well at school. I was good at a lot of other things. But I wanted to race. Fast, really fast! And I did!” (Valentino Rossi)

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9 (Carolina Kostner) The first people to travel on ice were the Vikings! These ancient warriors travelled using skates with blades made from reindeer and ox bones. In the 17th century, ice-skating became a popular sport and its popularity spread from Northern Europe throughout the world. “Ice-skating has the same poetry as flying!”


Ice skating

Skiing Skiing is the oldest method of transport invented by man, even before the invention of the wheel. Herodotus speaks of people who used long “wooden shoes” to walk on the snow. The first modern ski races were held in Norway around the mid 19th century. In the early 20th century the first international championships were held. “Skiing makes you feel free and gives you endless excitement”. (Lindsay Vonn)




10 (Usain Bolt) It’s a mix of different sports, based on running, throwing and jumping. For this reason it is known as the “Queen of Sports”. As with swimming, athletics is a sport which combines strict rules with man’s most natural movements: walking, running, jumping and throwing. “How far can I go? I don’t know, so I just keep trying!”


Swimming It’s an ancient sport, and has been practiced for around 7000 years. But the first modern swimming races appeared in 1830 and in 1846 the first World Swimming Championship was held in Australia. Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, front crawl … whichever style you choose, you must remember one thing: “Swimming is not just floating! It is the art of dance in water”. (Federica Pellegrini)




6 (Shaquille O’Neal) Basketball began in the USA in 1891 thanks to the doctor and Physical Education teacher, James Naismith. It has been an Olympic sport since the XI Olympics, held in Berlin in 1936. It was at that competition that Naismith presented the American team with the gold medal, when they beat Canada in the final. “If basketball never existed, I would have invented it!”




Football: there is no other sport in the world with so many fans! And, strangely, modern football was invented almost by accident! At the beginning of the 1800’s a physical education teacher from England organised a football tournament for the students of his school. It was a great success! The sport spread from school to school very quickly and was soon very popular in the whole of England, and throughout the world! The rules? Maybe there is just one: “In football, you are never the only winner!” (Alexandre Pato)





(Rafael Nadal) Tennis is known as the “sport of the nobility”. In fact, it was played only by European nobility until the 17th century. Henry VIII even had a court built in the gardens of the royal palace! “In tennis you often find yourself behind your opponent, 5-4, 6-5, but you have to fight, you have to become more aggressive, and don’t be afraid…”


A difficult record to beat

In numbers 100/200/400 the metres run in the sprint races. 3,000 the metres in the hurdle* races. 42,195 the length of a marathon race in kilometres. 50 the length of a racewalking race in kilometres.

On 16th August 2009 at the World Championship of Athletics in Berlin, a Jamaican broke the world record in the 100m sprint*, running 100 metres in just 9.58 seconds! After the competition he was given the nickname* “Lightning Bolt�! In fact his name is Usain Bolt.

Odd One Out Which of the following sports is not classed as athletics?

both: the two categories: groups compete: take part in a contest derives: comes from hurdle: jumps nickname: informal name sprint: run very fast

] Disc throw ] Shot put ] Fencing ] High jump ] Relay race Answer on page 15. Unauthorised photocopyng is illegal.

* glossary

a [ b [ c [ d [ e [

future simple (will); future passive; past simple revision

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In Britain

Saint George’s Day

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Saint George is the patron saint* of England and his National day is celebrated on 23rd April. There are many legends* about him, but this story is probably the most famous … read on!

A chance meeting

The fierce* battle

A brave young knight named George was travelling through Africa, when he met an old man who told him that his country was in great danger. He explained that there was an enormous dragon who was terrorising* the people and who, each day, killed and ate one of the country’s young girls. There was now only one girl left in the whole country and she was the King’s daughter. The next day it was her turn to be killed! The King had agreed that the man who killed the dragon and saved his daughter could marry the beautiful princess.

That night George slept at the old man’s house and very early the next morning he went to find the dragon. While he was travelling to the lake where the dragon lived, he met the princess, so he told her to return home to her father and not to worry.

* glossary fierce: strong and frightening legends: stories which are passed on from generation to generation patron saint: the saint who represents a country rushed: went very quickly spear: a long pointed piece of wood used for fighting struck: hit sword: a metal weapon, like a long knife 12 terrorising: frightening 12

George then went to the deep lake where the dragon was waiting for the princess. As soon as the dragon saw George, he rushed* out, breathing fire and made a noise which was louder than thunder, but George was not afraid. He struck* the monster with his spear* but it broke into a thousand pieces and George fell from his horse!

Luckily, he landed under a magical orange tree which protected him from the dragon’s fire. While he was hiding under the tree George planned his next move. As soon as he was ready, George jumped out from under the tree and ran towards the dragon. The dragon lifted his wings to strike George again but George was faster than him! He took his sword* and stabbed the dragon under his wing, who immediately fell to the ground, dead! Today, Saint George is known as a fearless knight and his day is celebrated, not just in England, but in many other countries around the world too!

past simple; past continuous

Past tense revision. Put the verbs into the correct tense in the sentences below.

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1. George __________ (meet) an old man while he ______________________ (travel) through Africa. 2. The dragon _______________ (wait) for the princess by the lake. 3. George’s spear _____________ (break) into a thousand pieces. 4. George _____________ (plan) his next move while he _____________ (hide) under the magic orange tree. 5. George _________ (be) faster than the dragon. Answers on page 15.


Games Corner


Read the report again and complete the following sentences. 1. The word “athletics” ……………… from the Greek word athletes, which ……………… “fight”. 2. The Ancient Greeks were the first to ……………… this “fight” into sports …………………. . 3. The World Championship of Athletics ……………………… every two years. 4. Many countries …………. to host the World Championship of Athletics. 5. South Korea was chosen for its ………………. sports stadiums. 6. Athletics is a …………….... of different sports which are divided into 5 categories. 7. Men and women …………………… in separate races.

B. Did you enjoy the story about George and the dragon? Complete the crossword with words from the text. Use the letters in the bold boxes to discover the symbol on Saint George’s flag. Good luck!

The flag of Saint George shows a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ on a white background. Clues 1. The mythical monster which George killed. 2. The country where George was travelling when he had this adventure. 3. Stories which are passed on from generation to generation. 4. The type of magical tree which George hid under. 5. A large body of water where the dragon lived. 6. We celebrate Saint George’s Day in this month. 7. Courageous, heroic or without fear. 8. The saint who represents a country. 9. The King’s daughter. 10. The weapon which George used to kill the dragon. 2. 3.


6. 4.

5. 7. 9.

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Answers on page 15.

ANSWERS: Page 3: C Gateway to God Page 4: 1. True; 2. False - Kaley is probably most famous for her roles in the TV sit-coms 8 Simple Rules and The Big Bang Theory; 3. False - Kaley’s character in The Big Bang Theory, Penny, works in a cheesecake factory; 4. True.Page 11: Odd One Out: c. Pages 12-13: 1. met, was travelling; 2. was waiting; 3. broke; 4. planned, was hiding; 5. was. Page 14: A: 1 derives, means; 2 transform, competitions; 3. is held; 4. wanted; 5. impressive; 6. combination; 7. compete. B: 1. dragon; 2. Africa; 3. legends; 4. orange; 5. lake; 6. April; 7. brave; 8. patron saint; 9. princess; 10. sword – red cross. Page 16: 1. decorate – it is a normal verb, not a phrasal verb; 2. enjoy – it is an active form, not a passive form; 3. President – it is a noun, not an adjective

America Today

Welcome to the White House! The egg is a typical symbol of the Christian festival of Easter. Usually, children boil eggs and decorate them with images and bright colours. Traditionally, the eggs are then used in races such as the “egg roll” race, where children run along, pushing their coloured eggs with a long, wooden spoon. On Easter Monday, the American President opens the gates to the White House Gardens and hosts a special Easter Egg Roll on the South

* glossarY catch a glimpse: see for just a short moment join in: be part of lawn: part of a garden covered in grass live: (here) performed in person take part in: participate

On 25th April, Easter Monday, there will be a very special event at the house of the American President!

Lawn*. Families from all over the country are invited to join in* the party and take part* in the fun and games. Guests enjoy listening to live* music, competing in various races and trying to catch a glimpse* of the White House Easter Bunny! At the end of the day, all of the guests are given a special, handmade, wooden Easter egg, signed by the President and his wife.

Odd one out. Which word is the odd one out in the following groups? Why? 1. decorate – join in – take part ______________________________ 2. are invited – enjoy – are given ______________________________ 3. special – bright – President


phrasal verbs; present passive.

______________________________ Answers on page 15.

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This Easter tradition dates back to 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday.