I’ve never been a big fan of the Olympics or of watching sports on TV, but I have caught a few events on French TV this week. If nothing else, it helps with learning sports vocabulary in French. [And why did I never notice before that the French use Pékin whereas we use Beijing? ]
I’m teaching Olympic vocabulary in English to my private student tonight, so I was searching for websites to help with lesson planning and I found some language resources on the Australian Olympics Committee’s site: Olympic Resource for Languages
In the International Year of Languages, the Modern Languages Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) has developed the Olympic Resource for Languages.
The resource introduces students to the Olympics, uncovering the Olympic symbols whilst preparing them for a school-based Olympic celebration held in the language they are learning. The celebrations will take place on Olympic Day – Friday 20 June 2008.
The resource includes five LOTE (Languages Other Then English) lessons available in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
Even though they’re designed for teachers of those languages to use in their classes, you can still learn some Olympic vocabulary from them. And here’s another site with French Olympics vocabulary: French Phrases: Talking about the Olympic Games in French