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Unit 2 The Olympic Games Reading and listening. I. Warming up. Have you ever heard of any Greek legends? Who are usually the main characters in the legends?. II. Reading. Please list the characters in the story. Who are the main characters? What do you know about Atlanta?.

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Unit 2 The Olympic Games

Reading and listening

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I. Warming up

Have you ever heard of any Greek legends? Who are usually the main characters in the legends?

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II. Reading

  • Please list the characters in the story.
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What do you know about Atlanta?

Atlanta, her father, Hippomenes, and the Greek Goddess of Love.

Atlanta and Hippomenes.

Atlanta was a very beautiful Greek _______. She ran the fastest in Greece, but she was not ______ to take part in the Olympic Games. She was so ______ that she decided not to ______ anyone who could not run faster than her. Her father said that she must get married, so at last she made her ______. She said that if a man wanted to ______ her, she would run against him. If he could not run as ______ as her, he would be ______.

princess

allowed

angry

marry

rules

marry

fast

killed

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Reading

  • What do you know about Hippomenes?

Hippomenes was a man who decided to marry Atlanta after he saw her. In order to run as ______ as her, he went to ask the Greek Goddess of Love for ______. She promised to help him and ______ him three golden apples. She told him to ______ an apple in front of Atlanta when she was ______ fast. When she stopped to ______ it up, he would be able to run ______ her and win. Hippomenes took the apples, went to the King and told him that he wanted to marry Atlanta.

fast

help

gave

throw

running

pick

past

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Reading

Read quickly and decide whether each of the

following statements is true or false. Give a

reason.

1. She practised runningto compete in the Olympic

Games. ( )

2.At first Hippomenes understood whymen ran

against Atlanta. ( )

3.Atlantawas not sureshe could win. ( )

4. She was soangryabout the fact thatshe could

not run in the Olympics.( )

F

F

F

T

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Reading

5. She made asmany menas she couldshare

her pain. ( )

6. Her fatherdid not understandher wish to

compete in the Olympics. ( )

7. Hedidn’t refuseher wish to choose her

husband in a race. ( )

T

T

T

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Reading

  • Discuss in pairs:
  • What do you think will happen in the race between
  • Hippomenes and Atlanta?
  • 2. Who do you think will win the race?
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III. Pre-listening

Number the following sentences so they tell the story correctly. The first one is done for you.

( ) One man wanted to win and marry Atlanta very much.

( ) Atlanta married him and they lived happily ever after.

( ) When the race began, Atlanta ran past him.

( ) He asked the Goddess of Love for help.

(1) Atlanta was a very beautiful princess.

( ) Many men tried to compete with her, but failed and so were killed.

( ) She stopped to pick them up.

( ) She gave him three golden apples.

( ) She ran too slowly and he won.

( ) He threw the golden apples one after another.

( ) She could run faster than any other man in Greece.

4

11

7

5

3

9

6

10

8

2

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IV. While-listening

Main idea

This is a story of how a man ______ a princess by ______ a race with a Goddess’ ______.

marries

winning

help

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While-listening

Listen to the tape again and fill in the blanks.

Hippomenes was waiting when Atlanta came out. She thought, “I __________ this man ______!” So she said to her father, “Tell him __________. The race ____________ today.” But Hippomenes said, “These are __________: She ________________ who __________ than her! __________ –let’s run!”

to die

don’t want

to go away

will not be run

will marry the man

her rules

runs faster

Come on

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V. Post-listening

  • Choose one of the questions to discuss in groups.
  • If you were Hippomenes, would you run against Atlanta?
  • Do you think Hippomenes deserved to win the race? Why or why not?
  • How do you think Atlanta felt when she discovered Hippomenes had had help from the Goddess of Love? If you were Atlanta, would you still agree to marry him? Give your reasons.
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VI. Homework

Listen to another Greek story and finish the listening exercises on page 48.