This Friday, 11th of June is my 45th birthday. That may be a personal Holy Grail but I couldn’t find any related sites so thought I would dedicate this post instead to the Grail of the World cup which starts on that very same day. I have read recently that I think it is Brazil where the education authorities have produced special “packs” so that different subjects can use the World Cup as a means of stimulating interest in the material. If you are struggling to finish your English classes or planning on working over the summer here are some sites to start working from … hope you score!
The official FIFA site has lots of information which can be cut and pasted for a worksheet, brought up on a IWB for use in class or for students to research at home www.fifa.com I particularly like the match summary http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html
You might forget to look for this but Wikipedia provides a rich source of background http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_World_Cup
The Official South African webpage is easy to navigate and has statistics on more than just the games including stadiums, hotels and much more. A great place to generate worksheets from http://www.worldcup2010southafrica.com/
Never forget YouTube when planning ahead. Search for World Cup 2010 to get the songs and videos, search just for World Cup to get old footage and try World Cup Cartoon for something a little different … but maybe not live in class.
Finally, favourite site is in Spanish but I am sure you can think of some use: the Spanish sports paper MARCA has the most beautiful graphics for finding out who plays who when http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/mundial/sudafrica-2010/calendario-english.html
Have fun and remember no own goals allowed … we are teachers, we do not make mistakes!