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If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.



by Teachit
23rd February 2018


German | Listening | Reading | Olympics

German figure skaters win gold at the Olympic Winter Games

With the Olympics in full swing, you could use this article about a German medal win for either reading or listening practice. The text can be copied or projected and the audio can be downloaded or played from the site

You may wish to copy the following questions for use as either listening or reading comprehension (answers provided below).

Possible questions:

  1. What does the title of the article mean?
  2. What have the figure skaters won?
  3. Were they expected to win? Why or why not?
  4. How did people feel about the second performance?
  5. What was special about their score for this?
  6. How did the figure skaters react?
  7. How many times has Aljona Savchenko competed in the Olympics?
  8. How many times has she won a medal?


  1. A surprising victory.
  2. A gold medal in the Winter Olympic Games.
  3. They did not do as well in the first competition, as Bruno Massot made a mistake, so may not have expected to win.
  4. People were enthusiastic about the second performance.
  5. The score was a new world record.
  6. They wept with happiness and Savchenko shouted 'This is my moment!'.
  7. Five times.
  8. This is her first gold medal.

© Luu (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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