Enjoy Discussing American Sports
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the cultural significance of American sports and events like the Super Bowl!
  • Participate in interesting discussions about American sports!
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Requirements
  • You should have a basic understanding of conversational English.
  • You should have an interest in learning more about American sports.
Description

This course is designed to help you learn all about sports that are unique to America. By having more confidence in your English skills you will be able to enjoy better conversations and make connections with friends and coworkers. 

Improve Your English and Understand the Joy of Baseball, Basketball and American Football.

  • Build your English vocabulary with sports-specific language.
  • Learn the history and cultural importance of popular American sports. 
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of American traditions like the Superbowl.
  • Understand the rules and strategy for Baseball, Basketball and American Football. 

Feel Confident Sharing Your Interests

Sports like Baseball and American Football can be confusing to understand. Many North Americans grow up playing these sports and love to talk about them! This can make it frustrating for an English learner.

By learning the basic rules of these sports, and their terminology, you will be able to enjoy watching these games. Whether its a conversation at work, or a Super Bowl party with friends, you can look forward to using your English in an exciting and enjoyable way!

Content and Overview

Suitable for intermediate English learners, looking to add specialized words to their vocabulary, this course of 24 lectures covers three of the most popular American sports: Baseball, American Football, and Basketball. Each section ends with a quiz, that challenges you to watch video clips of iconic sports plays, and practice discussing them using your own words. 

Each section begins with an introduction that explains the history of the sport. You will learn how the sport is organized, and how it has come to be such an important part of American Culture. 

The first step is to learn the specialized vocabulary you will need to share in conversations. After watching these lectures you will feel comfortable using terms like "umpire," "tackle," and "alley-oop." We will also discuss common verbs, as well as their past tenses. Along the way you will find PDF worksheets, which you can refer to for future lectures. 

Once you feel confident with your English vocabulary, you will be ready to learn the basic rules of each sport. Understand the objectives of both the offensive, and defensive teams, as well as key strategy.

Test your new skills with quizzes for each sport. You will be able to immediately apply what you are learning by discussing classic sports plays. You will also find a special quiz to make sure you understand one of American Football's most confusing concepts, counting "downs." 


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for English students who want to upgrade their vocabulary with sports-specific words and expressions.
  • This course is for English students who want to feel comfortable in conversations about sports with friends and co-workers.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Start Here! American Sports
2 Lectures 10:12

Get started here to see how learning more about American sports can help you to be more confident with friends and workmates! You will also learn more about the format of the lectures in this course. 

Preview 01:56

You will learn and review some important English words that are used when discussing many different sports. These will be very important for the rest of the course!

Preview 08:16
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Baseball
7 Lectures 16:29

Learn why baseball is so important in American culture and how it is organized. After, you will be ready to understand more about this sport.

Intro to Baseball
01:21

You will learn some important English words that you will need to discuss baseball. These words will be used in Lectures 5, 6 and 7. 

Attribution

Throw Video by Aunti Juli from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/8xGcp6

Swing Photo by Minda Haas Kuhlmann from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/egVN5Y

Catch Video by Paul L Dineen from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/8cUWRz

English Baseball Vocabulary
02:56

Learn about the baseball field and the pace of a baseball game. After this lecture, you will be able to answer questions like: What is an out? When does a baseball game end? How are points scored?

Understanding How Baseball is Played
02:33

In this lecture we will discuss how each team scores points. Learn what the Batter’s role is, and the different kinds of hits. 

Baseball Offense
02:38

What can the defending team do to prevent the offensive team from scoring points? Why is the pitcher considered the most important player? This lecture will help you understand both sides of baseball strategy.

Baseball Defense
03:07

We’ll talk about Peanuts and Crackerjacks! Learn why food is such an important part of the ballgame experience and find out just how many hot dogs are eaten at stadiums each year.


Crackerjack Photo by Dano from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/rBFWL

Wild Card: Ballpark Food
03:16

Welcome to the final review for our Baseball section. It’s time to put your new skills to use and practice discussing baseball. There will also be a quiz to make sure you understand some basics of the game.

Baseball Review
00:38

Watch the video called "STL@COL: Walker throws out Vina at the plate" 

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 9!)

Once you are done, try to answer these questions.

Baseball Review Quiz 1
3 questions

Watch the video called: "BOS@NYY: Sanchez drills his 20th home run of the year" 

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 9!)

Then try answer these questions!

Baseball Review Quiz 2
4 questions
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American Football
9 Lectures 19:06

American Football is often thought of as one of the most confusing sports. In this section we will explain the rules clearly so you can enjoy talking about football with your friends. In this introductory lesson we outline how Football is organized in America.  

Intro to American Football
01:26

From "downs" to "tackle" Football uses many terms that are unique. In this section we will go over some words and phrases that you will need to understand more about the sport. We will also review some of the past tense forms of common sports verbs. Check the resources tab for a PDF reference sheet! 


Attribution:

Kick Video by Paul L Dineen from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/7c5rhh

English 'American Football' Vocabulary
03:18

Before we can look at each team's strategy, we need to learn some basics about the field and timing of the game. This lecture looks at how a football field is designed and how games are structured. 

Understanding How Football is Played
02:35

All football games begin with a "kickoff." Learn exactly what a kickoff is and when you can expect to see one during a game.  

Preview 01:27

Offensive teams in Football use strategy that is different than many other sports. In this lecture we will discuss how teams score points. We will also learn more about how 'downs' work and what the Quarterback's role is. 

Football Offense
04:11

The concept of downs can be difficult to understand! Take this quick quiz after Lecture 14 to make sure you've got it! 

Downs Quiz
7 questions

In this lecture we will learn what the defense can do to prevent the other team from scoring points. Once you finish this lesson you will be able to watch a game and understand each teams' goals. 

Football Defense
01:32

Not sure of the difference between a touchdown and a field goal? The final lecture in this section explains the complicated scoring system in Football. This is the final piece you need to enjoy watching a game! 

Goal Post photo by Phil Roeder from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/pg849H

Football Scoring
02:02

Without a doubt the Superbowl is the most important television event in America! Learn more about the history of the game, the half-time show, and those expensive 30 second advertisements. 

Wildcard: The Superbowl
02:11

Congratulations! You've learned all about Football! Watch the clips in the Resource tab and take these quizzes to make sure you can talk about a game confidently. 

Football Review
00:24

Watch the video titled: "Jarvis Landry Sheds the Tackle & Powers in for a TD!"

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 18!)

Once you have watched the video, try to answer these questions! 

Football Review Quiz - Video One
4 questions

Watch the video titled: "Robert Mathis' Powerful Strip Sack & Recovery!"

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 18!)

Try to answer these questions when you are done. 

Football Review Quiz - Video Two
3 questions
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Basketball
6 Lectures 10:47

Welcome to the final sport we will be discussing - Basketball! In this lecture we will teach you about basketball's history, as well as how it is currently organized. 

Intro to Basketball
01:19

You've already learned many words to help you talk about sports. In this lecture we will discuss some words that are used in basketball. Get ready to learn about the play area and different types of shots. 

Dunk Video by Kevin P1050400 from Flickr under a Creative Commons License https://flic.kr/p/5wybdD

English Basketball Vocabulary
02:25

This lecture discusses the basics you'll need to know to enjoy watching a basketball game. You'll learn about the tip-off, and the goals of the offense and defense. 

How Basketball is Played
02:23

Its time to go beyond the basics and learn how penalties work. By the end of this lecture you will understand the difference between fouls and violations, and be able to give examples of each type. 

Basketball Fouls and Violations
02:01

One of the most confusing parts of learning a new language is trying to understand idioms. Many English idioms are related to sports. In this lecture we will interpret some common English sports idioms. Be sure to check the PDF in the references tab so you can follow along.  

Wildcard: Sports Idioms
02:17

You've reached the review for our final sport, Basketball! Watch the included videos and practice your conversation skills! Then take the quiz to make sure you understood the plays. 

Basketball Review
00:22

Watch the video called: "Jamal Crawford's AMAZING alley-oop to Blake Griffin!"

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 24)

Then try to answer these questions:

Basketball Review Quiz 1
4 questions

Watch the video called: "Ray Allen's AMAZING game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6!"

(This can be found in the resources for Lecture 24)

Then try to answer these questions:

Basketball Review Quiz 2
4 questions
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Course Review
1 Lecture 00:36
Final Review
00:36

You did it! You've reached the final quiz in this course! This quiz will cover all three of the sports we've discussed. Try to answer the questions without having to check the PDF worksheets! 

Final Quiz
20 questions
About the Instructor
Steven MacEachern
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English Teacher at Ebro English Academy

I am a university educated English teacher from Toronto, Canada. I've spent the last year living abroad in Spain. Through teaching English in Spain I have observed a high level of interest in American culture among English students. Our courses seek to teach English while immersing students in specific cultural experiences. This has led to high engagement and more lasting lessons. 

Elise MacEachern
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English Instructor at Ebro English

Hi there! 

I am an instructor at Ebro English Academy. I have spent the last year teaching in Europe. Living abroad has taught me that there is a big difference between knowing English and feeling confident using it! Even students who have been learning English for years can be shy to use their skills around native speakers. My goal as an instructor is to help you feel confident using your English!