Learn English with the News – US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

 

US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

The US Soccer Federation (USSF) has stated that it will offer identical contracts to its men’s and women’s national teams in an attempt to resolve its gender pay dispute following a lawsuit in May 2020.

The lawsuit from the women’s team , seeking $66m in damages under the Equal Pay Act, was originally dismissed by a judge, pending a further appeal.

But why is there a pay gap? The United States won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time in 2019 and the Olympic gold medal five times. The men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Prize money at the 2018 men’s World Cup totalled $400m, with winners France receiving $38m while the prize fund for the 2019 Women’s World Cup was $30m, with the winning US team taking home $4m. This discrepancy is seen as the biggest challenge to overcome in negotiations.

However, the men’s and women’s unions are completely separate. The unions have no obligation to bargain jointly or agree to similar terms under US law. If either party does not agree to a new deal, US Soccer says it will invite each union to sit in on negotiations. The USSF states that it will not accept a collective bargaining agreement that does not seek to equalize the FIFA World Cup prize money. The women’s team, however, remains skeptical.

Learn English with the News – Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events

For athletes, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Perhaps behind the fame and success there is something that spectators don’t see. Or maybe they do… As of late, many prominent athletes have voiced their personal problems, putting their mental health first over everything else, and Simone Biles is one of the latest athletes to show us that they are indeed human.
Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises!

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Answer the Questions

Answer the following questions with the correct form.

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Multiple Choice

Choose the correct preposition

 

Full Text:

World gymnastics champion and Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles leaves the USA team because she is concerned about her mental health. The gymnast, often called “the GOAT” (greatest of all time), announced she will not participate in the team events with the other five members of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team.

She competed in two events with her team: floor and vault. Simone faced a difficult moment in her vault event that caused her to decide not to continue the team events. In her vault event, Simone had what gymnasts call “twisties.” Twisties is when a gymnast loses their orientation while spinning in the air. It can be very dangerous because they will not know where they are or how to land. Fortunately, Simone landed safely on the mat.

Twisties can happen when gymnasts face extreme pressure and stress.

Top-level athletes can experience a lot of stress from the pressure of performing on the world stage. Even one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, like Simone, can face these pressures. She made a brave and difficult decision to leave the team events to concentrate on her mental health.

The USA Gymnastics organization told reporters that they don’t know if Biles will participate in the individual all-around competition scheduled for next week.

The 24-year-old athlete will be evaluated by doctors to be sure that her health and safety are prioritized.

Make, Take, Do – Listening + English Grammar Exercises

Put your English listening skills to the test with this exercise.

The following video is from Family Ties, an American sit-com that will make you laugh a lot as well as help you practice your English.
Do you have trouble using the verbs make, take and do correctly? We’re coming to the rescue!
Watch the video and try the following exercises to practice and improve your skills.

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Make, take, do | Listening I

Fill in the blanks with either do, make, or take

Make, take, do | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank using the given words.

Make, take, do

Complete the sentences with the correct verb.

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