Activity 5 (a) Worksheet 1 is designed to help students to categorise their research findings.
1. Distribute Activity 5 (a) Worksheet 1. Model linking topics. For example, the topic
‘achievements’ might include ‘best game’, ‘most valuable player’, ‘championship’.
2. Ask students to transfer their research on to Worksheet 1. Encourage students to transfer brief notes only, so they are not tempted later to ‘read out’ their interviews.
Activity 5 (a): Categorising Information
In this activity, students categorise their research on the sportsperson using a mind map or similar graphic organiser. Using their graphic organiser, students will be able to link topics in their interview so the questions and answers flow more naturally.
Activity 5 (a) Worksheet 1: Categorising Information
© NET Section, CDI, EDB, HKSAR Unit 3 - Interviewing a Sports Personality Activity 5(a) Worksheet 1: Categorising Information
Sports person Future plans
Achievements Basic structure of the presentation
Background to involvement in sport
Inspiration to do well
Teams played for/Competitions entered
Essential sports knowledge
Future plans in sport
28 Unit 3Interviewing a Sports Personality (b) Revising Question Forms
Activity 5 (b) Worksheet 1 is designed to demonstrate the question forms best suited to interviews and draw students’ attention to the difference between neutral and leading questions.
Activity 5 (b): Revising Question Forms
As necessary, students revise the basic form of ‘wh’ questions and verb inversion patterns.
Student interviewers will need to consider the question types typically used in interviews, e.g. using a context-setting statement followed by the question. Student interviewees will need to pay attention to the intent of the question and listen for key words that give a clue to the interviewer’s opinion.
Revising Question Forms
© NET Section, CDI, EDB, HKSAR Unit 3 - Interviewing a Sports Personality Activity 5(b) Worksheet 1: Revising Question Forms
‘Wh’ questions 1. What
has been the highlight of your career so far?
are your plans for the future?
do you think of…
Chelsea’s new line-up?
your new goalie, Mita Akubo?
the referee’s decision to red card Roberto Carlo today?
2. Who has inspired you in your great bowling career?
would be on your all-time best basketball team?
is going to open the batting for Hong Kong this Saturday?
3. When 4. Where 5. Why 6. How Verb inversion questions
1. Are you happy that Coach Milivic finally named you in the team?
2. Don’t you think drugs have spoilt the reputation of cycling as a sport?
3. Have you been training for this event all year?
4. Is this going to be another Gledhill walk-over?
5. Can Japan pull something out of the bag for tonight’s game?
‘Wh’ questions with a lead-in to establish context
1. The crowd today was quite disappointing. Why do you think the fans stayed away?
2. This was only Kowloon’s second win over Wan Chai. How do you feel about Kowloon’s performance today?
3. Ten Master’s titles after today, Narelle. What keeps you winning?
4. A gold medal and a world record, Assim; not what the critics were expecting.
Where did you find that extra effort?
Activity 5 (b)
Revising Question Forms
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Interviewing a Sports Personality Suggested procedures
1. Distribute Activity 5(b) Worksheet 1. Start with the ‘what’ questions. Discuss the model questions and ask students to formulate their own ‘what’ questions relevant to their own sports personality.
2. Ask pairs to consider the other ‘wh’ questions and to formulate questions that are appropriate to their chosen sports personality.
3. Revise verb inversion questions, positive and negative forms. Ask pairs to formulate appropriate questions for their interview using verb inversion.
4. Consider the ‘wh’ questions with a lead-in. Ask students why the questions are asked this way and what effect it has on the answer. (The interviewer may want to give background information to the audience, but more likely s/he wants to force a certain response from the interviewee.) For example:
This was only Kowloon’s second win over Wan Chai. How do you feel about Kowloon’s performance today?
Well, Wan Chai has a big budget for imported players and coaches, so I feel really proud that we beat those guys.
If only the second part of the question was asked, the answer could be quite different.
How do you feel about Kowloon’s performance today?
I think the guys did a great job.
Ask students to formulate questions of this type suitable for their interview.
5. Now consider the verb inversion questions. Ask students to identify the key words that show the intent or opinion of the interviewer. For example,
Are you happy that Coach Milovic finally named you in the team?
Yes, it’s taken a long time for me to get on to the team. I’m thrilled.
If the question was asked without ‘finally’, the answer could be quite different.
Are you happy that Coach Milovic named you in the team?
Yes, I’m thrilled to be chosen.
30 Unit 3Interviewing a Sports Personality (c) Preparing Prompt Cards
1. Introduce the need for establishing the focus of the interview, e.g. a sports star has been dropped from the team.
2. Model an introductory background statement. For example:
Today the fans of Charlie Bogan were shocked to hear that he has been dropped from Liverpool’s team for Friday’s football match against Chelsea. Bogan has been a great player for Liverpool but his form lately has been disappointing. I spoke with Charlie after the team’s training session today.
Hi, Charlie. Bad news from Coach Turino today.
Ask the students what kind of questions the interviewer might now ask.
3. Repeat the above steps with these two models below – What is the focus of each interview? (Berry just became #1, Li Qi just had an unexpected win) What questions might be asked?
Interviewer: I’m Jane Ling, and tonight on Hot Sports we’re pleased to talk to Mike Berry, who has just become the No. 1 tennis player in the world. Mike, you must be very pleased to reach the No. 1 ranking in tennis. Congratulations!
Sports personality: Thanks, Jane. It’s been a long time – 5 years of hard work – but it’s finally paid off.
Interviewer: Despite her great career in diving, which includes two Olympic medals, no one expected Li Qi to win this competition tonight. But here she is with another gold medal around her neck! Fantastic effort, Li Qi. Did you believe you could do this?
4. Ask pairs to discuss the focus of their interview and write a background statement.
Activity 5 (c): Preparing Prompt Cards
Firstly, the pairs will prepare a brief opening statement to establish the focus of the interview they will perform. Then they will use the categorised information from Activity 5 (a) Worksheet 1 and their questions from Activity 5 (b) Worksheet 1 to plan a series of 8 - 10 questions and answers. Students prepare prompt cards for the interview role-play.
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Interviewing a Sports Personality 5. Ensure students understand the criteria of a good interview from the Activity 6
role-play assessment form.
6. Ask pairs to write 8 - 10 questions and answers on prompt cards using information from Activities 5 (a) and (b).
7. Allow time for rehearsal of the interview role-play. Students should allow for some spontaneous questions and answers to flow from the interaction. Remind students to finish the interview by repeating the interviewee’s name and thanking them.