My name is Kristina Kurinna and I am a student of sport school in Kherson. I am sixteen years old. This summer I had a nice opportunity to improve my English and test my conversational skills of my favourite foreign language in our summer camp in the early June. I am fond of English and fluent English is my aim! Why? “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. I want to talk to people heart to heart. I would like to tell you about our first, second, third, seventh … All right, the fourth day’s lesson! Its topic was ‘Sport is great!’I must admit, this topic is especially interesting for me as I am a sports girl – a table tennis player. I have been doing tennis professionally for more than six years and enjoy it very much. My classmates also do various sports: gymnastics, handball, water sports, shooting, boxing and so on. For us it is always very stimulating to find out new exciting facts from the world of sport – they inspire and encourage us. 1. Discussion of the film “Sports in Great Britain” We started our conversation about the wonderful world of sport with watching the film “Sports in Britain”. It is really a great feeling to realize that you can freely understand everything in the original! The British are great lovers of sports and many of their sports are so much British! We were sharing our impressions on the film and talking about the sports in Britain and Ukraine for some time when one of my friends pointed out that both British and Ukrainians are crasy about football and the things connected with it. He also said that love to football, love to sport in general could help people understand each other and unite them. I agree completely! People shouldn’t fight with each other; they should compete at the stadiums, courts and playing fields. I enjoyed this discussion very much because our students have a lot to say about their kinds of sports, experience of taking part in different competitions and their secrets of getting success. 2. Singing of the football team’s anthem Most of my classmates love singing. As for me, I don’t sing very well but I enjoy doing it a lot. So we were happy to sing the anthem of Liverpool football team ‘You’ll never walk along’. It is a very solemn, inspiring composition! We were watching the opening ceremony of a match and singing together with 40 thousand of Liverpool football fans. At that moment we were not just viewers but the participants of the ceremony. By the way, it is much easier to memorise all those new words when you repeat them singing the song you like with your friends. 3. Presentation-quiz “Sport’s great!” Our teacher prepared an exciting quiz-game about outstanding sportsmen and interesting facts from the world of sport. The pictures were bright and the questions were tough! Nobody could guess that the most popular sport in the cinema is boxing. We knew that British fans are the crasiest in Europe and it was fun to learn that the fans of Liverpool football team sing their anthem “You’ll never walk alone” the most loudly in the world. All students agreed that there are the names of the great heroes which everyone should know. They are Usain Bolt, Lionel Messi, Magdalena Neuner, Alexsander Ovechkin, Larisa Latynina, Andres Iniesta, Wladimir Klitschko, Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Steve Redgrave and many others. It was pleasant to hear that our classmates were able to name almost all of them. While answering the questions of the quiz we were talking about the Olympic, World, European, Ukrainian champions who come from our sport school. Now I know that all our students value and respect the hard work and great efforts of the sportsmen. 4. Game “You’ve got the mail” This game was not much connected with the topic of the lesson, but we got a nice chance to move, to practice everyday English, to have a good laugh and a short rest for our brains. I should say it was also a good occasion to look at each other and find out some new funny things about our habits, fashion style preferences, hobbies and so on. We got the mail for the people with blue eyes; for those who had porridge for breakfast; for the lovers of melodramas, for the fans of ‘Dynamo’ team; for the students who systematically do homework; for those who prefer casual clothes; for the enthusiasts of English and so on and on. No matter how old the students are, they love playing games. I am sure it is a good idea to have a short game somewhere in the middle of the lesson. After such breaks we are ready to work even harder. 5. Watching the best episodes of the football matches Our teachers presented us with one more pleasant gift. We watched several most impressive scores of the best footballer of the world – Lionel Messi. As for me I am not the greatest football fan but I understand that he is a fantastic player. Messi is a real football magician! Watching his game, our boys could only comment: ‘Great! Cool! Genius!’ 6. Summing up At the end of the lesson everybody shared their impressions on the conversation about the wonderful world of sport. My classmates said that they enjoyed the atmosphere of the lesson where everyone in every situation had to speak only English. By the end of the lesson we were surprised to find out how many new words we had learnt. Besides it, we got to know a lot of new facts from the history of sport. And the most important: we expressed our ideas, spoke about our plans and experience, agreed and disagreed, worked and played – we did all these things in English! Now I believe that I can make my English perfect and talk to people heart to heart.