les Jeux olympiques

The Olympic Games are a popular topic while they are going on!

This page has resources and ideas for you to use as you want.

Best time to use: During the Winter Olympics or Before the Summer.

Lessons could cover: sports (extended) / opinions / what happened / geography / nationalities

Proficiency Level:

⊕ Novice High – Intermediate High

AP/IB Themes:

⊕ Identities


Length: depends

Talk about these topics:

⊕ Olympians/athletes

⊕ Olympic sports

⊕ their daily schedules

⊕ their accomplishments

⊕ their injuries

Using these language skills:

⊕ describing the Olympics, sports and athletes

⊕ comparing

⊕ retelling what happened (won/lost)

Here are lesson IDEAS to get you started.

Some of the “I can” images have additional information if you click on them.

Opening Ceremony

4 February 2022 at Beijing National Stadium, China

I can tell how many athletes are competing for different countries.

  • Watch a clip of the ceremonies (preferably in your target language).
  • Play the “Guess How Many Athletes” game. Use dry-erase boards or have them write on their own paper.
    • After the country is announced, pause the video.
    • Pick one person to be the “guesser.” They will guess how many athletes they think that country will have.
    • Everyone else has to then guess “more” or “less” than what the first person said. They cannot say same.
    • Play video to show how may athletes. If the “guesser” is correct (this is rare), they get 25 points (or some other crazy high number). If the “guesser” is not correct, then the people who guessed “more” or “less” correctly gets 5 points. The others get no points.

This could cover: the performance, the celebrities/singers, the last torch bearer to light Calderon, the uniforms (the best/worst), etc.

When (dates/times – reference the time difference) and where it takes place. 

Have a map to reference where they are located as needed.

Watch Opening Ceremonies (check listings).

Game: Put 4 emojis and guess what country it represents.

How many competing? Under/over game

Pictures were taken in Lagrasse in May 2024. Thanks Emma!

Lagrasse Écouter (en occitan La Grassa Écouter) est une commune française située dans le Centre du département de l’Aude, en région Occitanie. Fuente: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrasse

Olympic Sports

On the left, they will rank sports that they love to watch at the top and then the ones they hate to watch at the bottom. In the “???” box, that is where they will put sports that they do not know because they have not watched those. 

Later, give them a chance to look up a few of those sports.

I can tell which Olympic sports I like to watch.

  • Give them the link to the Olympics sports page in your language.
  • Have them categorize the sports by their preferences.
  • Do a four corners activity so they can hear the correct pronunciation. Extension: Put one dry-erase board at each sign. Once they are there, have them list the reasons why people in that group choose that answer.

Extention Questions

What are the oldest? The newest?

Have you watched this sport before?

Is it a team or individual sport?

What is the icon? (need a blank set, could do “Got It” game with these.)

How are they scored?

How do they pick the sports? Which are done every year? Which are unique to this years’s games?

What sport should be added next?

See the “info about athlete” lesson for more ideas and the graphic organizer in French

Sports (Athletes & Commercials)


Best athlete in each sport 

Read about them (wikipedia, articles)

Find commercials with olympians, Sportsmanship commercial

What’s the daily routine of an Olympian?

This is the perfect time to talk about routines!

Search on Youtube: routine quotidienne d’un athlète olympique

Compare athletes

See the “compare athletes” lesson for more ideas and the graphic organizer.

This is a generic sports unit made for novices and up in the target language. This has many parts that can be adapted for the Olympics.

This is a generic sports unit made for intermediate high and up in the target language. This has many parts that can be adapted for the Olympics.


Talking about what happened at a sporting event

Giving opinions about sports and events

Describing athletes and their accomplishments


Identifying Olympic athletes from target countries.



Content: Physical Education / Sports

Career: Athlete, Trainer, Reporter

Science: Weather (temperature and conditions)

Geography: Countries, their location and flags


Inviting people connected to athletics or Olympics to talk with class

Participating in Olympic conversations and festivities


Comparing athletes’ accomplishments

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