Learning American Football

Learning American football—or as we say just “football”—isn’t always so popular for our international students here at Hancock International College. However, football and baseball are part of American culture and our language as well. Even those of us that are not fans of these particular sports still use the expressions that come from these sports daily. Of course being able to play the sport with some Americans will give you as an ESL student ample opportunity to learn all kinds of expressions that are useful on or off the field.

Joe O’Neil from the goodnewsnetwork.org says, “Some college students studying abroad may prefer to spend their free time out on the town – but Marcus Witherspoon has been spending his evenings teaching children to play American football. When Witherspoon first arrived in Bologna, Italy, he was connected with Ishan Debnath, a 9-year-old boy who had a hankering to learn English. Witherspoon, who is a football player at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, then decided to help the youngster with his English by teaching Ishan and his neighborhood friends how to play American football.

‘I’m really just there for him as a native English speaker,’ said Witherspoon. ‘It reminds me of growing up and hanging out with my friends. It’s just having a good time with your friends.’

Through their conversations about school, sports and video games, Ishan and Witherspoon have formed a big-brother, little-brother bond – and for Ishan, it’s not only an opportunity to learn English, but to work on translation skills between Witherspoon and other neighborhood children.

‘[Marcus] helps me a lot,’ said Ishan. ‘It’s amazing.’”

So if you do know an American that likes football ask them about it because more than likely they will be excited to share it with you and you can learn a lot about English as well as just have a good time throwing the ball around.

Full Article: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/video-of-us-student-teaching-italians-to-play-american-football/

Idiom of the Day

move the goalposts

Meaning: To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one’s needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective.

Example: We will never finish if our boss keeps moving the goalposts every couple of hours.