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World Cup 2022 resources for language classes

November 17, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup® begins on November 20, and for the first time ever it is hosted by an Arab nation. Since this year's tournament happening during the school year, Qatar 2022® is the PERFECT content for Spanish class lessons this fall.

Check out our World Cup and World Cup-related resources for language classes:

The French version of The Unfair Game™ was translated by Melanie Tupaj!

FREE The Unfair Game™: All About Qatar

Last spring during Teacher Appreciation Week, we shared a FREE, ready-to-play The Unfair Game featuring questions about Qatar, which is hosting the World Cup 2022!  The creation of this game was inspired by fantastic Fadi Abughoush, who was looking for resources for his Arabic classes related to this year's first-ever Arabic-nation-hosted World Cup. 

Great news–our Qatar 2022® The Unfair Game™ is STILL free, STILL ready-to-play, and STILL available to you... in FRENCH, ENGLISH, and SPANISH! Download the game from our Subscriber Library and play with your students this November!

Find the Qatar The Unfair Game™ for Spanish classes and in English in the Whole Class activities folder! The French version is in the French resources folder.

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El que sabe, sabe: La Copa Mundial

Want to dig into a bit of FIFA World Cup® history and stats? Look no further than Nelly Hughes' El que sabe, sabe™: La Copa Mundial game, which features 32 questions about statistics and World Cup history from 1934-2022.

El que sabe sabe™ is a game of numbers and wagers that was developed by Nelly Hughes. (Click here to learn more.) This game is played for a pre-determined amount of time (15-30 minutes recommended), getting through as many questions as time allows. The only supplies needed are the printed game cards, a different colored dry erase marker for each team, and a personal-sized white board for each team.

History of Arabic Nations in the World Cup

Why so much The Unfair Game™ about the World Cup? Well, the chances that students actually know the facts that you will be discussing are very small. Playing games like The Unfair Game and El que sabe, sabe, in which students are not expected to know the answer but rather discover the answer through game play, are PERFECT for content like this.

Knowing how much students love The Unfair Game™, we made a second set of questions– this time, highlighting the various Arabic nations that have participated in World Cup tournaments up through 2022.

What I love about this particular set of questions is that it will teach your students about Arabic nations! Learning flags, names of countries, and even some geography is incidental learning that happens as you play the game. The most significant enduring understandings that come from playing this game are not the statistics about which Arab nation has scored the most gaols in World Cup tournaments or which one has qualified the greatest number of times; rather, it is a familiarity with basic information about the countries that most students in the US are severely lacking. The game is available in Spanish and in English!

El mundo en tus manos freebie

El mundo en tus manos is our bi-weekly news publication for Spanish students, and this November we published a free one-page article featuring news stories about the beginning of the World Cup. EMETM subscribers will find the article already included in the November 27 issue of the paper, and anyone else can access this article in our Comprehensible Classroom Subscriber Library. Click here to access the article »


No matter which resources you choose to use as you bring The World Cup–or any other piece of content–into your language class, remember to keep it communicative. Have fun with your students as you play these games and learn together, and make your time spent exploring the World Cup 2022 a memorable moment in your students' language learning career.

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