English Culture Videos

"American Pastimes"

Instructions: Watch this video on baseball and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

The main topic in this video is ______.

Hi, I'm Randall, and many people ask about American pastimes, and of course, Americans enjoy baseball, basketball. you see the baseball field behind me.

What are the reasons why people participate in this activity?

And a couple of reasons why people get involved in sports is number one, exercise. An opportunity to strengthen your body, but also to build relationships with other people and learn teamwork.

Randall wasn't very good at this sport because he _____.

Well, when I was in elementary school, my father was the coach of baseball team, and the only thing I did out in outfield was, uh, pick flowers, and I didn't pay a whole lot [of] attention to the game, but certainly a fun pastime here in America.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

Use a search engine to find the top sports around the world and in different countries. Try using the search terms, "world's popular sports different countries," or other search terms you choose. Then, discuss the results of your search with a partner. What makes these sports popular? Which age groups play this sport: men, women, children, seniors?

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and many people ask about American pastimes, and of course, Americans enjoy baseball, basketball. you see the baseball field behind me.

And a couple of reasons why people get involved in sports is number one, exercise. An opportunity to strengthen your body, but also to build relationships with other people and learn teamwork.

Well, when I was in elementary school, my father was the coach of baseball team, and the only thing I did out in outfield was, uh, pick flowers, and I didn't pay a whole lot [of] attention to the game, but certainly a fun pastime here in America.