Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.
Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the word drill.
You can find more lessons on the side of this page.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.
Rowan: Hi there! I’m Rowan. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time.
Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
Rowan: This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.
Rich: The word we are looking at in this episode is drill.
Rowan: There are a couple of meanings of drill. A drill is a tool that we use to make holes.
Rich: We might use a drill to make a hole in a wall to hang a picture or painting.
Rowan: We might see people using big pneumatic drills to make holes in the street.
Rich: Dentists also use drills to work on our teeth.
Rowan: But this isn’t the meaning of drill we’re looking at today. Drill has another meaning.
Rich: Yes, it can also be used to describe an activity that is repeated many times over a long period in order to get better at that activity.
Rowan: English teachers often use pronunciation drills with their students. They ask them to repeat words, sentences and parts of sentences. Have a listen:
Rich: There are three sheep in the field.
Rowan: There are three sheep in the field.
Rich: The titanic was a big ship.
Rowan: The titanic was a big ship.
Rich: So, that’s a type of drill. A pronunciation drill. A teacher might ask students to repeat things many times to help them with their pronunciation.
Rowan: There are many other types of drill. Schools might have fire drills or emergency drills.
Rich: All the school will practise what they have to do in an emergency when they do one of these drills.
Rowan: Soldiers in the army do lots of drills. These might involve repeated exercises such as marching and training drills to improve strength and focus on discipline and teamwork.
Rich: The key thing with a drill is that it is repeated lots of times to get better at something.
Rowan: Training drills are an important part of football practice and there are lots of types of drills.
Rich: There are fitness drills that focus on players’ speed and stamina.
Rowan: Goalkeepers will have their own drills that focus on hand-eye coordination, handling skills, and kicking.
Rich: Coaches will do different passing drills and shooting drills with their players.
Rowan: The important thing is that a drill is done lots of times. One example might be players passing the ball to each other quickly and then shooting at the edge of the area.
Rich: Players will line up in pairs and do this drill as many times as they can in 10 minutes for example and they will do the same at the next training session and the one after that.
Rowan: A drill. An activity that practises a specific skill by repeating the same thing many times.
Rich: There is the final whistle!
Rowan: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Can you tell us a useful football training drill?
Can you tell us a useful pronunciation drill?