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This week’s ESL activity is for teens and adults on the topic of health. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way. Please leave your comments.

ESL Health Questions

Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: A print out of the questions below. Download 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +
Method

1.
Print out the following questions and cut them out. Each student takes a question and answers it.
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Do you always eat healthy food?
Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
 
Do you bruise easily?

Do you take vitamin or minerals? why/why not?
 
What is a healthy lifestyle in your opinion?


Do you have a healthy lifestyle? Why?

Do you have any allergies?
 

Do you have any scars?
 
Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
Which country in your opinion has the healthiest diet in the world? Why?
Which country has the worst diet in the world? Why?

Do you usually get enough sleep?
 


ESL Health Video

This activity can be a great way to get teens engaged by using a video to introduce a topic.
Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: Students require pen/pencil and a piece of paper
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +

Method:
1. Tell the students they are going to watch a video. Tell them they need to write the following information on a piece of paper.

1
50,000,000
20%
75%
93%
2,768
248,000

 

2. Tell the students that they must listen and watch the video and try and write down what the significance of each number is. Tell them they will get to hear it twice. Play the video once. After the first playing, get the students to check their answers with the person next to them. Give them a few minutes and then let them listen and watch a second time.

3. Check their answers

1 – The number one vegetable in America is the potato. 
50,000,000 – The number of people who go to fast food restaurants daily. 
20% – 20% of Americans eat fast food twice a week. 

75% – Customers who visit McDonalds 10 times a month make up 75% of sales. 
93% – 93% of children recognise the McDonalds brand. 
2,768 – The average daily calories intake of Japan.
248,000 – Number of Americans who die due to obesity every year.

4. Encourage students to give their opinions about the facts in the video. Get them to compare and contrast to their own country. This could lead into researching about their own country. This could be set as homework or done in class.

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Liar Liar

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Liar Liar is a simple activity that I have used recently while teaching the topic of crime. It’s a simple activity and a great way to introduce the unit of crime. This activity uses authentic material and is a great way to challenge students while engaging them with interesting material. I have used this activity with teens and adults from B1 (lower intermediate +) to C1 (advanced) and I have had great results with it. As always, I would love to hear your opinions and adaptations.

Activity Time: 20 mins +
Materials required: presentation below (optional)
Skills practiced: speaking, listening and writing.
Level: Teens and adults (Intermediate +)
Method
1. First, ask the class “How do you know if someone is lying?”
Encourage any types of answers. Write down the answers on the board.
2. Ask the class to take out a pen and some paper to write on. Tell them they are going to watch a video. Explain that in the video, they are going to hear different ways to tell if someone is telling lies. Explain to the students they should write as many as they can.

3. After you have watched the video, write all the different ways that the students heard on the board.

4. Next, tell the students to “write three questions about anything”. Give them some examples e.g
“What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?”
“Have you ever met someone famous?”
5. Tell the class that they are going to ask each other the questions. Explain that the student who is being asked the questions must lie about at least one of the questions.
The student who is answering the questions must give full answers and elaborate. The student asking the questions can ask follow up questions for more information. (For example, one of my students said he had been to Berlin. The other student asked what colour the taxis were in Berlin)
After the students have asked their questions, they must decide which question the student was lying about and why they think this. Then, the student admits what they lied about.
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