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This post looks at some ESL Health Activities. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way.

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.

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

 

2. Tell the students that they must listen and watch the video and try to write 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.
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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 McDonald’s 10 times a month make up 75% of sales. 

93% – 93% of children recognise the McDonald’s 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.

I hoped you enjoyed these activities. If you did or have any suggestions please leave a message in the comment section below. As always, enjoy and have fun!

More Themed ESL Activities
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ESL Food Activities –  This post looks at a number of activities when looking at the topic of food. These activities are especially great for teens.

ESL Countdown – ESL Countdown is based on the iconic show ‘countdown’. This simple activity is great for practicing spelling and vocabulary with students.

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21 Apr, 2013

ESL Health Activities

This post looks at some ESL Health Activities. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way. 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 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in Scotland.

Activity Time:  30 + Minutes (In total)
Materials required: Lesson plan notes ,Student printable handout
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and Vocabulary.
Level: Intermediate +

1. Introduction (5 – 10 minutes)

Tell the class they are going to watch a video. Ask them to watch the video and
answer what the significance of the 25th of January is.

Answer: Burns night is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. It is held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January.

2. Robert Burns Poetry. (10 + minutes)
Write or project the Robert Burns quotes on the white board one at a time. Remind them that the poetry was written in the 1700’s. Tell them that you want them to explain what they think each sentence means. Tell them that there are no wrong answers.

Original Version                                                      Idiomatic Translation                     

“Oh my love is like a red red rose that is newly sprung in June”

“Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,    Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what panic’s in thy breastie!”                              O, what a panic is in your little breast!“The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,             The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.”                               The man’s the gold for all that.“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,                        Nice seeing your honest, chubby face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding race!”                      Great chieftain of the sausage race!

3. Watch the video again. (5 minutes)

Tell the students that they are going to watch the video again. This time they have to listen and fill in the missing words. Explain that there are between one and two words missing. They don’t have all the text so they must listen carefully.

Hand out the text.

Before they watch again, ask the students in pairs to predict the missing words.
4. Brainstorm (5 Minutes)
Write Scotland on the board and ask the class to brainstorm what they know about
Scotland. Ask them if they know of any inventions that have come from Scotland.5. 10 Things Invented In Scotland.http://youtu.be/So4mlHiFxec

Tell the class they are going to watch another short video. Tell them it’s about some of the things invented in Scotland. They must watch and complete the following activity.

 

10. ___________________ – Robert William Thompson & John Boyd Dunlop

9. ____________________ – J. M Barrie
8. ____________________ – James Braid
7. ____________________ – Robert Watson-Watt
6. ____________________ – Alexander Cummings
5. ____________________ – Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
4. Telephone                            – ____________________
3. Bicycle                                 – ____________________
2. ___________________   – ____________________
1. _________________     – __________________

 

20 Jan, 2013

Robert Burns Night

The 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in […]

ESL Christmas Activites teens, adults and young leaners

This post focuses on Christmas activities and games for the ESL classroom. Ranging from young learners to adults, these activities are sure to bring festive cheer to any classroom!


Christmas Taboo

Activity Time:  15 mins +
Materials required: a copy of the printable.
Level: Young learners and teens.
Printable: Download

Christmas Taboo is a simple game you can play in class to revise Christmas vocabulary. The aim of the game is simple; each person takes a card and they must describe the word on the card without saying or using that word or any of the additional words written on that card.

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Christmas Quiz

Activity Time:  10 mins
Materials required: a copy of the printable
Level: Young learners.
Printable: Download

This simple quiz can be used to test your classes knowledge of Santa Claus. This quiz can be used in a number of different ways, but I’ve personally had success with putting the class into teams of pairs and using it with The Bomb Game. To add to this quiz, get your students to write one question each about Christmas. You can use this quiz with “bomb” for Smart board or with the printable version.

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Conversation questions

Activity Time:  10 mins +
Materials required: a copy of the printable
Level: Teens and Adults all levels.
Printable: Download 

Over 25 different questions to get the class talking about Christmas.

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Christmas Video Facts

This is a great simple activity to practice their reading and writing skills while talking about some unusual facts about Christmas.

Activity Time:  15 mins
Materials required: A computer to play the video
Level: Teens and Adults Intermediate +
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Method
1. First put your class in pairs. Tell them to write the following information on a piece of paper or on their notebooks. Make sure they leave space so they can write information next to these numbers and words.
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2. Tell them they are going to watch a video. One person will watch the video and tell their partner about the relevance of the information they have previously written.
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3. Play the video twice and then check their answers.
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Solutions:
 
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That concludes this Christmas special. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy the holiday break. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook and on Twitter

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Don’t forget to comment with any ideas, suggestions or successes!

More Christmas activities
Discover more Christmas activities for kids, teens and adults.

ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.

ESL Christmas Tongue Twisters – A collection of Christmas tongue twisters to practice pronunciation with young learners and teen and even adults.

Christmas Story Recall – In this activity, students watch/listen to a short Christmas story and then they try and rewrite/tell the story later.

ESL Christmas Charades – This activity is a great no-prep game for teens and adults to practice Christmas vocabulary.

Just a minute Christmas Challenge – In this activity students need to speak about a Christmas photo for one minute. This activity is great for teens and adults who are preparing for the B1 Exam (PET).

ESL Christmas Debate – In this activity, students have a debate on different statements related to Christmas. This activity is great for teens and adults with a higher level.

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16 Dec, 2012

4 Christmas Activities

This post focuses on Christmas activities and games for the ESL classroom. Ranging from young learners to adults, these activities are sure to bring festive cheer to any classroom! Christmas Taboo Activity Time:  15 mins + Materials required: a copy of the printable. Level: Young learners and teens. Printable: Download Christmas Taboo is a simple game you can play in […]

21 Oct, 2012

Magazine Personalities

Magazine Personalities is a great way to get to know your class in your first lesson and also to get them speaking about themselves and their interests. I use this activity with my teen and adult classes and have found that it’s a great way to get them talking. It also gives you a great […]

27 Aug, 2012

Where to find it

Where to find it   Photo by NS Newsflash This activity is a great way to use authentic materials in the classroom. I have used this activity in summer schools where I could get free English newspapers. However anyone living in a major city should have no problem sourcing newspapers.        Remember newspapers can be […]