Category Archives: "Listening activity"

esl game pass the marker
20 Nov, 2018

ESL Game: Pass the Marker

Pass the marker is a fun activity that just requires a marker and a whiteboard. In this activity, students form two lines in front of the board. Starting from the back of the line the first students say a word and then the next student. The student last in the line must repeat all the words […]

20 Mar, 2018

ESL Game: Change Seats If …

‘Change Seats If‘ is an exciting and fun activity that is very effective in improving students’ listening skills. This activity is a great way to end a busy class and or to burn off extra energy and help focus your students. Students are sure to enjoy this active listening activity. Activity time: 5 – 10 minutes […]

ESL Listen Carefully

“Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills.

Method

1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give instructions to the other students.

e.g The student says “Stand up” and then all the other students must stand up.

2. The student gives more instructions to the class but does a different action.

e.g student says “Walk to the window” but the student who says the action walks to the door.

Students who don’t do the correct action are eliminated.

After, change the student who is giving the instructions.

After some practice, students will love this activity and its a great way to practice revision and sentence formation.

23 Oct, 2013

ESL Listen Carefully

ESL Listen Carefully “Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills. Method 1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give […]

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.

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 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
If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy the following:

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 […]

14 Apr, 2013

Liar Liar

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 […]