Body Parts

This can be adapted to levels from A1-C2, depending on the target vocabulary.

  1. Elicit what the learners already know. Draw a person on the board, point to a part and ask, “What is this?”. If someone knows it, write the word on somewhere along the side of the board (you will have 2 lists along the sides of the board at the end) in random order.
  2. Continue eliciting, and giving words that they don’t know.
  3. Then give two of the learners a marker and tell them to connect 3 words on the board with a line to their corresponding body parts.
  4. Then they pass the marker to another learner. (So they CHOOSE which words they want to connect).
  5. Check the answers as a group, drilling pronunciation.
  6. Then erase the lines but leave the words. Go down the list and say “Where is your X?”. Once everyone has it, erase that word. Go through the entire list this way so that only the diagram of the person is left.
  7. Then quiz them the other way by asking “What is this?” when you point to your own body (or the diagram). You could split the group in two and give points for the first/correct answer.

This is the introduction of the vocabulary. I usually follow with Simon says (for lower levels) and/or other exercises. At higher levels I introduce more advanced vocabulary like organs, ear lobe, knuckles etc. and do exercises on the verbs connected to these (bend one’s knees, kneel, slouch, stretch etc.) and idioms connected with body parts (foot the bill, eye s.o. etc.). This exercise is really just a springboard.

For 1-1: This works perfectly in 1-1 situations as well.

Slap It!

Slap It (numbers, alphabet, vocabulary)

This one is great for a quick review in a competitive environment. This is to practice letters/numbers etc. after you have already introduced them. It is a more passive activity, so great for controlled practice.

  1. Write the letters of the alphabet on the board (in order or mixed).
  2. Ask two participants to come to the front and stand in front of the board.
  3. Explain that you are going to announce a letter/number and they need to “slap it” when they find it on the board. Call out as many letters/numbers until one of the people has 3 points (or 5 etc). The winner remains standing and a new challenger comes up to the board.
  4. Repeat until everyone has had a chance to challenge the winner. The last person standing is the “number champion/alphabet champion” etc.

If you want to mix it up a bit, have one of the participants be the “caller” and do the exercise again (or on another day).

For other vocabulary, call out: where is the X?