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.

Alternative: Type up the body parts (in large font) and copy one set for each team in the class. Distribute the cards. Call out a body part in English (or alternatively in the learners’ L1). They then scramble to stick the card to a designated team member as quickly as they can (or to a large print out of a human body). The first team to stick the word on the body part raises their hands/stands up. If correct, they win the point. OR just distribute all the cards and have them put all the cards on the body as quickly as possible. The winner is the team that gets all the words on the correct body parts first.

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

 

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Simon Says

Simon Says

 

My elementary-level adults really like this one. You might remember the version of Simon Says from your childhood. Here it is with a little difference.

 

  1. Explain the rule: When you say “Simon Says touch your nose” the group must touch their noses. If you say only “Touch your nose” they should NOT touch their noses. If they do, they are “out”.
  2. Continue until there is only one person left standing (I usually make them stand).
  3. Typical types of commands: Touch your (body part), look at (object in the room), walk to the…, open your…, jump, turn around, touch the person on your left/right, touch something red/blue/orange etc.
  4. Then for the next round have one of participants play the role of Simon.

 

This one is good for elementary or pre-intermediate level learners.