The Human Body

Body Parts Pic.pngHere is a Nearpod presentation with audio and interactive activities to help your beginning-level ESL students learn the basic parts of human body. It requires minimal computer experience and will give the students practice using a computer mouse, mouse pad, or tablet/iPad. I suggest that this lesson be presented by the teacher first to demonstrate how to advance the slides, use the audio, and complete the interactive activities, and then assigned to the students to use either individually or in pairs as a study tool.

For additional fun practice on the parts of the human body, play this Jeopardy game with your students.

Many thanks to the producer of the Body-Parts presentation and English 101.c0m for the Jeopardy game.


A Listening Activity: Hello, Goodbye!

I use this Beatles tune to end my level one classes early in the semester. The students enjoy it, and it loosens us all up a little bit when we’re still a little nervous and shy. Plus, the lyrics give me an opportunity to add a little TPR into the class in a fun way. It’s also a great song to refer back to when we start working on opposites. So, here is the video I use along with the Google Form cloze listening exercise. I hope you and your students enjoy it!


Labor Day in the U.S.A. and Canada

Labor Day.pngDo your students know why they don’t have classes on Labor Day? They may appreciate their day off more if they know the history of the holiday here in the United States. Unionizing has been in the news a lot in the United States in the past few years. This could be a great discussion topic in your classes. I hope this exercise will help generate that conversation whether it is managed as a classroom activity or assigned to the students individually.

Students working independently should click on this EDpuzzle link to watch the video about Labor Day with the accompanying oral questions. They will have to stop the video from time to time or the oral questions will overlap with the video’s audio. Next, have the students look at the questions and the directions for each on the Google Form below. Then, when they are ready, they should play the video again and answer the oral questions, stopping and starting the video as necessary or as assigned.

Once You Have Met a True Human Being

Once you have met a True Human Being, let him not disappear from the horizon of your Heart.

– Rumi

Ask your students to explain what this quotation means. Ask them to define what Rumi meant by a “true human being.”  Why do they think this picture was chosen to accompany this quotation? Do they agree with the choice of image? Why or why not? 

What do your students know about Rumi? Locate where he was from on the map. When did he live? What was the world like during Rumi’s lifetime?

Is there anyone your students could name as an example of a “true human being? Who and why?



This essay, presented via Adobe Spark, is about Mario, a young Italian seventh-grade immigrant whose entry into the American schools made a major impact on my teaching, my career, and my image of the world.

When the link opens, you may have to wait a minute for the presentation to load. Also, there is audio, so you’ll want to adjust your sound. Thanks!

Fun with Synonyms

Each word means something similar to the synonym at the top of its box, yet each word means something just a little bit different. Study one set at a time to learn what the differences are.

Study Questions:

1. Practice the pronunciation of each word in each box. In the first set, (nice), each word is stressed on the first syllable except three of them. Which three are they?

2. In the next or “good” set, there are six words that are stressed on the second syllable. Which ones are they? ( is a good resource for meaning and pronunciation.)

3-4. In the “sad” set, is the -ed in “depressed” pronounced like a <t>, <d>, or <id>? What about the -ed in “delighted” in the “happy” set?

5. In the “laughed” set, which synonym is a silent action?

6. In the “like” set, which synonym is first in the dictionary, and which is last (alphabetically)?

7. In the “said” set, how many words end with the <t> sound, the <d> sound, or the <id> sound?

8. In the “big” set of words, which words contain a diphthong?

7. In the “little” set, which word is a derivative of another one listed there?

8-9.  In the next two sets of past tense synonyms, each contains at least one word that has another acceptable form. Which are they?

10. In the “pretty” set, which word is used most often to describe a man?

11. In the “looked” set, which synonym is used most often to mean “looked with admiration?”

12. In the last set, which word might be used to describe wood? How does that meaning relate to being afraid?

Thanks to Pinterest for Other Ways to Say (A Teacher Created Resource)

What Verb Do I Use, Is or Does?

This Haiku Deck is meant to assist in the instruction and clarification of the present tense and present continuous tense uses of the “to be” verb and the present tense auxiliary verbs “do/does” and “don’t/doesn’t.”  Additionally, this Deck lends itself to discussing the seasons of the year as well as seasonal holidays in the United States.

Special thanks to Jennifer ESL and English Exercises for sharing their work with us.

Is or Does