ESL Intermediate Vocabulary: Word List & Games

Instructor: Jacob Compton

Jacob has taught ESL in three Asian countries and has a master's degree in education.

In this lesson, we will go over a list of vocabulary terms ideal for intermediate ESL students. You'll also be given a few examples of activities you can use to teach these vocabulary terms in class.

Vocabulary for Intermediate ESL Students

Intermediate ESL students cover a variety of topics in class, and one area these students tend to cover is place and location vocabulary. Below, you will find a list of vocabulary terms regarding towns and cities that you can use in late elementary and middle school.

Vocabulary List

  1. Community: A group of people living in the same area
  2. Neighborhood: An area within a town or city
  3. Urban: An adjective referring to being in or from a city
  4. Building: A structure, like a house or a school, with walls and a roof
  5. Street: A road in a town or a city (often, but not always, with building lining both sides)
  6. Grocery store: A store that sells large amounts of food
  7. Fire department: The government branch in charge of fire prevention and fighting
  8. Police station: A state, town or city police force's headquarters (often with a jail inside)
  9. Cafe: A place that sells coffee and desserts
  10. Restaurant: A place that prepares and sells food for you to eat there
  11. Library: A place that keeps books for people to read, as well as other materials
  12. School: A building where children go to learn
  13. City hall: A building where the government of a town or city is located
  14. Salon: A place to go for a haircut and other beauty services

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