ESL Park Vocabulary

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

Going to the park can be a treat for any student. In this lesson, we'll go over some key vocabulary to help your students understand and talk about their trip to the park. We'll also include some activities you can use to help them learn the new vocabulary.

Talking About Parks

Parks are a common feature throughout all countries and cultures. Families from all over the world enjoy a day in the park together. Different countries might have different types of park and sights students might see. For example, in parts of Southeast Asia, giant lizards can be seen basking in the sun. Yet, these are rare sights in America. Here, you're more likely to see rabbits or deer, which many English language learners (ELLs) might not be familiar with.

You can help your students understand what a park looks like in our country and what to expect by teaching them new vocabulary. Once they have more vocabulary about parks, they will be able to explain their own trips to the park and share their adventures with friends and family.

Parks are a common part of all cultures

Park Vocabulary

If you've ever attempted to learn a new language, you know that vocabulary can be quite tricky. Sometimes, grouping different vocabulary words together into smaller sets can be helpful for students. Here are some common vocabulary words that you might need to describe a trip to the park.


  • Tree
  • Grass
  • Flower
  • Bush


  • Dog
  • Rabbit
  • Bird
  • Squirrel


  • Bench
  • Toilet
  • Playground
  • Path
  • Pond

Things to Do

  • Run
  • Walk
  • Play
  • Picnic

Vocabulary Activities

Now that you have some ideas for vocabulary for your students, it's time to start teaching. There are lots of vocabulary activities you can use in your classroom. Here, we'll give examples of how to both memorize the vocabulary words, and to use them in reading activities and in real life situations.

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