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Ch 4: Vocabulary for English Language Learners

About This Chapter

Get ideas for ways to enhance the vocabulary of English language learners you teach by reviewing this chapter. Access vocabulary lists, and find games and activities you can incorporate into your ESL lessons.

Vocabulary for English Language Learners - Chapter Summary

Take advantage of a variety of resources designed to strengthen your vocabulary lessons for ESL students. Whether you're working with beginner or advanced English language learners, this chapter can help! Some resources include ESL word lists, games and activities for:

  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced students
  • Christmas, clothing and family vocabulary words
  • Terminology related to food, health, math and music
  • School, shopping and weather vocabulary

This chapter includes tips and strategies for using these resources in the classroom. Review them anytime, in any sequence and from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

How It Helps

  • Covers numerous subjects and levels: The resources examine vocabulary for a wide variety of subjects and are designed to help students at all levels of understanding.
  • Makes learning fun: Games and activities keep students engaged and make learning English vocabulary words fun.
  • Reduces research time: Access to a variety of teacher resources in one location reduces the time you spend researching ideas and planning lessons.

Skills Covered

A thorough review of the resources in this chapter can help you:

  • Teach vocabulary to beginner, intermediate and advanced ESL students
  • Utilize word lists to help ESL students understand numerous vocabulary words
  • Incorporate games and activities into lessons that can help ESL students memorize vocabulary words

37 Lessons in Chapter 4: Vocabulary for English Language Learners
How To Pre-Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students

1. How To Pre-Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students

You are ready to teach new vocabulary to your ESL students before they start on a new reading assignment. This lesson gives you clear guidance on how to apply some tips to successfully pre-teach vocabulary.

ESL Beginner Vocabulary: Word List & Activities

2. ESL Beginner Vocabulary: Word List & Activities

Teaching beginner ESL students can seem like a daunting task. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be. This lesson will provide some basic English vocabulary, along with some fun activities, to help you successfully instruct and connect with your ESL students. Read on to learn a fun way of teaching ESL beginner vocabulary!

ESL Intermediate Vocabulary: Word List & Games

3. ESL Intermediate Vocabulary: Word List & Games

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.

ESL Advanced Vocabulary: Word List & Games

4. ESL Advanced Vocabulary: Word List & Games

The following lesson will provide you with guidelines and specific ideas about how to develop a word list for your advanced ESL students. We'll also look at how to use games to present and reinforce the acquisition of new vocabulary.

ESL Clothing Vocabulary: Word List & Games

5. ESL Clothing Vocabulary: Word List & Games

This lesson will provide you with a list of clothing related vocabulary words for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It will also provide you with activities you can use to reinforce the vocabulary.

ESL Music Vocabulary: Word List & Games

6. ESL Music Vocabulary: Word List & Games

This lesson introduces ESL learners to some music vocabulary and provides the framework for games that can be used with learners of varying levels and in a variety of classroom sizes. Prior music experience is not necessary to incorporate these games into an ESL learning environment.

ESL School Vocabulary: Word List & Games

7. ESL School Vocabulary: Word List & Games

This lesson will provide you with school related vocabulary words for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It will also give you examples of activities you can use to teach the terms.

ESL Animal Vocabulary: Activities & Games

8. ESL Animal Vocabulary: Activities & Games

In this lesson, you'll find some activities and games that you can do with ESL students to teach them animal vocabulary. The activities and games concentrate on putting the vocabulary in context.

ESL Describing People: Words, Phrases & Games

9. ESL Describing People: Words, Phrases & Games

An important part of learning English is being able to accurately describe people, places and things. This lesson provides ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers with words, phrases and games designed to help students describe people.

ESL Collocations: Word List & Games

10. ESL Collocations: Word List & Games

Collocations can be tricky, even for native speakers. This lesson provides teachers with a list of common collocations and games to help ESL (English as a Second Language) learners understand and use collocations correctly.

ESL Phrasal Verbs: List & Games

11. ESL Phrasal Verbs: List & Games

Phrasal verbs can be tricky for ESL students. In this lesson, we will look at many examples of phrasal verbs and some activities and exercises for teaching and reinforcing them.

ESL Sports Vocabulary: Word List  & Games

12. ESL Sports Vocabulary: Word List & Games

Teaching vocabulary about a topic that English as a Second Language (ESL) students are interested in is a great way to make words and ideas stick. This lesson describes how teachers can creatively teach ESL learners sports-related vocabulary.

ESL Education Vocabulary List

13. ESL Education Vocabulary List

As English as a Second Language (ESL) students proceed on their educational journey, they will come across a variety of education vocabulary. This lesson provides teachers with several education-related vocabulary lists and ideas on how to use them.

Upper Elementary ESL Vocabulary

14. Upper Elementary ESL Vocabulary

If you are teaching upper elementary ESL students, this lesson will come in very handy. We will go over important vocabulary all students should be learning, as well as great ways to go about teaching it. Read on, to learn more!

Lower Elementary ESL Vocabulary

15. Lower Elementary ESL Vocabulary

Learning new vocabulary, especially as a young ESL student, can be quite a challenge. This lesson provides activities for students to use as they both learn, and integrate, new English vocabulary into everyday practice.

Middle School ESL Vocabulary

16. Middle School ESL Vocabulary

One of the biggest concerns ESL (English as a Second Language) students have is learning and remembering English vocabulary. In this lesson, teachers are provided with classroom activities specifically targeted at ESL middle school students.

ESL Preschool Vocabulary Games & Activities

17. ESL Preschool Vocabulary Games & Activities

Are you an ESL preschool teacher looking to up the fun factor in your classroom? This lesson will provide fun games and activities that will get your students laughing while improving their English vocabulary.

ESL Feelings & Emotions Vocabulary: Games & Activities

18. ESL Feelings & Emotions Vocabulary: Games & Activities

Teaching your ESL students to talk about feelings and emotions is an important way to help them connect to others. This lesson reviews crucial vocabulary and offers some games and activities for practicing.

Sight Words Activities for ESL Students

19. Sight Words Activities for ESL Students

Sight words are words that fluent readers recognize automatically. In this lesson, teachers will learn some sight word activities to use with English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

ESL School Vocabulary Lesson Plan

20. ESL School Vocabulary Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ELL students will be introduced to school vocabulary words. They will get opportunities to practice the words through speaking, listening, reading and writing through a scavenger hunt, an engaging game and a writing prompt.

ESL Crime Vocabulary Lesson Plan

21. ESL Crime Vocabulary Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on teaching ESL students vocabulary associated with misdemeanor crimes. Several activities are included to engage all styles and levels of learners while allowing students to practice writing and speaking skills.

ESL Playing Cards Vocabulary

22. ESL Playing Cards Vocabulary

When introducing playing cards vocabulary to your ESL students, it's very easy to present them in an interactive way, whether or not you have decks of cards available. This lesson gives you some ideas for introducing basic playing cards vocabulary.

ESL Graphic Design Vocabulary

23. ESL Graphic Design Vocabulary

When English as a second language (ESL) students are ready to learn some graphic design vocabulary, consider using images as a source for teaching them new words. This lesson includes some topical words, along with ideas for instruction.

ESL Park Vocabulary

24. ESL Park Vocabulary

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.

ESL Debate Vocabulary

25. ESL Debate Vocabulary

Debate can be both exhilarating and informative, especially for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. This lesson provides teachers with debate vocabulary and instruction ideas specifically designed for an ESL environment.

Alphabet Lesson Plan for ESL Students

26. Alphabet Lesson Plan for ESL Students

In this lesson plan, ELL students will practice the letters of the alphabet. Through varied activities involving speaking, writing, reading and listening, they will gain a better understanding of letter recognition.

ESL Idiomatic Expressions Activities

27. ESL Idiomatic Expressions Activities

Your ESL students may have already picked up a few idiomatic expressions just from interacting with you in the class. To help ESL students begin using idiomatic expressions, this lesson offers a few activities you can use in class.

ESL Post Office Lesson Plan

28. ESL Post Office Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, English Language Learners who are familiar with post office vocabulary will extend their knowledge to include the completion of post office forms and an understanding of services provided by the post office.

ESL Directions Vocabulary Lesson Plan

29. ESL Directions Vocabulary Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about directions vocabulary. They will illustrate according to oral prompts with directions vocabulary, play a game of directional Simon Says and use compass rose vocabulary to write a sentence about a map.

ESL Clothing Lesson Plan

30. ESL Clothing Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with individual and group activities designed to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students how to think about and describe various types of clothing.

ESL Comedy Lesson Plan

31. ESL Comedy Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will be exposed to the world of comedy. They will discuss comedy with peers, view comedic examples, tell jokes and write original captions to humorous images.

Pet Peeves Lesson Plan for ESL Students

32. Pet Peeves Lesson Plan for ESL Students

ESL learners are not only challenged to learn a new language, but they must also learn societal differences. Understanding pet peeves can help students navigate social situations more successfully. This lesson will help ESL students identify societal and personal pet peeves.

ESL Community Lesson Plan

33. ESL Community Lesson Plan

ESL learners examine community locations and services through the activities in this lesson plan. ESL learners will be engaged in the lesson through the use of digital photography and discussion.

Protest Vocabulary Lesson Plan for ESL Students

34. Protest Vocabulary Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Through activities in this lesson plan, you can help your students improve their listening, reading, and writing skills while learning vocabulary and information related to protests, including protest songs and protest movements.

ESL Colors Lesson Plan

35. ESL Colors Lesson Plan

In this lesson, ELL's will learn basic colors. First, they will hear a read-aloud about colors. Then, they will play a few games that require them to understand color words through reading and listening. Lastly, they will create bags with objects of different colors.

ESL American Football Lesson Plan

36. ESL American Football Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about American football. First, they will learn football-related vocabulary words and create a vocabulary book. Then, they will engage in a vocabulary game. At the end, they will create an original sports commentary.

ESL Describing People Lesson Plan

37. ESL Describing People Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to use words that describe physical traits and qualities of a person's personality. The activities provided allow students to demonstrate knowledge verbally and in writing to assess students in many different ways!

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