ESL Basic Sports Lesson
Before introducing new words to the students, it's always good to start class with a hello. A longerand more complicated greeting conversation would be even better, with the teacher asking, "Howare you?" so that the students respond, "I'm fine, thank you."Introduce Sports TermsThe teacher should begin the introduction of the new material so that the students first get familiarwith the word "sports." The teacher says, for example: "Today we will learn about sports. Sports.(Repeat after me.) Sports. Ready, go." And the class responds, "Sports."With the expectation that the students have never studied sports in English, bringing out the visualaides - large, individual pictures of the sports, laminated and magnet-backed, with the Englishspellings - will be a good way to explain.The teacher is advised to introduce the words basketball, baseball, soccer, football, volleyball,dodgeball, tennis, table tennis, and martial arts. Depending on the students' native (sports) culture,this set can easily be expanded. A good set of words can easily reach 11, which is a suitablychallenging amount of words for any class. As a class, students should repeat after the teacher, mimicking native pronunciation. A good way to introduce the sports is in sets of 3, holding up the cards one-by-one for the students tosee, and afterward placing them on the board. After every 3 words, the teacher should review each previously introduced word, grabbing one atrandom and asking the class, "What's this?" at least once for each word."Do You Like (This Sport)?" At this point, it is expected that students can understand and produce "What (in this category) do you like?" - "I like (this)." conversations. (See ESL Basic Vegetables Lesson.)The teacher should be able to point to the sports on the board and and have volunteer studentsrespond appropriately to the question, "What sport do you like?" After 2 or 3 students respond appropriately, saying "I like (a sport)," the teacher can introduce themore grammatically complicated question, "Do you like (this sport)?"First, the students should be able to pronounce the question. Prompting them to first repeat, forexample "Do you like basketball?" perhaps the best way to explain the grammar is by translating thequestion into the students' native language.The two appropriate responses, "Yes, I do," and "No, I don't," should be translated and explained in asimilar manner.