Body Parts and Imperatives

This is a downloadable ESL classroom activity to practise body parts and imperatives, and to present cultural gestures.

Activity to practise imperatives, body parts and gestures

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Aim To present gestures and imperatives while practising body parts vocabulary.
Activity Students follow instructions/gestures.
Organisation Whole class
Preparation Make enough copies for the number of students in your class.
What do I do?
  1. Review body parts.
  2. Give an example by acting a gesture and asking students to guess the meaning.
  3. Ask students to try and work out what the other gestures mean and how to do them.
  4. Discuss the meanings of the gestures (and any others) in different cultures.

Tap your toes
Shrug your shoulders
Drum your fingers
Raise your right hand
Hold your nose
Point to your chest
Raise your eyebrows
Put your thumb up
Put your thumb down
Tap your watch

Keith Taylor
Keith is the co-founder of Eslbase. He has been a teacher and teacher trainer for over 20 years, in Indonesia, Australia, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and now in the UK.

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