Sports come up in textbooks all over the place, and with good reason: many people either do or did play sports, many sports have a strong cultural like, and watching sports on TV or YouTube is incredibly popular. Here is a 24-card slide show of sports. First, there are 24 pictures with no text, and below them are the same 24 pictures with the sport name shown on top.
- Sports: PDF.
There is no good way of deciding what pictures ought to belong in a slide show like this, except to go with ones commonly found in your country or your students’ countries. Most of these sports have similar names in English and Japanese, so rather than the vocabulary itself being difficult, we spend time on pronunciation. Along with that, English grammar around sports vocabulary can be rather finicky. Sometimes we use play, sometimes we use do, sometimes we use go, and sometimes we use the word itself, if it’s a verb, but not always. For example… James plays baseball. Judy does karate. My mother goes bowling every Wednesday. They can snowboard very well. As a result of the variety in word use, sports are a good place to throw in some grammar practice.
Here are the words in the above slide show: baseball, basketball, bowling, boxing, cheerleading, curling, football, golf, handball, ice hockey, mountain biking, rock climbing, rugby, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track, volleyball.