A famous saying goes like this: "If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime."
This saying reflects the same kind of magic that happens when you give ESL students a broad collection of English vocabulary words. By building in them a strong foundation of words, you are giving the ESL students access to an exciting world of imagining, evaluating, and expressing concepts in a new language. Also, by challenging them to think at a high level when using these words, you are engaging their interest levels and increasing the chances that the words will stick.
The Picture This Presents: Bonus Vocabulary Activities from A to Z contains 26 activities that are original, creative, and designed specifically for beginning ESL students. Each activity comes with a list of 30 vocabulary words related to a theme, such as Animals, Transportation, or Emotions.
These activities require students to use the vocabulary words to express themselves creatively in games, art projects, posters, or oral presentations. In almost all of the activities, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are developed simultaneously.
Ready-made picture collections of the A to Z vocabulary words can be found in the Picture This: Beginning ESL Vocabulary Bundles, volumes 1 through 6.