Vocabulary expanders for English

That’s a lot of feelings!


Muzzy – Love

Who doesn’t want to know how to say I love you in another language. I like sending my students home knowing how to tell their moms and dads, I LOVE YOU!

This is a great lesson for a conversation. I ask the student about all the things they love. Whether it’s a person, an action, or a thing.


As always, if I need more practice, we can use Donna Young’s handwriting paper.

Picture Dictionary

Ideally I want my students to learn organically, like they learn their native language.  What do I mean by organically? I mean by exposure to real things and real situations. I don’t want to open a dictionary and tell them apple is яблоко. I want to show them a real, juicy apple and say “apple.” While this isn’t always possible, it is what I strive for.

An invaluable resource is a good picture dictionary. It should simply be a good picture representation and the English word next to it, without any translation. I have used several in the past including huge coffee table sized books, but I’ve yet to find a good one for sale in my local area. In the meantime I have a great website:

English Worksheets – http://www.englishwsheets.com/ I like that the vocabulary is divided by subject and they have many, many subjects.

Example: Daily Routine Pictionary Worksheet.

These sheets are great for creating lesson plans and they are standard sized so they are great for cutting up and turning into cards.

The can be used for games such as Memory, Hangman, Charades, Pictionary, and Concentration.

Muzzy – Part 2

Continuing from Muzzy – Part 1

We watch The Big Muzzy Story and learn about Corvax’s obsession with Sylvia.

Another great worksheet for after viewing:


Muzzy in Gondoland Part 2

Do you like…?

Another great phrase to teach to start up conversations.  Can add other nouns or verbs later as they learn new vocabulary.

Side effect: caused a severe donut craving


The Simpson, found at Donuts and Coffee/

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