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English Teachers Everywhere: Responding to Commands

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Computer(s), Internet access, headphones or speakers

Activity Description

Have your students practice responding to commands often used when visiting the doctor, dentist, or optometrist with this fun TPR activity.


Make sure you are able to play the song on your computer (that you have a media player such as Windows Media player to play the MP3 files) and that your speakers are loud enough for students to hear the words to the song.


  1. Play the slower version of The Facial Movement Song a few times and have students write down the commands they hear.
  2. Write these commands on the board and ask students to demonstrate the actions they know.
  3. Write the commands they did not hear on the board and demonstrate their meaning.
  4. Review all of the commands.
  5. Play the regular version of the song and have students follow the commands.

Teacher Tips

If you are having trouble playing the songs, you may want to download them to your computer first. Select "Download" next to or below the versions of the songs you wish to play.

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This site offers an amazing array of listening activity ideas for use in an ESL classroom, many of which are songs. Here are a few of the categories:

  • Action Listening Games
  • Grammar Songs
  • Holidays
  • Modal Verb Songs
  • One-minute Songs
  • Podcast Articles
  • Recycle Songs
  • Sound Effect Activities
  • Vocabulary List Songs
  • Strange or Silly Songs

Many original songs created especially for English learners.


  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions

Basic Communication

  • (3.6) Understand basic health and medical information
  • (3.5) Understand basic principles of health maintenance
  • (3.1) Understand how to access and use the health care system
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.