Exercising at School

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 21, 2020 and last updated on July 13, 2023

The topic of Exercising at School is an excellent conversation topic for English learners as it allows them to explore various aspects of physical activity and its significance in the educational environment. Discussing this topic provides learners with an opportunity to expand their vocabulary related to exercise, sports and health. Furthermore, it encourages the development of speaking and listening skills as learners engage in discussions about the benefits of exercising at school, personal experiences and opinions on physical education programs.

Through these conversations, learners can enhance their fluency, express their thoughts clearly and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of staying active for overall well-being.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Exercising at School

Exercising at school plays a crucial role in promoting the overall well-being and development of students. It encompasses various physical activities and sports programs integrated into the curriculum. Regular exercise not only improves physical fitness but also enhances cognitive abilities, concentration and academic performance. Moreover, it instills discipline and teamwork among students, fostering their social skills and personal growth.

By providing opportunities for exercise, schools contribute to the prevention of sedentary lifestyles and associated health issues in children. The inclusion of physical activity in the school setting creates a foundation for lifelong habits of fitness and promotes a positive attitude towards an active lifestyle.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • exercise (noun)
  • exercise (verb)
  • priority (noun)
  • prioritise (verb)
  • fitness (noun)
  • health (noun)
  • sacrifice (verb)
  • important (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important do you think exercising at school is for students? Why?
  • What types of physical activities or sports did you participate in when you were in school?
  • Do you think schools should have mandatory physical education classes? Why or why not?
  • How does exercising at school contribute to a student's overall academic performance?
  • Are there any challenges or barriers to implementing effective exercise programs in schools?
  • What role does physical education play in promoting social skills and teamwork among students?
  • Do you think exercising at school should be tailored to individual abilities and interests? Why?
  • How can schools ensure that students with disabilities or health concerns can actively participate in exercise programs?
  • Is it more important for schools to focus on academic subjects or physical education?
  • Should schools allocate more time and resources to promoting competitive sports or recreational activities?
  • Is it fair to grade students based on their performance in physical education classes?
  • Is it the responsibility of schools or parents to ensure children get enough physical activity?
  • Is it necessary to hire specialized physical education teachers or can regular teachers handle exercise classes?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.