Let’s Do Some Gymnastics!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on August 28, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

Delving into the world of gymnastics offers English learners a captivating avenue to enhance their language skills. This intriguing topic encompasses a wide range of vocabulary related to sports, body movements and performance.

By exploring gymnastics, learners can strengthen their descriptive abilities while discussing graceful routines, impressive flips and challenging stunts. Moreover, analysing gymnastic competitions and the dedication required to excel in the sport provides valuable insights into discipline, determination and teamwork.

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 Gymnastics

Gymnastics, an ancient and awe-inspiring sport, combines grace, strength and flexibility to create captivating performances. Rooted in ancient Greece, it has evolved into a dynamic discipline encompassing rhythmic, artistic and acrobatic forms. Gymnasts showcase their skills on various apparatus like the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercises.

Beyond the beauty of their routines lies a rigorous training regime, demanding dedication and a strong mental focus. This sport not only fosters physical prowess but also cultivates discipline, perseverance and teamwork. From local gyms to global competitions, gymnastics continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • take up (phrasal verb)
  • equipment (noun)
  • perform (verb)
  • routine (noun)
  • handstand (noun)
  • awesome (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever practiced gymnastics?
  • Have you ever watched gymnastics competitions? What impressed you the most?
  • What do you think makes gymnastics a unique and challenging sport compared to others?
  • Do you know anyone who practices gymnastics?
  • Is there any famous gymnast in your country?
  • Why do you think people enjoy practicing gymnastics?
  • What do you think are the differences between gymnastics as a hobby and elite gymnastics?
  • Should male and female gymnasts compete in separate events, or should there be more mixed-gender competitions?
  • Do you think gymnastics is a good hobby for children to take up?
  • Do you think gymnastics is a good hobby for children to take up?
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.