Actions: Can / Can’t ESL Video

  • Topic: Action, can, cannot: Dolphin show
  • Communication Objectives: This lesson will teach ESL learns how to express their abilities using can and can’t.
  • Language Objectives: The objective of this lesson is to use can and can’t to introduce abilities and new action words into the learner’s vocabulary.
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  • Dialogue Story:  Lisa and Freddie are watching a dolphin show with their parents. They are amazed by everything the dolphins can do. Lisa tries to feed the dolphins after the dolphin makes a big splash.
  • Sentence Structures:
    • I can’t jump that high.
    • They can swim and jump at the same time.
    • Dolphins can do many things.
    • Dolphins can’t fly.
    • Can they read and write?


Vocabulary:  action verbs – jump, swim, write, read, stand, fly