Warm ups

warm up stretchWarm ups are an essential part of the teacher’s repertoire. Going straight into your planned activities can be jarring for students who often need to ease into the lesson and slowly reactivate their English faculties before they are given anything too strenuous to ponder over.

The big list of no-prep warm up activities part 1
No preparation needed with these fun ESL warm ups which help to get the class off to a smooth start.

The big list of no-prep warm up activities part 2
Even more no preparation warm ups.

Scatter Sheets : a fun way to improve vocabulary and fluency
A simple but effective activity to increase students’ vocabulary and speaking confidence. Also available as a photocopiable book.

A to Z race
A fun and lively game pitches teams against each other to fill the board with vocabulary.

What’s in your fridge?
A game to practise using countable and uncountable nouns  and quantifiers– there is, there are, some, any, much, many etc.

This very popular and reliable ESL game gets students competing to define words for their teammates. A great way to review vocabulary.

Picture taboo
A less stressful version of Taboo, students describe objects for their classmates to guess.

How to make crosswords
Crosswords are a handy way to review vocabulary or introduce a theme. Here’s a quick guide to creating them easily.

How to make half crosswords
What’s better than a crossword? Half a crossword. Don’t give the student clues, let them do the hard work and explain the words themselves.

Mixed up idioms
Choose the right word to complete the idioms.

Pass the bomb
The greatest investment I have ever made as an ESL teacher. The bomb never fails to inject life and excitement into the most tired and sluggish classrooms.