A good warm-up is an essential part of an ESL class. It can help break the ice, activate language learning mode, reactivate previous gains, and introduce the topic of the day. If you get the warm-up right, the rest of the class will take care of itself.
No preparation needed with these fun ESL warm-ups which help to get the class off to a smooth start.
Here are ten ideas to breathe new life into dictation activities.
A pairwork speaking activity to present and practise new vocabulary and improve learner fluency.
A simple but effective activity to increase students’ vocabulary and speaking confidence. Also available as a photocopiable book.
A fun and lively game which pitches teams against each other to fill the board with vocabulary.
These mystery sound quizzes are a fun way to introduce a topic. Challenge your students to identify a series of thematically related sounds. Including household sounds, sounds of summer, street sounds and the scary sounds of Halloween.
Crosswords are a handy way to review vocabulary or introduce a theme. Here’s a quick guide to creating them easily.
My classes’ favourite ESL warm up. The bomb never fails to inject life and excitement into the most tired and sluggish classrooms.