ESL warm ups to activate knowledge and energise the class

ESL warm upsA good warm-up is an essential part of an ESL lesson and can serve multiple objectives; breaking the ice, gently easing students into the right frame of mind, reactivating previous gains, and introducing the theme of the class. If you get the warm-up right, often the rest of the lesson will take care of itself. And by the way, don’t forget Pass the Bomb!,  the funniest five-minute filler ever created.

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

10 dictation activities
Here are ten ideas to breathe new life into dictation activities.

Collaborative crosswords
A pairwork speaking activity to present and practise new vocabulary and improve learner fluency.

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 which pitches teams against each other to fill the board with vocabulary.

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

Pass the bomb
My classes’ favourite ESL warm up. The bomb never fails to inject life and excitement into the most tired and sluggish classrooms.

Guess the sound
These mystery sound quizzes are a fun way to introduce a topic.