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No-prep warm up activities

No-prep warm up activities
ESL warm-up activities are essential in the English classroom. Students may be tired or have other things on their minds and diving straight into a textbook or grammar explanation can be quite jarring. With a good warmer you can put your students into English mode; attentive, interested and ready to participate. A warmer can also serve to review language from a previous lesson or prime the class for a new topic. Here is a list of warm-up activities you can use which don’t require any preparation. Most of them can, of course, also be used as filler activities if you find yourself a few minutes short at the end of the lesson. Quick questions Write a list of two or three questions on the board which introduce the theme of the lesson. If you’re looking for ideas for conversation questions, check out our book 50 Conversation classes, which contains over 500 thought-provoking questions on 50 different topics. Make the most words Write a topical vocabulary item on the board. Make the longest words


Games, ideas, icebreakers, activities for youth groups, youth ministry and churches. This game is excellent for a competitive group. It tires everyone out really quickly and can provide a good opportunity to award a prize to the winner. You have one person to be the leader or "Capt... Play anywhere Whole Group 5 - 10 mins Present perfect aspect – tips and activities By Kerry G.Maxwell and Lindsay Clandfield Tips and ideas from Kerry Maxwell and Lindsay Clandfield on teaching the present perfect aspect. Introduction When teaching the present perfect, or explaining the present perfect, it is often easiest to focus on the use of the present perfect rather than the meaning. This is especially true for the first time students encounter it (usually associated with the use of talking about experiences). However, sooner or later you will be looking at different uses of the present perfect, and more often than not its relation with the past tense.

Warm Up Ideas Join our email newsletter to receive free updates! Close Search for Ideas and Resources Short-Sequence ESL movie lessons Jump to: - Why Short Sequences -Describe a Character: Appearance & Action -Present, Past, and Future (speaking/writing) -Movie Karaoke -Paraphrasing Karaoke -Rewrite the Script -Jigsaw -Guess the Dialogue -Guess the Vocabulary -Movie Vocabulary List -Action Cards -Cloze Encounters -Word-for-Word Dictation -Blind Summary -Hear-the-Word Bingo -Change the Ending -Grammar Focus Introduction and Preview Welcome to the Movies Grow English home base for Short Sequence ESL lessons. On this page you can link to more than 40 fully developed five-page Short Sequence movie-based ESL Lessons for $1 each.

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - 21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. FOLDABLE WORD GAMES: 2 in 1 Here’s a new addition to my WORD GAMES collection (see some of the games in my WORD GAMES post) – the Foldable Word Builder-Word Search Game. It is a Build a Word version with a twist. Instead of traditional 7×7, 9×9, 11×11, or 13×13 grids, players build words while unfolding parts of the 4×8 grid, which makes the game more dynamic to play. Materials needed: 1 sheet of A4 size paper per two players. 16 present perfect songs This is a 10-minute video meant to remind you of / introduce you to songs containing the present perfect. Once you’ve picked the ones you like / your students might like (or have fun trashing), you can google up the lyrics and look up the video clip on Youtube. Have fun. By the way, the video might take about 10 seconds to load. Be patient. 1.

15 classroom language games Using English and avoiding L1 for instruction language and common questions in the classroom is absolutely vital if you want students to use English every day and realise that what you are teaching them is relevant to their lives. Below are 15 games to practise this kind of useful language. NB: if you want to […] Using English and avoiding L1 for instruction language and common questions in the classroom is absolutely vital if you want students to use English every day and realise that what you are teaching them is relevant to their lives. Below are 15 games to practise this kind of useful language. NB: if you want to add spoken production of the classroom language to any of the action games below, you can have the students chant the actions they are doing as they do them and/ or allow students to take turns giving each other instructions

Icebreakers & Warm-ups – ELT-CATION Candy Confessions Have each learner choose a candy from a variety of candies that are displayed on the table. Once they have chosen their favorite put up the chart for what one should do for each candy. Adapting materials for mixed ability classes In these cases it’s important to remember that all students will get something out of the class, but not necessarily the same things, and not necessarily what you aim to teach them! For example, the beginners may begin to get a grasp of your classroom language whilst the stronger students may begin to be able to put a new tense into use. Adapting materials for mixed ability classes can take different forms.

Functional Language ESL EFL Activities Worksheets Games On this page of, you will find all our ESL teaching activities, games and worksheets related to functional language. Functional language is language that we use to perform various functions such as making requests, giving advice, complaining, agreeing, disagreeing, asking for permission, etc. Learning functional language gives students of English the skills to communicate effectively in various everyday situations. Functional language contains a lot of fixed expressions. For example, we can make suggestions in numerous ways, e.g. How about...?

THE REAL TRICK: TURNING A TEST INTO A GAME At the beginning of February, Svetlana Kandybovich from ELT-CATION asked me if I would design a board game template in PowerPoint for her. I had some free time and I was happy to help because Svetlana has always been so supportive of this page. However, I did ask if she would be willing to write a guest post about using the board game for tekhnologic. Luckily for me, Svetlana agreed. I hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did!