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Post by Admin on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 21:43

hot warmers
      Contributed by Mr. Mostefa Sbaihia ( Inspector of English )
When planning a lesson particularly think about how you want it to start. A good beginning can set the tone of the lesson and get students alert and relaxed – the best condition for learning.
The first activity is often described as a ‘warmer’ – an activity that gets students thinking in English and awakens their brain cells, and hopefully makes them feel positive about the lesson.
Warmers can review language from previous classes or can introduce new topics, ideas and language items. They can also be freestanding and have little connection with what was done before or will be done later in the lesson. Warmers are often energetic and fun.
Fruit and vegetables
• To practise simple personal questions: What’s your name? How old are you? Are you married? How many children do you have? What’s your job?
• To revise basic vocabulary
• To break the ice and make students relax and enjoy using English
• To incorporate body language and intonation in the lesson
• To get students moving around the classroom and changing the dynamics away from a teacher-led activity
• Ask students to write down the following words on a scrap of paper, keeping what they write secret form those around them
• Tell them to write:
1. the name of a fruit
2. the name of a vegetable
3. a number between 1 and 200
4. Ask them to write the answer to this question – Do you like football?
5. How many pencils and pens do you have?
6. What is the first thing you do every morning?
• Now tell them that these things are actually
1. their first name
2. their family name
3. their age
4. are they married?
5. how many children they have
6. their job
• Now they must get up and go around the class and ask the personal questions and share information about their new selves.
• Encourage them to shake hands (if appropriate) and make eye contact when meeting new people.
• If they don’t automatically use intonation appropriate for surprise etc, why not model it before the activity.
How old are you?
A hundred and fifty seven.
Really!? (said with rising intonation and a long stretch of the word)
• This game ensures that students really listen to the answers of their questions as it is an information gap – they won’t know what the answers will be.
Jokes – a silly dictation
• Good with higher level students to allow processing of language.
• Encourage thinking skills as well as listening and writing.
• Laughter is great at helping to create a positive and energetic classroom mood.
• Tell the students you have a cough today but you are still going to do a dictation. If they don’t hear words, they will just have to guess what you said.
• Read out a joke like the one below and dictate as usual but don’t read all the words – cough instead of saying certain words e.g. Eleven people were cough on a rope, under a helicopter, ten men and one cough.
• Students have to guess what the missing words are and write them in, either individually or in pairs.
• After checking whether they guessed correctly, they could discuss the joke and why/if they found it funny.
• They could also try telling jokes they know in their mother tongue in English.
The joke
Eleven people are hanging on a rope, under a helicopter, ten men and one woman. The rope is not strong enough to carry them all, so they decide that one has to leave, because otherwise they are all going to fall. They are not able to name that person, until the woman makes a very touching speech. She says she will voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman she is used to giving up everything for her husband and kids, or for men in general, and is used to always making sacrifices with little in return. As soon as she finishes her speech, all the men started clapping their hands......
The balloon game
• To energise students and foster cooperation / team spirit.
• To channel energy positively.
• The sentences are chosen to either revise a language area like word order or to set a task or question for the students to focus on a new topic/language area.
• for a class of 30 students get 6 balloons.
• cut up questions or sentences – taking into account their language level
e.g. Peter has regularly played tennis on Wednesdays.
If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
• stuff the cut up bits of paper into each balloon (this is not difficult) and blow them up and tie them securely.
• explain the activity clearly to the students.
• divide class into 6 groups of 5 students.
• each groups chooses a runner.
• when the teacher says GO the runner runs up to their balloon, which is on the floor at the front of the classroom (with as much space made around it as possible).
• they must burst the balloon without using their hands or feet and pick up the pieces of paper inside.
• they return to their group and together must put the sentences(s)/ question(s) in the right order.
• the group who finishes first are the winners.
• if they have produced questions, the next step is to work together to answer then questions or discuss them.
Noughts and crosses
• to revise vocabulary from previous lessons in a fun, stress-free, game-like way
a b c
d e f
g h i
1. draw the grid above on the board.
2. divide the class into 2 teams.
3. teams take it in turns to nominate a square.
4. teachers asks a question about vocabulary from the previous lesson(s).
5. if they get the answer right, the team’s symbol goes into the square (usually X or O).
6. if they get the answer wrong, the opposition team gets a chance to answer the question for an extra turn.
7. the first team to have a line of correct answers in any direction is the winner
8. to make it easier for yourself – give the class 5-10 minutes at the start of the lesson to write their own questions for the opposition team.

      Be very clear about the rules from the start and ensure that the students recognise that the      teacher’s decision if final!


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