In the ESL classroom, warm-up activities are very important. Not only is it a friendly, all-inclusive first step to ensure that each student gets a turn, but also enables a cool down from a previous lesson, creates a segue to welcome the students, interests them immediately yet also demands instant answers in an unstressed environment. It subtly says to the students, "Look, we are having fun, but you can't sit back or sleep in this lesson, you have to participate".
Warm up activities can consist of any kind of activity, but the idea is to keep it short and fun. Examples: a quick game, a "round-robin" answering a given question by the teacher, a riddle or abstract picture already displayed on the board to prompt a response, a handing out of pictures and asking for some kind of opinion, answer or pair work discussion, very short dialog role play on the board (abstract dialogs are good for high level students), a singular prop/visual object for discussion. This will also be interesting for you, the teacher.
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I am a teacher of ESL and Drama. With over 38 years of experience in a number of countries, I enjoy sharing creative ideas to help both teachers and students teach and learn in a positive atmosphere