ESL Sentence Starters

ESL Sentence Starters
22 Feb, 2018

ESL Sentence Starters

ESL Sentence Starters is a simple warmer that you can use with teens and adults. This simple no-prep warmer can take only a few minutes of class time to get students going at the beginning of class.

  1. Start by selecting a sentence from the list below.
  2. Write the sentence on the board and ask students to finish the sentence in any way they would like.
  3. After, ask students to share their sentences and explain their answers.
  1. Print out a copy of the sentences below. Cut them into strips and put them in a box or container.
  2. Have students select one randomly and finish the sentence.


Some sentence starters include:

Love is …

If I was the president I would …

Being young is…

A friend is…

I wish I ….

My favourite fruit is…

The best movie ever was…

When I am 50 I will…

_____ is the best thing in the world.

If I was taller I would….

School is…

Without my friends….

If I was famous I would…

The best part of the day is…

I think more people should…

If I could see one country in the world I…

I always feel good when…

If I was a millionaire I would be able to….

More Speaking Activities

Questions for teens and adults based on topics – Here you will find a range of questions based on different topics. These activities are designed to be used with interactive whiteboards but can be used with any device.

FCE Speaking Activity – Speaking activity for intermediate  students

Magazine Personalities – Get students talking about their interests

Survivor – Students discuss what they would do in an extreme situation

Liar! – Liar is a simple no-prep speaking activity for teens and adults. Students describe an image while one student describes and image that they don’t have.

Liar, Liar – This activity practice speaking and listening skills with teens and adults.

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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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