ESL Warmer: Nice and Nasty

9 Oct, 2018

ESL Warmer: Nice and Nasty

Nice and nasty is a simple warmer to get students chatting about their preferences. This activity works well as an icebreaker on the first day of class but can also be used as a warmer at the beginning of class. In this activity, the teacher read out a list of different things. The students must listen and write the item in one of two sides of their page “nice” and “nasty”.  For example, the teacher may say “green vegetables” and the student would write the item down according to their opinion. Later, the students compare their lists and see how similar or different their tastes are.

Activity time: 5 – 10 minutes 

Level: teens and young learners (A2 +)

Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and writing. 

Method

  1. Give students a piece of paper and have the students divide the piece of paper in two. One section for ‘Nice’ and another for ‘Nasty’.
  2. Explain to students that you are going to call out a list of different things, places and people. The students should write each item in one of the two sides according to their preference. 
  3. After, have students compare their answers and see how similar or different their tastes are. 

Some ideas of things you could mention:

Vegetables

Homework

Winter

Summer

Holidays

Justin Bieber

English grammar

Apple

Spicy food

Music

Sport

Dancing

Singing

Computer games

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DavidM

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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