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ESL Warmer: Numbers in my Life

Numbers in my Life,  is a quick no-prep way to get students talking. In this activity, students choose three numbers that are significant in their lives. After, students try to guess the meaning of a volunteers numbers. If the class cannot guess the significance the student tell the students what those numbers mean to them.

This activity is a great ice breaker and a simple way to introduce the teacher to the students and then have the students introduce themselves to the class.

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First Class Ice-Breaker a simple activity to get students speaking and mingling in their first class.

5 First Class Activities –   First class activities for kids, teens and adults.

Magazine Personalities – A simple Activity for teens. This activity is great to get to know students’ interests and hobbies from the first class.

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ESL Warmer Finish the Quote

ESL Warmer: Finish the Quote

Finish the Quote is a simple way to start a new topic or unit with adult or teen students. In this activity you give students half of a quote about the topic they are going to study. In pairs or individually, students complete the quote and later discuss their quote with the class. After, show the students the original quote and discuss its meaning and the students’ opinion.

For example, if you were going to talk about ‘travel’ with students, you could start class by giving students half a quote on travel such as ‘Life is either daring adventure…” and students need to finish the quote. After, ask students to share their ideas and discuss them. Lastly, show them original quote and ask them to discuss what they think it means.

Some quotes you could use with finish the quote include:

Travel 

Life is either daring adventure or nothing Helen Keller

Buy the ticket take the ride Hunter S. Thompson

You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough Mae West

Above all, try something Franklin D. Roosevelt

I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough Albert Einstein

One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing at all Giacomo Casanova

Do one thing every day that scares you Eleanor Roosevelt

In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years Abraham Lincoln

If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere Marilyn Monroe

Action expresses priorities Gandhi

Food

If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. –Julia Child

First we eat, then we do everything else. –M.F.K. Fisher

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. –Ernestine Ulmer

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria. –David Auerbach

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. –Paul Prudhomme

Education/Language Learning 

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒Charlemagne

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒Rita Mae Brown

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ‒Chinese Proverb

Have you got some good quotes on different topics? Or would you like more quotes on different themes? Share your requests, thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

 

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Enigma (young learners 10+, teens, and adults)

Brain Breaks (Young learners and teens)

How many things… (Young learners and teens)

Boredom Buster (Young learners and teens)

The Story (Young learners and teens)

Creating curiosity in the classroom (Young learners and teens)

5 Ways To Use Music In The ESL Classroom (Young learners and teens)

How To Use Wordles In The Classroom (teens)

Find a full list of warmers here

ESL warmer finish the thought

ESL Warmer Finish the Thought

Finish the thought is a simple warmer to start class. This activity is best suited for teens and adults of all levels.

Start by writing a sentence on the board and ask students to complete it any way they wish.

Some sentences you could write include:

Today I’m happy about….

Today was great because…

Today will be great because…

Yesterday, I wish I had…

By the time we finish today, I want to have…

After ask students to share their sentence and explain or share their story. This activity can be a great way to focus learners and build rapport.

More ESL Warmers
Discover more ESL warmers for kids, teens and adults.

Enigma (young learners 10+, teens, and adults)

Brain Breaks (Young learners and teens)

How many things… (Young learners and teens)

Boredom Buster (Young learners and teens)

The Story (Young learners and teens)

Creating curiosity in the classroom (Young learners and teens)

5 Ways To Use Music In The ESL Classroom (Young learners and teens)

How To Use Wordles In The Classroom (teens)

Find a full list of warmers here

ESL Game Catchphrase

ESL Game: Catchphrase

ESL catchphrase is a simple game that is a great way to start or end class. Watch the video below to see how to play. A list of catchphrases and definitions can be found here. This activity is great to play at the start or end of class and is an effective way of exposing teen and adult students to common phrases and expressions in English while having fun in the classroom. As ever, enjoy and have fun!

Can’t see the video? Click here to watch on youtube.com

Method

1. Make a copy or note of some of the catchphrases in the printable download.

2. Put students into group or 2, 3 or 4.

3. Write 2 or 3 catchphrases on the board.

4. Students discuss what the possible meaning of the catchphrases are.

5. Get groups to share their ideas with the rest of the group.

6. The teacher then reads out meaning of one of the catchphrases and students try to guess which catchphrase the definition matches. Continue with the rest of catchphrases.

Other ideas: Get students to compare with catchphrases from their own language. How would they translate them? Are they similar in English?

Two No-Prep ESL Ball games

two No-prep ESL ball games

 

ESL WORD ASSOCIATION GAME (THE TALKING BALL)

This is an effective and enjoyable activity which encourages the active participation of learners. The aim of the game is to help learners practice words associated with a particular topic or category. For example, you could ask the learners to use only names of animals, countries, verbs etc.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials required: Ball (Any type of soft ball will do)

Skills practiced: Word association (word on a category)

Level: All

Method

  1. Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
  1. Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
  1. Begin the game by saying the first word and then bounce the ball or you can throw the ball to a student randomly and ask the student to say a word belonging to that same category.
  1. After the first student says their word, he/she has to bounce or throw the ball randomly to another student, and this continues with each receiver saying a new word until a student can’t think of any new word to say.
  1. When it gets to the point where a student can’t think of a new word, the student will be asked to make a simple and complete sentence using the word said by the last person. After the sentence has been made, the ball will be passed to the next students and the game continues.

 

CATEGORY GAME (MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE)

This is a fun and interesting group activity which helps students to practice and check vocabulary of different categories.

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials required: Ball

Skills practiced: Vocabulary (relating to different categories)

Level: All level

Method

  1. Prepare a list of categories of vocabulary you want the students to review and practice.
  2. Ask the students to form a large circle.
  3. Select a student who will be the monkey in the game, ask the monkey (the selected student) to stand in the middle of the circle.
  1. Give the other students a category from the list you have. Example: Food
  1. The students then tosses the ball among themselves making sure that the monkey does not get it.
  1. The student tossing the ball must say a word that belongs to the selected category.
  1. If the monkey catches the ball, the student who tossed the ball becomes the new monkey.
  1. If any student cannot say a word that belongs to the category, they become the new monkey.
  1. Ensure you change the category whenever there is a new monkey.
  1.  Enjoy and have fun.

Note: The list of vocabulary depends on the level your students.