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Have you ever ...?
This warmer uses a wordnet to practise the present perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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The Shape of Things to Come
An activity that uses shapes and prepositions of place to describe a picture. Students use imperatives to give instructions.
Pre-Intermediate
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Chocolate
The name seems to fit the commodity - the word "chocolate" sounds firm, brittle, with the "crack" of breaking chocolate before melting into the "l" sound. Mmmmm. Ever wanted to know where chocolate comes from, what it contains or about words connected with chocolate? Mr. M. Vocab. can help.
Intermediate
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worry
'A Grammar Teacher' asked if Anna could do a lesson on "Concerned/Worried" so here it is!
Intermediate
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Writing Exams
Students do pretty well on multiple-choice tests in math and science, just don't expect them to be able to write home about it. Also, if they do fail, expect a law suit. (Education, styles of exams, writing, the USA, 'pretty' as an adverb)
Pre-Intermediate
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Will You Marry Me?
A man in London hid a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that his sweetheart, Leanne, (26) would pop the balloon as he popped the question. But then the balloon blew away...(Romantic marriage proposals, predicting, comprehension, past simple tense: regular and irregular verbs, past simple and past continuous).
Pre-Intermediate
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Happy Travels
Taking the train in Japan and want to avoid annoying fellow passengers? Keep conversation to a whisper, turn down your iPod and put your phone on vibration mode, a recent survey showed. For Japanese commuters, noise is the biggest issue. A British train passenger got a surprise when he wrote to a railway company expressing appreciation for a good journey - it sent him two letters of apology. (Travel, manners, apologizing, direct and reported speech, article revision)
Upper-Intermediate
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Unlucky Robbers
More stories of very stupid criminals!!! A jigsaw lesson on stupidity. (Crime, robbers, thieves, the USA, Brazil, Germany, 'past perfect')
Pre-Intermediate
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True or False?
Do penguins topple over when they peer into the sky watching planes and helicopters fly over? That was the question asked in the Instant Lesson 'Navy Helicopters and Birds', where we looked at plans scientists had to find an answer to this important question. Now we have their answer! It's in our lesson called "True or False?". (Animals, experiments, helicopters, transport, referencing, pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Travel Sickness Cure
If you get travel sickness, don't worry. Help is at hand. Ginger is effective in reducing nausea due to motion sickness. (ginger, new cures, herbs, Chinese remedy, prepositions + -ing, gerunds)
Pre-Intermediate
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Traffic Vouchers
In order to reduce rush-hour traffic jams, a market to trade traffic vouchers which give each citizen a certain amount of travel, may be set up in Belgium. (Traffic jams, laws, trading, 'Want to', 'hope to' and 'would like/love to')
Pre-Intermediate
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Thinking of You!
London police are sending criminals birthday cards with a picture of their local police station. Do this lesson to discover why. (Police, crime, birthday cards, 'present continuous')
Pre-Intermediate
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Return to Sender
Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, coincidences, transport, phrasal verbs)
Pre-Intermediate
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Prize 4 Txt Mssg Poetry
Mobile phone text messages are to move from quick communication to art in a British newspaper's poetry contest with a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize! (Mobile phones, text messages, communication, poetry, 'will'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Navy Helicopters and Birds
Do penguins fall over backwards when watching aircraft fly overhead? Two British scientists are traveling to the south Atlantic to find the answer! This lesson is about their plans. (Penguins, experiments, helicopters, abbreviations)
Pre-Intermediate
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Lucky To Be Alive
A 15-year-old New Zealand boy survived with minor injuries after falling 16-stories from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor and a policeman saved the life of a baby boy by breaking the toddler's fall from the third floor of an apartment building. Amazing stories of surviving falls from great heights. (Lucky escapes, telling/writing stories, survival, Past Simple and Past Continuous)
Pre-Intermediate
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Judging Beauty
A blind Canadian man who helped judge two beauty pageants on Sunday said he was able to see the contestants' true beauty. One must ask why. (Beauty contests, blindness, voice, 'have' or 'be' with descriptions)
Pre-Intermediate
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What were you doing at 6 o'clock?
This activity could be done on a Monday morning to revise form and use of the Past Continuous Tense.
Pre-Intermediate
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What do I do ?
This is a useful warmer for revising vocabulary around jobs and occupations.
Pre-Intermediate
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Vocabulary Review
This warmer uses key vocabulary written on cards to practice vocabulary.
Elementary
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Vocabulary Race
This activity revises vocabulary from a previous lesson and encourages students to listen for the meaning of words.
Elementary
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Vocabulary Guessing Game
This is a good warmer to practice recently taught vocabulary by using clues such as synonyms, antonyms, paraphrases or even gestures.
Elementary
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What's that?
To review the names of things found in a classroom.
Elementary
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What's Your Opinion?
This warmer uses statements focusing on an issue that students will be discussing in class or have been focusing on over the last few days.
Intermediate
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Vocabulary Ball Game
A fast moving activity to review vocabulary and to practise agreeing and disagreeing.
Pre-Intermediate
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Vocabulary - anagram
A simple activity to expose students to a particular lesson topic and to help them recall and expand their vocabulary.
Elementary
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Two Truths and a Lie
This warmer can be done on the first day of class for students to get to know a little about each other or later in the year to test how well students really know each other.
Elementary
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Transportation Mime
To review modes of transportation. To review verbs that are used with different modes of transportation. To practice using the present continuous to describe an action.
Elementary
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The Rhinoceros Word Game
A creative way to recall previously learnt vocabulary and to practise spelling.
Elementary
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Write About Yourself
This is a good warmer to use once students have got to know each other.
Pre-Intermediate
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Team Noughts and Crosses (Tick-Tack-Toe)
One of my all time favourite standbys that can be used to revise grammar or vocabulary. This game can be made as hard or as short as you like by defining the minimum number of words needed for each sentence.
Elementary
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Talking about the past
This warmer practises: Fluency, Question formation, Talking about the past, Reporting events, Birthdays.
Elementary
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Talking about past emotion
An active warmer that focuses on building spoken fluency.
Pre-Intermediate
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Talking about emotions
To give students practice in talking about emotions using adjectives.
Intermediate
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Verb Card Relay
This is a good five-minute filler activity.
Elementary
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Workplace Dangers
To revise vocabulary around jobs and occupations. To encourage students to discuss work related dangers such as eye strain, pollution, stress, etc.
Pre-Intermediate
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Zip Zap Zop
This is a good warmer for the first day of class because it encourages students to learn each other's names.
Elementary
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Story telling - simple present
Spoken and written fluency. Use of present simple tense for narration of a story. Note taking. Extended sentence structure.
Pre-Intermediate
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Stereotypes
This warmer encourages spoken fluency by describing people.
Pre-Intermediate
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Spoken Fluency 2
Do you ever have trouble getting the class "going" on a Monday morning? Instead of talking about the weekend try this warmer.
Pre-Intermediate
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Spoken Fluency
A warmer to encourage spoken fluency using significant dates.
Pre-Intermediate
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Sketch Your Weekend
An exercise to encourage spoken fluency when describing past events using the simple past tense.
Elementary
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Simon Says
A time honoured classic to review vocabulary for parts of the body, to review motion verbs that are used with parts of the body and to practice listening to instructions.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Shoes
Here's a 'warmer' about shoes that will get students talking to each other in English. After they have finished they will be warmed up for the next part of class.
Pre-Intermediate
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Revising Irregular Verbs
A fun, noisy way to revise irregular verb forms and their pronunciation.
Elementary
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Running Dictation
This warmer can be used to practice reading, writing, speaking and listening. It can be used with any text appropriate for your class. Included below is a text that fits with the Intermediate Instant Lesson™ called Brain Food. It is a recipe for chocolate fudge.
Pre-Intermediate
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Questionnaire Sheet
To practice question formation and asking for and giving personal information.
Pre-Intermediate
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Question Mixer
This is a multilevel mixer - good for varied levels within one class, or for mixers with different level classes.
Elementary
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Guessing Game
This warmer which practices asking questions such as : "Is it a ....?". It is best used with a small class and is sent with "hearty greetings from Ukraine"!
Elementary
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