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Following Instructions
This week's warmer is one of the simplest. It works well at the start of a lesson or during class to break up the routine, change pace and increase attention and heart rate.
Elementary
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Fantasy Vacation
A warmer to encourage spoken and written fluency. This exercise practices using 'would like to...' to speak about a hypothetical future. Also it gives practice in the use of the simple past to describe a holiday.
Pre-Intermediate
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Famous Persons Game
A warmer from Thailand to revise yes/no questions and to practice deductive reasoning.
Elementary
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Famous People
This is a fun activity to practise deductive reasoning. It also encourages fluency in the use of yes/no questions and answers.
Pre-Intermediate
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Extended Conversation Building
This is a warmer which encourages fluency in English conversation. It also gives students practice in producing longer responses.
Intermediate
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Describing Clothes
This can be used to encourage fluency in describing clothing and colors and/or as an introduction to a lesson on descriptions.
Pre-Intermediate
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Email Memory Game
You can use this game to review a wide variety of vocabulary sets. The vocabulary in this warmer can be used in conjunction with the instant lessons: "No" to email, Worker Privacy and Tech workers in the U.S.
Intermediate
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Discussion Wheel
A warmer to practice agreeing and disagreeing.
Intermediate
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Crazy Sentences / Dialogues
My name is Ana Fausta and I am from Brazil. I have a warmer that I would like to share with other English-To-Go teachers. Teenagers love mischief and so do my older students. It is great fun and they gloat on it.
Pre-Intermediate
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Crazy Comparisons
A way to practice making comparative sentences.
Pre-Intermediate
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Connect the Sentences
This is an exercise to help students listen and understand the sequence of events in a narrative story.
Pre-Intermediate
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Conditional Relay
This is a fun activity for reviewing conditional forms.
Pre-Intermediate
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Complete the Picture
This fun activity uses previously learned vocabulary and questions to obtain information from a partner to complete a drawing.
Elementary
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Chain Game
An exercise to recall learned vocabulary and to practise listening for the last sound at the end of words.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Brainstorming Debate
An activity to encourage students to debate current issues and to provide them with the steps to achieve this.
Intermediate
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Behind Your Back
The students always have one or two interesting tales to tell and this activity invariably helps students to learn things about each other which in turn leads to further interesting discussion.
Intermediate
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April Fool's Trick
This warmer can only be used 1 April, April Fool's Day. It is a tradition on April Fool's Day to trick a friend(s). This warmer is a good way to introduce the tradition of April Fool's Day.
Intermediate
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Antonym Flash Cards
A warmer to recall previously learnt antonyms and to also practice the pronunciation of words.
Elementary
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Answering Questions
A warmer to encourage fluency and uses language to talk about hypothetical situations.
Upper-Intermediate
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Animals
This activity can be used to revise vocabulary and to create lexical sets. It can be used for many word sets but this particular warmer focuses on the topic 'animals'.
Pre-Intermediate
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Anagrams
A warmer designed to improve spelling and vocabulary by creating new words from a single vocabulary item.
Intermediate
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Am I a pizza?
This is a good warmer for revising vocabulary from previous lessons.
Elementary
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A Love/Hate Relationship
A warmer to practise using the gerund form of verbs to talk about things you love and hate.
Intermediate
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A body of ....
A warmer that looks at the word 'body' and its many different uses.
Intermediate
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2nd Conditional
In this warmer students play lotto and discuss "What would you do if you won $5 million?"
Pre-Intermediate
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'Going to' - for future intentions
Spending a lot of money is a good way for students to practise talking about future intentions.
Pre-Intermediate
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Downsized
Downsizing may be just the thing to boost company profits but the streamlining exercise makes employees sick. (Business, downsizing, employee health problems, the verb 'to be', present tense)
Intermediate
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Crossword Chaos
This warmer is a great way to review previously taught vocabulary in a fun way. It uses clues to figure out missing words.
Pre-Intermediate
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Skiing in the Desert
Would you like to go skiing in summer? In the desert?  Dubai is bringing in more than 400 tons of snow and ice to attract visitors to the Gulf Arab emirate. (Sport, tourism, using "Would you like to...")
Elementary
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Changing Times
As if becoming the first female governor in Japan weren't enough, Osaka leader Fusae Ota is taking on yet another bastion of male privilege: the sumo ring. (Sumo wrestling, women's rights, Japan, sport, prepositions)
Intermediate
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Fast Food
France's agriculture minister said on Friday he was battling to stop fast food from spreading all over the world. (Fast food, cultural imperialism, adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Business Class
Portland, Oregon scored top marks as the favorite U.S. airport for business travelers, while Singapore was the number one destination for international travel, according to a new survey. "This is a poll of our readers, who leave no corner of the globe untraveled in the name of work,". (Business travel, airports, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, facts and figures.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Bird Danger
Damage by birds and other wildlife striking aircraft annually amounts to well over $600 million for U.S. civil and military aviation and over 219 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes since 1988. The newest employee at Southwest Florida International Airport works like a dog and his job is literally for the birds.(Solutions to bird strikes at airports, understanding pie graphs, dogs, alligators, verb forms, subject + verb)
Upper-Intermediate
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Future_perfect
Kathleen in Japan asks for some advice on reinforcing the future perfect.
Intermediate
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What did I do on my holiday?
Here is a warmer that works well after a holiday break or weekend.
Intermediate
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Strange Stories
Foxes shooting people, dogs shooting people and cows shooting cows. Confused? You won't be after this next lesson from English-to-go. (guns, accidents, articles)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Yes/No Name Game
This is a really simple warmer that is good for breaking the ice on the first day of a new class or for a new student entering an already established class.
Elementary
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Soul Man
Single Americans in their 20s want to marry someone who shares their innermost thoughts and feelings, rather than someone rich or of the same religion. (Love, marriage, essay writing, relative clauses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Comparison Line
This warmer can be used after students have been taught comparative/superlative structures. It can also be used as an icebreaker warmer for higher level classes.
Intermediate
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Modals5 - 'may' & 'might'
This is the last part of Anna's reply to Martine. Anna looks at modal verbs and provides some exercises.
Intermediate
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Canadian Pioneers
Two Canadian couples will be left on an isolated farmstead on the Prairies where they will spend a year living as the region's pioneers did 130 years ago. Why? For 68,000 reasons. Find out what happened. (TV shows, living in the past, Canada, history, conjunctions)
Intermediate
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Snoring
It has caused sleepless nights, daytime drowsiness and even ruined relationships but thankfully there is help for snorers. (Snoring, sleep, health, conjunctions 'and' & 'but')
Pre-Intermediate
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The Right Smell
Not all sniffs are the same. Each nostril interprets smells differently, with most people finding a right-sided sniff more pleasant but a left-sided sniff more accurate. (Smelling, science, senses, 'depend on + if')
Pre-Intermediate
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A Standard Christmas
Now you have to be the right shape to be Santa and even a tree!!!(Santa, Christmas trees, jobs, agreements, singular and plural nouns)
Intermediate
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All About Eating Bread
This is about how much bread is eaten in Europe. The average German ate 84.8 kilos of bread in 1999, keeping the country firmly at the top of the European Union consumption chart. Who do you think came last? (Question forms, Diet, Europe, statistics and graphs, food)
Intermediate
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Graveyard Shift
Italian researchers have found that shift work may not only make people grumpy, but it could also put them at a higher risk of heart disease. (Shift work, health, jobs, business, verb agreements, irregular verbs, simple past)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Cool Under Pressure?
An Egyptian kebab shop owner in New Zealand who ignored a robber is now known as the “chillest chip shop operator” and an obedient east German bank robber was arrested after agreeing to leave his identity card behind. Who's cool? (Crime errors, ID cards, quiz, following events, the passive voice)
Pre-Intermediate
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Gladiator!
Archaeologists in London have unearthed the remains of a female Roman-era gladiator. A good lesson to tie in with the movie called Gladiator. (movies, homophones, history, sports, quotation/speech marks)
Intermediate
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Dialoging Creatively
This is a very entertaining activity for students learning or reviewing adverbs.
Intermediate
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Coffins
A firm of undertakers in Ireland is hiring out hardwood coffins to meet growing demands to cut funeral costs and spare precious timber. (Funerals, death, belief, obituaries, the use of "since".) Please Note: This lesson looks at funeral practices and rites. Please think about your students' cultural backgrounds before choosing this lesson. The lesson also raises questions about death and what happens to people after they die.
Intermediate
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