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Weekly Warmer

That's stretching it
This warmer is effective when students are feeling lethargic and need something to help them focus on the next lesson.
Pre-Intermediate
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Phonemic Vocabulary Cards
This is a vocabulary warmer that empowers students, as they are usually very amused at my attempts to pronounce words in their language.
Pre-Intermediate
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The things we like about you
This warmer from Australia is great for increasing students' self-esteem.
Pre-Intermediate
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The right mood
This is a way of getting students into the right frame of mind for studying; especially if your class is after lunch time.
Pre-Intermediate
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The ole ball game
This is a fun warmer before a lesson about sports.
Elementary
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All Roads Lead to...a Student's House
This activity brings fun and excitement to your pronunciation lesson. This warmer also has a complementary Instant Workbook exercise.
Pre-Intermediate
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Verb Ball Toss
This is a fun vocabulary or grammar revision warm up activity that can also be used as a drill.
Pre-Intermediate
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Hot Potato Vocabulary Game
This warmer is a noisy and energetic way to review vocabulary by asking questions.
Pre-Intermediate
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Chain of Command
This warmer could be done as a review activity after students have learned about reported speech.
Intermediate
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Vocabulary and Storytelling
This warmer is an exciting way to use learned vocabulary.
Intermediate
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Luck of the draw
This warmer is an effective way to get students to concentrate on what they are learning.
Intermediate
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Draw your name
This warmer is good for the first class of the year when students do not know each other's names.
Intermediate
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At the movies!
This warmer is an interesting and effective way to introduce a new theme or topic.
Pre-Intermediate
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Expert
An effective and fun warmer that can be used in the middle or towards the end of a lesson when students' attention might waver.
Pre-Intermediate
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Coin Grab
A fun, communicative warmer that will keep you laughing.
Pre-Intermediate
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Four corners
This warmer is a good way of getting students moving and communicating with each other.
Pre-Intermediate
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Silly Starters
This is a good warmer to use on the very first day of a new class to help students remember each other's names.
Pre-Intermediate
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Are you a giraffe?
This lively warmer is a nice complement to the many Instant Lessons with an animal topic. It ties in very nicely with the lesson "Shelter Pup Finds Career".
Pre-Intermediate
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Would You Like to See My Family?
This is a fun activity for lower level students to practise asking for things.
Pre-Intermediate
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Psychologist
A warmer to work out a common problem. The problem could be an agreed upon language problem and the "psychologist" asks questions to try to guess what that problem is.
Intermediate
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Have you ever seen so many photos?
An entertaining warmer to practise making questions and getting information from a classmate using the present perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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I Saw You Last Weekend
This is a good Monday morning warmer that will make even the more timid students speak up.
Intermediate
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Fluency Dice
Jane from the UK says this is a really popular and motivating warmer with her students.
Intermediate
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Amnesia
This warmer is a good way of practising questions and Eliana from Brazil says her students have a lot of fun with it.
Pre-Intermediate
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Find A Good Match
In order to review vocabulary and phonetic transcription, students need to find someone who has a card that matches theirs.
Intermediate
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Hello
A tactile warmer to practice vocabulary for greetings.
Pre-Intermediate
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Crossword Relay
An energetic warmer to practise learned vocabulary and spelling.
Elementary
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What's your name?
A good warmer for the first day of a new term or for a class that doesn't know each other and are reluctant to interact.
Intermediate
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Picture this!
A cool little warmer where students introduce themselves by drawing pictures which represent aspects of their personality.
Intermediate
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Stop!
This warmer is a competitive but fun way to review vocabulary.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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What's New
This warmer from Canada is useful for practising the reading skills necessary for understanding news articles.
Intermediate
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Where did you go on the weekend?
This great warmer is a good variation on the usual Monday morning questions and answers.
Pre-Intermediate
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Family Shield
A warmer to introduce yourself to others.  This mini-lesson encourages spoken fluency through students describing themselves and their families. It could also tie in very well with these instant lessons: "What's in a Name?" a pre-Intermediate lesson about a German court deciding whether the name a couple have chosen for their new baby is suitable for a girl and "What's your surname?" a lesson that looks at why people change their surnames.
Pre-Intermediate
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Describe me
This warmer practises the present simple and present continuous verb forms. Students are asked to describe people in photographs. A good warmer to use with the instant lesson "Blondes Earn Less".
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Talking about seasons
A good warmer for talking about dates and seasons in different parts of the world.
Elementary
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Who Am I?
This is a nice variation on the ever popular 20 Questions game.
Pre-Intermediate
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Getting to Know Your Profile
This is a good activity for the first day of a new session or can be developed for other topics, questions, or brainstorming activities.
Pre-Intermediate
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Pizza Anyone?
This appetizing warmer is a good way for students to practice asking and answering questions about likes and dislikes and to practice negotiation language. By the end of the exercise, students should also have formed new groups for the other activities you have planned for the day.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Ship Came into the Harbour
This is a good warmer for reviewing letters of the alphabet, nouns and nouns phrases. It can also be used to discuss abstract nouns.
Elementary
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Sharon's Game
An active and interesting way to review vocabulary, grammar or even general knowledge from previous lessons. Note: Pushing, stealing the other team's pen, and erasing the other team's answer is subject to penalty!
Intermediate
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What time is it?
This simple warmer allows students to focus on question and statement intonation as well as structures for asking for and giving the time.
Elementary
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I'm Going To Take a Vacation
This variation on an old party game is a good warmer for the beginning of a new session when the teacher and students do not know each other's names yet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Famous People Flash Cards
This variation on the Famous People warmer comes from Denmark.  Carmen says she uses it with beginner groups. "It helps everyone laugh and this in turn helps the group relax".
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Cartoon creations
Using a cartoon on a popular topic, students learn to work out missing text by looking at other contextual clues.
Pre-Intermediate
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And the Answer is ......
Galina from Russia says this is a great warmer to use when English-speaking people visit the classroom; that it makes students listen really hard.
Intermediate
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Conversation-in-a-box
Here's a warmer for mixed-ability classes.
Intermediate
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The Snail Game
A useful card game to review and recall verb forms.
Intermediate
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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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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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