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Weekly Warmer

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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Proverb Puzzle
Use this warmer to join parts of sentences together to form complete sentences. To practise giving explanations (in this case: explaining the meaning of proverbs using concrete examples.
Pre-Intermediate
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Pronunciation - Word Stress
This is a fun and quite noisy activity. As all students are trying to get their information across at once, they are forced to speak loudly, clearly and to use sentence stress.
Pre-Intermediate
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Problem Solving
Here's a great warmer that can be used in a class of differing nationalities.
Pre-Intermediate
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Prefixes
A good activity to revise prefixes and practice word building.
Pre-Intermediate
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Please sign here
This ice breaker activity is good for putting students in a new class in a relaxed mood.
Elementary
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Password
This idea comes from a popular game show in the USA. Students love the team aspect of this game. Also, because students aren't allowed to spell words or speak in their L1, they are forced to pronounce words very clearly for their teammates.
Pre-Intermediate
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Packaged Deal
This is a good activity for reminding students how things are packaged.
Pre-Intermediate
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Number Toss
A handy wee warmer to practice numbers from 0 to 10 with elementary classes.
Elementary
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Missing Vowels
This warmer is a popular activity with students and is good for getting them focussed at the start of a class.
Pre-Intermediate
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Idioms
The aim of this warmer is for students to guess the meaning of an idiom from the surrounding context.
Upper-Intermediate
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Make a Choice
This is a warmer to encourage fluency, give practice in expressing opinions, and introduce students to a new topic.
Intermediate
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Looking after a Business Visitor
A warmer that introduces cultural awareness and uses role plays.
Intermediate
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Look, Listen, Taste and Smell
A useful warmer to use before doing creative writing.
Pre-Intermediate
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Lexical Sets
A warmer to revise and extend vocabulary using a wordnet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Last Saturday
This warmer is a good one to use in the first lesson of the week.
Pre-Intermediate
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Jobs
Students practise talking about likes and dislikes in this warmer.
Pre-Intermediate
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It-Was-The-Way-You-Said-It
A fun dictation exercise that can be used in the last few minutes of class, when you do not have time to start anything new, or as a change-of-pace activity. You can make it as long or short as you like.
Intermediate
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Important People - Talking about Past Events
This exercise is designed to encourage students to describe a past event and a person that is important in their lives.
Pre-Intermediate
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Ice Breaker
You need big colourful pictures to do this warmer and it is a good activity to use when a group is relatively new and still learning about each other.
Pre-Intermediate
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