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ESL forum > Techniques and methods in Language Teaching > Warm-ups.    


New Zealand

I don�t know about you - but I love to start a class with a warm-up activity to turn everyones english brain on.
Some people believe it is important that the warm-up be connected to the topic of the day.  Other people believe it just needs to engage the students. 
I believe you have to get them laughing so they forget about feeling self-conscious. 
Here is a great website (not ESL but) that has a whole lot of english signs that have double meanings
For example: Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.LOLHelps if you know that belch means burp...
I shared this with my students one day and once they worked out what it meant - they all got the giggles.
Another favourite of mine: 

                                                                  Lenten Worship Sermon:The Surest Road to Hell
Below that:                              "Transportation Available. Please call before noon Saturday."

Check out the site for other great starter signs with double meanings.

22 Oct 2008      


LOL Funny and effective I�m sure.  I dont think warm ups should relate to the grammar to be seen (not always anyways) I personaly do a daily inspirational quote and a daily word with meaning and sample sentence.  After that any 5 minute activity that comes to mind, riddles, jockes, tongue twisters are very effective (specially when you have students create their own. 
My favorite daily quote :  We must build dykes of courage to hold back floods of fear -- by Marthin Luther King Jr.
My students�s favorite wordso far: flabergasted (they even made cartoons for it!)

22 Oct 2008