3 Fun and Easy Warm-Ups

My basic level students, Andreia and Flavia, are gaining comfort with me and with the whole experience of filming for YouTube. (See my Basic English playlist.) They start each lesson with smiles and willingness, but it certainly helps to warm up, and so I’ve had a fun time doing simple speaking tasks to get us…

Warming-Up to Valentine’s Day

As the month of February approaches, you may want to consider a few short, easy tasks you could make use of in the classroom. Do you know a good Valentine’s Day warm-up activity for adult learners? Feel free to share. Here are some possibilities:   1.  Candy Hearts. Use candy hearts or another substitute, such…

Riddle Me This!

Click the link to listen to this post. Yes, I want to hear the May 19, 2011 blog post and a bonus riddle! What’s short in delivery, long in effect, and can add fun to a lesson? You got it: a riddle! Have you ever used riddles with your students? Because the typical riddle is short,…

Engaging and Reengaging Students

The class is nearing its end. You begin to assign homework. A student blinks in surprise and says, “Wow! It’s time to go already?” You smile. Have you experienced this scene yourself? I hope so. A teacher must treasure a student’s comment on how quickly a lesson passed. (Assuming the student wasn’t sleeping and just…