When I was a teacher I’d usually do a 5 to 10 minute warm-up, warmer, or ice-breaker – whatever you want to call it.
Sometimes these would be speaking-based, other times writing-based.
Today I’m going to show you a few handouts I used a lot for warmers. These were great because it would take about 5 to 10 minutes for the students to fill-out, and then another 5 to 10 minutes as we went around the class and read some answers.
Here’s the first one:
When it came time to read the answers to this ESL warm-up handout I’d have students read a few, or sometimes all of them if it was a small class. You can even have students interview the person sitting next to them, something that’s great for getting them to know one another better.
Here’s the next one:
This handout is better for older students or those that are higher-level. Since you’re using adverbs of frequency (always, sometimes, usually), it might be a good idea to have them write out full sentences for this handout. Perhaps you can even make a game to see who can have the most on their ESL worksheet.
Here’s the last one:
Because of that, expect students to take longer filling this out. But hey, that just means you can get all your stuff loaded-up on the computer, get some grading done, or maybe just take a well-deserved rest.
Try these Free ESL Warmer & Icebreaker Worksheets today!