What is the first thing you the ESL teacher does when you start your class? How do your students react to that? How do you feel when doing it?
I have attended language classes of several types, covering both my native language and the foreign languages I speak. One thing sets some classes apart from the majority of them: warm ups.
It seems to be something basic, but many ESL teachers tend to underestimate the powerful effect of a good and proper warm-up on a class and on its group.
A reasonable warm-up may be of good use to:
- Engage students;
- Switch languages;
- Align expectations;
- Input language;
- Provide students with a friendly and open-door environment;
- be a fun moment to the class.
This article is meant to detail how warm-ups can help achieve these goals. It will also provide some examples for ESL teachers to use.
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