Three Warmer Activities for the EFL Classroom
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The first activity for your English as a foreign language lessons is surprisingly important. Your lesson might be the first time that day that your students are speaking English, or maybe even the first time that week. Your warmer activities need to be something that will get them into English mode but that is also engaging enough to get them interested in the lesson.
Piece of cake, right? Well, not always.
Here are three of our favourite warmer activities for the EFL classroom.
Put the students into pairs or small groups. They must number themselves. Each student in the group will take a turn so, for example, all the number ones will do the activity at the same time. The teacher chooses a topic and, at their signal, the students in question must speak on that topic for 60 seconds. The trick is they have to speak without pausing, stopping or hesitating.
A to Z
This works especially well for Young Learners or for lower levels, but it can be adjusted to work for any class. Put the students into pairs or small groups. Each group must have a piece of paper. The teacher gives a topic – for example, animals. The students must write down a word which falls under that category which begins with each letter of the alphabet – alligator, bird, cheetah. At the end of a certain time limit each group reads out their answers. For each word a group has that no other group has they earn a point.
Would you rather?
Put the students into pairs or small groups. Write a Would you rather…? question on the board – or prepare it beforehand on your interactive whiteboard or a PowerPoint presentation. Each student in the group must make a choice between the options and they can discuss it in groups. At first start with the usual choices but you can make them more difficult and more interesting as you go along.
Would you rather be on a beach now or in bed?
Would you rather eat pizza or pasta?
Would you rather break an arm or a leg?
Would you rather have a lot of money or be very good-looking?
Warmer activities might be the last thing you prepare for when you plan an EFL lesson, but that doesn’t mean they are the least important. Make sure you plan an engaging and enjoyable activity for your warmer activity so that your students can ease themselves into the lesson and look forward to what is still to come.
Read more: Top Tips for Effective Lesson Planning
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If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.