39 ESL Warm-Ups for Teenagers and Adults

ESL Warm-Ups

Jumping right into the lesson without a quick warm-up can be tough going. Try out an ESL warm-up or icebreaker and you’ll notice a big difference. By the time you get to the main heart of the lesson, students will be settled and ready to learn. Don’t believe me? Try…

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Puzzle Finder ESL Ice Breaker Activity | ESL Warm-Up

Puzzle Pieces ESL Ice Breaker

Puzzle Finder ESL Ice Breaker Skills: Speaking/listening Materials Required: puzzle pieces (from an actual puzzle or a cut and laminated image) I love to use ESL ice breakers in my classes. They’re a fun way for students to get to know each other, as well as you. I find that…

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Fortunately/Unfortunately Speaking and Listening Activity

Speaking and listening activity

I love to have a few no-prep, no materials required ESL activities in my back pocket. I’m sure everyone does who sets foot in a classroom! This is a quick, fun one to try out. Fortunately/Unfortunately: How to Do It Skills: Speaking/listening Age: 9+ Materials Required: None You may have…

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ESL Speaking Bingo | Fun ESL Games for Kids

ESL Speaking Bingo

How to Play ESL Speaking Bingo Skills: Speaking/listening/writing Time: 20-30 minutes Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Blank “Bingo” grids, or blank paper ESL Speaking Bingo is a very fun activity that kids, teenagers as well as university students seem to love. Have a list of about 35-40 vocabulary words that…

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Retell the Story 1-2-3: A Fluency Activity for ESL Students

Retell the Story 1-2-3

In many ESL textbooks, you’ll probably notice that many of the activities are more focused on accuracy. This makes a lot of sense. They’re easier to set up, and they’re also easier for the teacher to evaluate. However, we need to incorporate fluency activities into our language classes as well.…

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Hot Potato | ESL Speaking Game for Kids

Hot potato ESL speaking game for kids

If you’re looking for a fun way to get your students talking, you’ve come to the right place! Keep on reading for all the details about Hot Potato, a quick ESL speaking activity. Hot Potato: A fun ESL speaking game for kids Skills: Speaking Time: 5-10 minutes Level: Beginner, up…

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Flashcard Sentences | ESL Speaking Game for Kids

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This Flashcard Sentence activity is a very simple ESL Speaking Game for Kids. It’s a nice one to have in your book of tricks for those last minute classes where you have no time to plan. Or, bring a deck of flashcards with you to class (most ESL Textbooks for…

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English Discussion Topics for Adults | ESL Discussion

discussion topic

English Discussion Topics for Adults English discussion is a key component of an ESL speaking or conversation class. However, it can be a bit boring to rehash the same topics found in the ESL Textbooks over, and over again. You know the ones: the Hobby Unit, sports, movies, family, etc.…

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