Are you looking for a quick, no-prep ESL warm-up activity that’ll work for both kids as well as adults? Then you’re in the right place.
Keep on reading to learn more about Would you Rather? and how you can use it in your classes.
Start your Class Off in Style with this ESL Warm-Up Activity
Would You Rather? is a fun ESL warm-up activity. You can buy ready-made decks, but they aren’t ESL specific. I use self-made cards, which takes a bit of time buy then you can recycle them from class to class. Another options is to just make a list of questions. If you’re quick on your feet, you can do this without materials.
For example, “Would you rather have eyes like a fly’s, or eyes like a spider’s?” Students must choose one and explain why.
If you class is small, you can do this as a single group. Each student can answer the question, and you can too! If the class is a bit larger, I prefer to work in small groups of 3-4, giving each group part of the deck of cards. This helps make your class more student-centred and increases student talking time.
If you want to work in groups, but haven’t prepared questions in advance, state two choices and give each group 1-2 minutes to discuss amongst themselves.
Procedure for Would you Rather?
- In advance, prepare cards with two choices, the odder, the better. For example, “Would you rather have eyes like a fly’s, or eyes like a spider’s?” If you want to do this without cards, simply give students two choices and 1-2 minutes to discuss.
- Divide students into groups of 3-4 and give each group an equal portion of the deck of question cards.
- Have students take turns choosing a card to ask their group, or read aloud and give their own answer.
Like this ESL Warm-Up Activity?
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Chances are your students haven’t spoken a word of English since your last class. If this is your situation, then you’ll need to do your best to ease students into it. I find that going directly into the lesson is less than ideal!
It’s best to start with something light and fun, but in English. Once everyone is warm, dive into your main lesson for the day.
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Would you Rather for ESL Students
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