A bit of this, a bit of that Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

Explain yourself

This is a popular warm-up task. There is a strange situation presented and students’ task is to explain themselves. To tweak a little bit, you may ask your students to use a particular grammar structure, to include an idiom or two, or you may set a time limit. However, for lower levels, no tweaks are necessary cause the task itself is quite challenging.

A bit of this, a bit of that Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

Just a minute

It is a well-known game which can be used as a warm-up, filler, end-of-the-lesson activity or energiser. The aim is to talk for a minute without any pauses, hesitations, or repetitions. Students’ task is to be creative and witty whenever possible. So, let the students choose the topic, talk for one minute and have lots of fun, focusing on fluency rather than accuracy.

A bit of this, a bit of that Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

2 in 1 – Vocab and Grammar Revision

Another activity which can serve as a warm-up or the whole revision lesson. It’s all up to you. You can revise both vocabulary and grammar with your students at the same time.

First, show your students some examples (easier and more difficult ones are included in the presentation below) of definitions of words or phrases you want to revise – let the students guess them.

Secondly, ask your students to make definitions themselves and let their peers guess. You may ask them to make just one or two definitions if you want it to be just a warm-up; or more if it is to be a longer revision.

Then show the students these words in context and ask them to paraphrase the sentences, translate, fill in the gaps, whatever you want.

Finally, students are supposed to prepare their own paraphrases, translations, gap-filling tasks, etc with the words and phrases they prepared in stage one. Quite a challenge even for advanced learners.

Do you find this idea useful? Let me know in the comments.

A bit of this, a bit of that Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups


It is a short activity which can serve as a warm-up, energiser, a short task for fast finishers or the basis for the whole lesson. It is suitable for both teens and adults on absolutely all levels.

Show your students a set of photos presenting different emotions. Identify and discuss them. Ask your students to choose one photo.

Now, the first task is to describe a situation in which their parent, partner, boss, a shop-assistant, hotel receptionist, friend, bus passenger, etc reacted in this way.

The second idea is to ask your students to make a dialogue with the prevailing emotion from one of the photos at the party, during a romantic walk, negotiating a contract with an important client, at the dentist, etc.

You can also ask your students to write a few sentences the people from the photos could be saying using a particular grammar structure you want to revise, or just change the sentences into Reported Speech.

Your students could also make sentences, dialogues, short stories based on the photos using a set of vocabulary you would like to revise.

You can also ask your students to choose two photos and tell a story which led from one kind of emotion to another one. Or even use all the emotions presented in the photos in one story.

Your students could also think of some pieces of advice they could give to the people from the photos to feel better or worse 😉

I am sure you will come up with a thousand more ideas how to use the photos showing different emotions. Let me know in the comments whether you like this kind of tasks.

Vocabulary with a twist

Work: I have… Who has…?

I guess everyone knows the game ‘I have… Who has…?’ This one is useful if you want to revise Work vocabulary with your 8th Grade Students. Ideal as a warm-up or an end of lesson activity. Here is the link for you: