Back to normal after the Christmas break and looking for ideas to get students back into the mood, my faithful companion The Wheel of Fortune is again unfailingly helping me to provide, with almost no effort, an engaging activity to get started: grammar and vocabulary will probably follow, but let’s start off on the right foot.
So, I have in mind a warm-up activity that gets students out of their seats (have they even had time to sit down?) while animatedly sharing their experiences during their Christmas break.
How to go about it:
- I filled the wheel with some questions from the Internet TESL Journal
- After the mandatory welcome-back salutation, I asked my students to stand up (initial sceptical look assured, so please, don’t be discouraged and insist with your sweetest voice)and occupy the space in the middle of the class or any other free space available in your classroom. Ask them to choose a partner.
- Spin the wheel and ask them to talk about the randomly chosen question with their partner. Allow them 2 or 3 minutes to discuss the question. Use a classroom timer to add more fun and excitement.
- Ask them to change partners and spin the wheel again.
Note: this is a warm-up activity, so I’ll keep it going for just about 15 minutes.
Now, that they are right where I want them, let’s begin this new term.
Photo: Greg Lonbinsk