WarmUps and Fillers

Here are some short activities that you can do in your classroom to start your day, fill a gap, or break the ice with a new group.

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100 Days of Grammar

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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100 blog posts are organized by theme for easy reference and access. Check out our editor’s grammar pointers, teaching tips, classroom activities, and language debates!

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6 Ways to Set Goals with Students

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions and goals are a great discussion topic for English learners. Turn goal-setting into a lesson with these six methods based on discussion, writing, and grammar. Learn the benefits to having your students set academic goals!

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Resource List – Grammar, Teaching Tips, and More

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Check out this summary of my last 50 blog posts! Find helpful information on teaching, grammar, spelling & vocabulary, punctuation, language controversies, holidays, and activities.

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My Favourite Warm-Up Activity

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Students begin this activity thinking they’re describing animals, but the twist is that they’re really describing themselves! Laughter is guaranteed.

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7 Christmas and New Year’s Classroom Activities

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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Take a break from the norm and try these festive holiday activities with your students.

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An Idiom for Election Week: a dead heat

By Tara Benwell

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Many political idioms actually come from horse racing. Knowing the origin of an idiom can help it stick in a learner’s mind.

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My Favourite Icebreaker Activity

By Tanya Trusler

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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Use this tried-and-tested method to get your students talking and help them feel at ease.

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Trail Mix

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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A warmup that just might get the tummies rumbling.

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What am I up to?

By ESL Library Staff

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

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A simple listening game that requires students to guess with present progressive verbs.

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Emergency Kit

By ESL Library Staff

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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Students work together as a “family” to design a home emergency kit.

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Dying With Dignity

Brittany Maynard is a young American woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She chose to move to Oregon state where she has the right to die with dignity.

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Using Mobile Devices in Class: Susan Gaer’s CATESOL 2014 Session

ESL-Library blog: October 30, 2014

Do you use mobile devices in the classroom? This summary of Susan Gaer's session at the 2014 CATESOL conference contains plenty of great suggestions for engaging students digitally.

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