Number one for English language teachers

Extras: Energizers

Short 'extra' activities to energize your class, including a musical chairs game about neighbours and a more complex version of the party favourite Simon Says.

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  • Energizers: Crazy counts

    Author: Kevin McCaughey Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Here's a super-simple way to review numbers. It works nicely at the beginning of class, even while students are entering the classroom.

  • Energizers: Directions

    Author: Elaine Pichler Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Short energiser about following directions.

  • Energizers: Do you like your neighbours?

    Author: Andre Rabe Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Variation on 'musical chairs' party game.

  • Energizers: More complex Simon Says

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This is a well-known game but it can be adapted to teach new vocabulary up to quite high levels of sophistication.

  • Energizers: Shout

    Author: Zoë Coughlan Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    I teach in Hong Kong, where the classes can be very quiet, and take lots of warming up! This one is great for quiet classes, and hugely versatile (no preparation!).

  • Energizers: Stand in line

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    You can use this activity as an icebreaker at the start of a new course when the learners do not know each other or simply as a warmer at the start of the day.

  • Energizers: The circle game

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This game can be used to revise vocabulary or as a means of learning new words. Its main function, however, is as a physical activity designed to get the students moving around and revive tired minds.

  • Energizers: The hot potato

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    There is no particular linguistic aim for this activity but it works well as a brief warmer and to encourage students to use mime and facial expression.

  • Energizers: The knot

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This activity probably works best as a way of energizing a group, particularly after lunch!

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