Number one for English language teachers

Teenagers: Warmers 1: Fruit and vegetables

Type: Extra

A fun activity to practise fruit and vegetable vocabulary.


  • To practise simple personal questions:

    What’s your name?
    How old are you?
    Are you married?
    How many children do you have?
    What’s your job?
  • To revise basic vocabulary
  • To break the ice and make students relax and enjoy using English
  • To incorporate body language and intonation in the lesson
  • To get students moving around the classroom and changing the dynamics away from a teacher-led activity


  • Ask students to write down the following words on a scrap of paper, keeping what they write secret form those around them.
  • Tell them to write:

    1. the name of a fruit
    2. the name of a vegetable
    3. a number between 1 and 200
    4. Ask them to write the answer to this question – Do you like football?
    5. How many pencils and pens do you have?
    6. What is the first thing you do every morning?
  • Now tell them that these things are actually:

    1. their first name
    2. their family name
    3. their age
    4. are they married?
    5. how many children they have
    6. their job
  • Now they must get up and go around the class and ask the personal questions and share information about their new selves.
  • Encourage them to shake hands (if appropriate) and make eye contact when meeting new people.
  • If they don’t automatically use intonation appropriate for surprise etc, why not model it before the activity. For example:

    How old are you?
    A hundred and fifty seven.
    Really!? (said with rising intonation and a long stretch of the word)
  • This game ensures that students really listen to the answers of their questions as it is an information gap – they won’t know what the answers will be.

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  • Great - let us know how you get on!

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  • This looks pretty funny- I'll give it a try.

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  • This warmer is hilarious! Have used it a few times with varying degrees of success - it works best with talkative, outgoing students.

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