Today we have and excellent warmer activity for use in the TESOL classroom. It is recommended as part of the TEFL teacher lesson plan warmer that every class should start with. (see articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)
To remind you, ‘RASCL’ is the acronym imbibing the qualities of a warmer. It stands for Recycle, Active, Start simple, Contact and Link in. It means essential elements of a warmer, and the trainee teachers are versed in these during their TEFL course. Carrying them out is easy, and best of all, they need no time to lesson plan.
Warmer 11: Grab.
It couldn’t be simpler! The teacher uses flash cards/word cards etc. spread out on the table. They then say something that is relevant to the cards on the table (with a view to recycling the target language from previous lessons). The first student to ‘grab’ it or touch it wins the card if they can repeat / transform / translate etc. the sentence. Some TESOL teachers are against the use of a student’s mother language and translation as a teaching tool in the classroom, but we believe it to be justified on the grounds of efficiency and concept checking.
Teacher trainer notes: Our TEFL trainers actively encourage TEFL trainees to develop their own stock of flash cards since they become an enormously useful resource as they gather experience. You can go back to them again and again, and they can quickly and easily be reproduced by printing off. Although there are many flash card resources on line, they often lack the specific aims the teacher wants to achieve, so having your own library is much more effective.
TEFL / TESOL considerations: Flash cards mean that the recycling process is very thorough. The drawback is that it can create dependence on a single stimulus to prompt the student’s utterances. As such, language such as tenses needs plenty of different kinds of flash cards used in different way in order not to have the students become too Pavlovian in their responses.
Posted on May 11th, 2017