The warmer is the first part of the TEFL pyramid (see previous post). Its function is to condition the atmosphere of the classroom and prepare the students both in their linguistically and psychologically. A warmer activity should include 5 aspects, although all are not always possible. They are:
An activity that recycles previous material. This is essential since if syllabus content is not recycled it is forgotten.
The activity should start off easy and become harder. If it starts off easy, the students’ confidence will grow. It should then become harder in order to challenge the students and thus engage them.
The TEFL teacher should always be looking to move the students around the classroom and include physical activity. This keeps the attention fresh and associates language use with movement.
The well designed warmer will include physical contact between participants (e.g. a shared bell that needs to be hit in order to win the right to answer a question. This results in hands colliding). The Malaga TEFL course will give ample opportunity to practise these activities. The reason for this consideration is to break the ice. It has the same function as a hand shake in social interactions.
It should provide the TEFL teacher an opportunity to link seamlessly into the body of the lesson by establishing the theme to be studied.
Posted on May 8th, 2017