ESL Warmers for Teens and Adults

Using good quality and different ESL warmers for each class has many useful advantages for your English class and for language learners. Teens and adults arguably benefit even more from a warmer as in introduction to ESL classes, as they may not have spoken English whatsoever for weeks or even months, and would benefit from a non-stress intro into your English class. This page contains some fun ESL warmers for teens and adults to help break the ice of the class; quality TEFL warmers for teens and adults. We’ll try to add more warmers for older students over the coming months. If you have any good ESL warmers for teens and adults, then please do feel free to message us your idea. We’ll publish your warmer for adults and will credit you for it!


I have never...

This warmer is great for teens and adults, as it gets everyone speaking and moving around the classroom out of their chairs. Your students must say things they have never done before and the students which have done, must switch seats and move around the class.

'I have never' is one of my favourite ESL warmers for older students. 


The String Game

All you need for this warmer for teens and adults is a ball of string! This TEFL warmer is perfect for the first day back to class after a break and will provide lots of laughs in the classroom and among your older ESL students.

The String Game is a simple and effective warmer for your English class.


Safe Cracker

Many students studying English are very confident saying number up to 100, or even 1000. However, if you throw 2,563,209 at them, then they will really struggle to say this as fluently as a native speaker. Safe Cracker is a TEFL warmer / class activity helps ESL students to be able to say large numbers with more confidence. This is a clever teens and adults warmer which you and your class will enjoy.


Last Man Standing

In our ESL warmer 'Last Man Standing', your students will need to think fast and give a word associated with the topic to remain in the game.

This is a great warmer to practice vocabulary skills and will get everyone involved.

As students are knocked out of the game, the topic changes, keeping it fresh and fast-paced. Your older students will love this warmer!


Using Logic Puzzles as a TEFL Speaking Activity for Adults

Using logic puzzles and logic problems is a very effective TEFL warmer or speaking activity for adults and teens, as everyone loves logic puzzles and it gets students speaking, thinking in English and interacting with you and each other right from the get go.

Best of all, logic puzzles are easy to set up in your classroom, need very little preparation and lots of language will be produced.

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Stop the Bus

A perfect TEFL warmer for teenagers and adults (but you can always use this classroom warmer with older children, if have a bigger vocabulary and better writing skills. This warmer for English classes is just great to bring a tired group of ESL students back in the game!

‘Stop the Bus’ is a classic ESL game which is useful for reading through the text book, quick thinking and and will give you good distance in the classroom (excuse the pun!)

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Word Chain

This is a super simple ESL game or warmer for teen and adult students, which can be used as a warmer at the start of the class of a filler between activities in class. Divide your students into two or three teams and have them form lines facing the board.

There should be at least 2m space between the first student of each team and the board. Give the first student of each team a board marker.