This is an example of the type of EFL conversation warm-ups that appear in my Daily Warm-up packages. Each package includes five EFL warm-ups.
In this sample warm-up you will find:
• Two versions of a news article, one in color and the other in black-and-white. The news article has a text complexity level of 500L, which corresponds to the same approximate Lexile level.
• Six speaking prompts for the article, one from each of the six levels of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Choose the ones that are appropriate for your students.
• The College and Career Readiness Anchor standards (CCR) of the Common Core met by the warm-up, should you choose to use these warm-ups with native English speakers in the U.S.
• A short vocabulary-building exercise to enhance text comprehension.
The full-color version of this article is perfect for uploading to a learning management system such as Moodle or Blackboard, or for projecting on a screen at the front of your classroom.
The black-and-white version can be easily photocopied and distributed for use by each student in class.
The recommended time for this warm-up is no more than fifteen to twenty minutes depending on your class length. You can control the time by selecting which discussion questions the students will answer. The remaining questions can also be assigned for short-answer written homework.
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