ERIC Number: ED301042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-12
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The Mental Warm-Up: An Activity To Promote Quality Learning.
Radnofsky, Mary L.
A technique for "warming up" a class in English as a second language involves writing a non-threatening, noncontroversial but thought-provoking word related to the day's general topic on the board and giving students time to write down as many related words as they can think of. Students are asked to volunteer their words, one at a time, to be written on the board. The words can then be categorized or used in sentences as a completion of the exercise. The benefits of this kind of exercise are that it prepares the students to go to work, alerts them to the day's topic, develops high-level cognitive skills such as analysis and synthesis, improves vocabulary and usage, allows student ideas to be supported, gives the students a degree of responsibility for their learning, and allows them to assimilate a linguistic and cultural pattern of the English-speaking world. Follow-up activities such as poetry, debates, and mystery story writing can enhance the usefulness of the exercise. Some words have been found to be consistently useful in getting good student response. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988). Some pages contain small, light type.