Energising classes

Do you have days when your learners seem tired or lacking in energy? How do you re-energise them?

Watch Dale's tips and let us know your ideas below!

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Submitted by laurendamas on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 20:05


Thank you Dale for sharing tips and ideas to ‘energising classes’. Always useful to reflect on different warming-up strategies, and what might work best with different age groups and levels.

I particularly like how you encourage your learners to feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as the positive energy that emerges from all your ideas. Your students seem happy and motivated to be in your class, and in my opinion that’s what makes teaching worthwhile and rewarding.

A pleasure to listen to, thank you!



Submitted by blues on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 12:34


Really very useful!! Thanks for sharing your tips. I have already been using some of your tips in my own classes, but it is always good to refresh them!!


Submitted by Rocsana on Sat, 07/02/2011 - 05:32


A great idea easy to put into practise. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Another warm up activity I would like to suggest, inspired by this video, is to organize an  exhibition  with  cartoons stuck on the classroom walls and have students look at each of them, exchanging ideas about what they think. They might  as well write captions for each of them. This might develop their creativity as well.

Submitted by Andrea Bareta on Sat, 07/30/2011 - 02:50


Thanks a lot, Dale, for sharing your ideas with us. They are really interesting.

I sometimes make my students talk for a minute about a certain topic, but as I also noticed they don't know exactly what to say and they keep on saying so, I include a list of words they "must" use in their speech. It usually makes the activity funnier.

Thanks again


Submitted by nikiekefa on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 09:02


Very useful ideas which i will  put into practice in the new school year after this summer.

Submitted by me3rag on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 11:39


I like this approach of teaching. The teacher here doesn't talk too much but he gives chance for students to share. It's very important to let students to talk about a certain topic whether they don't know what to say. Let students say anything, Just talking is very useful. Using movement in classroom is vital. Students in this video can go and come back, and can correct their answers, and write on the board. That gives them energy. Students here have spent  good time in the classroom. 

Submitted by Olga Wall on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 09:07


Thank you very much for these very useful ideas to energize or re-energize students. As I am going to be an English teacher for English as a foreign language, I know, there is an awful lot to do to motivate students to loose their fear about talking. I try to build a blog with my teaching ideas and experience and am always grateful for corrections on my language or further ideas for content.



Hi Olga,

can I guess? Are you Polish or Russian? I'm Slovakian and this Monday coming I'm going to teach 3 classes for the first time. I'd really love to talk to somebody who can share their experience about teaching, especially beginnings. Haha. I have never done that before. I've worked with children for a long time but not teaching them. If you could give me few hints, I'd really really appreciate it. Thank you so much.


Submitted by Marcos Viniciu… on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 03:50


Very useful. I really appreciate your ideas and I've even tried some of your ideas in my classroom. However, I often talk about with my students about the lesson's topic in our native language, (Portuguese) because most of them are beginners and they don't have much practice in speaking. Then, I use Flashcards or a slideshow to introduce them to the class' topic in English.

Submitted by kalisha on Sun, 11/13/2011 - 00:42


very useful!!!

i like it!   I'm not an oficially english teacher, but i'm working very hard to become one:)  I teach english to children and teenagers... and i'm seventeen! 

Submitted by suemagee on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 07:57


Great to see and hear your ideas Dale - thanks for sharing.  Greetings from a former colleague :)

Submitted by mr_azaly on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 13:21


thank you very much but does it work with young learners who can't make complete sentences or there is another way ? also i would like to know how to download it 

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