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 WarmupEnglish Phrases



DATE ADDED: Jun 29, 2010


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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students study basic useful English phrases. It works best for first year students, but it is recommended for second and third year students as well if they don't already know the phrases.





  1. Each class period, teach one phrase, each time reviewing the phrases you've already taught.
  2. Check to see if students understand the phrase(s). Even though it is written in Japanese, some students never read it.
  3. Have students repeat after the teacher for a few times and then a few more times without looking at the paper.
  4. GAME: Pair work: Students stand up, pair up with the person next to them and play Janken and the loser has to read all the phrase(s) they've learned, including the one they just learned that day. Have students repeat this process three times and then sit down.
  5. CHALLENGE: Ask for volunteers or pick two students. Have them go to the front of the class, play Janken and the loser will read the phrase(s). The loser gets a sticker or some sort of reward and sits down. The winner will play Janken with the next student/volunteer. The loser reads the phrase(s) and sits down. If the same student wins Janken three times in a row, reward the student and have him/her sit down without having to read the phrase(s).



  • There are seven phrases to teach (feel free to add more). It is recommended that teachers teach one phrase per class period, remembering to mark off the phrases the students have already learned. Always review the same phrase(s) during the next class and then teach a new phrase.
  • After students are familiar with the phrases, encourage students to use those phrases in class for the rest of the year(s). This will help create an English-only classroom.



  • Students may get very excited with this activity but don't spend to much time on the activity. It is recommended that teachers do this activity for only ten minutes at the beginning of every class for the first few weeks of school. This will help students remember the phrases and it is a good ice-breaker activity.

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