This warm up is a simple ‘yes/no’ game to get things started.
This works well for any confident, outgoing classes with a basic level of English. The idea is to make it light and fast, so the beginner questions are a fun way to start, even with higher level classes.
The teacher provides a list of questions. They ask a student to choose a question. The teacher answers the question and chooses a question for another student. The student answers, then they choose a question for another student at random. The round is over once everyone has asked and answered a question. Does everyone in the class get it? Good, you are ready to start for real!
For the following rounds, there is a time limit to both start asking a question and to answer it, to avoid being eliminated until the following round. Students can hold any opinion they want, but they must express it properly.
Pre-teach round for beginner classes:
Are you alive? Yes, I am
Are you a zombie? No, I’m not.
Is Super Woman a woman? Yes, she is.
Is Iron man a pumpkin? No, he isn’t.
Do you like Halloween? Yes, I do./ No, I don’t.
Does [previous student] like Halloween? Yes, s/he does./ No, s/he doesn’t.
Do pirates live on boats? Yes, they do.
Does a pirate give gold away? No, s/he doesn’t.
Beginner Question ideas:
Do you like Halloween?
Does [previous student] like Halloween?
Do you know a ghost?
Are you a zombie?
Does Dracula like soccer?
Is the teacher a vampire?
Does a witch fly?
Are you an alien?
13 more questions!
Will zombies take over the Earth?
Are pumpkins blue?
Did you celebrate Halloween last year?
Can a spider dance?
Is your shirt blood red?
Is his/her shirt blood red?
Do people eat candy for Halloween?
Do you think [previous student] likes candy?
Will you wear a costume this year?
Are horror movies fun?
Does your family have a ghost story?
Are you scared of black cats?
Is [previous student] afraid of black cats?
Adapt your list of questions to suit your class. As long as the questions are ‘yes/no’, light and rapid fire, you can’t go wrong with this warm up.