Season 6: Episode 1 Openers

It’s time for a new season of the TEFL commute and in this first episode of the sixth season Lindsay and Shaun discuss lesson openers. They explore if an opener is warmer and therefore if warmers are always openers! We welcome back the angelic host with their philosophy and test your musical opener knowledge. Here we go again……

The end of pod activity

As your commute is coming to an end, here is an idea you can take into your class to open your lesson. In the episode Shaun and Lindsay referred to groan inducing question often used to open a post summer lesson ‘What did you do on your summer holiday?”

The ESL library offers teachers a list of the possible discussion questions which act a variant and might avoid the students rolling their eyes. So how about starting a lesson by using one of these:

  • What I DIDN’T DO this summer
  • A unique person I met this summer
  • My most memorable moment of the summer
  • One thing I learned this summer
  • The person I spent the most time with this summer
  • The best meal I ate this summer
  • A day that I wish didn’t happen this summer
  • What I wish I had taken a picture of this summer
  • Something educational I did this summer
  • Something I bought this summer
  • Something I made this summer
  • The best word to describe this summer

And of course it doesn’t have to be just asked about the summer, you can replace that with weekend, autumn or any other time frame.