How do you start a lesson?

Hey all, quick question here, after some ideas. I just wondered – do you have any routines or activities you use to engage learners at the start of class?

I don’t use anything special with my teens (aged 15+). This is my standard first slide:

I teach these kids once a week for 2 hours. I don’t like to waste time. They come in, sit down, I point at the board and they turn to a partner and start this general chit-chat. I just want them to ‘get into English-mode’ basically.

I know it’s simple, but not everything has to be all singing, all dancing! They’ve learnt to extend their conversations a bit and ask relevant follow-up questions over time, and sometimes this leads to a bit of class discussion about a big event that happened in the week (usually some K-pop band visiting Bangkok…!).

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