ESL Warmer: Nice and Nasty

Nice and nasty is a simple warmer to get students chatting about their preferences. This activity works well as an icebreaker on the first day of class but can also be used as a warmer at the beginning of class. In this activity, the teacher read out a list of different things. The students must listen and write the item in one of two sides of their page “nice” and “nasty”.  For example, the teacher may say “green vegetables” and the student would write the item down according to their opinion. Later, the students compare their lists and see how similar or different their tastes are.
Activity time: 5 – 10 minutes 
Level: teens and young learners (A2 +)
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and writing. 
Method

Give students a piece of paper and have the students divide the piece of paper in two. One section for ‘Nice’ and another for ‘Nasty’.
Explain to students that you are going to call out a list of different things, places and people. The students should write each item in one of the two sides according to their preference. 
After, have students compare their answers and see how similar or different their tastes are. 

Some ideas of things you could mention:
Vegetables
Homework
Winter
Summer
Holidays
Justin Bieber
English grammar
Apple
Spicy food
Music
Sport
Dancing
Singing
Computer games

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ESL Speaking Activity: Positive, Negative and Interesting

Positive, Negative and Interesting is a quick speaking activity that works well with adults and teens. In this activity, the teacher tells the students an idea. The students then analyse the idea by discussing the positive, negative and interesting aspects of the idea. This activity is a great way to get students to think creatively and critically about ideas and express their opinions.

Activity time: 5 – 10 minutes and above
Level: teens and adults (Intermediate and above)
Skills practiced: Speaking. (Conditionals, comparatives, making suggestions.)
Method

Put students in either pairs, groups or as a class.
Explain to students that they need to think about the positive, negative and interesting points of an idea.
Show the students an idea statement (see list/presentation below) and give them some time to think of some positive, negative and interesting aspects of the idea.

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Statement Ideas
Police officers should not carry guns.
People should only be allowed to eat meat once a week.
There should be an extra tax on unhealthy food.
Life would be better without government or rules.
The government has the right to monitor phone calls and emails.
All children should have the right to vote.
All students should speak only English in school.
Teachers should be able to use physical punishment.
All cars should be banned from the centres of all cities.
Everyone should receive the same income.

Statement Ideas Presentation

Variation: Show students pictures of different products and inventions. Ask them to assess the invention.

 
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