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Headway
Fourth edition

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General warmers . . . . page 2
Video Activities . . . . page 3
Activities for Reading and Listening Tasks . . . . page 4
Activities for Speaking and Pronunciation . . . . page 6
General warmers
1. Correct the Mistake
Equipment: Headway iTools on IWB
Aim: To revisit gap-fill exercises or to get feedback
on gap-fill exercises.
When: As a warmer at the start of the next lesson
or straight after the activity.
Preparation:
Enlarge a gap-fill exercise using the zoom tool.
Choose the thin pen and write answers into the gaps:
some correct some incorrect. (When the text goes back
to normal size the pen marks stay.)

In the lesson:
Tell the students they will see the answers to a gap-fill
exercise but some are correct and some are incorrect.
Give them a few minutes working in pairs to try to spot the
incorrect answers.
Elicit the answers and correct them using the pen tool.

Variation:
Turn this activity into a game by putting students into teams and
awarding points for correct answers.

2. Whats in the picture?


Equipment: Headway iTools on IWB or a projector
Aim: To review vocabulary or to create interest in a reading /
listening task using pictures.
When: As a warmer before a reading / listening task or in the
next lesson.
Preparation:
Enlarge the chosen picture using the magnify tool.
Choose the thick white pen from the tool box and use it to
hide items or certain parts of the picture.

In the lesson:
Tell the students they are going to look at a picture and try to
identify what is missing.
Enlarge the picture and give them a few minutes working in pairs
to try to guess or remember what the items are.
Elicit the names of missing items or parts from the class, rubbing
them off as you go along.
If students are struggling reveal just part of the picture to help them.

Variation:
Turn this into a game by putting students into teams and awarding
points for correct answers.

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Video activities
3. Silent Video
Equipment: Headway iTools / iTutor video on IWB or a projector
Aim: To create interest in the video.
When: As a warmer for a video lesson.
Preparation: None

In the lesson:
Play the chosen video or part of it with the sound turned off.
Ask students to watch the video and decide what they think
is happening.
Ask them to discuss their answers in pairs before getting
some feedback.
Then play the video again with the sound up to see
if they were correct.

Variation:
Play the chosen video or part of it with the sound turned off.
Ask students to watch the video and write a list of the words
they think they will hear.
Ask them to discuss their answers in pairs before getting
some feedback.
Then play the video again with the sound on and they tick
off the words they hear from their lists.

4. Descriptive Video
Equipment: iTools / iTutor video on IWB or a projector
Aim: Practise the use of descriptive language.
When: As a cooler after a descriptive language lesson,
e.g. buildings in a town or words to describe people
Preparation: None

In the lesson:
Ask the students to work in pairs, Student A facing the screen
Student B facing away.
Play a part of your chosen video with the sound turned off.
Ask Student A to describe the scene to their partner but they
need to tell one lie. Ask Student B to take notes.
Play the video again with everyone watching. The students have
to spot the lie.

Variation:
For a more challenging task, tell Student A to lie 3 times.
Then they watch and see if they can spot the lies.

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Activities for Reading and L
5. Guess the word!
Equipment: Headway iTools on IWB or a projector
Aim: To review words in a reading text.
When: After completing a reading task, or as a warmer at the
start of the next lesson after a reading task.
Preparation:
Enlarge a reading text using the zoom tool.
Choose the thick black pen from the tool box to black out words
in the text. (When the text goes back to normal size the pen marks
stay and will be to scale.)

In the lesson:
Put students into groups and tell them they are going to guess
some words in a text.
Enlarge the text and give them a few minutes working in their
groups to try to guess or remember what the words are.
Elicit the words from the class rubbing them off with the eraser tool
as you go along.
Award points for getting the correct words. You could also award
points for synonyms.
If students are struggling reveal just part of the word to help them.

Variation:
To make this a little easier, write the missing words around the text.

6. Picture Memory Game


Equipment: iTools or iTutor on an IWB or on a projector.
Aim: To create interest in a reading or listening task.
When: Before a reading or listening task.
Preparation: Choose an interesting picture.

In the lesson:
Divide the class into three or four groups, display the picture for
a short time and then blank the board. Get students to write a list
of words/sentences/actions they can remember seeing in the
picture. To make the game competitive, set a time limit and reward
the group who comes up with the longest list.

Variation:
Do this in reverse: tell students briefly about the picture they are
going to see. Ask them to discuss and predict with their partners
what things they think will be in the picture.
Elicit some answers then show the pictures. Students award
themselves points for words they have on their lists.

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d Listening tasks
7. Guess the Picture
Equipment: iTools on IWB or a projector
Aim: To create interest in a reading or listening task.
When: Before a reading or listening task or as a warmer.
Preparation: Choose an interesting picture or pictures; cover the
picture with post-it notes by pressing the T button and
dragging the notes where you want them.

In the lesson:
Divide the class into three or four groups, each group comes to
the board in turn and clicks the x to remove a post-it. They then
have to guess whats in the picture. Repeat until someone guesses
correctly or all the post-its have been removed.

Variation:
Just put one post-it note in the middle of the picture. Ask students
to discuss with their partners or in small groups what they believe
the note is covering. Get feedback from the class before revealing
the picture.

8. Text Editing
Equipment: iTools on an IWB or a projector
Aim: To review a reading text, and help students think
about key words.
When: After a reading activity.
Preparation: Choose a suitable reading text.

In the lesson:
Divide the class into three or four groups, display a text and tell
the students they are going to try to delete words in the text but
it still has to make sense.
Give them time to think in their groups and then go around the
groups eliciting the words to delete.
Use the thick marker to delete the words and then ask the
students if they agree the text still makes sense.

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Activities for Speaking and P
9. Choral Drill Dialogue
Equipment: iTools on IWB or a projector
Aim: Practise pronunciation.
When: With any Everyday English dialogue.
Preparation: None

In the lesson:
Divide the class into As and Bs (or as many roles as there are in
the dialogue). Tell them that they are going to read the dialogue
in the book.
Assign a role from the dialogue to each half of the class.
Turn the sound off and open the script. Play the listening like this.
The students read along in unison with their roles, following
the Karaoke bars.
Depending on the level of your students do it twice or three
times before asking students to swap roles.
Then put students into pairs, one A one B. Ask them to read their
roles with the Karaoke bars but this time speaking to each other.

10. What do you think?


Equipment: iTools on an IWB
Aim: To give students preparation and planning time before
a speaking activity.
When: Before the What do you think? activity in the course
book.
Preparation: None

In the lesson:
Enlarge the What do you think? exercise on the IWB.
Ask students to work in small groups and brainstorm some words
that they think will be useful to do the activity.
After a couple of minutes ask them for their ideas and write them
on the board using the pen tool.
Leave this displayed for reference while the students do the activity.

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d Pronunciation
11. Say it right
Equipment: Headway iTools / iTutor on IWB or a projector
Aim: To practise pronunciation features in a listening text.
When: After a listening activity.
Preparation: None

In the lesson:
After the listening, ask students to turn to the listening scripts
at the back of their books.
Open the open script button on iTools or the tapescript button
on iTutor.
Ask them to identify where they think the stress will be in each
sentence.
Elicit some answers and point them out on the screen.
If you are using iTools on the IWB, then mark the sentence stress
with the pen tool.
Play the listening and see if the students were correct.

Variation:
You can do the same or similar with intonation or word stress.

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