How do you usually start your lessons? Would you say you hook your students in? And can you identify the best way to start lessons? 

The first minutes of a class can set the tone for the entire lesson, so it is important to use interactive activities no matter whether you are teaching online, face to face, or a mix of the two in hybrid lessons. Watch these 5 tips on ways to start lessons to learn how to be engaging in those early and important minutes of a lesson, allow positive student interaction and perhaps become more effective in your teaching.

Please let us know how you get on with Ruben’s latest tips, and if you have others you think should be added to the list, in the comments or via our social media. We would love to hear about your teaching experiences.


Useful references

Bruzzano, C. (2020). ‘Unexpected twists and turns: giving spontaneous interaction a try’. English Teaching professional Blog.


Knowles, M.S., Holton III, E.F. & Swanson, R.A. (2015). The adult learner : the definitive classic in adult education and human resource development (8th Edition). London: Routledge.


Ocriciano, M. (2020). ‘The more you do, the better you’ll be: how Retrieval Practice can improve your learners’ performance’. English Teaching professional Blog. [Please add a hyperlink to the underlined words]