Warm-up: the word machine A1
The leader proposes a word (1st film: France from the perspective of a former colony, 2nd film: Poland).
It can be an element of a lesson. The first participant shows a gesture and voices a word or a sentence that he or she associates with the topic. Then, they repeat the gesture as if they were a part of a machine (therefore, the gesture cannot be difficult or tiresome). The leader, then asks the others to join with their own gestures and words. All of them repeat it in one pace. If the first person speed up, the rest speeds up too.
The exercise enables working on the vocabulary.
It shows the role of gestures and expressions.
It makes the participants less afraid to speak.
It consolidates the group, and it teaches mindfulness and collaboration.