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Extras: Mingle activities

Short mingling ‘extra’ activities, including a ice-breaker called ‘Snowball fight’ and a word-pair game called ‘Fish and chips’.

(To mingle = to move around and talk to people especially at a social event). These activities are often designed to practise question asking and answering.

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  • Mingle activities: An old friend

    Author: Jennifer Farmer Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This ice breaker works really well when you have new students joining an old class and can be used as a lively warmer to review personal questions and social language.

  • Mingle activities: Find your partner

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    There are numerous variations on this but one of the most effective is to prepare a series of two-line dialogues consisting of a statement (or a question) and a response.

  • Mingle activities: Find your partner and circles

    Author: Viviane Kirmeliene Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Two short mingle activities.

  • Mingle activities: Fish and chips

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Short mingle activity using well-known word pairs.

  • Mingle activities: Greetings, word circle and star of my life

    Author: Paula Carvalho Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Three short mingle activities.

  • Mingle activities: Pronunciation 'find someone who'.

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This is a familiar exercise, widely used as a warmer and a 'get to know you' exercise, but the pronunciation version is a bit different and focuses the learners on this particular aspect of the language.

  • Mingle activities: Question swap

    Author: Richard Hargreaves Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This is a great way to get your students talking. It can be used as revision, or to introduce a topic too.

  • Mingle activities: Snowball fight

    Author: Paul Ashe Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    A short ice-breaker activity which encourages students to mingle and share information about themselves.

  • Mingle activities: Talk when the music stops

    Author: Andrea Zibung Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    A lively mingle activity to get students moving and talking about various topics.

  • Mingle activities: What's in a name?

    Author: Susan Lotovale Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Three short mingle activities.

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