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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: Circles

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    A short mingle activity.

  • Mingle activities: Find your partner

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

    A short mingle activity.

  • 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: Fish and chips

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

    A short mingle activity using well-known word pairs.

  • Mingle activities: Greetings

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

    A short, start of the lesson mingle activity.

  • Mingle activities: Important dates

    Author: Susan Lotovale Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Game

    An activity where students describe important dates in their lives.

  • Mingle activities: New things

    Author: Susan Lotovale Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Game

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  • 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.

  • Mingle activities: Snowball fight

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

    A short ice-breaker activity which encourages students to mingle and share information about themselves in the very first class.

  • Mingle activities: Star of my life

    Author: Paula Carvalho Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate Type: Game

    A great activity for breaking the ice and allowing teachers and students to get to know each other quickly.

  • 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

    An activity about stories associated with students' names.

  • Mingle activities: Word circle

    Author: Paula Carvalho Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate Type: Game

    An activity that can be used as a warmer, to revise vocabulary or for the teacher to check students’ vocabulary range on a certain topic.

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