Number one for English language teachers

Mingle activities: What's in a name?

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

An activity about stories associated with students' names.

Most people have a story associated with their name.


  • In pairs students discuss:

    How you got your name.
    Is there any special meaning attached to your name?
    Discuss the family background to your name.
    What about names of other people in your family - are there any stories connected with these?
    If you could change your name, what name would you choose and why?

I've found this to be quite a successful warmer and in some cases it can take up the whole lesson as students move around asking questions relating to names. 

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