An ice-breaker exercise for practising conversation and vocabulary.
- To practise simple personal questions: What’s your name? How old are you? Are you married? How many children do you have? What’s your job?
- To revise basic vocabulary.
- To break the ice and make students relax and enjoy using English.
- To incorporate body language and intonation into the lesson.
- To get students moving around the classroom and changing the dynamics away from a teacher-led activity.
- Ask students to write down the following words on a scrap of paper, keeping what they write secret form those around them:
- The name of a fruit
- The name of a vegetable
- A number between 1 and 200
- The answer to the following questions – Do you like football?
- How many pencils and pens do you have?
- 6What is the first thing you do every morning?
- Now tell students that these things are actually:
- Their first name
- Their family name
- Their age
- Are they married?
- How many children they have
- Their hobby
- Now they must get up and go around the class and ask the personal questions and share information about their new selves.
- Encourage them to shake hands (if appropriate) and make eye contact when meeting new people.
- If they don’t automatically use intonation appropriate for surprise etc, why not model it before the activity. E.g. How old are you?A hundred and fifty seven.Really!? (said with rising intonation and a long stretch of the word).
- This game ensures that students really listen to the answers of their questions as it is an information gap – they won’t know what the answers will be.