Although it is more motivating for students, you run the risk of not everybody coming up with suitable questions (and in the case of teenage groups you almost ALWAYS end up with at least one dirty question ).
This icebreaker requires a little bit of preparation (see below).
It allows students to talk about their preferences and get to know each other’s tastes and opinions what leads to exchanging views and finding out more about each other.
It is also great in terms of student talking time and making students more comfortable speaking in front of their peers.
You might adapt the grammar to your students’ (expected) level. Tell them they need to find other students who can answer YES to the questions. After asking YES / NO questions, your students should try eliciting more information from those partners who answered YES, and write it down in the other column together with the person’s name: Were you born in June? Here are some examples of questions students could ask me in order to discover the truth: Once the students expose your lie, it is time for them to play the same game among themselves.
Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her.Ask students to randomly pick a card from a box/ a sack and take a look at the picture. Once they find their partner, they should introduce themselves briefly, and talk about their pictures answering the questions you have asked before. Give your students 5 minutes to talk in pairs and then ask numbers 1 and 2 to get together (you should get a group of 4). Now, let students introduce their partners to new students: MATCHING PICTURES HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS MATCHING PICTURES HOUSES I learned this game during my TEFL course and instantly regretted not knowing it earlier. In my case here is what each cloud stands for: BLUE = my favourite colour WRITER = I wanted to be a writer in the future when I was a kid BLOG = I have a blog (in the past it used to stand for “I’d like to start a blog”) BIKE = I love riding a bike PEAS = I hate peas BRAZIL = I’d love to travel there one day Let students ask 3 questions about each cloud, if they can’t guess, move on to the next one.What might seem like a monologue, usually naturally transforms into a conversation: students agree or disagree, ask about more details (Person A: I’d like to travel there because it seems peaceful and I’m very stressed at work. It is great in its simplicity, requires no preparation as such, allows students to learn something about each other and the teacher, and offers a lot or speaking practice. Once they have finished, ask them to tell you something they remember about you at this point.The teacher might also play although it is better to stay on the outside, moderate the game, and step in, in case there is a student left without a partner.Procedure: Arrange students in two circles, an inside and outside, the inside facing out. Pairs talk about their answers to questions which you a) put on the board and erase after each has been discussed b) are printed on handouts for each student. Once the time is up, you ask the students from the outside circle to move to their right, meet their new talking partner and answer the next question from the list. The most important thing is to make the questions open-ended to give your students something to work with.
In each of the smaller clouds (the best number is 4-6) write a word that somehow describes you: your favourite food, colour, the place where you are from etc. This game is an absolute ESL classic and I find it particularly useful as an icebreaker. FIND SOMEONE WHO All this icebreaker requires is some imagination, a pen, and some paper. I usually make it a competition, with pairs or groups of students writing down 2 questions for each sentence and grilling me.