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quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016


One of the things I’m sure of is that icebreakers are really important when it comes to teaching an additional (foreign or second) language.

Icebreakers, among other definitions, may be seen as “fantastic ways to start the day running and great methods of learning about your students and getting them to interact with each other.” Some teachers start their classes with icebreakers in order to get students in the mood for the lesson. Sometimes – but not always – icebreakers are connected to the topic to be studied in the lesson.

In this very short entry, I would like to share with you some ideas I’ve been using in my classes lately – three icebreakers that can also be used as warmers.

The first one is ‘Fact or fiction?’

Fact or fiction?

What to do and how to do it?

Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about themselves which may not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not. Taking turns they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves and the rest of the group votes which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other.

The second one is ‘interview’


What to do and how to do it?

Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take three minutes to interview each other. Each interviewer has to find 3 interesting facts about their partner. Bring everyone back to together and ask everyone to present the 3 facts about their partner to the rest of the group. Watch the time on this one, keep it moving along.

The third one is ‘my name is?’

My name is?

What to do and how to do it?

Go around the group and ask each young person to state his/her name and attach an adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but also starts with the same letter of his name e.g. generous Grahame, dynamic Dave. Write them down and refer to them by this for the rest of the evening.

I do hope you guys enjoy this one!

See you around!

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