It is important for your
feel comfortable in class because they will be able to learn much
better when they are relaxed and focused. When you are working with a
new group, it is a good idea to take some time to get to know each
Also, if you have been working very hard with your students and
you need a little break, you can use these enjoyable icebreaker
activities to relieve some of the pressure! They are fun
and easy, and
you and your students will feel more comfortable working together after
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Try these fun activities to break
with a new student or group of students. Remember that you can also
adapt them to different units of grammar or vocabulary that you are
working on to take a little break from your usual class routine.
Your students are sure to enjoy them, and they will be fun for you,
too! But most importantly, they will help you to create a good class dynamic
to make your lessons even more
enjoyable and productive
1. Two Truths and a Lie
This is a fun activity for students to share some information about
themselves and be creative at the same time.
a worksheet to each of your students with the beginnings of some
sentences on them. The sentences should be designed so that the
students can talk about themselves. Remember not to make the questions
too personal or serious so that your students don't feel uncomfortable.
Here are some examples
you can use:
- Some foods I hate are:
- When I was little, my dream job was:
- Some countries I want to visit are:
- A few of my favorite movies are:
Your students should complete these sentences with two answers that are
true and one answer that is false.
them a few minutes to write down their answers. Then take turns
sharing. The students should try to guess which of their classmates'
three answers is false for each statement.
Who is the best at
fooling their classmates? Who can guess when their classmates are not
telling the truth? If you want, you can keep score. But this activity
is lots of fun however you do it!
2. Twenty Questions
Another fun way for your students to get to know each other is by
playing Twenty Questions (or fewer, depending on the time you have).
Make a worksheet with some simple, informal questions for your
students. Again, be sure not to ask anything too personal or serious!
- What is your favorite movie?
- Where were you born?
- What was the first pet you ever had?
- What famous person would you like to meet?
some more examples. You don't need to make twenty of them, especially
if you are working with a very large group. You don't want the activity
to take too long.
You can do this activity several different ways.
the students work in pairs and interview each other. Then they can each
introduce their partner to the group and tell their classmates what
they found most interesting about their partner.
the students fill out the worksheet silently. Then collect them and
read the answers. Have the student guess which person gave which answer.
the students sit in a circle. Each student should ask the person
sitting on their left a question. That student will answer and then ask
the person to their left the following question.
3. Open Quotes
This activity is a good one for practicing vocabulary and
writing. It is also a chance for your students to be serious or silly,
depending on how they feel.
Check the internet for some quotes
by famous people or use common expressions. Make a list of five or ten
quotes, but leave off the endings.
- The best things in life are...
- Mahatma Gandhi: "Happiness is when..."
the students the worksheet and let write their own endings for the
quotes or expressions. Then have them all share their answers.
you want, you can read the original quote or tell your students the
traditional ending of the expression (for example: The best things in
life are free
is no "correct answer!" You will find that your students can be very
funny, creative, or profound in their answers. Which answer do the
students prefer for each statement?
4. Are You a Daredevil?
You can also create icebreaker activities to practice specific
vocabulary. A good place to start is with words and expressions related
to taking risks.
First, give the students some nouns and define them clearly.
- A daredevil
is a person who really enjoys taking risks.
- A "scaredy
cat" is a person who is afraid to take risks. This is an
You can also teach some expressions like:
- Living on the
edge means taking lots of risks and having lots of action
and adventure in your life.
- Playing it
safe means avoiding risks and trying to do things in a
very safe way.
your students if they consider themselves to be risk takers. Do you
have any daredevils in the classroom? Who prefers to play it safe? Does
anyone like to live on the edge?
Create some questions to practice the vocabulary.
- What is one risky or dangerous thing you have done?
- Can you think of a time you decided to play it safe?
Have your students interview each other in pairs, or discuss all of the
questions together with the whole class.
can adapt this activity to work with different vocabulary units. It is
a very flexible exercise! The idea is to get your students talking
about their experiences and ideas.
Once your students feel comfortable with each other and with you, class
will be even more enjoyable and productive!
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