Get-to-know-each other Activities for the first lesson

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Get-to-know-each other Activities for the first lesson

Unread postby tangero » 17 Mar 2008, 11:00

I'm going to teach English in a secondary school to pupils of different ages (f.e.12, 13 and 16 year old).
The pupils know each other but I am new to their school. So could you suggest any activities we could do at our first lesson. To break the ice so to say...

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Re: Get-to-know-each other Activities for the first lesson

Unread postby Lucy » 18 Mar 2008, 20:31


As you say, the students already know each other, so it’s a case of the students getting to know you and you getting to know them. I suggest you don’t spend a long time on this activity because pupils of that age in secondary schools are not used to this type of activity. If I’m wrong and they do this type of thing in your school, then by all means, extend the activity.

You could ask the students to interview you. Give them time to prepare their questions in pairs or in groups before they ask you. This will make the speaking stage go more smoothly and will give you the chance to assess their level.

I don’t know what level your students are at; if they are at a high level, they should be able to produce questions without too much help from you. If they are at a low level, you can give them prompts to help them write their questions. The following can be used:

Where from?
Favourite film?
Favourite TV programme?

When students have all the answers, ask them to write a short paragraph outlining what they know about you. Go around, monitor and help where necessary. This will also help you to get an idea of their level.

Best wishes,


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