Ice breaker

An activity to help students to get to know each other. Ideal for new classes / student groups.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

Personal Data Dominoes

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2016-09-18 20:24

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E3.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M7.2, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.2a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Ice breaker, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2, E3

Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.

Capital letters consequences game

Submitted by Ruth North on Fri, 2014-01-17 11:23

Literacy: Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Functional English - writing

Free tags: consequences, fun

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker, Teaching idea

A recap game to practise applying knowledge of when to use capital letters. Learners supply names, dates, places and objects to create a mis-matched story.

It could also be used as an icebreaker.

January bingo

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Thu, 2013-11-28 10:48

Literacy: SLc/E1.2, SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.2c, ESOL Sc/E2.2d, ESOL Sc/E2.3a, ESOL Sc/E2.3b

Free tags: New Year, Christmas

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Ice breaker, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

Shape starter activity

Submitted by Helen Connell on Tue, 2013-10-08 19:17

Pre-entry: Numeracy

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/E3.2, MSS1/L1.8, MSS1/L1.9, MSS1/L2.7, MSS2/E3.1, MSS1/L2.8

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker

This is a good starter activity to introduce measures, shape and space. It is also useful in dividing classes into small groups.

Using the templates I created I printed them on to card of different colours. I gave the shapes to the learners as they entered the room and told them to find the table with the same shape on it. When they reached the table they found the shape and some questions to answer.

After five minutes I asked for feedback from the learners.

What year did you? ESOL and Numeracy

Submitted by Maria Veselova-Smith on Tue, 2013-09-10 17:55

Numeracy: N1/E3.2

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Lr/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.1a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Revision material

This activity encourages ESOL students: – To communicate with each other while moving around the classroom, – To revise Past Simple (questions and answers), – To practise basic numeracy (subtraction).

With extensive teachers’ notes

Radical Banality: an ice breaking card game

Submitted by Karen Duncan on Tue, 2013-05-21 10:28

Literacy: Apply grammar, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Game, Ice breaker

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

This is a resource for mixed ability groups. It can act as an ice breaker and will help students ot think about word choice and context. It is useful in writing sessions.

This can be played by 4 or more players. If you have more than 8, you may want to print out the “things” cards twice.

Each player gets 5 “things” cards. Players take it in turns to read a phrase with a blank / two blanks in it. The other players try to find the best match from their cards.

Come Dine with Me

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 18:54

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests!

Induction bingo

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 10:17

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity

A mingling exercise to get students talking to one another. Great as an induction activity for new classes or for ESOL learners to practise speaking and listening.

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

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