ESL Level: Pre-Intermediate
Focus: Getting to know classmates (ice-breaker), asking questions
Activity time: 20 minutes
Number of students: 4+
Activity Description: Students ask each other questions related to six categories to find out what they have in common.
- Tell students that they are going to ask each other questions to learn more about each other. Write “What do you have in common?” on the board. Explain that ‘in common’ means that you share two things that are the same. Give examples, e.g. two students in the class who are both from the same country.
- Distribute activity sheets.
- Explain the categories. Elicit possible questions for each category from students. For example:
- Favourites: What is your favourite color?
- Dislikes: Do you like rain?
- Family: Do you have a brother?
- Home: Do you live in an apartment?
- Pets/Animals: Do you have a pet? Do you like cats more than dogs? Have you eaten horse?
- Travel: Have you been to Kyoto?
- In the future: Do you want to get married in the future?
- Other: How old are you?
- Tell them that if they find that they have something in common with a classmate related to these 6 topics, they should write down their classmate’s name (“Who: Takako”) and what they have in common (“What: have a brother”).
- Let them begin. I tell my students to only ask one or two questions per person, then switch partners.
- When finished, have each student share something interesting they learned with the class.
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