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Friday, January 02, 2009

ESL Teacher Blog: Come-Back-After-Holidays Icebreaker

This yes/no question icebreaker will let students exchange their holiday experiences and memories as well as put them into the working mood in no time.
 
Procedure:

1. Write the 3 following questions on the board and ask each student to write brief answers in their notebooks.

• Where did you go? (name a place, e.g.: resort, theatre, museum, skating rink, friend’s house, etc.)
• What did you do? (name an activity, e.g.: cooking, shopping, studying English, watching TV, resting, etc.)
• Who(m) did you see/visit? (name a person, e.g.:relatives, friends, neighbors, a well-known person, etc.)

2. Put the students in pairs. Tell them NOT to show their answers to each other.

3. Students ask each other yes/no questions trying to guess their partner’s answers. (The questions may only be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.)

A sample dialogue may develop as the following:

Did you do this activity indoors? No.
Did you do it outdoors? Yes.
Is it a sport? Yes.
Is it a winter sport? Yes.
Is it hockey? No.
Is it skating? Yes.

4. Students report to the class about their partner’s experiences/whereabouts during the holidays.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 9:43 PM
Comments
Sunday, February 22, 2009 AT 7:27 AM
bujar muzhaqi said:
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Monday, October 29, 2012 AT 5:13 AM
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Saturday, August 29, 2015 AT 6:44 AM
Lina GUMULIAUSKIENE said:
During the lesson I will tell something false about my summer holidays.Students will be warned at the beginning of the lesson.The student who is to guess the lie gets a prize.

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