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Monday, September 05, 2011

Back-to-School Icebreaker: Where in the World?

This is an engaging icebreaker that will get everyone warm up to each other.  The objective is to let students share interesting facts about their countries of origin as well as gather some information about your new group (help you assess student spoken proficiency, grammar accuracy, level of participation/cooperation, leading/reserved students, etc.)
 
Ask students to give 3 clues to describe their country of origin. For example:
 
1. The tango originated there.

2. The current President is a woman.

3. Kissing is a standard way of greeting people.
 
Have the rest of the class name the country. (Argentina)
 
Extension and additional uses:
 
- Ask more questions to make the conversation go on (which of the facts students knew/didn’t know? what they found amusing/surprising/inspiring/unique about this particular country?)

- use the clues to tell about yourself (a place you studied/grew up in, etc.)

- ask for clues based on geography, history, political systems, interesting people of a particular country, etc.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:38 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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