3 Great Icebreakers to Start a Class

  • One of the trickiest things for a teacher to do is find a good  icebreaker …..for every class !
  • A good icebreaker means you are on your way and everything after that should flow nicely.
  • However, if you haven’t thought about a good icebreaker beforehand, things can go downhill quickly and a class can turn into a real slog.
  • Below are three kinds of icebreakers I have found to be a smooth, relaxing and satisfying way into a good class.
  • These 3 icebreakers are word maps, brainstorming activities and vocabulary matching exercises

1.  Word maps : fashion and shopping example

Word maps are an easy and relaxing way to start a class.  A nice icebreaker ! A teacher can draw the word maps on the board and wander round the class asking individual students to contribute. You just need to think about the level of  vocabulary beforehand.  A nice smooth way to start a  class of any size. Click on the image or the link to download the printable PDF file.


Fashion and shopping word map icebreaker

Fashion and shopping word maps (PDF)

2. Brainstorming : choices and preferences example

Another nice and easy  icebreaker for a class is a brainstorming exercise. As long as the teacher has thought about the layout for the brainstorm this is pretty much  always a success in my experience. Once again this gives the teacher the opportunity to engage with individual students. Click on the image or the link to download the printable PDF file.


Brainstorming icebreaker example

Choices and preferences brainstorm (PDF)

3. Word matching : travel vocabulary example

Word matching is another variation to the  icebreakers above  that allows the teacher to engage with students. The teacher just  has to arrange vocabulary appropriate to the topic and the abilities of the students. Just like the exercises above this is another easy entry to a topic that slowly builds momentum as students get more involved (and wake up!).

Click on the image or the link to download the printable PDF file.


Word matching icebreaker example

Travel vocabulary matching (PDF)

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