This is a no-preparation surprising and surprisingly interesting warm-up exercise for levels A2-C2.
- Ask the learners for a letter of the alphabet. Write that letter on the board (for example S).
- Now, ask for words that start with that letter and write about 15 on the board (for example sun, simple, socks, sorry, sick, soap, soup…)
- Put the learners in pairs. Tell them they have 4 minutes to have small talk on one (or more) of the topics on the board (of their choosing). Start your timer and have them start.
- Afterwards, get some feedback by asking: What did you talk about? Was it easy or difficult to discuss the topic? I also add why we do the exercise: You can’t always predict the direction small talk will take and practicing how to react in unexpected situations can be helpful.
1-1 variation: This works well in 1-1 as above with the trainer as one of the partner.