This exercise is good for A1-B1 levels. It is best in one of the first lessons.
- After introducing phrases to introduce oneself (if necessary) and reviewing question forms, tell the learners they are going to introduce themselves to each other. Give them 1-2 minutes to do this.
- Then, tell them that they are going to introduce themselves to a new person in the class. However, this time they will use the identity of person they just spoke to.
- Repeat a third time, having them swap their identity again.
- Finally, have the learners return to their seats and introduce the “real” people to each other by eliciting information from the group. Ask: Who is this (pointing to the first person)? Establish the correct name and then: What can you tell me about X? And allow the person to correct any misinformation.
1-1: This can not be used for 1-1 training.
There are many ways to conduct the first lesson with a new group including a needs analysis and self-introductions. This is just one idea.
- Cut A4 paper into 4 and give each learner 4 cut pieces of paper.
- Ask them to write one word on each paper. It should be a thing/object that is important to them.
- Collect the slips of paper and redistribute them to others.
- Ask the learners to write a few questions about the object. For example, LABRADOR: Do you have a labrador? Is it male or female? How old… etc.
- Have the learners mingle and find the person who wrote the word. They should ask their questions (and follow-up questions).
- When everyone has found the person who wrote all the words they have, they can sit back down. Then report back by asking: What was the most interesting thing you learned about Maria/Marco etc.
This is a good activity to practice speaking and getting to know each other. Of course the trainer should also include 4 slips of paper!
Alternative: instead of just things, the learners can use dates or places or verbs or a mix!
1-1: This exercise can work for 1-1 lessons, but just have the learner write 4 words and you interview them about those words. Then have the learner interview you about your 4 words.