In each of the smaller clouds (the best number is 4-6) write a word that somehow describes you: your favourite food, colour, the place where you are from etc. This game is an absolute ESL classic and I find it particularly useful as an icebreaker. FIND SOMEONE WHO All this icebreaker requires is some imagination, a pen, and some paper. I usually make it a competition, with pairs or groups of students writing down 2 questions for each sentence and grilling me.Don’t make it too easy for the students to figure out what each word stand for. It creates a reason for students to ask their classmates questions they probably would not have under different circumstances, it helps them learn each other’s names and maximizes student talking time. It is then up to them to decide in which case I was lying.It allows students to talk about their preferences and get to know each other’s tastes and opinions what leads to exchanging views and finding out more about each other.It is also great in terms of student talking time and making students more comfortable speaking in front of their peers.
I have also noticed how this game makes people more eager to share fun facts about themselves, and not just the basics (family, job, pets). It should look something like this: Put your name in the middle. After they had finished, elicit at least one piece of information about each student. They should ask me questions trying to catch me lying.
Procedure: I have two sets of pictures I usually work with: different holiday destinations and different houses.
Each set contains 12 different pictures, each picture has a number from 1 to 6 on the back (you need to glue pictures and number and cut them up before class).
Although it is more motivating for students, you run the risk of not everybody coming up with suitable questions (and in the case of teenage groups you almost ALWAYS end up with at least one dirty question ).
This icebreaker requires a little bit of preparation (see below).