1. WARMUP CONVERSATION ACTIVITIES
Each of the following websites offers several ideas for warmup activities that you might want to use with your students so that they are talking from the beginning of class:
(c) Better Language Teaching
2. ICEBREAKERS FOR ADULT ESL STUDENTS
Icebreakers are activities that teachers can use at the beginning of a semester to help students get to know each other and to help the teacher get to know the students.
Including icebreakers in the first week or two of class helps establish a comfortable class environment for learning and will go a long way toward building a relationship with your students.
The following websites offer various ways to “break the ice”:
1. http://www.ehow.com/list_6516028_ice-games-adult-esl-students.html (6 icebreakers)
2. http://www.eslcafe.com/idea/index.cgi?Ice:Breakers (a whole page of icebreakers)
3. http://eslkevin.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/first-day-or-first-week-activities-icebreakers-or-introductory-activities-for-esl-classes/ (13 icebreakers plus links to sites with even more icebreakers)
4. from squidoo.com:
My Name is _________ and I like ________
A way that you can get your students to remember names (and you too!) is to do this simple activity. Go around the class, and have students say, “My name is ______and I like _______.” The next student repeats the previous ones, and adds their own. it goes on until it finally gets to you and you can impress the students with your memorization abilities! It works best for smaller classes.