PT3. Breaking the ice

PT3. Breaking the ice

Target group: 4ºeso (Spanish students) and Seconde (french students) , 15-16 years old.

Dates: May 2015 (during short mobility Lycée Jean Bart –IES A Sangriña)


  • Break down the barriers that might inhibit honest, comfortable communication.
  • Help people start communicating and sharing thoughts, and generally, warm up the room.
  • Get students talking, generate laughter and start with an initial level of warmth within the room.
  • Help to get to know each other
  • Help a group to begin the process of forming themselves into a team.
  • Help to be more talkative and enhance the communication ability in foreign languages.


  • Globe Ball

Materials needed are an inflatable globe blown up, and dot stickers (available in stationary stores). Students introduce themselves and give their names to the class.

Have students stand in a circle. Begin by throwing the globe ball to someone else and have the student throwing say the name of the person who is to receive the ball. (Teacher demonstrates first). If the student can't remember the intended receiver's name just ask the person to repeat his or her name and then say the name and throw the globe. Do this until the names are somewhat familiar then pick up the pace and throw faster.

When all names are familiar to all, stop and ask the students to take a yellow dot and place it on the glob on their hometown in their home country. (Don't put the dots on before throwing or they will fall off.)

Good practice for contrasting asking another's name politely and informally, comparative/superlative adjectives (further /furthest), and reported speech relating to information about students' countries could follow pair work exchange of information about individual countries.

  • Who wrote what?

1) Ensure every student has a blank sheet of paper.

2) Ask ONE getting to know you type question for every student in the class. Students write the answer to your question and pass their paper to the next student. By the time this stage is over, each student should have a sheet of paper with a series of different answers, all written by different students.

3) Take the papers in and distribute at random. The students now have to mix and mingle in order to find out who wrote each answer on their sheet of paper, and write the name next to it.

4) For feedback, ask 'What do we know about Melisa /Juan / Constant/ Valentine, etc...

PT3. Breaking the ice
PT3. Breaking the ice
PT3. Breaking the ice
PT3. Breaking the ice
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