Icebreakers for the First Lessons

First Letter

Subject: Verb to be


This quick game is designed specially for helping you and your new students to find out and memorize their names on the first day of class.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 7-9 y.o.

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a circle or a semi-circle.  

How to Play. To start the competition, you should invite Player A to come and stand in front of their new classmates. A typical game might begin something like this:
Player A: My name begins with the letter 'L'.
Player B: Are you Liza?
Player A: No, I'm not.
Player C: Are you Lera?
Player A: No, I'm not. 
Player D: Are you Lada?
Player A: Yes, I am.
As a result of the right answer, Player D gets one point. This time, it is the turn of Player B to stand in the front of the other children, and the turn of Player C to ask the first question and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the names have been revealed. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the whole competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the winner of the game.