Ideas for English Lessons

Moomba-Yumba Tribe

Subject: Verb to be


This game is designed specially for helping you and your new students to get to know and faster memorize their names in the first day of class.

Skills: Speaking

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 6-8 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 thay are standing in a circle or a semi-circle.  

How to Play. To start the competition, invite Players A and B to stand in front of their new classmates, opposite each other. Next, Player A makes any movement, e.g. claps their knees. Then they point to themself and say, e.g.:'I'm Vova!'. After that, Player B repeats the same movement, points to Player A and says:'You are Vova!'. In the following round, Player C takes the place of Player A, and Player B introduces themself in the same way, and so on. The game continues as long as all the ‘members of Moomba-Yumba tribe’ have introduced themselves. The main rule is no movement must be repeated during the whole activity! There is no winner in this game, but its effectiveness as an 'icebreaker' is great!