Icebreaker Games for Pre-Intermediate Students


Subject: Second conditional + Vocabulary + Spelling + Alphabet


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

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 14+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 20-30 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 game, invite Player A to stand in front of their new classmates. A typical game might start something like this:

You: What's your name?

Player А: My name is Potap.

You: How do you spell that, please?

Player А: P-O-T-A-P.

Player В: What would you be if you was an animal?

Player А: I'd be a panda!

Player А gets one point.

Player С: What would you be if you was a tree?

Player А: I don't know!

Player С: You'd be a pine!

Player C gets one point.

and so on around the circle, each time naming a key word, beginning with the same letter as the name of Player A. If an asking player can not answer their own question, nobody gets any points. The round continues as long as each player has asked Player A. In the following round, it is Player B, whose turn to introduce themself and Player C, whose turn to ask the first question and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the students have introduced themselves. 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.