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Introductions and Socializing - ESL/EFL Teaching Activities

First Class Interview and Introductions

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

In this comprehensive teaching activity, students read five interview questions and then create five more interview questions of their own. When they have finished, they work with a partner and interview each other. Based on their partner's answers, they complete a text and then introduce their partner to the class.

First Class Interview and Introductions.PDF


Interview Question Words

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Students learn how to ask and answer interview questions using wh- question words in this useful teaching activity. Students start by filling in question words so they can complete a set of interview questions to ask a partner. Once they have finished writing the questions, they interview each other and write down their partner's answers on the worksheet.Students together

Interview Question Words.PDF


Introducing your Friend

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This handy activity enables you to teach your students ways to greet and introduce someone. Students read through an example dialogue based on introducing people. Students then answer some comprehension questions about the language used. Then in groups of three, students create a similar dialogue of their own, which they present to the class.

Introducing your Friend.PDF


Introducing your Friend to the Class

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

For this teaching exercise, participants work in twos. To begin, the students are given an introduction gap-fill text. Students write down 12 questions they must ask their partner to complete the text. Then, they ask their questions to their partner and complete text. Afterwards, they use the text to introduce their friend to the class.

Introducing your Friend to the Class.PDF


Introductions and Polite Conversation

ESL/EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

This extensive lesson will teach students how to introduce themselves formally and informally, ask and answer questions about where they come from, talk about their brothers, sisters and favourites. In addition, there are two speaking activities. In the first activity, students work in pairs and talk about what they have learnt during the lesson. In the second activity, small groups of students ask and answer questions in the third person based on the target language from the lesson.

Introductions and Polite Conversation.PDF


Meeting People

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students practice meeting people and introducing them. To begin, the teacher elicits some expressions for introducing yourself and others from the class. The teacher then models some examples with a few of the students. After that, the class is divided into groups of eight. Each student is given an identity card and a task card. The students assume the identity of the person on their card. Their task is to find the two people on their task card and introduce them to each other. All the names and jobs are very similar, so the students have to check they have the right two people. The students mingle, asking each other’s name and job until they find the two people who are to be introduced. Then, they introduce the two people to each other using the expressions the teacher covered at the start of the activity.

Meeting People.PDF



ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this communicative teaching activity, students find out the names of other members of the class and introduce themselves. Students are given a worksheet with 12 blank picture frames on. Students sit in a circle and draw a portrait of themselves in one of the picture frames on their worksheet. The students then give their worksheet to the person who is sitting on their left. Students draw themselves again anywhere on the worksheet they have just received. They then pass the worksheet to the person on their left again. This is repeated until the students receive the worksheet they started with. The students have to try to identify their classmates from their portraits, find out their names and introduce themselves using a given dialogue.



The People You Meet

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Students work in groups of eight for this teaching activity. Each student is given an identity card and a worksheet. The students go around the group, asking and answering personal information questions in order to complete their student worksheets with information about the other students' identities.

The People You Meet.PDF

What do we have in common?

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Class members learn the language used to become better acquainted with one another with this engaging speaking activity. It may also be utilized to teach wh- questions with the verb to be along with other verbs in the present simple. The objective of the teaching activity is for students to find classmates who have things in common with them. Students fill out the chart with information about themselves. Then, students move around the classroom, talking to different classmates to get the information need. Whenever they find someone who has something in common with them, they write that person's name in the corresponding square.

What do we have in common?.PDF


Both of Us

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this fun ice-breaking activity, students find out what they have in common with their classmates. This resource makes a great introduction activity for the first day of class. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students write down the names of the students in the class in the left column. Then, they walk around the class and find one thing they have in common with each student on their worksheet. They must find a different thing for each classmate. When they discover something in common with another student, they write it down on the line next to the name of the student. When everyone has finished, the teacher asks random students what they have in common with another student on the list.

Both of Us.PDF


Making Small Talk

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 25 Minutes

Small talk is a very important skill for students of English to master. This noteworthy speaking exercise teaches students what small talk is and how and when it is used. They are also taught some small talk conversation starters. Students work in small groups. Each group is given 15 small talk topics cards. Group members take it in turns to pick up a topic card and make a comment about the topic. The other students should also make comments and ask questions to initiate small talk. Each topic should last one minute.

Making Small Talk.PDF


My Partner

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 35 Minutes

This appealing speaking task gives students practice at asking personal information questions. The activity helps to teach students how to ask Wh- questions to find out information about their partner. It also teaches them to use reported speech when giving feedback to the class. This activity works well with older students.

My Partner.PDF


Personal Information Worksheet

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 30 Minutes

If you are teaching a new class of students, this intriguing teaching activity is really useful. It helps students get to know each other. In pairs, students interview each other and write their partner's information on a worksheet. Students also have to ask one more question of their own. When everyone has finished their interviews, two pairs of students are put together and students introduce their partners to the other pair.

Personal Information Worksheet.PDF


Small Talk Techniques

ESL/EFL Lesson - Pre-Intermediate - 1 Hour

In this mini-lesson, students learn techniques for making small talk and how to keep a conversation going. The students begin by looking at four techniques for making small talk and showing interest. These include using echo questions, echo words, phrases for showing attention and agreement and asking follow-up questions. Students complete various exercises using each technique during the lesson. Students end the lesson by reading a conversation and identifying the small talk techniques. After which, students practice what they have learnt by having ten short small talk conversations. In each conversation, they must ask 5 follow-up questions and use the small talk techniques.

Small Talk Techniques.PDF


Social English

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 20 Minutes

Get your students socializing with this invaluable teaching activity. In pairs, students read a situation and then practice keeping a conversation going by using a list of conversation starters and topics. There are two different situations that get the students practicing social English in authentic situations.

Social English.PDF


Showing Interest and Expressing Appreciation

ESL/EFL Business English Lesson - Intermediate - 1 Hour+

Here is a link to useful Business English lesson related to socializing. To begin, students work with a partner. They discuss questions relating to good relationships, respect, politeness, and good manners. Then, as a group, students check the definitions of a list of words linked to describing personal qualities. Students are then presented with phrases for showing interest. They use the phrases to complete various dialogues. Then, they read the dialogues with a partner. After that, pairs create and practice a similar dialogue based on a flow chart. This is followed by a reading section based on working with difficult people. Students look at strategies for dealing with these people. They read a text and then answer comprehension questions. Finally, there is a round up activity that looks at describing people's qualities.

Showing Interest and Expressing Appreciation.PDF


That's Fantastic!

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students write and perform dialogues using functional language in the context of feelings. Each pair of students is given five expression cards. The teacher then writes up some example sentences on the board, e.g. My dog ran away. The students look at their expressions cards and provide some possible responses, e.g. Oh no! Oh dear! The students then write a dialogue using everyday language connected with the expressions on their cards such as That's fantastic! Lucky you!, etc. The students must use all five expressions in their dialogue. When they have finished, the pairs practice reading them aloud and work on their intonation. When they are ready, students perform their dialogues to the class.

That's Fantastic!.PDF


The Office Party

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

The link below will take you to a fun speaking activity that helps students practice making small talk. In the teaching activity, students role-play being at a party and sharing gossip. Students work in groups of eight. Each student is given a role card. The students mingle and practice introductions, greetings and small talk. Students also practice gossiping and registering surprise. The objective of the role-play is to find out as much gossip as possible.

The Office Party.PDF


More teaching resources based on introductions can be found below:

First Day Introduction Game

The First Day of Class

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+1 #3 Wendy 2014-08-31 16:37
Thank you so much for this. I shared it with all the ESL teachers I know.
+5 #2 Chenjie 2014-05-07 02:52
Such good resources, thank you so much for sharing!
+3 #1 irina 2014-03-23 10:58
Great job, you've done, thanks a lot. I am a teacher and it is the right material for me to teach beginners.

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