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I’m sure this has been used and used and re-used some more in your classes, but I used this in a class last week and even though I had used it before, I was surprised at the results, so thought I would put it on here to remind you that it is a great activity to use.

For those who may not be familiar with the concept of Speed Dating, a quick summary: Strangers go to the event and spend about 5 minutes at a table talking to a partner, a bell then sounds and they move round to the next person. They fill out an opinion form and hand them in to the organisers. If there are any matches, the organisers send their details to one another and romance blossoms from there!

You can use this activity at any level. It works with elementary students who are learning to introduce themselves and ask people questions. I have used it with intermediate students to improve fluency and last week I used it with advanced students who had to include more complex vocabulary and had to portray certain characteristics. They were very lathargic on a hot Friday afternoon but became full of energy and motivation once they started speed dating!

I find that getting students to make a new personality brings them out of themselves and gets rid of any shyness that there may have been before. You could give them a magazine and they have to find a photo of a person to be which can be quite fun.

Make sure you have equal number of boys and girls (you may need to have some transgender students for a while!)

They then need to invent a new name, age, personality profile (for higher students to act out), job, family imformation, hobbies and interests. Give them about 5-10 minutes for this as this is not the focus, and they may get carried away lookign for photos.

Set the tables up so one “date” takes place at each table. Give the students a maximum of 5 minutes (I find 3 minutes helps keep the pace up and means they don’t have any awkward silences) to talk to each other, then move one set around so they speak to as many people as possible. When they have spoken to everyone, bring them back together as a class and see who they made a note of who they liked… See if any romances have blossomed!

I have had 80 year old alcholics, 20 year old New York City singers and dancers, ego-centric socialites and lots and lots of giggles!


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These won’t be new ideas, and I’m not going to take credit for inventing them, but I’m going to put them all in one place with the hope that somone will stumble across my blog and think “Hey! That’s a new one I haven’t tried yet! I’ll give it a go….”

The following activities work well with all ages and levels, and can be adapted to suit your lessons topic of the day!

Who are you? (who who, who who?)

The classic post-it not game.

Students should be in small groups of 2-4 for this.

Either you write the name of a famous person (or animal, student etc…) or get the students to do it in secret. They then pass it to the person on their left, who then sticks it to their forehead. the students must take it in turns to ask “yes” or “no” questions. (eg. Am I a man? (yes) Am I American? (no)).

The first one to correctly guess who they are, wins!

All about me

This is a good game for the first time you are meeting each other, or when you have covered personalities or describing yourself.

Draw a stick man on the board. Tell the students that it is you.

Then draw several lines coming off the stickman and use some adjectives or short phrases to describe yourself. I do my likes and dislike, music, pet, job, and physical appearance.

Then get the students to do the same, and then will then present their stickman to the class.


when the students have drawn their stickman, get them to hand them in, you will then read them out, or give them to the students to read out, and they have to guess who the person is.

A – Z

Very common, I know. However, I only tried this for the first time yesterday, so I want to share it with you anyway.

I wrote on the board

A = amazing

B = blue

C = clever

Then I asked the students what type of words were on the board. They told me they were adjectives. I then said I wanted them to write down adjectives for the rest of the alphabet (minus X and Z).

You can do this for adjectives, verbs, past participles, nouns, countries, names… Anything!

Taboo (Back to the Board)

I love this game! My students go crazy for it, especially if you make it competitive!

Divide the class into two teams.

Have one student from each group sit infront of their board with their back to it.

Explain to the class that you are going to write a word on the board. They must not say the word that is on the board, or speak in their mother tongue (otherwise no points!). They must make the person in the chair say the word.

This really gets energy levels up and can be used to recycle vocab or themed on a specific topic.

Would I lie to you?

Another good game for getting to know each other.

Write two true sentences about yourself on the board, and one false sentence.

eg.       I am a twin. I used to live in Wales. I am vegetarian

The students then have to ask you questions about each sentence to try and find out which on is false. You must act like they are all true. Set a time limit (5 minutes or 20 questions), then the students have to vote on which on is false (For those that are interested, I am not a twin).

Students then do the same, either in groups (4 is good), or as a whole class.

That’s all from me for now! If you have any others you would like to suggest, please comment!

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