Back To School - Getting To Know You Activities
As we enter the last few weeks of a long hot summer many TEFL and ESOL teachers will be looking forward to the start of a new term or semester in language learning institutions around the world. For some, this will be the start of a new contract in a new school. For others, it will mean taking on new classes in familiar institutions. For all teachers of English, it is a chance to start new classes and establish ground rules with new groups of students. It is an exciting time but can be a bit nerve-wracking.
The first lesson with a new group of students is always important. It is a chance to stamp your personality on a new class and give them an idea of your expectations. It is also an opportunity for you to get to know the students you will be spending the next few weeks and months with. You can begin to work out the levels of individual students and assess their strengths and weaknesses in regard to the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is the first chance to glimpse their personalities and gain insight into any behavioural issues that could develop within your classes.
Most teachers of English have a few ‘getting to know you’ activities up their sleeves when meeting a new group of students for the first time. However, sometimes the things we normally do feel a bit stale, and it is always good to try out new ideas. In the following download, we have compiled a list of things which our teachers have found to be effective. Some of the activities listed might be familiar to you, others might be new. We invite you to have a look through and use any that are appropriate to your own style and the types of classes you will be teaching. Good luck with the new term!
Getting To Know You Activities | EFL Resource
If you would like some more ideas, why not check out our Fifty Bright Ideas Card Packs? A great collection of over 100 activities to use in your English language classroom, you'll never be short of ideas again!
Fifty Bright Ideas | Card Pack
Every teacher needs a pack of activity cards in their toolkit, whether for TEFL lead-in activities and warm-up games to get your class going, or just to fill five minutes at the end of a lesson. This pack is a real lifesaver in all these situations and is suitable for all age groups and all English language ability levels.
The pack contains fifty fun activities that will get your students thinking, talking, and collaborating while they learn. Some of them are real classics used by teachers for many years, while others are new ideas sure to inspire your students.
We are sure you will find this pack enormously useful, whether you have been teaching for one year, ten years, or more.
Fifty More Bright Ideas | Card Pack
The original Fifty Bright Ideas Card Pack was so successful that we decided to make another collection of great ideas for teaching English as a foreign language. So here are another great 50 classroom activities to help with TEFL lesson planning.
It doesn’t matter if you are new to teaching or an old hand, these cards are a useful part of any TEFL teacher’s toolkit, whether you need to put some pizazz into the start of a lesson or finish one with a bang. The cards are clearly marked by CEFR level, meaning you can easily select an activity that is matched to the ability of your students and hopefully have some fun while learning.
We really enjoyed coming up with this set of activities and hope you will enjoy putting them to good use with your students.
Written by Larry Walder