The Appointment Discussion Game
This is a great multi-skill game that can be adapted for all levels.
Give students an appointment sheet. The sheet should resemble a planner with seven or eight appointment openings (9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, etc.). The object of the first step is to fill their appointment sheets. You can model asking for an appointment. Students circulate around the room asking each other for appointments, until their schedules are full. If you have an odd number of students who cannot fill their sheets, tell them to sit down. When everyone has filled their schedules as much as possible, all students should sit down and listen to the instructions for part two.
Ask students to find their 9:00 am appointment. Once they’ve found each other, they should discuss a level appropriate question. For advanced students: “What was the worst day of your life?” For intermediate students: “Who is your favorite person?” After several minutes of discussion, ask them to find their 11:00 am appointment and discuss a different question. Repeat several times with new questions and new partners. If you have an odd number of students, you can discuss questions with the odd one out.
I’ve found that this game builds more rapport in the classroom faster than any other icebreaker.
Good luck on your first day!
Jill Hays Straight
Central Kentucky Technical College
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