Experienced language teachers know that it is essential to establish a classroom environment where learners feel comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes in front of their peers and the teacher. Teachers often use icebreaker activities at first class meetings to set the tone and to start building a comfortable class atmosphere. There are many ways to do this, and one of the most popular icebreakers is “Find Someone Who.”
When you plan to use an activity in any section of your lesson, make sure that it has a focus. Let’s consider, for example, a listening activity. One of the most common mistakes made by a teacher is to play a recording and then ask the students to say what it is about. There isn’t any focus in such activity. The students may get lost as there could be a lot of information in that recording. When you focus the activity on certain information, for example, “Listen and complete the chart with all the numbers you hear” you are helping your students improve their listening skills in a very measurable way.