When ESL learners are asked to discuss their weaknesses in English, many will mention “lack of vocabulary” as an important concern. Contrary to what most students believe, a teacher cannot actually “teach” them new vocabulary. A teacher can present and explain words from classroom activities, but the responsibility of actually learning new words lies mainly with the students. Vocabulary journals are one popular approach that teachers use to help students with this challenging aspect of language learning.
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.”