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  1. Personal Identity Wheel, Social Identity Wheel, and Spectrum Activity

    Collections | 06 Feb 2022 | Posted by Sharon L Borkowski

    Personal Identity Wheel challenges participants to reflect on their identities beyond social groups and get to know others in the group. They brainstorm words that describe their personal...

  2. Conversation starters are a great resource for language teachers

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Whether you are assigning conversation partners amongst your own students, or pairing them with native speakers externally, it is extremely useful to provide some structure and guidance for their...

  3. Icebreakers with physical props

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    For those of you who like to give your students something physical to manipulate, these experiential tools are great for icebreakers as well as debriefing learning. My absolute favorite is the...

  4. Icebreakers that highlight culture

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Two of my favorite culturally focused icebreakers are Voices from the Past and the Name Game. You can read what I wrote about them in this TESOL collection or visit them directly in the toolbox....

  5. Icebreakers

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    In any collection for teachers I like to include a few icebreakers that are appropriate to the teaching context. Many teachers overlook the teaching potential of icebreakers, which are useful for...

  6. Mini Metaphors

    Collections | 03 Nov 2020 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    This is one of my favorite ice-breaker activities, and it can also be used as a debriefing/reflection tool. It is just a collection of little charms and miniature objects, but in my experience...

  7. Icebreakers that Teach: The Name Game and Voices from the Past

    Collections | 03 Jul 2020 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    If you were to click on the Discover top menu and choose Tags, you could search for a term such as Icebreaker. Forty-three tools come up in that search. We think of these tools as...

  8. Guidance for students as they get to know one another

    Collections | 10 Oct 2019 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    This set of questions might be a good way for pairs or small groups to get to know each other in a COIL/international virtual education experience. I would encourage the use of synchronous meeting...

  9. The Name Game - A great icebreaker for COIL

    Collections | 07 Oct 2019 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    This is another way for students in a COIL experience to get to know each other with an added cultural layer to the introductions. You'll need to modify it for a virtual setting. I think it...

  10. Voices from the Past - Great icebreaker for COIL that digs deep into cultural knowledge

    Collections | 07 Oct 2019 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    I think this icebreaker is a great way to move beyond students in each group learning each others' names to a deep exploration of cultural values expressed in sayings heard during...

  11. Artful Closer

  12. Beach Ball Ice Breaker

  13. Big Wind Blows, The

  14. Birds of a Feather

  15. Chain of Diversity

  16. Complimentary Round Table

  17. Computer Keyboard Keys

  18. Conversation Starters

  19. Conversation Starters: 200 questions to get to know someone

  20. Core Cultural Values and Culture Mapping

  21. Different Similarities

  22. Draw a House

  23. Familiar and Unfamiliar

  24. Five Minute Poem, The

  25. Five Nosy Questions

  26. Hand Shake Mingle

  27. Human Values Continuum

  28. I Am From Poems

  29. I Am Poems

  30. Icebreaker Grab Bag

  31. Intercultural People Bingo

  32. Lemons

  33. Magic Spelling

  34. Meet the Trainer

  35. Miniature Metaphors

  36. Name Roulette

  37. Newton

  38. One Will Get You Ten

  39. Peek-a-Who Names Review

  40. Personal Identity Wheel

  41. Pick-a-Postcard

  42. Ritual

  43. Six Differences

  44. Snowball

  45. Social Identity Wheel

  46. Spectrum Activity, The, Questions of Identity

  47. Speed Friending

  48. Surprising Sentence

  49. Team Tally Activity

  50. Thumb Wars

  51. Twenty-Five Questions

  52. Voices from the Past (Name Tags)

  53. Walk Apart, Walk Together

  54. Web of Connectedness