#68 Icebreakers and Job Interviews: Personal Descriptions 9-6-16
Vocabulary describing people is useful both in ESL classrooms and for adults studying English for a better job or to communicate with English-speaking colleagues. I’ll talk about some activities for classrooms first.
I found an interesting collection of icebreakers for ESL classrooms last week at busyteacher.org. There are many good icebreakers online, but these had students review grammar at the same time as they get to know each other. #6 is a “Find Someone Who” survey with a twist—all searches are based on unique hobbies that students had reported to their teacher earlier, so there WILL be a person who can sign for each search.
(There’s more about “Find Someone Who” on two related pages on EnglishHints.)
ESL Activities also has several ice-breakers. A simple one not mentioned there is to have students pair up and interview each other, then introduce their partner to the class. Beginning students will need a checklist of questions on the board or as a hand-out. Intermediate students would probably benefit from one as well.
Besides home country and native language (in a class with students from several countries), students can ask each other about their families, pets, interests, skills, and hopes for the future.
There are lots of other conversation ideas and activities to get students talking in ESL Conversation Techniques
If you are studying English with the hope of getting a better job, check out Personality Vocabulary, with words to
describe your personal traits and work ethic. These words are useful on resumes (CVs) and in job interviews, as well as in business settings in general. There’s a quiz to practice them at the bottom of the page.
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