Words From Your Names
This activity can be used in the first lesson of a new term or course when students meet with the teacher for the first time for an online or face-to-face class. The purpose of this activity is to break the ice and help students get to know each other.
Introductions, bonding, and rapport establishing with students. It also helps in recalling vocabulary learnt from previous levels.
In face-to-face classes, no preparation is required. In an online session, the teacher needs to create 3-4 Google documents (according to the class size) that students can write and edit.
The activity time depends on the students’ level. The teacher might want to give more time to lower proficiency levels. However, a minimum of 5 minutes should be suitable for all levels.
Several versions can be developed from this activity. Four adaptations are introduced here:
A number of blank Google documents depending on the number of students, with only a title showing the group number; and video conference software with breakout rooms.
This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building.Find out more
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