Find someone who – a mingling activity to ease them out of their comfort zones

Find someone who is a great mingling activity which gets students on their feet and forces them to interact one-on-one with their classmates. I often do one on these on the first day with a new class as they can serve as great ice-breaking exercises.

Give each student a copy of the question sheet and tell them not to write on the paper until the activity has started.

Running through each row, elicit from the students the question they need to ask to find someone who they can write in the name column.

Brainstorm examples of secondary questions which can be asked to find out something more for the extra information column.

I usually leave a couple of blank rows at the bottom of the question sheet and ask the class to come up with their own ideas for the last two items.

It’s worth stressing that students need to find only one name for each row. Be sure to model the activity because there’s plenty of room for students to misinterpret the instructions.

Feel free to join in the activity yourself, in fact, I find students are often a little bit reluctant to get up and join in, so starting off yourself can encourage them to follow your lead.

When everybody has finished, usually after 15-20 minutes or longer, go through each of the questions and ask students who they have found and any extra information they have discovered.

Printable find someone who activity sheets

2 thoughts on “Find someone who – a mingling activity to ease them out of their comfort zones

  1. Thank you for sharing “survey” activity. Let me share my teaching experience at State Polytechnic of Padang-INDONESIA. The speaking activity is to ask students to go out from the classroom for a survey in Polytechnic’s campus in 15 minutes with a notebook and pen. Each student is free to choose a place she/he wants to survey (administration office, workshop, laboratory, parking lot, cafe, or others). They take notes and then go back to the classroom. In 2 or 3 minutes, the student individually presents orally what he/she has noticed during the survey.

  2. Recently, we did this game at The ALC Oujda , it was very useful for us as students for interacting with each other and getting out our comfort zones.

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