5 great ice-breakers in five days: #1 Where in the World…

Welcome back to my blog! Sorry that I appear to have been absent for most of this month, but believe me, I’ve been very busy elsewhere. As well as presenting at the upcoming ISTEK International ELT Conference, I’m delighted to also be part of the social media team, promoting and sharing the whole conference experience with the wider world. This has meant me dealing with almost thirty pre-event interviews with speakers for the conference blog, which has obviously taken up a lot of my blogging time over the past week or so (please have a look at the fruit of my labors here).

Tyson's 4C BlogAnyway, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to refocus on my own blog, and what better way to get back in the saddle than with a blog challenge. My good friend and blogging compadre Tyson Seburn has set his fellow bloggers the task of completing a five-day Blogathon: five posts in five days. To be honest, this is exactly what I needed after a difficult few weeks in which I’ve only been able to blog a few times. I’ve decided to approach the challenge with five practical ice-breaker activities. Here’s day one’s effort…

Where in the World?

In the 21st Century the world is becoming a smaller place, but there are still some mysteries. Where in the world are you from? Where in the world is your favorite place?

What you need…

A world/country map or globe might help, but you can manage without.

How to…

  1. Give learners time to think of three things that describe either their home country or their favorite foreign place. These should be clues: don’t make it obvious!
  2. When ready, each learner gives their name and their three clues, and the others guess where in the world they are describing.
  3. Give each individual enough time to explain what they like best about their favorite place in the world.


Model the activity yourself so they have an example.


You can make it a requirement that one of the descriptions be a physical motion. For example, I could do a short dance to represent traditional dancing.

Possible follow ups…

You can ask learners to:

  1. Give their reactions
  2. Ask questions about each place

Maybe you are looking at a text that describes a particular place. If you’re lucky, someone will have described this place. If not, model the activity again using the location in the course book.

Your part…

  • How would you adapt this?
  • Are there any age groups you’d use this with specifically?
  • How would you set up the activity differently?
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