EFL - ESL activities and games for teaching introductions

A collection of ESL activities and resources for teaching introductions to beginners (A1). This lesson plan serves as an excellent first lesson/ice-breaker and includes suggested board work, as well as some fun and practical ESL classroom activities and games. The best way to view this content is through the TEFL Handbook app. So if you have an iOS or Android device, be sure to check it out.

Lead-in activity/Board work

Use the sample ESL board work below as a lead-in activity to introduce the students to the target language. These boards are colour-coded to give you an idea of the teacher-student interaction. Any text in blue is an opportunity to elicit a response from the class.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for teaching introductions | Beginner

ESL activities for giving introductions

Good afternoon

This fun ESL role-play activity gives the students the chance to practice the new language. In groups of three, the students come to the front of the class to act out the dialogue. You can leave the board work up to help the students remember the dialogue.

Getting to know you

This group ESL speaking activity idea gives students the chance to practice getting information and answering questions. Begin by writing the following prompts on the board:

Spell the name:
Favourite colour:
Favourite sport:

In pairs, or moving around the class, students take turns getting this information from another student.

Introduce me

Following on from the previous activity, you will now have the students introduce different members of the class. Select a student at random and ask the class questions about that student. Encourage the rest of the students to raise their hands and answer using the correct possessive adjective (his or her).

Related ESL games

Famous people role play

This fun ESL game builds on the language that the students have been learning so far in this lesson. First, the students select a famous person to be. Next, they assign themselves an age, favourite colour, favourite sport or type of music. You may need to get them to write it down. Next, using only English, the students then mingle and collect as much information as they can from each other within a specified time limit. They have to write as much of this information down on a sheet of paper as they can. In the end, give a point for each correct piece of information.

Additional resources

As usual, we've searched the web for ESL resources that should give you a few more planning options. Here's what we found:

teach-this have a comprehensive list of introductory games for all ages and levels.

If you're looking for a free ESL worksheet to test your students, Let me introduce myself from islcollective will do the job.

Add video and music to your EFL lesson plans. This video from Mark Kulek goes over basic introductions and how to ask for and give information about yourself.

More ESL lesson plans for beginners

We hope that you've found a few of these ideas useful. Our suggested next lesson is on "What's this" style questions. Be sure to check out our complete list of ESL lesson plans for beginners (A1 Upper), as well as our entire collection of ESL lesson plans.

If you need to bring these materials into the classroom for reference, the TEFL Handbook app gives you offline access to all of the ESL resources on this site, plus a lot more.

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