Are you looking for a fun ESL conversation activity to try out in your classes? And, one that also requires nothing in the way of materials or preparation?
Then keep on reading to find out more about “Something in Common,” that works well for both intermediate and advanced level students. It’s an ideal ESL activity to have in your back pocket in case of emergency—a last minute class thrown at you with no advance warning.
ESL Speaking Activity for Adults: Find Something in Common
Skills: Speaking and listening
Age: Teenagers or adults
Level: Low-intermediate to advanced
Materials Required: Pen and paper
Time: Depends on the class size, but usually 10-15 minutes
If your students are not shy, this ESL speaking activity for adults is an excellent way for everyone to get to know each other. Here’s how you do it:
The students stand up with a piece of paper and pencil in their hand. They have to talk to everyone in the class to try to find something in common (they are both from Seoul, or they both know how to play the piano).
Once they find this thing in common, they write it down along with the person’s name. They keep going until most of the students have talked to everyone.
If you have a very large class, don’t keep going until students have talked to every single person because it can get boring. 10 minutes is about the maximum amount of time you’ll want to do this ESL speaking activity for adults.
Procedure for this ESL Speaking Activity
- Students get a piece of paper and pencil.
- Explain how the activity works and do one or two examples with a student(s).
- The students stand up and find someone to talk 1-1 with.
- They have a short conversation and try to find something in common. For example, they both love pizza, or play soccer.
- Each student quickly writes it down (Dong-Hyun: soccer) and then moves on to find a new partner.
- The activity is finished when the student has finished talking to everyone, or the time is up.
- You can follow-up with the class by asking if any students found out something really interesting.
Teaching Tips For Find Something in Common:
This is a particularly good activity for a class where many students don’t already know each other. If your students find something in common with another student, they’ll have something to talk about after class, or at break time, and won’t feel so alone in the class, which will make it more enjoyable and memorable.
Tell your students that it is okay to have short conversations about the thing they have in common, the goal of the activity is to try to talk to most of the people in the class so they need to keep moving and talking to new people.
This is an activity that requires nothing in the way of preparation or materials, so keep it in the back of your mind in case of emergency in one of your higher level classes.
Do you Like this ESL Speaking Activity for Adults?
- Jackie Bolen, Jennifer Booker Smith
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Paperback: 146 pages
If you like, “Find Something in Common,” then you’re going to love this book: 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults. It’s very easy to find on Amazon in variety of formats.
Activities for a Range of Skills
There are dozens of top-quality ESL activities and games to cover a wide range of skills including speaking, writing, listening, reading, warm-ups, vocabulary, etc. It’s lesson planning made easy, guaranteed.
Well-Organized into Various Sections
You can just flip to the section of the book, check out a few of the activities and then take a couple of minutes to adapt one of them to your lesson. Stop wasting your time searching around on the Internet for things to do in class! Keep this on your bookshelf.
Find the Book in Digital and Print Formats
101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults is available on Amazon in both print and digital formats. The cheaper digital one can be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app.
Keep a copy on the bookshelf in your office as a handy reference guide. Or, take the digital copy with you to your favourite coffee shop for lesson planning on the go. It really is that easy to have better English lessons.
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Check out Another ESL Speaking Activity
Another one of my favourite ESL speaking activities for intermediate or advanced level students is Just a Minute. It’s challenging, but fun and makes a quick warmer activity.
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