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Copyright: bel Verlag 2021,
eISBN: 978-3-947159-15-4
Spielideen: Beate Baylie & Karin Schweizer
Buchidee: Helen Tate-Worch
Bilder: Copyright Shutterstock

Welcome to bel’s second book of icebreaker games!

So, how do you get a lesson started? bel has put together a collection of tried and tested games that can be used to get a class going.

The games are all very flexible and can be adapted to class size and ability. Many of them can even be expanded to become more than a 5-minute warm-up game. On occasion, a lesson doesn’t go the way you planned, so if an icebreaker develops into a full-on fun and engaging exercise, run with it!

The games are a colourful mix of icebreakers that can be adjusted to accommodate specific vocabulary or grammar topics. Some require next to no preparation, some require a bit more of your time, and some can be prepared by your students. The spectrum of preparation ranges from only needing a few ideas to preparing simple worksheets or cards.

The most important thing with these icebreakers is to have fun. It is easy to forget how much repetition learners need. Be patient, be understanding, and help your students to enjoy the learning process. And of course, make sure that you enjoy yourself, too!

Have fun and break some ice!

Beate Baylie, Karin Schweizer

and everyone at bel


Gift of the gab

Word ladders

Colour wars

Mind map mini

Picture memory

Spot the difference

Bits and pieces of

Marketing skills

Odd one out


Form a Q


Where am I going?

Word chains

Random words


Time travel


1000 words

Sentence building

Missing question words

Tourist guides

Town, river, country

Role playing

I spy


Suitcase maths

Useless items

Gift of the gab

Aim: Speaking practice
Format: Pairs
Preparation: Prepare ranking lists