ESL Icebreaker: Who’s in Our Room

ESL Icebreaker: Who’s in Our Room

Who’s in our room is a simple first class activity for a group of young learners who don’t know each other. This activity is best used with lower level young learners. Students are given a wordsearch puzzle which contains the names of each of the students in class. The names of the students are anagrams of their names and students need to first ask the others in class their name and how to spell it and then they need to find each persons name in the word search.

Activity time: 15 minutes approx
Materials required: A prepared wordsearch with each students name.
Skills Practiced: Speaking, question forming, spelling, alphabet
Level: Young learners. Beginners +


  1. First get a list of all your students’ names and prepare a wordsearch with each of their names. Below the wordsearch form an anagram of each students names.  
  2. In class, tell students that they must first ask each other their names and ask them to spell their names. After, they must find each student’s name in the wordsearch.
  3. Give a treat to the students who find all the names first. Later, test students memory by asking them to recall each students name.
  4. Enjoy and have fun.

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