Have the children sit on the floor in a circle and join them. Ask one child at a time to say their name and associate a funny gesture or expression with it. At each turn, ask the rest of the class to repeat the child’s name and to imitate the gesture or expression they made. The game is repeated again but this time each child indicates a class mate and the rest of the group must say out loud the name of the child indicated while imitating the gesture or expression associated with him or her.

EXAMPLES OF CLASSROOM LANGUAGE: Sit down please and form a circle. Say your name and make a funny face. Children make (Maria’s) funny face. Now (Sam) point to a child. Everyone say his / her name and make his / her funny face…


Begin by forming a circle with the children standing. Students have to sit down if the sentence the teacher says applies to them. Before sitting down they must say their name aloud.

EXAMPLES OF CLASSROOM LANGUAGE: Sit down if you’ve got a sister then say your name out loud. Sit down if you’ve got brown eyes then say your name out loud. Sit down if you’ve got a cat then say your name out loud, etc.


Place children in a circle and throw a ball into the air calling a child’s name. All the other children must run away except the child who has been called who must catch the ball and shout STOP. All the children must freeze. At this point the child with the ball must name a student and take three steps in their direction, then the child with the ball names a part of the body and tries to hit his teammate’s body part with the ball. This game is useful both for remembering student’s names and for reviewing body parts in English.


Once the children feel at ease, have them line up outside the door for a beginning of day drill that can be repeated at the beginning of each lesson:


Ask students to interview their classmates in order to get to know them better while practicing the question ‘What’s your favourite…?’