Icebreaker conversation starters for your English classes
Use these icebreakers whenever you need to get a conversation in your class flowing, fill awkward silences, or you simply want to start a conversation.
Would you rather ……?
A great way to break the ice is with the game – “Would You Rather.” In a class, these can start the ball rolling. This game can create fun and engaging conversation at work or when with friends. Armed with some thought-provoking “Would You Rather” questions, you can get to know people deeper. The next time you feel like the conversation or the classroom discussion is a little stilted, turn to “Would You Rather” questions.
“Would You Rather” Questions
- Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?
- Would you rather give up chocolate for a year or your smartphone for a month?
- Would you rather get a face tattoo of something of your choosing or a tattoo in a discreet area chosen by someone else?
- Would you rather talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
- Would you rather be in a real-life version of The Walking Dead or Jurassic Park?
- Would you rather only be able to watch one show for the rest of your life or only be able to watch the first episode of any show for the rest of your life?
- Would you rather stub your toe or get a paper cut?
- Would you rather have your Netflix viewing history made public or your Spotify listening history made public?
- Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a credit card?
- Would you rather always say what you’re thinking or never be able to speak again?
- Would you rather be forced to sing along to every song you hear or dance to every music you hear?
- Would you rather live in the Harry Potte universe with no powers or be a Death Eater?
- Would you rather take unlimited plane trips in a middle seat or one a year in the most luxurious first-class cabin?
- Would you rather eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life or never get to eat out again?
- Would you rather make decent money doing what you love or get rich from a job you hate?
- Would you rather have psychic powers or the ability to remember every fact you learn?
- Would you rather have the power of invisibility or be able to fly?
- Would you rather have to kiss every person you meet or never kiss your partner again?
- Would you rather always get stuck in traffic or have a slow internet connection?
Are “Would you rather” questions interesting?
“Would you rather” questions are a great way to spark a conversation. They tell you a lot about how people think and what’s important to them. And, of course, they can be super fun. Add them to any quiz, survey, or classroom discussion, and in seconds, you will engage and motivate people to speak.
“Would you rather” is a game to be played with students, friends, family, colleagues or even strangers. The questions stretch your imagination and put you in hilarious scenarios where you are forced to choose between two equally tempting (or off-putting) options!
Teaching EFL is fun, challenging and rewarding. Using engaging activities, adequate material and following the right tips and advice can give you a headstart in delivering a great class, one you will be proud of.