Guess the Question
Write your name on the board, draw a circle around it and then write some key words around it relating to yourself. For instance, I might write ‘Sophie: 22, High Wycombe, Pepsi, chocolate, two, Warwick University’. Tell students that each of these words is the answer to a question about yourself. As a class they must try to guess the correct question for each key word, eg. ‘What is your name?’, ‘How old are you?, ‘Where were you born?’, ‘What is your dog’s name?’, and so on. You could make this a team game by splitting the class in two and giving points for each question guessed correctly. Award a prize to the winners (sweets works well!). Once they have guessed all of your questions, students can come up with their own key words and take it in turns to come up to the front and have the class guess about them.

I Have Never
Yup, this one is based on the popular drinking game ‘I have never’! Have students sit in a circle and tell everyone to hold up ten fingers. Start the game off by saying something you have never done: ‘I have never been to America’. Anyone who has done this should put one finger down. Continue around the circle, each person saying something they haven’t done, until someone has no fingers left.

Paper Plane Introductions
Students write down three random pieces of information about themselves on a piece of paper. Tell them not to write their name, and give an example of your own such as: ‘My dog’s name is Pepsi. I have one brother and one sister. My favourite sport is swimming.’ Play a song and while the music plays students throw the paper planes to each other. When the music stops the students should read out the information on the last paper plane they caught and try to guess who wrote it. They can move around the classroom asking each other questions to try to find out.

Snowball Sentences
Have students sit in a circle. Ask the student on your right to tell you their name and favourite hobby, eg. ‘My name is Chloe and I like tennis’. Then say, ‘This is Chloe and she likes tennis. My name is Sophie and I like singing’. Go around the circle, having each student introduce the person on their right and then themselves. At the end you could challenge the class to remember everyone’s name and hobby.

Three Questions
Have students write down three interesting questions to ask their classmates. Give them ideas like ‘what would be your ideal job?’, ‘where is the most interesting place you have ever been?’, ‘what was the most disgusting thing you ever ate?’. If you have a lower level class, you can prepare questions beforehand and give them out to students. Give everyone time to move around and ask three different people in the group one of their three questions. Then bring everyone back to their seats and have each student stand up and give their name in turn. Ask the class to say what they know about each person based on the questions they have just asked.

Toilet Roll Introductions
This can be a fun way of getting to know new students at the start of term. Produce a roll of toilet paper at the beginning of the lesson and tear off ‘as much as you need’. Pass the toilet roll around the class and have each student take ‘as much as they need’. Then tell them that for each square of paper they must give one piece of introductory information about themselves in full sentences, eg. name, age, likes, dislikes, and so on. Start with you and work your way around the class (this activity works better with smaller groups). Afterwards you can test to see if they were listening to each other by asking questions; ‘what is the name of Sandra’s pet dog?’.

Two Truths and a Lie
Write three sentences about yourself on the board, two of them true and one of them a lie. Have students try to guess which of the sentences is a lie. Then let students come up with their own three sentences and take it in turns to present their truths and lies to the class.