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Who Is Standing Where?


To the teacher:

This is a very good activity for a new class on the first day, an Icebreaker. In groups of seven, students will get to know each other as they talk and select roles. Who will be standing where? It is a fun activity that can be used between more difficult activities, too.


By working together, students will figure out where seven people are standing in line; this will generate a lot of relaxed conversation, and a lot of directional language that will be used and learned.


Teacher talk and discussion
Groups of seven, individuals


The PDF with seven people


beginner to low intermediate

PDF File: the Handout:

Who Is Standing Where?


1. If the class is large enough, hand out the handout to a group of seven students so each student can be one the characters.

Before the students begin, discuss directional language with them. See how many words students can come up with and write them on the board as they name them. This way, the words are there for students to see as they begin to work discussing seven people and where to put them in a line.

on the end
in the middle
in between
to the left
to the right

There are four men men and three women in this activity, but the gender of the character does not have to match the gender of the student, obviously. In groups of seven, each group can put their line together.

If the class is not large enough for several groups of seven, groups of three can work together. As groups figure out the positions and come to a final solution, students can be picked to represent one in the group of seven.

There are four men: Kevin, John, Otis, and Jose. There are three women: Keisha, Angela, and Luanne.

The seven characters are in their correct order below:
John, Keisha, Jose, Kevin, Angela, Otis, and Luanne

Have fun. Enjoy.

The Handout:



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