ESL Icebreaker: Human Bingo

ESL Icebreaker Human Bingo
5 Jul, 2018

ESL Icebreaker: Human Bingo

Human Bingo is a fun icebreaker activity that is a great class introduction activity for young learners, teens and even adults. In this activity, students are given a bingo card with random statements. Students must go around the room questioning the other students in class to complete their bingo card.


Activity time: 10 – 15 minutes

Materials required: Pre-prepared bingo cards, a small prize (optional)

Skills Practiced: Speaking, question forming, listening

Level: All levels young learners 10+, teens and adults


  1. First print out a bingo card for each student.  
  2. Next, the teacher instructs the students that they need to go around the room and find someone who matches the statement on their bingo card.
  3. The student must get the person to sign their name to the statement that matches them. With larger groups, players cannot sign more than one box on a card.
  4. The first student to complete their card needs to shout “Bingo!”
  5. After, the teacher should ask follow-up questions about the person who signed each box.
  6. Enjoy and have fun.
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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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