This is a perfect activity for students to do at the beginning of the school year. It will allow you to get to know your students effectively and efficiently and will allow them to get to know each other in a fun, interactive and entertaining way!
Students should be put in groups of two. I suggest pairing students randomly, or if you allow them to choose their partners, encourage them to work with someone who they have not previously gotten to know.
Each student will receive a list of questions to use to guide an "interview" of their partner. Students do not necessarily need to ask their partner all of the questions. You can determine how many questions the students should ask based on how much time you would like to provide them for their interviews. While students are interviewing their partner, they should be jotting down notes on their paper.
Once the students have concluded their interviews, you have the option of asking them to write down a few sentences to summarize what they learned about their partner. This can be used as a pre-assessment of your students' writing skills!
Next, have the students introduce their partners to the rest of the class by sharing what they learned about him or her during the interview. As many students often feel uncomfortable talking about themselves in front of an audience, this activity is perfect for allowing students to get to know one another without having to share information about themselves personally. This can be used as a pre-assessment of your students' speaking/listening skills!