On the first day I had each of them pair up with someone they did not know and go for a walk. The rules were that one person would speak (about their interests, history etc) for 5 minutes while the other listened. After that the other person spoke. When they returned they had to tell the class about their partner. Many commented that it was hard not to say anything and just listen.
During the first week the class was so quiet. They hardly said boo and it was difficult to get them to share about anything.
I am sure that will change…there were signs in the second week that they were opening up and getting more comfortable.