As a follow up to day 1, in which the class learned about me, I went for an activity on day 2 that would give the kids more of a chance to tell me about themselves. I used an idea from the 'Interesting Ways to Get to Know Your Class' slideshow and asked the students to draw a coat of arms (thanks @tombarrett for the idea). This consisted of a shield shape divided into 4 with the students drawing pictures to represent important information about themselves in each quadrant (favourite colour, favourite animal, a hobby etc). To make it more personal, I showed them a photo of my ancestoral coat of arms, which they thought was cool.
They really enjoyed doing the activity and comparing their pictures with each other. While they were drawing, I circulated around the room asking questions. The whole activity offered a great way to get to know about their interests without demanding too much in terms of language production and it's definitely something I'll be trying again.
Perhaps I'll add a scan or two of some of their work once I've collected it all in. ;)