ESL: Games and Activities

On this page you will find several simple yet fun games, printable activities, and ideas for injecting fun into your ESL classes. Whether teaching younger, beginner-level students or older, more advanced students, these games are tried and true ways to make the learning process a little more enjoyable.

 

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Games for Younger Students (Beginner/Low-Intermediate Levels)

Simple and Classic ESL Games - A list of many time-tested games for teaching ESL to young learners.


Circle Memory Sentences - Students must remember all of the sentences said before his/her turn. Great for killing time at the end of class or reviewing vocabulary words at the beginning of class.

 

Read for Speed - Read as fast as you can - can you beat the teacher's time?

 

DICE BOMB! - Complete a task and roll the dice for points...but don't roll the wrong number, or else!

Dice Gambling - Test your students' gambling instincts with this fun way to review previous lessons.
 

Around the World (Flashcard Game) - A classic competitive flashcard game.

Hoops (Flashcard Game) - Get students running around and looking for the right flashcard in the right hoop!

Phonics Hammer (Flashcard Game) - An endlessly fun way to review phonics.

Memory Game (Flashcard Game) - Another way to turn reviewing flashcards into a fun activity!

 

Printable Games!

ESL Trivia Time! - Printable trivia game that can be played with beginner-level ESL students. 

ESL Trivia Time! (2) - Another printable trivia game that can be played with beginner- or intermediate-level ESL students.


ESL Categories (Beginner / Intermediate) - Similar to "Scattergories," students must come up with words for different categories, using the same first letter for each word.


ESL Ad Lib Madness: "My Favorite Foods" - Similar to the popular "Mad Libs" activities. Good for reviewing parts of speech in a fun, silly way!

ESL Ad Lib Madness: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" - Similar to the popular "Mad Libs" activities.
Good for reviewing parts of speech in a fun, silly way!

ESL Ad Lib Madness: "Manners" - Similar to the popular "Mad Libs" activities. Good for reviewing parts of speech in a fun, silly way!


I Dare You! - A fun team game in which students must complete tasks to earn points for their team.


The Question Game - You read the answer, and students must come up with the correct question!

 

Tag Question Game - Fun and simple review activity to practice using tag questions like "...do you?" or "...can we?".
 

Don't Say the Words! (Beginner) - Students must get classmates to guess a word without saying the banned keywords! (similar to "Taboo")

Don't Say the Words! (Intermediate) - Students must get classmates to guess a word without saying the banned keywords! (similar to "Taboo")

Don't Say the Words! (Intermediate) - Students must get classmates to guess a word without saying the banned keywords! (similar to "Taboo")


Grammar Shapes - A printable board game for reviewing different English tenses (present, past, and future tenses)

The Bubble Game (parts of speech) - A printable board game for reviewing different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives)

Phonics Flags (short vowels) - A printable board game for reviewing words with short vowel sounds.
 

Phonics BINGO - Free, printable sets of Phonics BINGO cards. Each set includes 10 unique BINGO cards, plus a list of all the words contained on the cards.

 

These games and activities are all included in our giant book of ESL games:
The Great ESL Games Compendium! (Book 1: Games for Beginner/Intermediate Students)

The Great ESL Games Compendium! Book 1 - Beginner Level

 

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This book includes all of the beginner-level games on this page, plus:

More Trivia Games!
More ESL Category Cards!

More Printable Games!
More Mad Libs!
More Board Games!
More Phonics BINGO Cards!

Over 100 pages of game ideas and printable activities for the ESL classroom. Download it instantly for just $19.99!

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Games for Older Students (Intermediate/Advanced Levels)


ESL Trivia Time! - Printable trivia game that can be played with intermediate- or advanced-level ESL students. 

ESL Trivia Time! (2) - Another printable trivia game that can be played with advanced-level ESL students.


ESL Categories (Advanced) - Similar to "Scattergories," students must come up with words for different categories, using the same first letter for each word.

 

Don't Say the Words! (Advanced: Weather) - Students must get classmates to guess a word without saying the banned keywords! (similar to "Taboo")

Don't Say the Words! (Advanced: Jobs) - Students must get classmates to guess a word without saying the banned keywords! (similar to "Taboo")

 

Survey Says - Give your students a survey, and turn the results into a fun activity! (Similar to the popular game show "Family Feud")
 

Conversation Activity: Secret Sentence - Students try to slip a "secret sentence" into a conversation, and their classmates try to detect which sentence is the "secret" one!)


Conversation Activity: Sentence Pairs - Students receive half of a sentence and must find the student who can complete their sentence.


Conversation Activity: Dialogue Strips - Students receive individual lines from a dialogue and must find the students who can complete their dialogue.

 

Conversation Activity: Unfinished Dialogues - Students collaborate to complete (and expand upon) these unfinished dialogues.


Interactive Writing - This is a great writing activity in which each student writes a part of each story.


The Lying Game - Students take turns coming up with lies about themselves, and their classmates must guess which statements are true, and which are the lies! ivities are all included in our giant book of ESL games:
The Great ESL Games Compendium! (Book 2: Games for Intermediate/Advanced Students)

The Great ESL Games Compendium! Book 2 - Advanced Level

 

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This book includes all of the advanced-level games on this page, plus:

More Trivia Games!
More ESL Category Cards!

More Printable Games!
More Interactive Writing Activities!
More Printable Conversation Activities!
Tons of Warm-ups and Other Fun Ideas!

 

Over 100 pages of game ideas and printable activities for the ESL classroom. Download it instantly for just $19.99!

It's a must-have for anyone teaching older, advanced- level ESL/EFL students!

(Click on the cover for more information, or click below to download instantly!)
 

The Great ESL Games Compendium! Book 2 - Advanced Level

 

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