Friday, 21 October 2016

Fun ESL Classroom Games

In this section of, you will find a large variety of fun and highly engaging ESL games to spice up your lessons. The games contained in this section will also provide you with a great source of ideas for your classes. These tried and tested games provide practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The games are also categorized to help you easily find the type of game you are looking for. There are games for young learners, teenagers and adults. No matter how old your students are, you will find an ESL game to suit your needs. Most of the ESL games on take very little preparation time and many can be played straight away, which is always useful as you never know when the unexpected will happen in class.

Using games and fun activities in class is an important part of teaching ESL and EFL. Playing games is a fun way to help students make connections between words and grammar. These connections quicken the process of building language skills. These ESL games can help both native and foreign speakers of English improve their language ability. Playing games in class also helps to focus attention, improve interaction, increase energy levels, and build confidence. Furthermore, shy or quiet students begin to open up and speak English when playing games in class. We are sure you will find our games section a useful tool in improving your students' English language skills.

The ESL games provided on can be used to introduce new vocabulary, practice words or language structures, teach or practice English grammar, improve pronunciation or listening skills. You can also use these games to warm up the class when the lesson begins, during the lesson to re-energize the class after dealing with a difficult subject, or after doing book work, or to reinforce a language point or new vocabulary, or at the end of class to finish on a positive note and round off the lesson.

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The game sections are listed below:

ESL Answer Games

Here you will find quick and easy ESL games to motivate your students to answer questions. These games can be used in any situation where the students have to answer questions in class, e.g. answering exercise questions, etc.

ESL Brainstorming Games

These ESL brainstorming games are ideal to get students working together and using English. These games can be used to brainstorm words in a category, revise vocabulary or introduce a new lexical set.

ESL Category Games

On this page, you will find energetic category games to help students learn or revise categories of words. These dynamic games help students to focus on the vocabulary for the subject or topic you are teaching. There are many types of games such as balloon games, board races, battleship games, and matching games to name just a few.

Classic ESL Childhood Games

These childhood games have been specially adapted for the ESL/EFL classroom. Here you will find all the classic games you played as a child such as Mr Wolf and Simon Says. These games can be used to practice things like time, numbers, letters, colours, etc.

ESL Counting Games

Here are some highly amusing ESL counting games to teach or review numbers for young learners and beginners.

ESL Describing Games

This section provides a fantastic collection of ESL describing games. There are games to practice adjectives of appearance and personality. You will also find games to help students practice describing and defining words that help to teach or revise any vocabulary.

ESL Drawing Games

Bring some artistic flair to your classroom with these fun ESL drawing games. These games are great for motivating your students to speak English and practicing or revising vocabulary, expressions and grammar.

ESL Drilling Activity Games

These ESL games are great for drilling the structure of questions, answers and sentences that you have recently covered in class.

First Day ESL Introduction Games

These ESL introduction games are ideal for the first day of class and help students get to know you and each other in fun and imaginative ways. These games are useful as they get your new students to open up and start asking questions and interacting from the very first day of class. Students can also practice introducing themselves and others and in turn find out useful information about each other. There are also games to help you introduce yourself to the class.

ESL Flashcard Games

Motivate your students to speak English with these entertaining flashcard games. You can use these flashcard games to teach vocabulary on a variety of topics, such as weather, food, animals, etc. These games also help students to associate words with pictures, communicate in English, and ask and answer questions.

ESL Grammar Games

These useful grammar games can be prepared quickly and cover a wide variety of grammar structures. These games are perfect for teaching grammar points, identifying grammar mistakes, reviewing tenses, revising a specific grammar area or general grammar, etc. These games also help you to spot problem areas or common mistakes that your students are making.

ESL Hangman Games

These ESL games have been specially adapted from the original hangman game. These games are good for practicing parts of speech and they work well when introducing a grammar point at the beginning of a lesson. You can also use these games to introduce new vocabulary or topics, revise vocabulary, sentence structure or grammar points.

ESL Listening Games

Here is a set of enjoyable games to improve students’ listening skills. You can use these listening games to teach a variety of vocabulary, language structures and topics. All the games require students to listen carefully for information or key vocabulary.

ESL Miming Games

These amusing ESL miming games can be played by students of all ages and levels. They help students to describe vocabulary and specific structures or phrases by using actions, gestures and body language.

ESL Music Games

These lively and fun ESL games combine music with learning and help to teach or review vocabulary.

ESL Question and Answer Games

These ESL games provide creative and entertaining ways for students to ask and answer questions using different grammatical structures. They can be adapted to students of all ages and levels and can be used to teach or revise any question and answer structure.

ESL Quiz Games

These entertaining ESL quiz games can be played as general knowledge quizzes. They can also be used to review what the students have been learning in class, or you can use them to revise question and answer forms. They work particularly well with large classes.

ESL Sentence Race Games

On this page, you will find fun sentence race games to help teach or review vocabulary and sentence structure. There are also games to help students practice translating sentences.

ESL Spelling Games

Here you will find fun ESL spelling games for students of all ages. These games are handy for revising spelling of recently studied vocabulary.

ESL TV Game Shows

These engaging ESL games have been adapted from famous TV game shows. You will find all the classic game shows you used to watch on TV such as Blankety Blank, Family fortunes, Mastermind, etc. These games can be used to practice parts of speech, sentence structure, vocabulary, question and answer forms, and so on.

ESL Verb Games

In this section, you will find ESL games for practicing verb forms. You can use these games to teach or review regular and irregular verb forms. Students can also practice using verbs in a variety a tenses to make sentences and questions.

ESL Vocabulary Games

These motivating vocabulary games are ideal for developing students' word knowledge. These games can be used to associate words with lexical areas and collocations, and review target language and tenses. These games can also be used to practice word order and sentence structure for more advanced students.

ESL Word Association Games

These enjoyable ESL word association games are great for revising vocabulary and can be adapted for any age or level. Your students will certainly have a lot of fun playing these games.

ESL Word Games

These ESL word games are easy to play and make fun warm up activities. They also help students to remember words and construct sentences using target vocabulary. They are also helpful for reviewing vocabulary with students.

ESL Yes/No Question Games

Here are some excellent ESL games for teaching or revising a variety of yes/no question structures and short answers. They are certainly guaranteed to get your students’ attention and should prove useful.




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