Category Archives for "Adult ESL Games & Resources"

Hieroglyphics is a great alternative to charades you can use in adult classes.

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This ESL Game is a twist on the classic ESL game Charades.   In Charades, Students act out a word or phrase without speaking while their classmates try to guess what it is.  Charades is a great game for kids. But sometimes in high school and adult classes, charades gets a little uncomfortable.Hieroglyphics is the perfect […]

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ESL Game #028 – The Paper Crane (an exercise in circumlocution)

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Making a Paper Crane was probably the first ESL Game (ish) activities I learned as a new teacher living in Japan and it hasn’t let me down yet.   This activity is awesome for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, it really causes students to think about what they are saying and find ways to […]

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Teach the past tense with Fortunately / Unfortunately.

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Fortunately/Unfortunately is an awesome ESL game for teaching the simple past tense.  It requires listening, speaking and a lot of creativity. The Details: There are no materials required. You can play with between 2 and 10 participants. A game should take between 5 and 15 minutes depending on your classes size and ability. How To use Fortunately/Unfortunately to teach the […]

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How To Review Any Target Language With The Game – Rapid Question and Answer

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One of the hardest things about teaching EFL classes is finding ways to make language drilling and repetition fun.  This classroom game makes drilling a breeze.  Your students will happily practice any target language as many times as you see fit and when your lesson is over, they will beg you to play more.  Sound impossible? […]

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The Super Memory Game

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This Easy ESL Game comes from Hans. An English School Owner living between Tokyo and Yokohama In Sagamihara Japan. Hans says, he love teaching with Games because they take away the fear of failure and stimulate students to repeat and repeat and to try and try WITHOUT getting bored of frustrated.​This game is take on concentration he […]

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A Comparison Chain is a great game for teaching comparisons in your higher level classes.

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A Comparison Chain is a fun and easy ESL game that will help you teach comparisons in your ESL / EFL classroom. In practice it’s a more complicated version of the classic game Shiritori. Where Shiritori is a word chain that connects words based on the last and first letters, this ESL game connects nouns […]

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How to play Vocabulary Xs and O’s in your EFL classroom.

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This super simple game submission comes from David Robinson.  David is a tesol and tefl certified teacher from Toronto, Canada that is currently living in Beijing.  David teaches students from the ages of 4 to 85. He has worked in a variety of places including government schools, English training centers, corporate boardrooms, universities and even […]

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Routines is a great ESL Game that pushes your memory to the limit.

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Routines is a simple ESL game that requires almost no set up and is an extremely effective way to teach phrasal verbs and time related vocabulary.   The Details about Routines: The only materials required are a deck of playing cards plus a pencil and a piece of paper to keep score. This game is ideal […]

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Ask the “Expert” is a great ESL game for advanced language learners.

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Ask the “Expert” is a game for higher level  ESL students.  It requires an ability to think on your feet, the confidence to speak about almost any topic (no matter how unqualified you are) and most of all, players need the ability to lie.   Here are the details about Ask the “Expert”: Each round […]

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ESL Game #049 – How Many Questions?


How Many Questions? is a great warm up activity that gets any High School or lower level Adult class started off right.     The only materials you’ll need to play How Many Questions? are a wooden cube and a timer.  I took this wooden out of a set of blocks that we had at my […]

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Blindfolded Maze is a great ESL Game for practicing Directional Vocabulary (giving directions).

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This ESL game is a guaranteed good time no matter if your English language learners are children or adults.   To tell you the truth it’s a little more fun with adult ESL classes.  A Blindfolded Maze is a great game to practice directional vocabulary (giving and taking directions).    The Details About Blindfolded Maze: The […]

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Watermelon Race is a perfect ESL game for teaching students how to talk their way around difficult or unknown vocabulary.

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One of the best ways to come up new ESL games is to combine two or more classroom favorites that your students already love playing. Watermelon Race was created by combining the games Watermelon and Relay Race. This game is an amazing way to practice circumlocution (talking around unknown vocabulary) and speaking (working in teams […]

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