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How to have an alphabet board game with LEEP Racemats


This alphabet board game is a great way to make learning to read phonetically a little more fun for teachers and students a like.  This is one of many ways we use our LEEP Racemats but as you can see in the video, not only do I play this game with students, I’ve also used […]

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How To Use LEEP Placemats To Teach Children To Read

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When our students are just beginning to learn how to read we like to introduce the letters of the alphabet using a LEEP  Placemat.  The LEEP Alphabet placemats are a really effective tool for easing children int reading and building up a sense of familiarization with each letter. Two of the most important aspects of reading […]

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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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Listen and Draw is a great comprehension check for any lesson about prepositions.

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This Game is one of the first games I ever used in class.  It builds on one of our first activities, the  Preposition Chant.  The Preposition Chant helps students learn 7 basic prepositions quickly by using a total physical response method for language learning. The only materials required to play Listen and Draw are a pencil and paper. A stuffed animal […]

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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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How To Teach Phonics With A Letter Swap

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Letter Swaps are as fun and easy way to let your students play around with the different sounds in their names.  This post shows you how to use 2 fast and fun phonics activities to grab your students attention.  The Details About Letter Swaps:​The only materials required are a whiteboard or a piece of paper and a marker.​A […]

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How to teach body related vocabulary with the “Duck Game”.

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This classroom game comes to us from Nicole P. Nicole is a very active member of the Easy ESL Games community and has suggested some great games. Nicole is currently teaching ESL classes to 6 year olds in Israel.This game is called Duck. It’s similar to the game “Simon Says” in the way it teaches […]

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How To Use Pictionary In Your EFL Classroom


This is a really fun game that sure to be a hit. You might know it as Pictionary, or Listen and Draw. It’s great for vocabulary review and question and answer practice. A game usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.The Details About Pictionary: ​You can use it to practice almost any vocabulary item.The materials you’ll […]

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Make A Snake is a classroom game that creates a need for students to speak!

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Make A Snake is a fun and exhausting game that requires almost no preparation but gets tons of question and answer practice in a short amount of time. The Details About Make A Snake:It’s perfect for question and answer practice.It’s highly adaptable.Each game lasts between 1 and 2 minutes, but you can play multiple times. […]

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Tic Tac Twist is an easy way to “create-a-need” for students to use vocabulary items.

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This game is a great twist on Tic Tac Toe that can work with almost any subject.​In this example we’ll use food as our topic and “What do you like?” “I like bananas.” as the language target. Materials:9 different lesson related vocabulary cards A whiteboard.Magnets.A whiteboard marker.How to:1) Split your class into two teams.2) Pre-teach the vocabulary […]

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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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