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20 ESL Games

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ESL games and activities can help to build class cohesion, increase energy levels and most importantly, provide a framework in which students are motivated to learn target language.

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  • 1
    First Day Activity
    30-40 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    Any
    First Day ActivityBoard markers, paper and pens
  • 2
    Call My Bluff / Two Truths, One Lie
    10-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    6 or more
    Call My Bluff / Two Truths, One LieColored markers and board
  • 3
    Board Race
    10-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    6 or more
    Board RaceColored markers and board
  • 5
    Word Association
    5-10 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    4 or more
    Word AssociationJust a ball!
  • 9
    Hot Seat
    10-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    6 or more
    Hot SeatA list of vocabulary, board and marker
  • 11
    Disappearing Text
    5-10 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    6 or more
    Disappearing TextBoard, marker and eraser
  • 14
    Road Trip
    10-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    8 or more
    Road Trip-
  • 17
    Pictionary
    10-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    Any
    PictionaryBunch of words on papers and put in bag, board, markers and eraser
  • 19
    Stand up if you've ever…
    15-20 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    6 or more
    Stand up if you've ever…Board and markers
  • 20
    Tic Tac Toe
    10-15 Minutes
    All levels
    All ages
    8 or more
    Tic Tac ToeBoard and markers
  • 4
    Running dictation
    10-20 Minutes
    Beginner to Advanced
    8+
    6 or more
    Running dictationPrinted sentences, blu-tack
  • 6
    Word Relay
    5-10 Minutes
    Beginner to Advanced
    All ages
    6 or more
    Word RelayColored markers and board
  • 12
    Retell the Story 1-2-3
    10-20 Minutes
    Beginner to Advanced
    8+
    6 or more
    Retell the Story 1-2-3Timer
  • 13
    ESL Surveys
    15-30 Minutes
    Beginner to Advanced
    All ages
    8 or more
    ESL SurveysPen and paper
  • 16
    Hangman
    5 Minutes
    Beginner to Advanced
    All ages
    Any
    HangmanBoard, marker and eraser
  • 7
    Sentence Showdown
    10-15 Minutes
    Intermediate to Advanced
    All ages
    6 or more
    Sentence Showdown15 or more jumbled sentences prepared, board and markers
  • 8
    Dictogloss
    10-20 Minutes
    Intermediate to Advanced
    All ages
    6 or more
    DictoglossA short story
  • 10
    Convince Me
    10-15 Minutes
    Intermediate to Advanced
    All ages
    6 or more
    Convince MePrepare a bag of items
  • 15
    Advertisement Design
    25-35 Minutes
    Intermediate to Advanced
    All ages
    Any
    Advertisement DesignExample of advertisement
  • 18
    Past Perfect Predicaments
    10-15 Minutes
    Intermediate to Advanced
    All ages
    Any
    Past Perfect PredicamentsPrint out set of past predicament cards
  • 1
    First Day Activity
  • 2
    Call My Bluff / Two Truths, One Lie
  • 3
    Board Race
  • 5
    Word Association
  • 9
    Hot Seat
  • 11
    Disappearing Text
  • 14
    Road Trip
  • 17
    Pictionary
  • 19
    Stand up if you've ever…
  • 20
    Tic Tac Toe
  • 4
    Running dictation
  • 6
    Word Relay
  • 12
    Retell the Story 1-2-3
  • 13
    ESL Surveys
  • 16
    Hangman
  • 7
    Sentence Showdown
  • 8
    Dictogloss
  • 10
    Convince Me
  • 15
    Advertisement Design
  • 18
    Past Perfect Predicaments
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