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ESL Games: Janken Slap

5-20 minutes depending on how many cards are used Groups of 2-4 Review vocabulary words/grammar structures by slapping flashcards Use one flash card for each person in the group 2 for pairs, 3 for groups of three, and 4 for…

ESL Games: Kabura-Nice

One minute per topic Depends on topic, max. 10 Brainstorming vocabulary relevant to the topic In smaller groups (where it would be easy for everyone to have different answers) then reward one point for answers which are *the same*. Perhaps…

Shiritori

10-15 minutes 2 groups of at least 2 students Make word lists by using the last letter of the previous word Have several 4 to 5-minute game “rounds” In the first round, all team members participate In the second round,…

Spell from a Bag

5-20 minutes Small groups of 2 or more Review vocabulary words and practice spelling Use letter blocks instead of having students write their letters on paper Use sentences with some similar words for more advanced students Divide the class into…

Typhoon

15-40 minutes Groups of 3-6 Practice making sentences with game board grid Play with ‘Bankrupt’ instead of ‘Typhoon’ Use category cards instead of word cards Make a minimum number of words for each sentence Have students listen and repeat after…

Bowling

20-40 minutes Any Answer questions and try to knock down bottles with a ball Keep score as in real bowling Use more bottles Use other activities such as tossing coins in a hat, etc. Divide class into teams Set up…

Building Block Stories

20-40 minutes Groups of 2-5 Use colored blocks to develop sentence creation skills and review N, V, & Adj Have students make the sentences as a team Have students make the sentences as individuals Have the sentences tell a short…

Clap/Don’t Clap

5-10 Minutes Any number Review vocabulary words by category Use flashcards for younger learners Choose a category, such as animals, sports, etc. Call out a vocabulary word that fits the theme (ie ‘cat’ for animals) Students clap if you call…

Country Dash

5-15 minutes Groups of 2-3 Learn geography by moving the the right continent Stick flashcards to convenient objects so all students can play Have the last 5-10 students win and give them all a small prize Use nationality and/or language…

Dice of Fortune

d10-20 minutes Any Hangman meets Wheel of Fortune to review vocab and sentences Allow students to “bank” their point at the end of the round and use them in the next one ‘1’ and ‘3’ = lose a turn, ‘2’…

Discovering Sentences

15-30 minutes Groups of 2 Use word lists to create sentences Who can make the shortest sentence? Who can make the longest sentence? Who can make the most sentences? Give each student a photocopy of a list of 150-300 mixed…

Fly Swatter

20 minutes 41789 Students use fly swatters to hit vocab words on the board Use pictures for young students who haven’t learned the alphabet Write vocabulary words scattered across the board Place two chairs in front of the board with…

Alphabet Word Game

30 minutes Groups of 2-4 Practice vocabulary through themes Change around the categories based on level of students Divide class into groups of 2-4 students Each group assigns a writer The writer makes a chart with headings such as ‘Boy’s…

Back Writing

5 minutes At least 3 Practice spelling words by writing them on the backs of other students Instructions for older students: Have students sit in team lines Teach these actions: tap own shoulder for ‘repeat’ and nod for ‘OK, I…