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…

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…

Spin the Coin

10-15 minutes Groups of 3-5 Practice grammar structures and vocabulary words with flashcards Use pictures for less advanced students Have special flashcards such as ‘place your marker on any available card’ or ‘remove 1 marker from a card’ Only allow…

Team Spelling

No more than one minute per word A maximum equal to the number of letters in the target words (less students is fine though) To correctly identify vocabulary from images and spell the word As preparing a lot of words…

The Hot Seat

45 minutes Any Communicate words without saying them Use simple words like animals or days of the week for weaker students Use the word ‘pass’ as one of the words on the board to challenge strong students Break class into…

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…

Colored Ballons

5-10 minutes 14702 Learn colors by hitting balloons to each other Have balloon colors represent different vocabulary words Have balloon colors represent sentences for more advanced classes Blow up balloons of different colors Send 4 or 5 balloons into class…

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…