ESL games and activities for adult English learners

ESL gamesWelcome to our growing collection of ESL games and activities for adult English learners as well as all the necessary printables.

When teaching English as a second language to adult learners, games and fun activities can be just as important as when teaching younger age groups.These fun adult-oriented ESL games and activities will help you to build class cohesion, raise energy levels and most importantly, provide a framework that motivates learners to produce the target language.

Warm-up activities

This section contains games and activities which can be used as warmers or fillers. Get your students loosened up before moving on to more challenging tasks. Posts include the big list of no preparation warm-ups and pass the bomb.

Grammar focused ESL games

These games are designed to get students to repeat targeted grammar structures. Posts include fortune telling, comparing adjectives and stand up if you’ve ever..., as well as classic ESL games and activities like, find someone who, jeopardy and alibi.

Vocabulary focused ESL games

Here you can find games and activities which review and extend the learner’s vocabulary. Posts include the A to Z game, the recipe game and number bingo as well as some old favourites such as Kim’s game, the categories game and taboo.

Pronunciation activities 

This section contains a growing selection of ESL activities to help students with their pronunciation including word match for practising minimal pairs, pit pat putt and word mazes.

Conversation questions

This page contains sets of printable conversation cards based on more than 50 ESL topics. These discussion questions are designed to initiate lively debate and deepen the students’ knowledge of each other. A collection of 50 topics with additional learning activities is available as a PDF eBook and an  A4 paperback book.

Speaking activities

A range of ESL speaking activities that encourage free speaking, including surveys, interviews, and discussion activities.

Tech & Apps

More and more classrooms are equipped with Smartboards or laptops and projectors, and the students are often equipped with smartphones and tablets. This is an area dedicated to activities which require technology of some kind. Including grammar photo sets and our ESL Apps page with apps like 500 Conversation Questions, What Happened Next? and Fortune Telling. You can also find the Short News Article Finder here.