ESL Games and Activities for Adult English Learners

A collection of ESL games and activities designed for teaching English to adults.

Teaching Online (

Our sister site is focused on activities and exercises which can be used online. Online classroom activities include themed conversation questions, the random question generator, scrambled sentence maker, an online board game maker online scatter sheet maker, hidden picture quizzes, what happens next?, fortune-telling runes and many more.

ESL Warm-ups

This section contains a variety of ESL activities which can be used as warmers and fillers. Loosen your students up with something fun before moving on to more demanding tasks. Popular posts include the big list of no preparation warm-up activities and the A to Z game.

ESL Games for Adults

Grammar Games and Activities

These grammar games for adults are designed to get students repeating targeted grammar structures within a fun and meaningful framework. Posts include fortune tellingcomparing adjectives and stand up if you’ve ever…, as well as classic ESL games and activities like find someone who and alibi.

Vocabulary Games and Activities

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

Pronunciation Games and 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 to practice syllable stress.

Conversation Questions

This page contains sets of printable conversation topic 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 conversation topics with additional learning activities is available as a PDF eBook and an  A4 paperback book.

Speaking Activities

A range of speaking activities for adults that are designed to encourage free speaking. Activities include esl questionnaires, surveys & interviews, discussion questions and find someone who activities.