Pit Pat Putt: a pronunciation game for practising vowel sounds

I found this pronunciation game on The Internet TESL Journal, it’s a great way of drawing attention to, and practising, vowel sounds. How to play You will need a list of ten one syllable words that begin and end with the same consonant. Here are some example sets. Choose a set that includes the vowel sounds that […]

ESL crosswords and how to make them

Crosswords are really great for introducing a new theme or grammar point, you can give them out as a warmer while you’re waiting for all the class to arrive, or they make a  handy homework or vocabulary review task. Note: not every student will be familiar with crossword puzzles, so make sure to explain it first […]

Kim’s game – practise there is and there are with this memory game

Kim’s game is an old-time memory game that can be used for reviewing there is and there is/are/was/were and for introducing some useful vocabulary for common household objects. You will need a tray, a tea towel and about 15 different, common, household objects (some in multiples). For example, a battery, a light bulb, some coins, […]

Snap! (forms of to be)

This is a matching exercise to practise short answers, as well as the different forms of the verb be. It’s also available as a web app for your smartphone or tablet. Put students into pairs and give each pair their own pile of snap cards Get the students to shuffle them and then arrange them into two columns, […]

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is a quick and fun way to review a number of grammar forms. I often use it to practise irregular forms of the past simple. You need two teams of 1-4 to play this game, one team plays as Xs, the other as Os. Draw a Tic Tac Toe grid on the […]

The A to Z game – a quick and fun vocabulary race

The A to Z game is a fun and occasionally rowdy vocabulary game and a surefire way to inject some energy into the classroom. It’s ideal as a warmer and is a great way to introduce new topics. Themes might include adjectives,  jobs, food, things you take on holiday, etc. If you like this activity […]