These ESL apps consist of games and activities to play online with smartphones and tablets or even a laptop or smartboard. No installation is needed. Most of these web apps work best in landscape mode. I recommend using the Opera browser as it has a useful full-screen mode.
This is a fabulous tool for conversation classes or one on one lessons. As a warmer or filler just pull up this app and it will give you a completely random conversation question from a deck of more than 500. If it’s not the right question, just hit ‘Next’.
Use this web app for practising describing a situation and predicting what will happen next. Students watch the short clip and describe what the situation is, then try to guess what happens next.
This simple web app is based on the UK game show Countdown. Students choose ten letters and the team who can make the longest word wins.
This web app works best on tablets. Students are served up a picture which they must describe to their classmates, however, sometimes instead of a picture the student will see a simple written scene description and must use their imagination to convince the class that they are describing a real picture. See Describe the (Imaginary) Picture for instructions on how to play the non-tech version.
Want to play the fortune-telling game without cutting up all those bits of paper? Then use this web app with your phone or tablet. Students tell the fortunes of their classmates by casting runes. This app was designed to practice using the going to form of the future.
Get students familiar with phrasal verbs with Phrasal Verb Match Up. Students are presented with random combinations of verbs and prepositions and must decide whether they are actual phrasal verbs. More on how to play in this article.
Now you can play Picture Taboo online with your phone or tablet. Students pass around the phone/tablet and describe the object they are looking at. Only works with phones or tablets.
Play Snap! to practise forms of to be. First to five is the winner. A game for two students, if the answer matches the question, the first to tap on their side gets a point, if they’re wrong they lose a point.