ESL apps – games and activities for smartphones and tablets

These ESL apps consist of games and activities to play online with smartphones and tablets.

500 Conversation Questions

ESL conversation questions appThis web app features randomised conversation questions from the book 50 Conversation lessons.

What happens next?

what happened next ESL appUse 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.


ESL Countdown appThis 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.

Describe the (Imaginary) Picture App

describe the picture app 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.

Fortune Telling App

fortune telling appWant 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.

Phrasal Verb Match Up App

ESL phrasal verb appGet 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.

Picture Taboo

ESL picture taboo appNow 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.

Picture Taboo: In the OfficeSummer, Halloween, Christmas

Snap (to be)

ESL snap appPlay 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.

Question prompts

ESL questions appThis app is a simple random question prompter for practising the form of present simple questions.

Number Bingo Master

ESL bingo appThis handy web app will help you keep track of the numbers when you play Number Bingo!


12 thoughts on “ESL apps – games and activities for smartphones and tablets

    1. Hi James, they’re web apps, meaning they run in the browser (you need to be online). However, Conversation questions and Countdown are both available as Android apps, links are in the descriptions.

      1. Hello Andrew, excuse me, I tried to access the web app for the verb to be Snap! game, but the link redirects me to this page. Is the web app still available? Thanks in advance.

        1. Hi Erasmo, yes. It’s still available, you just need to click on the picture. Sorry that isn’t very clear, is it? I’ll fix it later today. Thanks for the feedback!

  1. I haven’t looked at everything,but the “Describe the Picture” App is brilliant! When and if I ever have a roomful of students who all have access I’ll definitely use it.
    Thank you

All feedback is welcome!