ESL for Adults - Activities and Games to Make Learning Easy

Use These 175 Games to Inject Fun and Enthusiasm Into Your ESL Classroom and Watch Your Students Learn English 200% Faster!

ESL game and activity for adult

Hello and welcome.  Here we will cover teaching adults English as a second language. My name is Shelley Ann Vernon and I have helped thousands of teachers become better at what they do through inspirational ideas and fun games.



Here you will find teaching tips and ideas to put you on the right track if you are just starting out, and to put the juice back into your teaching if you are experienced but need some fresh ideas.


The games presented here work for children aged 13 and upward, and adults.  If you have younger children see 176 English Language Games for Children and Preschool Games and Stories for Children.


From Shelley Ann Vernon 

Dear Teacher,ESL for adults and teenagers


What do you do if your students don't seem motivated, or seem to be making slow progress?  How do you give enough speaking practise to your students and what can you do to make your lessons not only more fun, but also more effective?


One of the big problems with teaching adults ESL is that a lot of students who have attended years of language classes and even passed written language exams can hardly string a sentence together!


As teachers how do we ensure that our students;

green tickAre really motivated to pay attention in our classes?

green tickAre motivated to do their assignments?

green tickHave confidence speaking their second language, as well as being able to read and write in it?


With the right ESL games and ideas these things will be a breeze and you will wonder why you ever struggled or did not know what to do. "What, games?" I hear you gasp. "Surely that is not appropriate for adults?  Adults do not want to waste valuable classroom time piddling about with a stupid game!"


That view is outdated. Not only do many adults the world over enjoy games, but language games actually accelerate learning in a number of ways I will talk about below. However it is absolutely vital that adult students know why they are using a particular game, what specific target grammar or vocabulary are they practising, or what skill are they reinforcing by using the game. If students know and understand why they are doing a particular activity they will be much more inclined to cooperate and enjoy the learning.


So if you have come to this page because you are looking for ways to be a better teacher and to make your classes more meaningful and fun, then read on because you can achieve those worthwhile goals right here.


Communication in class must be meaningful


On this page you will find out:


green tickWhy using ESL games helps students learn more effectively than traditional teaching methods.

green tickWhy it is so important for communication in class to be meaningful and not just senseless repetition or artificial conversation.

green tickWhich activity most students enjoy the most.

green tickHow to ease the atmosphere and avoid blunders when you have tension in a multicultural class.

green tickHow to perk students up when they are tired and finding it hard to concentrate.

green tickHow to help beginners through the "silent period".


You will also discover new ways to:

green tickEncourage even the shy students to join in and pipe up in class with comments.

green tickMotivate your students more.

green tickImprove the effectiveness of your teaching by tapping into different learning styles.

green tickSave on preparation time.

green tickSuccessfully handle mixed ability situations in class.

green tickEnjoy yourself more in class. This is so important, because if you are enjoying yourself the chances are that your students are also enjoying the class and you are doing a great job.



Learning English Can Be Fun!



But do not take my word for it; here are testimonials from teachers around the world who I have helped:


Just wanted to let you know that I started using your course last Monday - what a difference it has made to my preparation! Instead of absolutely dreading the preparation, I actually enjoy it now!!! I have just prepared the second lesson for tomorrow morning and am actually looking forward to going there. I feel much more confident now. Ruth Gerull, Braunschweig, Germany


Thanks for your e-book, it has become my favorite resource! Julie Cartwright, Victoria, Australia


I cannot thank you enough for your book. I am doing my TEFL certificate via correspondence here and your wonderful and sound advice have given me just the reference points and guidance I feel I need.  Thank you again, hearing the words and seeing the methodology of such a passionate teacher has made the all difference in my ability to see clearly the kind of teacher I want to be. Georgia Keighery, Australian teaching in a remote part of Indonesia



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When I got into teaching, after my degree and TEFL qualification (teaching English as a foreign language), I certainly remember the massive amount of time it took me to prepare lessons, as I searched around to try and make lessons less dry. At one point I was using the Inlingua course book. For those of you who do not know it, it is like a grammar book. There are no pictures or texts, just the grammar point you must teach that day, and the teacher basically has to make up a lesson around that. It was a lot of work and initially it took a lot of thinking come up with fun ideas that related to the grammatical point in hand.


The other big problem teachers have is the almost imperceptible progress students seem to make from one week to the next. You may only see your students once a week and by the time they come back for the next lesson they have forgotten it all! 



When this happens it could mean that your lessons are not that good and the students are not that motivated so they certainly will not take a few minutes in the week to go over vocabulary or language as revision.



Although teachers are usually doing the best that they can with the resources that they have, this kind of ordinary teaching is a plague and it should be wiped out!  Today there is no excuse to teach in an ordinary way. 



Teachers are important people, they are leaders who inspire others to be creative and move forward through life to new goals, jobs and possibilities. Therefore we have to take our role seriously and give it everything we have got. If we do that we will earn the love and respect of our students, and that gives you a warm glow, the sort of thing that makes life worth living.



What Teachers Face in the EFL / ESL Adult Classroom.



Here are some of the problems many teachers have:

red crossYour students may not seem motivated.

red crossConversation activities are artificial and dry up quickly.

red crossYou have a job getting some students to say anything at all.

red crossStudents arrive late, are tired and you never know who will be coming and when.

red crossYou do not know how to practise specific grammar in fun ways so you just stick to worksheets and gap fills.

red crossStudents do not remember what you covered earlier in the term and remember even less of what you covered the term before!

red crossYou are advancing ineluctably through the textbook to a sea of glazed faces and whenever you give students a test the results are terrible!

red crossYou have some good ideas but you would feel embarrassed to be using the same ideas over and over again.

red crossThe thought of suddenly being asked to substitute for another teacher fills you with panic!

red crossYou live in dread of finishing a lesson early and not knowing what to do.

red crossYou do not know how to cater for the mixed abilities in your classroom. More advanced students are not learning anything and the slower ones cannot keep up.

red crossThe textbook is boring, outdated, or it is not a good fit for the level of your class.

red crossYou do not have time to prepare properly and you feel overworked and underpaid as it is, without spending your entire weekend on preparation.


Getting Around the Problems Using Fun Activities


green tickLearning through fun activities relaxes students, helps bonding between class members and with the teacher, and makes the classroom atmosphere more supportive for learners.

green tickStudents learn more effectively because the activity grabs their attention and interest, so naturally they make more effort to concentrate and retain language.

green tickWith the right activities you will never have a meaningless, artificial pair work exchange again.  Well maybe not "never", but rarely!

green tickStudents get involved in the activity itself and are more inclined therefore to contribute in class, so even the shy students come forward to join in.

green tickBeginners and lower intermediates in particular need a lot of repetition in order to fully absorb new vocabulary and grammar, and this can be done through fun language games.

green tickUsing enough variety in the type of activity or game will bring different learning styles into play: auditory, visual, kinaesthetic and tactile. This not only benefits the student who learns predominantly from one learning style, but it helps all students retain information better.

green tickGames allow for the use of setting time limits on tasks, and using competition or races to increase student focus and give an exciting buzz to an activity that could otherwise be quite mundane.

green tickThese ESL activities allow for students to work together in small groups in a highly structured way, yet giving them independence to practise constructively, in a supportive atmosphere, without the constant presence of the teacher. This allows your students to get the most out of lesson time, by spending it speaking English.

green tickWith an abundance of great ideas for games and activities that you can adapt easily to practise any language point, you will never be at a loss if you finish early or suddenly have to take an unexpected extra class.

green tickBy using activities which require the students to prepare for homework, you cut down on your own prep time, and this also allows students to mould an activity to their interests, so they are much more likely to be motivated when it comes to the lesson.

green tickYou want ideas that are adaptable and do not only work for practising one particular grammar point.

green tickYou want ideas that you can slot in to use with your textbook and existing materials.

green tickYou do not want activities that require complicated materials or board games with a lot of tiny pieces that you can lose easily, especially if you have a large class.

green tickOnce you have a library of brilliant ideas that work you will be able to prepare much more quickly, and with the confidence that the lesson will be a success.


Give fun classes and save on prep. time


I promise you these ESL games and activities are thoroughly tried and tested and for teaching English to adults, they really do work, as this teacher who uses my book says:
A particular German student was quite offended at the idea of playing games during class time until she was shown that many of the questions (in the game) were taken directly from the test practise books she would have used on her own. She then became very enthusiastic and passed her Cambridge exams with flying colours. Carolyn Miller, Prior English Language curriculum developer for employees at NKK Corporation, Japan



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For the doubting Thomas let me assure you that the games do not:


TEFL fun gameInvolve doing silly things that are more appropriate for children.

TEFL fun gameHave complicated rules.

check markInvolve complicated materials.

checkmarkRequire long preparation time; some games require no preparation time and can be used off the cuff.  Some games require a minimum of preparation and others only require prep the first time you use them.



What you will find are 175 fantastic ideas to use in class, along with invaluable teaching tips collected from years of experience. Other teachers have contributed to the creation of these games and tips to make this a true goldmine.


This particular series is suitable for ESL for adults and teens, and has the following features:


EFL / ESL Games and Activities In Detail

Each game is described in detail with examples of how you can adapt them to suit your language needs. The instructions are clear and easy to understand, and the games are easy to use. There is a detailed index with the games listed into skills: listening drills, speaking drills, reading tasks and writing drills, listening for fluency, speaking for fluency and creative writing. You can start using them right away in class.



EFL / ESL Games and Activities Teaching Tips

The introduction goes into the benefits of using games in class and how they help students learn better. Examples of games that suit different learning styles are included. By the time you have read this you will be raring to get into the classroom with these ideas. The teaching tips section has been compiled by several experienced teachers who give you the very best of the benefit of their time in class to save you embarrassing yourself and to help your lessons go smoothly.



EFL / ESL Games and Activities for All Levels

There are relevant games for all levels. The beginners will use more of the drill type games to encourage accuracy and help them while they grasp the basics of English. There are also some easy fluency games which the beginners can use. The intermediate students will benefit from nearly all the games in the book and the advanced students will benefit in particular from all the fluency and creative writing activities, and will also find the occasional drill useful to iron out consistent errors or to review tricky grammar.


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    A Gold Mine of 175 Games and Activities for Inspiring your Students to Learn English



    Paul Tyler, Cert. TESOL, GCGI, CMI, MSM says: "I received the book and used it last week in my first week as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages! The critique from the school at the end of the week said that they were 'astounded' at how successful my teaching technique worked, the fun the students had (thanks to your book) and how far I was able to bring the students in such a short time.  My colleagues immediately asked for copies of the book... I gave them the link to PAY and download it for themselves! Thank you for your hard work, if you write a sequel please email me, I'll be your first customer (I hope!)"


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