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This is a triangle game, based on Big Potato’s ‘P for Pizza’, which is also a great game for English classes, but students need a reasonable level to play it, so this version is good to get them towards that level, and have a little fun during the long and laborious process of learning irregular […]
Our third treasure hunt is an animal-themed one. It pretty much follows the same sort of idea as the other 2 I’ve posted, but all the clues describe animals. You can use it to review animal vocabulary, as part of an animal unit, CLIL science lesson, etc. What to do Download the PDF at the […]
Another treasure hunt, but this time for older primary and teen learners that have a A2 level minimum and can read English reasonably well. What you need Print off the PDF at the end of this post and then cut up the QR codes. You can stick them around your class, school, playground… wherever you […]
I often do treasure hunts around my classes and sometimes in the open air, either on a playground or open safe space with my younger learners. I thought I’d share this one I made a couple of years ago that I use now and again as it’s easy to print, cut up and use. How […]
Here’s a game to practice face vocabulary with young learners using Hallowe’en-themed pumpkins. It’s a very simple game that you can use to support you other planning in the ESL/ESOL classroom. I made this game last night, in preparation for Hallowe’en and it’s very easy to play. Just download the zip file at the bottom […]
I developed this game to practise irregular verbs and help students learn which verbs go with which. What to do Download the printable PDF at the end of the page. Print it off and laminate it. There is a card reverse included in the PDF to print the cards double-sided. How to play Students are […]
Here’s a classic game that you can adapt and use to teach colours and numbers in the ESL/ESOL classroom. It’s fun too! What is it?… Jenga! I bought a colour jenga set that came with a colour dice, though you can just paint the blocks of a normal jenga. I then wrote numbers on both […]
I have developed this game for my classes to have a fun way to review simple introduction questions. I use a ball to review the questions with the class first. I pass the ball to a student and ask a question, they then have to answer it and then pass the ball to someone else […]
This is a no preparation activity you can do to revise virtually any subject for controlled sentence formation practice with young learners, though I suppose if you wanted to, elementary adults might also like this game! Materials All you need is a whiteboard and markers in at least 2 different colours. If you havenet got […]
I created this game to do controlled practice of verb tenses in positive, negative and interrogative forms. Setting up Print the cards, laminate and cut them out. That’s it! I have used this with groups of up to 8 players, however if you have bigger groups you may want to print off 2 copies. You […]
This is another in a series of simple bingo games to learn and practise vocabulary. This time on the subject of Christmas, to fit in with your festive planning. I usually have a range of activities to do for each subject. Such as a song, game, worksheet, craft, etc.. Setting up There are bingo boards […]
I developed this game to learn and practise vocabulary related to the face. I usually have a range of activities to do for each subject. Such as a song, game, worksheet, craft, etc. so this game was develloped to fit in with my planning. Setting up There are face boards with diverse options, for different […]
This game was developed to play while teaching about Autumn. I usually have a range of activities to do for each subject. Such as a song, game, worksheet, craft, etc. I didn’t have a game to play, so I made this one. Setting up There are tree boards and leaf tokens. Print off the pdf […]
Sum Swamp is an exciting and educational game designed by Learning Resources to help children learn basic addition and subtraction. This game can be used in the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classroom to engage students and help them improve their language skills relating to numbers and maths vocabulary. Game objective The game is […]
As an English language teacher, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with engaging activities that will encourage your students to practice speaking. This is where story cubes come in! They are a fantastic tool for practicing speaking skills in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. In this blog post, we’ll explore […]
This is a review of a game which I use in class and I find particularly good for students to encourage speaking. It’s a type of game called a ‘hidden role’ game called One Night Werewolf. At the end of this post are 2 free themed downloadable adaptations of this game that I have made […]
This Christmas card folds infinitely from a Christmas tree, to a present, which you open to reveal a photo of the child. It’s a really lovely and very different craft for any classroom, not just the ESL one. I adapted the original idea from Tiktok creator, @creationsbylynzb79, and created this downloadable template to make life […]
This is a Christmas Board game I designed for use in class. I used it the first time this year and it worked really well. The Story Christmas is coming and all the Elves are working very hard at the North Pole making all the presents for Santa. Santa gives a prize every year to […]
This is a writing activity I put together for a teen class I have to get them writing short texts. In this activity they need to imagine they are on Tinder, or a similar dating app and write their profile, or profiles of imaginary people. There are no downloads really, as you can just do […]
I love using Escape Games in my classes. Usually they are fine with children from 9-10 years old. Before this age, they can be difficult, as the students often don’t have the skills required to reason. This develops as they get older. I have written this game using an app I use in class called […]
I am a teacher of ESL with around 20 years experience both in public and private classrooms. I have my own academy based in the South-West of Tenerife which I opened 12 years ago, and I have completed an MA TESOL with Nottingham University, UK. with a specific focus on materials development, especially within the field of CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) developing new materials to fit into current CLIL curricula, and gamification – using escape games, secret role games and role plays to promote natural speech within the language classroom environment.
All the materials contained within this site have been developed for my own English as a Second Language classes, but could easily be adapted for other languages. Materials are organised by level and span ages from infant, through to adult.
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- Tessellation Station!This is a triangle game, based on Big Potato’s ‘P for Pizza’, which is also… Read more: Tessellation Station!
- Animal Treasure HuntOur third treasure hunt is an animal-themed one. It pretty much follows the same sort… Read more: Animal Treasure Hunt
- QR Treasure hunt for teensAnother treasure hunt, but this time for older primary and teen learners that have a… Read more: QR Treasure hunt for teens
- Treasure hunt for reviewing vocabularyI often do treasure hunts around my classes and sometimes in the open air, either… Read more: Treasure hunt for reviewing vocabulary
- Hallowe’en Pumpkin GameHere’s a game to practice face vocabulary with young learners using Hallowe’en-themed pumpkins. It’s a… Read more: Hallowe’en Pumpkin Game
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