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  • James89
  • Veteran

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    • February 04, 2013, 05:14:23 pm
    • SoKo
ESL games for adults
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:31:50 pm »
I've just started a teachers' class at my elementary school. I have 6 teachers (all women 30s-60s) with low to intermediate levels of English.

In the first class I played an ESL Kings card game to break the ice. They loved it. The second lesson I began from the textbook I was given to use and they hated it and said that they want to play games for the majority of the class. I completely understand them and am now trying to find some age appropriate games. They really got into the card game, but I don't want to flog that idea.

Any suggestions on games that work well with adult learners? Thanks.


Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 03:58:22 pm »
Quiz maybe? I'm trying to think of what people that age do back home? Also maybe some acting (Like make a script for a play).
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Jobs (2005)


Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 05:19:40 pm »
do a search on here for English battleships. that should be fun for them. also have a look at the World Trade game by Wintermute. think he did the battleship template too  8)


  • klouis89
  • Newgookin

    • 1

    • March 02, 2014, 06:17:16 pm
    • United States
Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 01:28:11 pm »
My co-workers love charades and taboo. They were laughing the whole time lol. I made my own words/phrases for charades and made my word cards for taboo because their English level is low-intermediate but some of the words were a bit challenging for them but they liked that. Good luck! :)


  • ericav
  • Newgookin

    • 4

    • August 24, 2012, 02:09:53 pm
    • Mokpo
Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 03:21:35 pm »
I found someone else's Tabboo cards and altered them for my teacher's workshops. Here ya go.


  • bwhitney9
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • February 23, 2014, 08:35:15 am
    • Korea
Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2014, 10:42:31 am »
Fortunately / Unfortunately
Create a story by starting each sentence with fortunately/unfortunately. I play this with my teachers class and we were in tears laughing by the end. Luckily their level is fairly high so this works for me. Here's an example.

Player 1: “When the man crossed the street he stepped on a banana peel.”
Player 2: Fortunately, he didn’t fall when he stepped on the peel.
Player 3: Unfortunately, the man skated on the banana peel all the way across the street…”
Player 4: Fortunately, there were no cars driving on the street at that time…”
Player 5: Unfortunately, the man crashed into an ice cream cart parked along the curb…”
Player 6: Fortunately, the man crashed into an ice cream cone and got to taste the best vanilla ice cream he ever had….”

examples of beginning sentences.
•   My girlfriend left me yesterday...
•   It rained all day on Saturday...
•   My doctor told me to stop smoking...
•   Someone stole my car this morning...


Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 04:17:34 pm »
I hope I don't get into trouble for plugging my own site, but eslgames.com specifically caters for adult learners.
ESLgames.com - games and activities for adult English learners


  • oglop
  • The Legend

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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: ESL games for adults
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2017, 05:45:28 pm »
Teach-this has good activities

Backs to the board
Celebrity heads
Running dictation
Taboo / split crosswords

^a few activities I have had success with, with all ages and nationalities