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ESL Vocabulary Fortunes

ESL Vocabulary Fortunes is a great online ESL game designed for teens and adults. This game is based on the classic TV game show Family Feud or Family Fortunes in the UK. This Game is simple to play and a fantastic way to practice vocabulary on different topics and sure to entertain students at the end of a busy class.

There are two ways you can play ESL Vocabulary Fortunes.

Version 1 takes less time to organise and is how I use this game in class.

Age/Level: Teens and adults – Lower Intermediate and above

Time: 10 – 15 minutes per category ( 2 rounds per category)

Players: Teams of two or three depending on overall class size

Preparation: None! Just use the prepared online game below

Aim: To guess the top 5 answers in to the survey question.


  1. First, put students in to groups or 2/3/4 depending on class size.
  2. Show students the question for the topic you have selected.
  3. In their groups, students think of 2 or 3 words that may answer the question.
  4. Write the students answers on the board. To extend the activity with lower level students, ask them to spell their words or justify their answers if they are higher level students.
  5. When all the words are written on the board, reveal the actual answers for each question awarding points to the teams if they have a correct answer.

Version 2 follows the original TV format.

Age/Level: Teens and adults – Lower Intermediate and above

Time: 25 minutes

Players: 2 equal teams

Preparation: None! Just use the prepared online game below

Aim: To guess the top 5 answers in to the survey question.


  1. Separate the class into two equal teams and have them choose a team name.
  2. Each round begins with one member from each team coming to the front of the     classroom and trying to guess a top five answer to the question. The questions in the game are divided in main topics that students study throughout the year so you can use this game many times throughout the year.
  3. The first student to answer correctly with one of the answers to the question can choose for their team to play or pass and let the other team play. The teacher should look at the answers before class so that they know what the answers are.
  4. The aim of the game is for each team member to write down the same ‘blank’ word as their teammate at the front of the class.
  5. Everyone then secretly writes down their missing word. They do this without talking or communicating which makes this game more difficult.
  6. Then, the teacher asks each player at the front of the class to reveal their word.
  7. After that, each teammate says or shows the word they wrote.
  8. For every word that matches with their player at the front of the class, the teams gets the points displayed in the game.
  9. Finally, repeat with different players.


 Click here to play this game in fullscreen

More Online ESL Games
Discover more of ESL Kids Games’ online activities  .

Describe the photo – A great way to practice speaking about photos for B1 (PET).

ESL Play Your Cards Right – A fun higher or lower game.

ESL Countdown – A great game to practice vocabulary and spelling.

ESL Writing Prompt Generator – A fun way to practice writing with young learners and even teens.

Find more games and activities on our YouTube Channel

Music: 60’s Quiz Show by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

ESL Game Half

ESL Game: Half

Half is a simple game to get students thinking by finishing some sentences. With Half,  students can practice listening skills, writing and speaking in one simple no-prep activity that is sure to get them talking. This activity can be used as a simple warmer at the beginning of class or as a fun cooler. You could use multiple sentences  or just one and play often.

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Printable: Sentences


  1. First make a copy of the printable sentence starters.
  2. In class, dictate some of the sentences to the students.
  3. Students need to complete the sentences and then share their sentences with the other students in class.

Got more ways to play this game or sentences that are fun to use in class? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Enjoy and have fun!

ESL Creativity Activity

This activity is based on a creativity test developed by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance. Torrance created the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) which sought to test people’s creativity and not just IQ.

Download and print the ESL creativity activity handout:

Download (PDF, 35KB)

Students are given an image like the one shown in the picture below.

Creativity Test ESL Ellis_Paul_Torrance


Students are then given one or two minutes to complete the picture and give it a title.

After they have completed the task each student has to explain what they have drawn and the title.

This is a simple activity that is sure to get your students thinking creatively.

Here are some example of what others have created.

(image credits and for more drawings: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2010/07/10/creativity-test.html#slide1)

ESL Telegram Warmer

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ESL Telegram is a simple warmer that can be used with all levels and is a great activity to let students be creative.

ESL Christmas Quiz

Have a fun end to the first term with this ESL Christmas quiz. This quiz is suitable to teens and adults with and Intermediate + level.

The ESL Christmas quiz should take at least 35 minutes and is sure to put your students into the christmas mood.

The quiz is broken up into 3 rounds.

Round one is a christmas themed general knowledge quiz which tests students knowledge of christmas. Its not easy and should get students thinking.

Round two is a Christmas vocabulary round where students have to remember as many words shown in the picture as they can. Another tricky round that is sure to challenge your students.

Round three Is the final round and tests students knowledge of Christmas songs. Students have to write the name of the Christmas songs in English. An internet connection is required.

As ever, happy Christmas to you all and a happy and productive New Year. If you are looking for more Christmas themed ideas don’t forget to check out last years ideas here. 

4 Christmas ideas

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