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ESL Game Alphabet Race

ESL Game: Alphabet Race

Alphabet Race is a great game to practice the alphabet with young learners. This is a great activity to warm up students or cool down at the end of class. This is a simple no-prep activity to practice the alphabet with young learners.

More Alphabet Games
Discover more ESL alphabet games for kids.

ESL Game Alphabet Wave – A simple activity with alphabet flashcards.

The Alphabet Song (A,B,C) – A fun song to play alphabet game with.

Alphabetti Spaghetti – Simple fun game to practice the alphabet with young leaners.

Hammer Phonics

ESL Game Hammer PhonicsHammer phonics is a great ESL game for beginners with a low level of English. If properly organized and carried out, it is fun and will in no time become a popular game in class. This is a great game to practice and learn phonics in class.

Duration: 10mins

Materials required: Toy hammer and Phonics Flash Cards.

Skills practiced: Phonics revision and quick response.

Level: Beginners

Method
  1. Introduce few phonics cards to the learners (Not more than 8 at a time, EXAMPLE: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H).
  2. After a proper introduction and teaching of the phonic cards put them on the floor.
  3. Hand toy hammers to two students at a time.
  4. Students should be instructed to raise their hammers as high as possible.
  5. Read out the phonetic sound that is related to a particular card

Example: CARD 1 = A, A for Apple, CARD 2 = B, B for Ball, CARD 3 = C, C for Cat etc.

  1. The first learner to hit the right card and properly pronounce the right phonetic sound associated with that card is declared the winner.
  2. Transfer the hammers to new students and repeat the whole process.

This simple game is easy to organize and it is always successful in class. It is important that the students are given plenty of time to prepare the target language before playing the game. It is a fun and engaging way to practice phonics with your students.

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ESL Game River

ESL River is a simple game that can be used to get students out of their chairs and revising vocabulary and listening at the same time. 
 
This game is always enjoyed and is sure to be requested again and again. 
 
Method
 
1. Get students to stand in a line. Make sure they have plenty of space. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e animals. When you say an animal, the students have to jump over “the river”. 

If you say another word from another category and the students jump, the crocodile gets them and they are out. 
 
3. Let the students take control and they call out the words. 

This game can be a great end of class activity. 

ESL Word Squares

ESL Word Squares is a great game for young learners, teens and adults. Its a great way to revise vocabulary and a great game for fast finishers or early students.

Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: whiteboard.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling. 
Level: Young learners, teens and adults. 
Method
1. Draw square on the board with nine boxes. In each box put a letter in each box.

2. Students have to make as many words as they can using the letters in the boxes. They can’t repeat letters.

3. The student with the most words is the winner.

Try in teams or pair, especially with weaker groups.

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ESL Prepositions Game

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“Preposition Practice” is a great simple ESL game to practice prepositions of place with young learners. It’s a fun and interactive way to study prepositions of place that’s sure to be enjoyed by the whole class. 
Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: flashcards.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary, writing and prepositions of place.
Level: Young learners
Method
1. Choose a number of flashcards you want your students to revise. Hide them in different locations around the classroom.
2. Tell your students they need a pencil and paper. Tell them you have hidden X amount of flashcards in the room and they need to find them and write down their location on their piece of paper.
3. The first student to find all the flashcards and write their location is the winner.