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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!

Read My Lips

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“Read My Lips” is a great game for practicing sentences, speaking and writing. It’s simple and can be used with all grammar points and vocabulary. This activity is great for revision and is always enjoyed by students.

Activity Time:
10 mins +
Materials required: paper and pencil.
Skills practiced: Speaking and writing.
Level: Young learners +

1.  Each student needs paper and a pen to write. 
2.  One student comes to the front of the class and mouths a sentence to the other students. The other students must write down what they think the student said. 
3. Try this activity in groups and pairs. 

Enjoy this activity? Find more games and ideas here.

ESL Comic Strips

“ESL Comic Strips” is a great way to get young learners writing in a way thats meaningful to them. This activity can be a fun and creative way to produce English in the classroom. 

Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: Comic strips for each student. 
Skills practiced: Vocabulary, writing and spelling. 
Level: Young learners +


1. Get some cartoon strips with actions and characters that your students like or are familiar with.

2. Remove the text and make copies for the class.

3. Give each student a comic strip and get them to write their own text to the comics. After get the students to share their creations. You can even get them to create their own.

5 ESL Writing Activities For Children

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This post will look at some ways you can develop writing skills with young learners in the ESL classroom.


Develop motor skills with very young learners with tracing activities. Children trace shapes, letters or words from picture prompts on their partners hand’s or back. The children take turns and try to identify the word, shape etc


If you have mini whiteboards or even paper, get students to write down words from flash card prompts. Put a flash card on the board and students have to write down the word and then flip and show the word they have written. Great for revision and practicing spelling etc.

Word snakes

Word snakes are a great way to practice vocabulary, writing and spelling skills with young learners. Get students to make their own with groups of vocabulary, swap the word snakes and complete them.
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One Minute Challenges

One minute writing challenges can be a great way to get young learners writing. Give students one minute to write as many words as they can from a given category.

Word Ordering Activities

Get students making full sentences with word ordering activities. This type of activity can be a great way of practicing sentence structure or practising grammar points.
Just give students sentences with the words jumbled. In pairs, students have to reorder a sentence.
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