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ESL Christmas Activites teens, adults and young leaners

This post focuses on Christmas activities and games for the ESL classroom. Ranging from young learners to adults, these activities are sure to bring festive cheer to any classroom!

Christmas Taboo

Activity Time:  15 mins +
Materials required: a copy of the printable.
Level: Young learners and teens.
Printable: Download

Christmas Taboo is a simple game you can play in class to revise Christmas vocabulary. The aim of the game is simple; each person takes a card and they must describe the word on the card without saying or using that word or any of the additional words written on that card.

Christmas Quiz

Activity Time:  10 mins
Materials required: a copy of the printable
Level: Young learners.
Printable: Download

This simple quiz can be used to test your classes knowledge of Santa Claus. This quiz can be used in a number of different ways, but I’ve personally had success with putting the class into teams of pairs and using it with The Bomb Game. To add to this quiz, get your students to write one question each about Christmas. You can use this quiz with “bomb” for Smart board or with the printable version.

Conversation questions

Activity Time:  10 mins +
Materials required: a copy of the printable
Level: Teens and Adults all levels.
Printable: Download 

Over 25 different questions to get the class talking about Christmas.

Christmas Video Facts

This is a great simple activity to practice their reading and writing skills while talking about some unusual facts about Christmas.

Activity Time:  15 mins
Materials required: A computer to play the video
Level: Teens and Adults Intermediate +

1. First put your class in pairs. Tell them to write the following information on a piece of paper or on their notebooks. Make sure they leave space so they can write information next to these numbers and words.
2. Tell them they are going to watch a video. One person will watch the video and tell their partner about the relevance of the information they have previously written.
3. Play the video twice and then check their answers.

That concludes this Christmas special. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy the holiday break. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook and on Twitter

Don’t forget to comment with any ideas, suggestions or successes!

More Christmas activities
Discover more Christmas activities for kids, teens and adults.

ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.

ESL Christmas Tongue Twisters – A collection of Christmas tongue twisters to practice pronunciation with young learners and teen and even adults.

Christmas Story Recall – In this activity, students watch/listen to a short Christmas story and then they try and rewrite/tell the story later.

ESL Christmas Charades – This activity is a great no-prep game for teens and adults to practice Christmas vocabulary.

Just a minute Christmas Challenge – In this activity students need to speak about a Christmas photo for one minute. This activity is great for teens and adults who are preparing for the B1 Exam (PET).

ESL Christmas Debate – In this activity, students have a debate on different statements related to Christmas. This activity is great for teens and adults with a higher level.

Find more games and activities on our YouTube Channel

Trick or Treat

Halloween is a great, fun event for your ESL students to get away from their textbooks. In this post, I have a fun game that will save you time and add to any lesson ideas that you have already planned. 

Trick or Treat. ESL Game for the Halloween Season

Trick or treat is a very simple activity to set up and is always enjoyed by my students. I have prepared two versions of this game; one for young learners and another for teens.

Activity Time:  15 mins +
Materials required: A bag/box, a copy of the printable and some candy.
Level: Young learners and teens.
Printable: Young learners and Teens


1. Print out a copy of the young learners’ sheet or the teen sheet and cut out the cards.

2. Put the cards into a bag or box.

3. Students pick a card from the box/bag. If they pick a treat, they get candy. If they get a trick card they have to answer a question or challenge to get a treat. The card is given to another student to ask the question and the answer to difficult questions are written on the card. There are a total of 9 treat cards and 18 trick cards.
Halloween Family Fortunes Quiz
Guess the Halloween Idiom ESL Halloween Activity for teens





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ESL Family Fortunes

This game is a bit of fun and a good way to practice lexical sets of vocabulary. Its based on the popular U.K quiz show “Family Fortunes”.

As in the orignal programme 100 people have been asked a number of questions. Their answers have been ranked 1 – 4. The team posed with the question have to guess what was the most popular answer to the question to score the highest points.

I have used this game with teens and they have really enjoyed it.

Activity Time:  15 – 20 mins +
Materials required: Printable sheet click here
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Listening, speaking and Vocabulary.
Level: Intermediate and above

1. Print out the prepared sheet . As the picture above you can cut out each group of questions and attach them to card to give the a nice finish and laminate them so you can reuse them in the future with other groups.

2. This game can be done in a number of ways. I usually just pose the question to 2 – 3 teams and the first to buzz are allowed to give their answer. You can score each team from 1 – 4 points for each correct answer. The first answer on each sheet being the highest points.

3. This game can be used well with “Bomb” as a scoring system if you like.

As usual any comment or feedback are welcomed and encouraged. Please let me know any ideas or suggestions you have and let others know your ideas and opinions.

I hope this game serves you well!


Based on the U.K T.V programme and adapted for the ESL classroom by me.

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ESL Quiz

Activity Time: 10 – 30 mins
There are a number of ways quizzes can be used in the ESL classroom. These quizzes have been designed as an end of class activity. I have found that students enjoy this activity as a fun way to end class.
1.Before you start assign teams.
2.You can ask questions in turns for each team passing the question on if students answer incorrectly. You can also get teams to “buzz” in if they know the answer but this can get noisy quickly so be warned!
There are a total of three quizzes broken up into 3 levels ranging from lower intermediate to upper intermediate. Each quiz is broken into four categories science, geography, sports and music. 
You can ask the students what category they want or choose yourself.
This activity can be used well with “Bomb” which you can find HERE

Alternative quiz ideas

Materials required: post-it notes or small pieces of paper.
1. Give each student a post-it or a piece of paper. Ask them to write down one question with the answer underneath. Alternatively in teams the students can write five questions and assign points depending on difficulty.
2. Collect all the pieces of paper from the teams and ask them their sets of questions.

Creative Commons License
ESL Kids Games by David Mulcahy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.elskidsgames.com.