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Yes, No, Maybe

Yes, No, Maybe is a simple speaking activity that is great fun for young learners and even teens.

Level: Young learners, teens A2 +

Materials needed: A set of vocabulary cards. These can be flashcards or you can create your own. A set of fruit flashcards are available below.

Method
  1. To start, first print out and cut up a copy of the cards below. In this pre-prepared activity the topic is food but this can be changed to any theme students may be studying.
  2. When playing, a student first selects a card. The other students in class must ask questions about the card but the student who has the card can only respond with “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe”.
  3. You can award points for correct questions or for students guessing the correct answer.

You can set the number of questions or set a time limit that students have to decide what the fruit is.

Variation : Give students small pieces of paper and get them to draw their own words from a unit.

Tip : Keep printed cards and use them to revise vocabulary at the beginning or end of class  and end of units.

Would you like to see more flashcards available here? Leave a comment below and we will add more flashcards based on your suggestions.

More Vocabulary Games
Discover more ESL vocabulary games.

Vocabulary Fortunes – This online ESL Game is a great way to practice vocabulary with teens and adults. This activity is a great way to end class.

Vocabulary Circle – A simple warmer for all ages and level.

Quick Fire Vocabulary – This vocabulary revision game is a great way to revise vocabulary with all levels and ages.

ESL Game: Derp, Derp – This activity is a simple vocabulary revision activity.

Find more games and activities weekly on our YouTube Channel

 

ESL Password

“Password” is a great game that can be used again and again for revision of vocabulary. This is a game every ESL teacher should know. This game is great with kids, teens and adults and is always a popular game with groups. 

Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: whiteboard.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling. 
Level: Young learners
Method 
1. Divide the class into two teams. Put a chair in front of the whiteboard facing the class. 
2. One person from one of the teams sits in the chair. Write a word on the board that team can see and not the person in the chair. The team then have to explain that word to the person in the chair without saying the word. You can set a time limit if you wish.
If the student says the word their team gets a point.
3. The second team now try. The team with the most points win.

ESL 4 Pictures 1 Word

4 Pictures 1 Word ESL Game TEFL Kids English
ESL 4 Pictures 1 Word is a simple activity for lower level young learners (8+) and teens. Due to the popularity of the last Four Picture One Word post, I have made a second round for your classes to enjoy. This is level two and has some more challenging words for your class to discover.

For those who have not tried this game before, students look at four pictures that are connected by one word. They must guess the word. 







Activity Time:   10 +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below. 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening.
Level: Kids, teens and adults beginners +


Method

1. Split the class into teams. Groups of two and three are best.
2. Explain the game to the students. Tell them that they are going to see four pictures. The four pictures are connected by one common word. In their groups, they must decide what the word is. To make sure that they understand, try this example.

ESL Four Pictures one Word ESLKidsGames.com

3. Now begin the game. For each correct answer, each team gets one point. If both teams guess the correct answer, they both get the point. To avoid any problems, ask the teams to write their answer before they say it. Don’t let students shout the answer. If you need to, deduct points to deter shouting out answers.



 
 
ESL Family Fortunes

ESL Countdown

 

ESL Countdown

ESL Countdown esl Kids games interactive whiteboard TEFL
ESL Countdown is a very popular show in the UK and Ireland. It is a simple game that is great as a warmer or cooler for the ESL classroom. It’s useful with nearly every level and a great way to get your students writing and practicing spelling. Everyone from young learners to adults can enjoy this simple and fun ESL activity.Activity Time: 5 mins +

Materials required: whiteboard and optionally a projector to use the digital version below.
Skills practiced: Writing, brainstorming, vocabulary and fluency.
Level: All levels Young learners – adults
Note: The clock is set for 30 seconds. Allow extra time for younger or lower level students.

 Method
1. Ask students to take out a pen and notebook. Put students into pairs or on their own depending on age and level.

2. Explain to the students that they must pick vowels or consonants and then they have 30 seconds to write any words they can make with the letters on the board. The team who creates the longest correct words gets one point for each correct word.

 
3. You can use the digital version below by clicking on the different options, click on more rules for instructions etc.

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Four Pictures One Word

This week’s game is a simple yet great way to practice English in class while having fun.  This game is suitable for a number of age groups and English levels.

In ESL Four Pictures One Word, students view four related pictures and they must guess the word that connects them all.





Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below. 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening, writing.
Level: Pre- intermediate +

Method

1. Split the class into teams.

2. Explain the game to the students. Tell them that they are going to see four pictures. The four pictures are connected by one common word. In their groups, they must decide what the word is. To ensure that they understand, try this example.

ESL Four pictures one word Example eslkidsgames.com

3. Now begin the game. For each correct answer, each team gets one point. If both teams guess the correct answer, they both get the point. To avoid any problems, ask the teams to write down their answer before they say it.

Download (PPTX, 1.41MB)

Want more games? Try:

ESL Family Fortunes 

ESL Quiz

5 Whiteboard Games
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