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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.

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

Against the Clock

ESL Game: Against the Clock

Against the clock is a simple ESL game that can and can be added a part of your classes’ regular revision routine. Write new vocabulary students cover in class on pieces of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a box or container. Every week, month or during end of unit reviews give one of the students the box. Tell the students that they must explain as many words as possible as they can from the box in a set amount of time e.g two minutes. Then another student tried. Whichever student explains the most words correctly is the winner.


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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 Concentration

“Concentration” is a great way to revise and study vocabulary. This can be a great way to help your students remember spelling and words in a competitive memory challenge. 
Activity Time: 5 mins +
Materials required: paper, pencils, list of vocabulary (on whiteboard or flash cards), 
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling, vocabulary revision
Level: Young learners
1. Write words on the board that you want your students to revise or place flashcards of the words.
2. Show the students the words or flashcards and tell them they have one or two minutes to look at the words and remember as many as they can. 
3. When the time is up, students have to write down as many words as they can remember. When they are finished they have to tell you what words they could remember. This is a great game for students to revise vocabulary. 
  • Put students in pairs or groups. 
  • Get the students to put the words in the correct order.