What teachers are saying about ESL games with Teens & Adults

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Reduced preparation time


The Adult games book has really reduced my preparation time.  Activities such as 'Guess the Question' have really gone down well with my classes.


Heather Mullett, British Council in Qatar, March 2016


Perfect for teens


I ordered your book ESL Classroom Activities over the summer to get some fresh ideas for my high school conversation classes (I teach ESL in Turin, Italy) and found some wonderful material!

Thank you so much for compiling all these stimulating activities into one resource. They are perfect for teens, which is exactly what I was looking for.


Holly D. Turin, Italy, October 2018


Absolutely Essential


Your book ESL Classroom Activities for teens and adults is absolutely essential in my language classes and I have been using it for years.


Anne Adams, Munich, Germany, October


Excellent ideas and practical games


Hello from China. I am an English teacher working at a countryside middle school. I bought the book you wrote (ESL Classroom Activities For Teens&Adults) two months ago online and I didn't get the chance to read it until last week. This book is a really big helping material for me and my colleagues. For that I want to thank you personally for giving us so many excellent ideas and practical games for the class.


Gwen Huwen, China, Feb 2016


Afraid to abandon the old methods...the beginning of my new life as a teacher


I keep being a bit afraid to 'abandon' my books and school material, but from time to time I use the games in your book for a change. My pupils really appreciate it and I see them change. When I use a game, they are happy and all participate. When I follow my 'normal' workbooks, they are rather bored. This week a pupil came to me saying that I always should use games, because they also learn that way and it is much "cooler". 

That's why I always keep your book ready!  This book is the beginning of my new life as a teacher. It should be compulsary for every teacher. Try it out and feel the magic! Shelley, the person and the writer, is my favourite resource when I need advice.


Katia Bekers, Han sur Lesse, Belgium, Jan 2016


Transforming lessons into less teacher-centered ones


I’m very excited about using all the activities in it and transforming my lessons in less teacher centered ones. Congratulations on the book! It is really well organized and easy to use.


Romina Faggioni, Milan, Italy, Dec 2015


Customer service appreciated


The book is very well written and Appendix is very useful. My students have great feed back already.  Thank you again Shelley!

Wonderful!  Again, Shelley, you have a very good heart and are very considerate.You are the only author that I know who after the sale goes an extra mile for technical support. I really appreciate the time you spent on me with all those back and forth emails to help me solve my problems. You can quote me on your website.


Rose Wang, California, Dec 2015


This has worked and got students interested


I am finding your book very helpful indeed for learning how to teach English to some young refugee boys. Yours has been the stuff which has worked and got their interest in a very chaotic setting!


M Currans, Kent, UK, Nov 2015


Energy in the lessons and a fantastic addition to any language learning resource


I love your ideas;they are just up my street! I enjoy lots of energy in my lessons, and your methods just bridle this!


Philippa Martin, Pips Language, France, Nov 2015


I have just bought your book ‘ESL classroom activities for teens and adults. I think this is a fantastic addition to any language learning resource and the fact that you are willing to provide the time in explaining or sharing your knowledge with us via e-mail is fantastic, generous and gratifying.
I love the games in this book and although I have a few years’ experience I never would have thought so many language games could be found in one book. Thank you so much. I have shared some ideas  with my new colleague today who is a new ESOL teacher and they are so simple to follow she was also impressed and has expressed in delight in them too!


Linda Situn, Lecturer, Walsall College, UK May 2015


Your books include games that utilize all of the skills to be learned in a fun way.


Hi Shelley, please put my comments up for all to see on your website.

I used to think that games were not appropriate or necessary for most of my classes. But now I am a believer in using games to build classroom enthusiasm and other qualities needed to make learning successful. I now include a game whenever possible that is suitable to the lesson. This I've come to find has made my students happier and seem more satisfied overall. Your books include games that utilize all of the skills to be learned in a fun way. Thanks again for your help, support and sharing your wisdom.


Patrick Welish, California, March 2015


Shelley, your books were my complete source of activities for the entire 6 days.


I thought I must write and let you know how invaluable I am finding the various publications I have bought from you. I recently taught a course of Chinese / English teachers / Administrators and sometimes their children! This course lasted 6 days and I found myself teaching anything from 5 to 30 students. It all depended on what day it was, what commitments they had elsewhere and if they couldn't come they would send their kids instead! The level of English varied depending on the age as well as what they had learned before. Shelley, your books were my complete source of activities for the entire 6 days. I managed to keep the classes moving all the time and involved everyone in talking, listening, writing and some reading. Your books are like Bibles for me now and I consider the cost to buy them from you was a great investment.


Colin Macpherson, Expert English teacher in Zhuzhou city, China. November 2014


The learning process enlivened!


As a result of your games, I managed to greatly enliven the learning process, which led to satisfaction on both sides. I am lucky to work with motivated students at one of the best language schools in Moscow, called Lzmaylovskaya Gymnasium #1508. I have students from ages 8 to 18.


Tatyana Potapova (ELT), Moscow, Russia. May 2014


Your games books have proven to be a huge asset.


Your books have become invaluable as I have had to transition from predominantly corporate work to teens and young learners.

I am now in Quang Ngai, Vietnam, in somewhat primitive working conditions with zero resources and several of my IELTS and corporate classes do not even have a textbook. Your games books have proven to be a huge asset, especially when you take into consideration my 33 hours a week face time. Many thanks. Kudos to you and your entire network.


Don Ault, Quang Ngai, Vietnam, March 2014


Organization, creativity and clarity of the game descriptions


I am absolutely pleased with my purchase of Shelley Vernon's 175 Activities for Teens and Adults Learning English. I am a new ESL teacher in Canada, and I am just starting to build up my teaching bookshelf. This book has made an excellent addition to the resources I have so far. Some of the many things I admire about this book is the organization, creativity, and clarity of the game descriptions.


My students have told me that they like the games I have chosen out of the book, because they have simple rules (this is especially important to beginner students), and they are interactive and fun! I teach a variety of classes to professional adults, and I feel that these games are perfect for the adult level. By using this book of games, I have learned that adults love to have fun too while they learn. In fact, they learn and remember more when you do an activity that encourages them to apply what they have learned. I highly recommend this book of games to any teacher who is wanting to have a more exciting classroom.


See positive changes quickly


You will quickly see the positive changes in the learning acquisition and attitudes of your students.


Emily Taillefer, ESL teacher in Canada, February 2014



Enough games, tips and ideas for a lifetime of teaching


I have purchased your 175 Activities for Teens and Adults Learning English and 176 English Games for Children, Fun Preschool Games and Stories. I treasure these resources much, as I have learnt so much about teaching in, always, fun, new and exciting ways. My students love my lessons and you supply enough games, tips and ideas for a lifetime of teaching.


Alicia Campbell, From South Africa, teaching in China in December 2013


I never expected SO much in this book! Awesome! Thank you! You have written a book just like I started to do several years ago, but never seemed to have found the time to keep it up! Well, now you have saved me having to write one! I will be going through this book over the holiday season and planning my lessons for the next 6 months and beyond! Thank you again Shelley!

Well worth the money!

Bernie O'Mahony, Owner, Route-2 English, Japan (adult teaching resources)


The most popular teacher around


I ordered your book 2 or 3 years ago - it really made me the most popular teacher around.

Sally Randall, New Zealand


Low on prep, easily adaptable for all language


I have been an ESL teacher for 13 years and I find these games are exactly what I would have prepared myself if I had the time or inclination. They are very low on prep, mostly speaking based, and are easily adaptable for all sorts of language objectives.

None of them are infantile and yet they can easily turn a boring drill into a worksheet-free activity. They are exactly what I wanted to spice up my lessons.


Debra Casagrande, Canada


Thanks for your ebook. It's become my favourite resource!

Julie Cartwright, Victoria, Australia


This is the kind of teacher she wants to be!


I can't thank you enough for your ebook. I am doing my TEFL certificate via correspondence here and your wonderful and sound advice have given me just the reference points and guidance I feel I need. Thank you again, hearing the words and seeing the methodology of such a passionate teacher has made the all difference in my ability to see clearly the kind of teacher I want to be.


Georgia Keighery, Australian teaching in a remote part of Indonesia


Improved involvement and motivation right away!


I downloaded the book without problems and used a game in my adult beginners class yesterday. A big improvement in involvement and motivation was immediately apparent. Thanks.


Jane Clark, Bogota, Columbia


A great investment because this teacher is using the book all the time.


Thanks so much, Shelley! Buying your book a while back, has been one of my best investments as a new teacher! I am an ESL teacher in Thailand, and I use the activities in your book all the time!


Renate Janse Van Vuuren, teaching in Thailand


These 14 year olds went from not liking English to wanting more!


All your hard work has really paid off in my classes. Some of the 14 year olds who didn't like English at all keep asking me when I'm coming back for the next lesson !! The other teachers are amazed !!


Lesley Chauvier, France


What a gold mine you have just sent me! Your material is absolutely awesome! The visual is great and your adding extra blank cards is so convenient! You have wonderful ideas and this will make your book even more fun to use.


Ginette Tremblay, Canada