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Games for teens and adults to learn English? Really? Yes really!

Liven up your classes and have all students participate, even the shy ones

Games and activities are a great way of getting the English language out of the stuffy text books and livening up your classes. Not only do many adults the world over enjoy games, but language games actually accelerate learning in a number of ways. Let’s see how…

Appeal to your students’  different learning styles
Using variety in the type of activity or game will bring different learning styles into play: auditory, visual, kinaesthetic and tactile. This not only benefits the student who learns predominantly from one learning style, but it helps all students retain information better.

Games bond students and teacher alike
Even confident adults can become uncertain and self-consciousness when learning a new language. Learning through fun activities relaxes students, helps bonding between class members and with the teacher, and makes the classroom atmosphere more supportive for learners.

Less prep time, more fun time
With an abundance of great ideas for games and activities that you can adapt easily to practice any language point, you will never be at a loss if you finish early or suddenly have to take an unexpected extra class.

Competition can encourage positive participation
Games allow for the use of setting time limits on tasks, using competition or races to increase student focus, and give an exciting buzz to an activity that could otherwise be quite mundane. Students get involved in the activity itself and are more inclined to contribute in class, so even shy students come forward to join in.

My ESL activities allow for students to work together in small groups in a highly structured way, yet giving them independence to practice constructively, in a supportive atmosphere, without the constant presence of the teacher. This allows your students to get the most out of lesson time, by spending it speaking English.

Games are serious fun
It’s important that teen and adult learners understand why they are using a game. If students think of an activity as an exercize, or a fun way to practise, they won’t think they are wasting time playing games.

Shelley's ESL resources for teens and adults

Pump some energy into your lessons and get your students talking, even the shy ones! Here’s resources for ESL games, fluency activities and grammar drills for EFL and ESL students that will make teaching fun and easy.

Teach your students through games, fluency activities and grammar drills for EFL and ESL students and make learning fun.

Get your teens and adults engaged online with this book of games full of fun ideas and tips to make your lessons stimulating and memorable.

Engage your teens with short, fun role-plays and dialogues from middle school to 18 years old; for high novice-low intermediate levels.

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ESL Classroom Activities for Teens & Adults

ESL games, fluency activities and grammar drills for EFL and ESL students

 Activities for all levels – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Well organised into listening, speaking, reading, and writing categories.

 The detailed introduction gives advice on cultural backgrounds, learning styles and personalities.

 Packed with ideas and exercises on fluency and grammar, that are entertaining and fun and specially formulated for teens and adults.

The introduction covers common classroom teaching problems including culture, tensions, shy students, and different learning styles

 Teaching Tips include setting and sharing goals, using drills and fluency activities to what to do if the lesson flops

 6 step Quick Start Guide – Listening, speaking, reading and writing drills for new vocab, grammar and revision + listening comprehension, speaking fluency, conversation, dialogues, and creative writing.

 Bonus! Receive a 70-page bonus appendix with the activities book! Get templates free to save you time.

Promote fun while learning English – what more could you ask?!

ESL Online Games

Interactive activities to engage students of all ages and bring the joy of learning into your virtual classroom

Enjoy teaching happy, motivated pupils online. Following the success teachers have had with her classroom games books, Shelley created this mega-collection of online games to entice fun and effective learning for all ages and all levels.

Five-minute warm-ups, ten-minute no-prep games, low prep, and extended activities

Visual icons help you quickly select an activity

Tips on how to use the games in the classroom: an explanation of the categories, the best group sizes, how to adapt the games to different ages and levels, the materials you’ll need, the pace of the games and how to get the most out of mixed abilities

Games themed for vocabulary to stimulate speaking and listening

Rapid game selection to suit any occasion in the detailed index grouped into a category, group size, level, age, materials needed and pace

Introduction packed with handy tips on dealing with competition, movement, mixed abilities, logistics, working pairs and groups, classroom management and technology in the classroom

Bonus! Ready-made templates in the free downloadable bonus

Bring the joy of learning into your virtual classroom!

What can you expect from ESL Online Games?

  • Easier, faster lesson planning – the more games you use, the easier it gets.
  • Fun language games for vocabulary and grammar, listening, speaking, conversation, spelling, reading, and writing.
  • Tips on teaching online, dos and don’ts, technical tips, online security, engaging students, and more.
  • Support from the author
  • Easier, faster lesson planning – the more games you use, the easier it gets
  • Fun language games for vocabulary and grammar, listening, speaking, conversation, spelling, reading, and writing
  • Tips on teaching online, dos and don’ts, technical tips, online security, engaging students, and more
  • Support from the author

Fun ESL Role-Plays and Skits for Teens

19 short role-plays and conversational dialogues for teens learning English covering topics dear to teens

Find out just how much fun ESL drama can bring to your lessons, helping your pupils learn and stay motivated. Role-play breaks up the monotony of bookwork and is a great way to practice or review skills. What better way to see if students really understand how to use those new vocabulary words, verb tenses and sentence structures?

19 tried and tested fun skits for teens

A fun, effective way to teach and revise vocabulary themes

A one-to-one version is included with every skit, as well as the group version

Warm-up your class to enjoy drama, even if you have no interest in acting, the kids will be doing the acting:

Discussion ideas for each topic included

All children can be involved, from the shyest to the most outspoken, and all contribute to the final outcome

Bonus! Inside this book is access to a 70-page printable appendix of ready-made templates. Print and go! That said most of the games don’t need any printing or preparation, but for those that do, templates are provided with this bonus to save you time

Read the blog for great teaching tips!

Skits for teens

Disinterested teens can be hard work, but using short skits with teens really works because students start using language in context, in situations, with humour, while learning vocabulary and increasing confidence. 

Teaching professions and what do you do?

Here’s a guide to how to start teaching the professions, first with vocab by asking the class what they do and then teach using a listening game where student repeat words over and over.

ESL tutoring

The biggest challenge for everyone is knowing how to go about making teaching fun so that children want to learn. Keep reading and Shelley will show you how!