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ESL Activities for Kids and Adults (English Games & Idioms)

View our compilation of ESL activities for kids and adults.

Most activities can be the primary focus for what you plan to teach your students. In addition, you could adapt many of the exercises as warm-up activities or as extensions to a lesson.

Improve Core Skills in English

The activities are divided into four main categories for developing core skills in English, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We have also added a collection of interactive vocabulary games.

Do you want to make your classes more fun and engaging?

Try our ESL board game activities based on popular TV game shows and classic board games.

Most activities are suitable for all ages and levels.

Do you want to teach your students idioms and phrases?

Check out our new searchable list of English idioms and phrases.

You can view the meanings and examples of many common expressions. Customize your own list and print it out to use in your classes.

ESL Activities for Kids and Adults

ESL Activities for Developing Core Skills

ESL Listening Activities
ESL Speaking Activities
ESL Reading Activities
ESL Writing Activities

Interactive ESL Activities and Games

ESL Vocabulary Games
ESL Board Games

English Idioms and Phrases

Recommended Activities for Ice Breakers

ESL Ice Breakers for Kids and Adults

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ESL Activities for Beginner Students
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New ESL Activities and Games (for All Ages and Levels)

Halloween ESL Vocabulary Game

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Guess Who ESL Board Game

The Guess Who board game can be played with younger and older students. You can also adjust the difficulty of ...
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Comparatives ESL Vocabulary Game

This comparatives ESL game uses player cards from EA Sports games to encourage students to practice comparatives using authentic content ...
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Prepositions ESL Vocabulary Game

Are you looking for a new activity to practice prepositions in class? The Prepositions ESL Game is an interactive activity ...
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Body Parts ESL Vocabulary Game

The Body Parts ESL Game is a fun and interactive activity for improving students’ understanding of body vocabulary. The game ...
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Shopping Spree ESL Speaking Activity

The Shopping Spree ESL Activity is a useful method for getting students more comfortable with shopping vocabulary. With this activity, ...
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New Idiom Lists with Free Worksheets and PDFs

Animal Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Download the Animal Idioms List & PDF Worksheets  Animal Idioms List (Download PDF) View the updated web-version of the animal idioms ...
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Body Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Download the Body Idioms List & PDF Worksheets  Body Idioms List (Download PDF) View the updated web-version of the body idioms ...
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Clothing Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Download the Clothing Idioms List & PDF Worksheets Clothing Idioms List (Download PDF) View the updated web-version of the clothing ...
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Food Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Download the Food Idioms List & PDF Worksheets Food Idioms List (Download PDF) View the updated web-version of the food ...
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Sports Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Download the Sports Idioms List & PDF Worksheets Sports Idioms List (Download PDF) View the updated web-version of the sports ...
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ESL Activities for Kids and Adults on YouTube

View our official playlist of ESL activities and games on YouTube.

The channel also features other recommended resources for teaching English abroad.

ESL Activities and Games on SlideShare

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