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ESL Speaking Activities for Kids & Adults

ESL Speaking Activiites

Storytelling ESL Speaking Activity

This storytelling ESL activity lets students practice new vocabulary by creating stories in small groups. Students can use vocabulary from their course book to improve their speaking skills while producing a unique story of their own. The activity is appropriate for all ages and levels.

Student Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Would You Rather ESL Speaking Activity

Have you ever tried playing Would You Rather with your students? The Would You Rather ESL Speaking Activity is a fun way to get your class more familiar with comparisons and using modals. It is more suitable for intermediate to advanced levels. Both younger learners and adults will enjoy playing the game.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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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, they can improve their expressions using money and other terms related to shopping. It is a fun and interactive game for most age groups.

Student Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Job Interview ESL Speaking Activity

Are you teaching students who are preparing for job interviews? This is a very practical job interview ESL activity that will make them more confident answering questions that they are likely to encounter.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Adults

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Find Someone Who ESL Speaking Activity

The Find Someone Who ESL Activity is a great way to get your students up and out of their seats. By filling out a chart of questions, students try to find other classmates who have done different actions and activities. It works especially well as an ice-breaker.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Two Truths and a Lie ESL Speaking Activity

The Two Truths and a Lie ESL Activity is a great icebreaker for most levels. The aim of the activity is for the students to guess what you are lying about. It is preferable if the students don’t know much about you. This will make it more challenging for them to guess which one of your personal statements is a lie.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Cup Pong ESL Speaking Activity

Playing the Cup Pong can be more than just a fun drinking game to play with your friends. You can adapt the game, so it can be used to improve your students speaking skills and allows them to have some fun while learning English as well. The Cup Pong ESL Activity can be used with all levels and age groups.

Student Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Movie Idioms ESL Speaking Activity

This Movie Idioms ESL Activity helps students practice using different expressions and idioms from popular movies. It works best with adults, but younger learners could also enjoy it if they are above an intermediate level of proficiency.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Funny or Die ESL Speaking Activity

Here is a hilariously entertaining game that you can use in your classroom to improve your students’ speaking abilities. The Funny or Die ESL Activity uses video clips from the Funny or Die website (or other alternative video sites) which the students will form their opinions about.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Kids, Adults

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Movie Predictions ESL Speaking Activity

Here is another fun movie predictions ESL activity that you can use with movies in which the students have to guess what happens next in a scene. It gets them thinking of some wild and entertaining possibilities that could happen in a movie plot.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Adults

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Chopstick Topics ESL Speaking Activity

The Chopstick Topics ESL Activity is useful for getting your class involved in various quick discussion topics. All you need is a bunch of cheap wooden chopsticks or some other type of similar material to write on with a permanent marker or pen. Popsicle sticks would work just as well if you can’t find chopsticks anywhere.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Adults

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Movie Trailers ESL Speaking Activity

Every class loves movies. With the Movie Trailers ESL Activity, students watch a series of movie previews and fill out a chart with information. The class then uses the chart to discuss what they wrote with other classmates.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Adults

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4 Corners ESL Speaking Activity

This is a quick and easy activity to get your students out of their seats if they have been sitting at their desks all day. It can help provide a change of pace to the lesson and will get the students talking. To do the 4 Corners ESL Activity, all you need is some space in the classroom.

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Age Group: Adults

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Other ESL Activities for Developing Core Skills

Other Interactive ESL Activities and Games

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View the complete collection of ESL activities for kids and adults on the main page.