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ESL Activities: Classroom Review Games

By Keren Perles

Is your ESL classroom becoming the most boring room in the school? These games for ESL students will liven up your classroom – and help your students to review concepts at the same time!

Jeopardy – Teaching Question Words

Question words are often one of the most difficult concepts for ESL students to grasp. Question games for ESL students can help them learn the skill of asking well-formed questions while having fun at the same time. Have students split into three groups and have each group come up with “answers” for five levels of two categories, and encourage them to right each answer and the correct “question” on an index card. The questions and answers can include topics that you have been learning in class, pop culture questions or questions about familiar people in the school.

Make a graph on the board that looks like the basic Jeopardy board, and have the three teams face off. The only rule is that you cannot pick one of the categories that your own team made up. This ESL game will help students learn how to ask questions correctly.

Who is Wearing That?

Have one student stand up in front of the class and describe what a person in the classroom is wearing. Then encourage students to guess which classmate is being described. The student who correctly identifies the described person takes the next turn. This ESL game is the perfect way to review concepts of color or other description words.

Choose the Correct Word

If you have taught your ESL students a long list of vocabulary words, you are probably wondering if there is a fun way to review them. Try writing each one in large letters on a notecard and sticking them to the blackboard. Then divide students into two teams and line them up in two rows on the opposite side of the room. Read a definition or a sentence with a blank, and have the front two students race to the board to choose the appropriate vocabulary word.


Students who are just beginning to learn English may need a less verbal way to review their vocabulary words. Choose one student to begin. Give that student a vocabulary word to act out in front of the class. The first student to guess the word correctly gets to act out the next word. Alternatively, you can simply move around the class so that each student gets a turn to act out a word.