Articles on TEFL games

Updated 5 January 2014.

These are my articles with ideas arranged by kinds of games. See my pages on grammar, vocabulary, writing etc for games for specific language points and skills.

Related pages

TEFL games for kids page (and many of the ones below are also suitable for teens and higher level young learners)


19 simple, fun and effective ESL board games

21 classic TEFL card games

Rethinking running around games

Running dictations in EFL classes

Why does my teacher use games in an adult class?

Finding Variations on Find Someone Who (mingling games)

Drawing on Drawing Games Three- Competition, Challenges and Cooperation

Drawing on Drawing Games Two- Picture Dictation

Drawing on Drawing Games One- Pictionary

15 variations on grammar reversi

15 Q and A personalisation games

15 error correction games

15 variations on TEFL boardgames

15 variations on a grammar auction

15 variations on the Clap Clap Clap game

Q and A Lying games

Movement in adult classes (TPR games etc)

Playing with our Word Bag

Finding things in common

Picture dictionary games and actitivies

How to make English spelling interesting (or even fun)

Problems, solutions and variations for hangman in EFL

Speaking games for beginners and false beginners

15 fun gapfill task games

15 ways to make multiple choice questions manageable and fun

15 variations on Find Someone who and mingling games

The 15 best TEFL drawing games

15 physical TEFL warmers and game for adults

The 15 best TEFL games with miming/ TPR

15 warmers for true/ false tasks

15 fun ways of using a whiteboard

15 fun things to do with an OHP

A well balanced use of warmers and fillers

The big list of language for playing games

Low prep games with common classroom objects

Low prep games using just pens and pencils

15 no prep games using just erasers

15 zero preparation games with just scrap paper

15 no-prep games using little bits of blank paper

TEFLtastic classics (blog posts with descriptions and links to worksheets)

Longer phrases card games (TEFLtastic Classics Part Nineteen)

Random pelmanism (TEFLtastic classics Part 18)

Chain writing/ Consequences (TEFLtastic classics Part 17)

TEFL dice games (TEFLtastic Classics Part 16)

The accusations game (TEFLtastic classics Part 15)

Rotating revision board game (TEFLtastic classics Part 14)

Politeness competition (TEFLtastic classics Part 13)

List dictation guessing game

Prepositions pairwork game/ Determiners pairwork game

Numbers pairwork guessing game

The same or different game

Snap and pelmanism

Step up the pressure roleplays (TEFLtastic classics Part Five)

Tips and useful phrases – TEFLtastic classics Part Four

Answer me! (TEFLtastic classics Part Three)

The sentence completion guessing game – TEFLtastic classics Part Two

Extended speaking tasks (TEFLtastic classics Part One)

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