English games for ESL EFL
Using games to learn ESL was once a radical concept but with the advent of kinasthetic learning ideas, they have proved very popular with teachers seeking to make their lessons more interesting. Our ESL EFL learning games are designed for individual learners to play in order to reinforce language learned in a more structured context.
Key features of our ESL EFL games
- These English learning games will help kids from 5 years learn simple ESL EFL while having fun
- Most of our games allow you to listen to the correct English pronunciation for any vocabulary
- These games will improve not only English speaking but writing and spelling too
- All the games are free to play with over 100 different English ESL EFL topics
The games are primarily based on matching items of vocabulary to our specially drawn topic pictures - this is done in a variety of ways in the different games. We also have a hangman game that encourages the learner with their spelling (in addition to a pure spelling game).
Our English games are designed to be both simple to understand and quick to play. They are suitable for both children and adults and are designed to be played by individual players learning or revising English. The games are primarily based on matching items of vocabulary to our specially drawn topic pictures - this is done in a variety of ways in the different games. We also have a hangman game that encourages the learner with their English spelling (in addition to a pure spelling game).
All our games are available online and are free to use with all our topics - that is over 1000 vital items of English that are at the core of any beginning English course. Our games are accompanied by English lessons and tests to provide a vital free resource for English learners with limited (or no) budget. The details for each game are given on their own pages.
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How to use our English Games
Click on the name of a game to go to that game page with the topic you have selected. On the game page there are instructions on how to play the game in addition to a chance to change the topic you want to play with.
All our English games are quick to play and easy to understand. You need to have seen the language you are going to play with before you play the games, either at school or using our own English lessons. There is help available for all games by clicking the question mark button on the left of the interface.
Four in a row
Win 4 cells in a row by matching the cell's picture to the correct item of vocabulary in the list. A quick game you can work through in a minute - also good for hearing the audio for all the vocabulary in the topic.PLAY
The frog flies
Use your keyboard arrow keys or tap your tablet screen to control the frog and catch the flies. Avoid the birds! Answer the questions to win points - you have 5 seconds only... Scoring is based on speed and the number of correct answers. Fast game, can be paused!PLAY
Use the catapult to fire balls at the rows of ducks crossing the screen. Answer questions to win extra points.Your final score is based on ducks hit or missed and the number of questions answered correctly. This is not a timed game.PLAY
Test your audio skills by clicking on the right picture for the spoken language - correct answers win sunflowers; the aim of the game is to fill the vase with pretty flowers - high scores leaderboard and bonus points available. Listen carefully!PLAY
This is our version of the classic early computer game "Breakout" (itself a development of the even earlier "Pong" game - we prefer that name) where a player controls a bar that knocks a ball or puck around the screen.PLAY
The beetle and the bee
Control the beetle with your arrow keys to collect the strawberries and avoid the bees - keep the strawberries by answering the English vocabulary questions. Learning English is suddenly an adventure and each question is vital to the success of the mission...PLAY
Mix and match
A child's playroom needs tidying up - put the picture blocks into the correctly labelled box to score points and clear up the room. Simple game with nice graphics suitable for children as young as 5.PLAY
Cat and mouse
Move the cat with the arrow keys to catch the white mice. Avoid the red balloons but hit the blue balloons.Your final score is based on all of the above plus number of questions answered correctly and the time taken.PLAY
Match items of vocabulary to the correct picture to clear these cells revealing a large picture previously hidden by that content. Pelmanism is an age old favourite with language teachers and students alike.PLAY
You see a set of pictures - for each picture you are offered 5 similar texts but only one of them is a correct spelling of the words related to that picture - click the right spelling to win a point. Timed game.PLAY
Test your reaction times with this short sharp game of reflexes and a bit of English knowledge - click / tap the rocks to break them and stop them hitting the road - only 4 questions and 10 points off for each wrong answer.. leaderboards availablePLAY
Guess the item of vocabulary letter by letter from the on-screen keyboard - wrong guesses add pieces to the gallows being built on the beach. Great for reinforcing the spelling of words and emphasising the position / occurence particularly of accented letters in some English words.PLAY