English games for learners studying 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

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ESL English games help box

  1. Choose a game by clicking on its name in the play area
  2. The game will load - there are instructions on the settings page on how to play each game
  3. To change your English topics, click on the "1. Start" arrow in the top bar at any time
  4. To switch between games simply select the games sign at the top of the page
  5. Each of the games can be played with over 100 English learning topics
  6. All of our ESL EFL activity games are free to play

If you need help while playing a game, click on the '?' button on the left pole. The help box for the game will display automatically.

Once you have played some games, why not try our English tests to check your progress...

Four in a row

English 4 in a row game
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.

The frog flies

English Spelling game
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!

Duck shoot

English Duck shoot game
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.

Sow grow

English Sow grow game
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!


English Pong game
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.

The beetle and the bee

English game 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 vocab questions. Learning English is suddenly an adventure and each question is vital to the success of the mission...

Mix and match

English Mix and match game
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.

Cat and mouse

English Cat and mouse game
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 that plus number of questions answered right, and the time taken.


English pelmanism game
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.

Spelling game

English Spelling game
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.

Rock fall

English Rock fall game
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 available


English Hangman game
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.

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