ESL TEACHING GAME #1 – HEART, GUN, BOMB VERSION 2.0 First you need to know how to play the original ESL TEACHING GAME titled Gun, Heart, Bomb. If you know how to play it already... just scroll down past the next paragraph. If you don't know how to play it; I will quickly explain how to now. To play this ESL teaching games you will: ... need to draw a big grid on the blackboard. On the top of the grid you will need to write the letters A J. Have the A in the first box on the far left. Have the letter B in the box to the right of the A. Then the C, and so on. You will need to write the numbers 1 - 10 in the far left boxes. Have the number one in the top box. Write the number 2 in the box below. The number 3 under the 2 and so on. Now you should have a large grid on the blackboard. Your ESL students should easily be able to pick a box: A - 6, F - 2, 7 - G, etc. During your preparation time you should decide which ESL teaching games you will play. If you decide to play this esl game... then you will need to draw this same grid on a piece of paper. On your grid you will have to fill in all of the boxes. These are the items that you can put into each box. Gun, Heart, Bomb - Original Version Items: A gun means that you can shoot an opposing team members hit point. A heart means that you can give one extra hit point to one of your teammates. A bomb will explode and blow up whoever picked that box and minus one of their hit points. Gun, Heart, Bomb - Version 2.0 Items: The gun, the heart and the bomb are items that your students can find in this version of the esl game. Also included in this esl conversation / speaking game are: A tank - A tank can shoot one person on the other team 3 times. A helicopter - A helicopter can shoot three other people one time. A flame thrower - A flame thrower can shoot two people two times. And of course, use your creativity to make up even new items. When you start the game you will need to divide the class into equal teams. Give every student an equal amount of hit points. And because this is an ESL game to be played during your English class... you will need to practice English before and during the game.

What I usually do is have all of the students stand up. I will ask them a question. After they answer the question correctly they can sit down. When all of the students are sitting down ~ I will let one person from each team have a turn. If it is Jimmy's turn and he picks box 8 - C... the ESL Teacher will have to look at his answer sheet which he/she wrote during his/her preparation time to see what is in that box. Keep playing the game until one team destroys all of the other team's hit points. Hey! Do you want to watch a video of this ESL game as well as 50 more ESL games on video? Then click here.

If you want to become the best ESL teacher in your school; then learn from the best ESL teachers in the world. This is one of the best ESL Games and there is no reason why you shouldn't be playing it in your classroom! This ESL Game is called, "The Crocodile ESL Game." I wish that I could show a picture of this Crocodile, but I can't. But if you have ever been to Toys R Us or any other toy store then you would have seen the Big Green Crocodile that has his mouth wide open. The way that you play this game is you can push down one of its teeth at a time. There are about 12 teeth, and if you push down the wrong tooth ~ the crocodile's mouth will close on your hand. If the crocodile bites you...that would mean that you lose. This is a fun game and the crocodile toy is cheap to buy... so do yourself a favor and pick one up. The way to play this ESL game while teaching English at the same time is to have the ESL students practice their English before they play the game. I like to have every student stand up. I will usually ask them a question with regards to some subject which we are studying/reviewing. After all of the students have answered a question... I will divide the class into two teams. The two teams will make two lines. Line Team 1 and Line Team 2. The first student in line from team 1 will get to push down one tooth. After his/her turn, he/she will go to the end of the line. Then it will be the other teams turn. Keep having the student who just had a turn go to the end of the line. When the crocodile bites one of the student's hands ~ the other team is awarded a point on the blackboard. The team with the most points at the end of the class is the winner! Hey! Do you want to watch a video of this ESL game as well as 50 more ESL games on video? Then click here at .

Living in Asia and working as an English Teacher has been one of the most amazing life changing life experiences of my life. I want to help out up and coming, new and experienced ESL teachers reach the same level of success as I have now. I was lucky enough to have the experience of meeting some of the highest paid and best ESL teachers while traveling throughout Asia. This is one of those ESL Games that I had the luck to learn: This game is called "Pictionary." You probably already know this game, but do you use this game in your ESL class? And do you know ways to keep the game fresh through out the school year? To play this ESL Game: 1. Divide the class into two teams. 2. Write 10 - 20 words that your students know and / or are trying to learn. 3. Cut the paper so that each word is on a small piece of paper; and put those words in a hat. 4. Have the students play, "Paper, Scissor, Stone," to see which team will go first. 5. The winner of the "Paper, Scissor, Stone," will go first... have one student from that team come up to the blackboard. Have him/her pull one piece of paper out of the hat. 6. Whichever word they pick ~ they will have two minutes to draw it on the board; and the students must say the correct word within the time limit. 7. If the team guesses right ~ they are awarded one point and then it would be the other teams turn. 8. If the one team does not guess the right answer in the two minute time limit... then the other team gets one guess to try to steal the point. 9. Keep playing this ESL game until you decide that time is up. Have fun teaching English and your students will have fun, too! Hey! Do you want to watch a video of this ESL game as well as 50 more ESL games on video? Then click here at

ESL TEACHING GAMES #4 Mixed up Sentences

This is another one of those "very easy to learn" ESL Teaching Games. This game is similiar to the "Mixed Up Words" ESL Game...but this game is more geared towards more advanced students. When I first started teaching English in Asia... I often found myself in the classroom with 10 - 20 students sitting in their seats; and waiting for me to teach them some kind of fun ESL Game. However... in the beginning I didn't even know that ESL games existed. And from what I thought an ESL teacher would do in class – I kind of assumed that I would be fired if I started to play constant ESL speaking / reading / conversation / teaching games.. In the beginning...I failed horribly! But I didn't give up and when you are standing in front of the class and you have nothing else to teach them... you will quickly make a mental note to: Find some ESL Teaching Games that you can play incase you have extra time near the end of class. This is one of those esl games: First you need to think of a sentence. This sentence should be some what related to something that you have been studying and / or reviewing during class time. So let's say that the sentence that you came up with is: The boy walked to school. You / the teacher would then scramble up each word AND mix up the order of the words. EX. dkwlae ot oyb eht olohcs Let the students work do the first few Mixed Up Sentences on the board. Once they get the idea of how the game works...Write more mixed up sentences on the board.

You can let the students work together or do this exercise by themselves. (It is the ESL teacher's call.) This is a great warm up game that the students love and always enjoy to play! Hey! Do you want to watch a video of this ESL game as well as 50 more ESL games on video? Then click here.


This ESL Game is one of my most popular games of all time! All of the students love to compete against one another to see who the best is... and this game always awards the best! This ESL Game is basically just a spelling race. When I say, "Spelling Race," I mean two students will come up to the board; the teacher will say a word and the two students will try to write the word. Which ever student writes the word correctly first wins. Write every students name on the board like so: 1. Bill 2. Sally 3. Tom 4. Jerry 5. Susan 6. Jim 7. Candy 8. Jack 9. Toby 10. Mitch 11. Pat 12. Mary Jo Call up the first two students. Say a word for them to write. Which ever student loses the spelling race ~ erase their name EX. Round 1 1. Bill 2. X 3. Tom 4. X 5. X 6. Jim 7. Candy 8. X 9. X 10. Mitch 11. X 12. Mary Jo ( The X means that they are out of the game. ) In round 2 the ESL students that won the first round of the spelling race will battle each other in another spelling race.

EX. Round 2 1. Bill 3. X 6. X 7. Candy 10. Mitch 12. X Depending on the amount of ESL students that are in your class ~ you may have three students in the finals. For the final round... I usually get the students to write three words. The winner of the spelling race is the student that is student which wins the final round: Ex. Final Round 1. X 7. X 10 Mitch ( Mitch is the winner and the best speller in the class!) Good luck teaching English! Try this game in your class the next time that you are doing spelling; the students will absolutely love it! Hey! Do you want to watch a video of this ESL game as well as 50 more ESL games on video? Then click here.

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