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ESL Game Boards






The ESL game boards found on this page are in the form of Microsoft Word documents. It may take a few second to open. Just click, print, and photocopy. A great motivating TEFL activity.

Word Skills: Review synonyms, antonyms, beginning sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds, and rhymes.

Guess What: Practise the word skill of saying what things are using relative clauses such as a person who, a place where, a time when, and a thing that.

Super Quiz Games: Jeaopardy-style quiz games that teachers can customize with a click!

Elementary School Science: Comprehension and vocabulary questions for grade 2-4 elementary school science.

What Do You Want to Do: Teach concepts vocabulary about things that kids typically want like to do such as playing a game or doing a puzzle.

Content Questions:  Kids answer content questions like What do seeds need to grow? This game comes with hundreds of support materials and can be used as the core of the year long content questions curriculum.

Opposites:  A great vocabulary review for about 60 common opposite pairs.


Categories Intermediate:  Students name 3 examples of a category. Example categories are internal organs, endangered animals, fast foods, and capital cities.

Categories Beginner:  Students name 3 examples of a category. Example categories are planets, fish, seasons, and shapes

Community Board Game: Teach concepts related to communities such as places in a community, people in a community, being a good citizen and being a good neighbor. -Sent in by Gary Kolenbrander


Past Tense Talk - Students must make a sentence with the verb that they land on. They also must use also use an expression of time according to what number they role.

Animal Kingdom: Describe, Compare, and Contrast - Students describe and compare animals with lots of animal vocabulary such as gills, horns, hooves, scales, fur, and tentacles.

Phonics Board Games: Say and Spell It

A collection of big board games for teaching decoding and spelling skills.

Phonics CVC Words Spin and Spell - Students spin and a dial and say the words combining the spin with the square that they land on. Sent in by Jennifer McCabe.

Present Continous Verses Simple Present- Students make statements using the present continuous or simple present depending on the time marker. Sent in by Regina Diesel Gomes.

Comparative Adjectives- Students  use comparative adjective to compare two things. Sent in by James Mangan in South Korea.

Action Verbs- Students land on a verb and act it out. Sent in by Lisa Haim.

What Would You Do If . . .  - A game for practising hypothetical speech and would. If you like this game you might also be interested in a game that covers a similar topic:  Hypothetically Speaking.

Say Two Things and Ask a Questions - Students have to talk about whatever topic they land on and ask another student about the topic.

Say Two Things - Another version of 'Say Two Things' (sent in by Peter Blank from Japan).

Say Four Things - A good game for younger learners. They have to say four things about whatever topic they land on.

Future Talk- Students answer questions about the future using a variety of future expressions such as: I'm going to . . . I've decided to . . .  I'm planning to . . . I might . . . I'm thinking of . . . Goes well with this worksheet on future expressions.

Frequency- Students have to make a sentence using a phrase and a frequency adverb. And then they have to ask a question. Thanks to Susan Kuhn for sending it in. 

Personalities - Students talk about people they know using personality vocabulary such as stingy, generous, moody, and adventurous.

Embedded Questions - A grammar focus game where students use embedded question noun clauses to make sentences. High level and grammar oriented.

Noun Clauses - An advanced grammar game. Students have to construct sentences using five different kinds of noun clauses. Very difficult and very grammar oriented.

Rhymes and Opposites - Suitable for younger students. Students have to find opposite words and rhyming words.

Simple Past and Present Perfect - A nice review of grammar for the simple past and present perfect. Sent in by Yann Vienne in France.

What if - A nice review of conditionals. Sent in by Yann Vienne in France.

If consequences- Another nice review of conditionals. Sent in by Regina Diesel Gomes.

Irregular Past Tense Verbs- A game which covers the past tense of irregular verbs. Sent in by Gitel Hesselberg.

Irregular Verbs- This game reviews irregular verbs. Sent in by Yann Vienne in France.

Favorites- Students name their favorite things and why. Sent in by Robert Fidler in Korea.

Wishes and Hopes - Students discuss their wishes and hopes about a variety of topics. Sent in by Cristina Petersen from Global Village English Center Ltd. Victoria, Canada.

Adverb Board Game- Students role the dice and land on an adjective. They must change the adjective to an adverb and use it in a sentence. Sent in by Brandy Rath.

Wh Question Game- Students role the dice and land on a word. They must make a WH question with the word. Which WH question will depend on the dice rolled. Sent in by Marjorie Clarke in Spain.  

Job Gameboard- Students land on a tool or a place and must describe who uses that tool. Sent in by Troy Gray.

Blank Template - Make your game using this template. If you send a made game back to us, we'll post it. :)

All About You- Students role the dice and land on a question that they have to answer about themselves. Sent in by Kristin Licitis in Japan.

Adjectives and Descriptions - Students use adjectives in a sentence to describe nouns. Sent in by Terri Hoyt

Quiz Gameboards: With these games, teachers print off a set of comprehension questions and a gameboard. If students land on a symbol they have to answer a question with that symbol. Special thanks to Stephanie Rothwell for designing the first version "Dinosaur Quiz' and coming up with the idea. Of course, if you make a set of questions, we'd love to post them for the ESL community to use.

Dinosaur Quiz Gameboard and Dinosaur Quiz Questions - Students cover a lot of material related to dinosaurs. Questions are heavy on comparatives. Sent in by Stephanie Rothwell.

Animal Quiz Gameboard and Animal Quiz Questions - Students answer questions about animals. Sent in by Stephanie Rothwell.

Blank Gameboard Template and Blank Question Template

Another Gameboard Template:


This gameboard template was sent in by Liron Perlmutter. Thanks go out to Liron.


ABC Begins With - Here is one example of how to use the template sent in by Liron Perlmutter. Students roll the dice and guess a word that begins with the letter. Here are some harder variations:

Animals that Begins With  Words Begin With (Categories)  Words that Begin With (Hard)













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