Top 10 ESL Activities for Teenagers


If you’re looking for some fresh, new ideas for your English classes, check out these top 10 ESL activities for teenagers. They’re guaranteed to be fun, engaging, and interesting. Your students will love your classes!

#1: Running Dictation

If you’re looking for an active, 4-skills ESL activity that teenagers will love, look no further than running dictation! It’s competitive, fast-paced and students always demand to play it again.

#2: Board Games

Board games are one of my favourite ESL activities for teenagers because they can be tailored to any grammar or vocabulary point that you’re teaching. They’re also extremely student-centered when played in small groups of 3-4 students. Make sure you bring in a little prize of some kind for the winner in each group to add a small element of competition.

#3: Apples to Apples

One of my favourite vocabulary games for ESL students is Apples to Apples. You can make your own decks to suit any level or target vocabulary.

#4: Password

This is one of the best ESL vocabulary activities for teenagers. You can play password with the entire class, but it’s best in smaller classes of 10 or fewer in order to increase student talking time.

#5: Concentration

Concentration is one of my favourite ESL activities for teenagers because it’s an excellent way to calm a rowdy class. It’s played in small groups of 3-4 students and doesn’t require a lot of talking. I use it mostly for matching vocabulary words with definitions, but you can adapt it to suit lots of other stuff as well.

#6: Surveys

With big classes of adults, surveys are one of my go-to ESL activities because they’re student-centered, engaging and cover all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking). They are still an excellent ESL activity for teenagers, but you need to judge whether or not they’re mature enough to do it.

#7: Vocabulary Auction

Try out vocabulary auction if you’re looking to introduce an element of competition into your classes. Your students will have so much fun that they’ll forget that they’re learning English at the same time!

#8: Charades

If you’re having a party day, charades makes an excellent ESL activity for teenagers. It’s really fun and also a great way to review vocabulary.

#9: English Central Videos

Teenagers love videos, but it can be hard to find ones easy enough for your teenage English learners on YouTube. Check out English Central for help in finding ones that are the right level for you.

#10: Presentations

Group presentations in English can be a fun task-based learning project for teenage students. You’ll get the best results if you give students plenty of support and instruction on how to give an effective presentation.

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