ESL/EFL Teaching/Learning Resources
Games (Online)

Trace Effects <http://americanenglish.state.gov/trace-effects> -- created Nov. 2012; a video game for learning American English and culture; interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures; geared for players aged 12-16; gamers interact and solve puzzles in a virtual world filled with diverse English-speaking characters; students take a dynamic journey through the United States, traveling to cultural locations like Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.; see video (1:43 min)

40 Sites for Educational Games <http://www.guide2digitallearning.com//tools_technologies/40_sites_educational_games> -- K-12; for different subjects and grade levels; posted by David Kapuler; for ESL see Spelling Connections - A cool site for spelling and vocabulary games with educational portal.

Popular Games for ESL/EFL -- see Jeff Shepard's links to embedded games (CALL Online, Summer 2013)

Jeopardy -- BYOJeopardy -- build your own Jeopardy game/quiz; Web-based; includes a WYSIWYG editor; media files (".mov and *.wmf) can be included (link contributed by Christina Mager, 10/12/2011); also see downloads of PowerPoint templates for various games at http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/ and http://www.internet4classrooms.com/technology_tutorials/powerpoint_game_templates_technology_tutorials.htm

Grammar Ninja -- a game to practice parts of the speech

Road to Grammar -- quizzes, games for grammar with feedback and explanations

Free Rice  -- a game to find the right definitions of the given words

The Adjective Detective -- a game to teach about adjectives

Grammar Practice Park -- different games on different parts of the grammar

Fun English Games -- free interactive exercises and practice activities

British Council's Grammar Games -- grammar games to practice English with word order games, gap fill games

TEFL/TESL Games and Activities Directory <http://www.teachenglishinasia.net/tefl-tesl-games-and-activities-directory>  -- classifications of games and activities by grade level (adult, high/middle/elementary school) and area (grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, spelling, speaking, writing, alphabet), provided by Teach English in Asia

ESL: Games <http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Games/> -- includes crossword puzzles, hangman, vocabulary, other

FlashcardExchange <www.flashcardexchange.com> --  use pre-made flashcards or create your own slide show of flashcards, with definitions on the back side (flip); then create memory exercises/games, print, and/or download (export) them; available for several languages

Elementary School ESL EFL Games <http://www.genkienglish.net/games.htm>

CGI Hangman Games for ESL Students  <http://www.manythings.org/hm/>  -- by Charles Kelly

Board game templates (from the ESL Lounge) <http://www.esl-lounge.com/board_gamesindex.html> Create your own board game with these templates for use with any vocabulary or grammar point or issue. The site includes a pre-made board game for Present Perfect, a Symbols board game that can have students doing different activities when they land on particular symbols, as well as cues for various games (Present Simple Question Cards for Symbols Board Game., Zero, First and Second Conditional, Like, Is Like, Look Like, You Don't Say!!!, Draw It!!!)

WordMania Game Online <http://gamesdreams.com/showthread.php?109835-Play-Wordmania-Game-Online> -- WordMania is a fun and challenging, Web enabled word game for all ages. The power of the WordMania is that it allows the player to play with words that are taken from any web site in the world or from his own PC.

Activities for ESL Students <http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/s/> -- This web site has over 1,000 activities to help you study English as a Second Language.

Animal Guessing Game <http://efsa.sourceforge.net/archive/bielak/animal_guess.htm

Interactive WWW Games <http://scv.bu.edu/Games/games.html

Word Games and Puzzles <http://www.literacynet.org/vtd/Puzzles.html> -- Scrambled sentences, health idioms, intermediate level. Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.

Crossword Fun (Alpha Dictionary) <http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/puzzles.html> -- different topics and languages

ESLGAMES.com <http://www.eslgames.com> -- Language through games.

Ernie's Activity Page <http://www.lingolex.com/userpages/Ernie.html> -- Activities and games in language classroom

See-n-Solve <http://www.mysterynet.com/see/> -- Interactive crime scene mystery detective game

Word Fall Games <http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/games/fall_games/

Nobelprize.org <www.nobelprize.org> -- "I (Mary Lynne Isham) think this site has potential in several ways: (1) as a research site, it's a resource for some basic information on Nobel Prize winners, incl. their bios, nomination & acceptance speeches, and add'l. info related to the reason each won the prize. (2) on-line interactive games related to the reason for the prize being given. For example, a blood typing game related to the 1901 Nobel Prize in medicine (click on blood typing at the bottom of the home page). This game could be used to determine how well a S understood the instructions on how blood typing works - try the game and see if you like it. (Be careful not to accidently prick the doctor with the needle - she reacts!) This game checks comprehension in a completely fun way."


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