10 Best Review Games for Teaching English

I’ve had lots of requests this week for games to review for the end of term, so here are my Top Ten Review Games:

How many questions?


Quick simple no prep review. Β A little advanced.

Hop to the Dog


Put up all the flashcards you’ve done around the room for total chaos fun! Β (Needs some verbs for this one)


Soliders & Ninjas

This one always seems to crop up, Β it’s great for demos or when you have other teachers to help you. Β Ninja Tip: Β I did this one last in Kiev, and to remove the military connotations I called it “Samurai & Ninjas” Β  You can of course call it anything you want, “Fluffy Pie Penguins” and “Marshmallow Minotaurs”??


You think? Β Minicard Boardgame

This one is a bit different, you use all the mini cards you’ve done so far this year and play this cool board game.


The Lines Quiz


More usually done as a warm up review, but can be stretched out to 15 to 20 minutes if you have the time!

Unlucky Days

A twist on the “Unlucky 13” game that you can use to review days of the week, months of the year, ordinal numbersΒ (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.)Β  or anything that is in a list.


What did you say?

This was always a favorite of mine for the end of training sessions. Lots of speaking and shouting across the room. Β Works great with adults too!


The Fishing Game

If you can use the gym or a balcony, this is one fun game!


Yes and ……

One for the adult or advanced students here, Β just see what huge “conversations” they can come up with! Β (Also fantastic for business/entrepreneur classes)

Immigration Game


Unleash your inner Donald Trump, Throw them all out and don’t let them back in. Β Or maybe not. Β  Β (Needs preparation of passports for this one)

Bonus Oldie: Jeopardy

Long, long before I developed Genki English I used to use this game every few classes to check what the kids had remembered.


Bonus:Β Step in it!Β 


Only for use in *that* class. Β You’ll know the one when you see the game!



Plus of course all you amazing VIP Members* have the full online Genki English Games DatabaseΒ and for offline use you can get all the Genki English games ebooks.

Ninja Tip: Β On your iPhone load up the pdfs below and select “Open in iBooks” Β  you’ll now be able to access them offline in class!

Β Top 50 ESL Games Ebook


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If you like the list, or have any others you’d love to add, please do add them in the comments below!

Be genki,


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One Response to “10 Best Review Games for Teaching English”

  1. Leonardo Dias

    I’ve found just fantastic. I’ve been teaching at immersion school and I’ve had to adapt everything I’ve learnt from here. However, I had always been though to remember all the games, I had to browse to find just one or another step to see how I could adaptthat to my reality. And this post has come to fill up the expectation I had. Now, I can see them all at once and see which ones are the best to adapt.

    Hey, Genki Enlgish Team. You rock! The good You’ve been doing spreads out beyond ESL world.


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