Genki English ESL Games

Grade Level: Elementary School Preschool Junior High Senior High Small Groups

Games are how we simulate a real life speaking environment inside the classroom.   They are the third part of the 3 step lesson plan, following on from the Warm Up / Review & Input stages. 

For your first time through the Genki English curriculum I’d highly recommend you use the recommended game for each lesson plan.   These ones have been chosen to be the most fun, the easiest to teach and of course get the amazing results.

Then once you’ve mastered the regular curriculum here is a whole series of other games you can substitute in once you have hang of how things work!

These games will be your best friends…

From then on choose a theme then a game to practise it

Latest Games

Or you can use the search on the top right of the screen!



Good for big groups as all the kids get to practise at once ( and the teacher gets some time to check how the kids are doing or prepare the next activity!)


Conversation EFL ESL Games

These are games where the kids have to use questions / answers, and practise sentences as opposed to simply learning vocab. If you teach in Japan, where kids can already understand several hundred English words, they are recommended to help the kids see how these words fit together.

Members’ Worksheet Games
These are printable worksheets/games for VIPs to go with the Teacher’s Set.

Fun with Mido!

VIP Members can also download all Mido’s games in his brand new ebook!

Even more class games!


Other Readers’ EFL ESL Classroom Games



More Readers’ Games


Genki English Vocab practice games
– all with Japanese explanations!
(use any of the vocab from my Yearplans page!)

Some of these games only need 2 or 3 players. For larger classes, once you’ve done a demo at the front, split the kids into 3 or 4 groups, put them in a circles and the kids take turns in going to the middle to play.

Roger’s PDF Worksheets & Games

NEW: List of Simple Ice Breakers

Misc. EFL ESL Games

Extra Halloween Games:

VIP members can now download the brand new Top 50 Games eBook!

Top 50 ESL Games Ebook

Choose a target theme from the Curriculum, then a game to practise the English.

Learn & Play: Before you play these games you will need to make sure the kids have a basic grip on the target English. The kids have to have fun, but they also have to be progressing with their English skills.

Songs instead of drilling: Drilling can be boring, but songs with actions are a fun alternative.

Set the level: A game for a game’s sake is no good – choose a game that will let them practise their target language.  If it’s too easy or too difficult it won’t be very effective!

Motivation: Games provide extra motivation to learn the target language – learn the new language, win the game!

Everyone: Good games allow the kids to practice with their peers – the best games allow all the kids to speak at once.

It’s the kids: The lessons become less teacher orientated and more student orientated.

Fun: And the biggest advantage of using songs with games is that they are FUN!!
They become so engrossed in the game that the English becomes second nature. It’s a bit like driving a car, what you concentrate on is the road, the skill of moving the pedals becomes second nature through practice.

Good losers: Sometimes kids might get fed up if they lose a game, or other kids might tease the losers , in this case you must teach the kids Genki English Rule No.2:

“Losing” doesn’t mean “losing”, it just means “try again!”

You never truly lose until you stop trying.
If everyone is having fun, everyone is a winner!

Rule No.1: Genki English rule No.1 is

Think “I can do it!” and you can!

Let the kids know it’s not brain surgery, it’s just English and is one of the easiest subjects they’ll learn at school.

Mistaikes: Just like baseball, practice is the key. But unlike music education where “only perfect practice makes perfect” in these games the kids have dozens of chances to make mistakes and perfect their English.

Lego: Each of the themes is structured so that kids can chop and change, build and rebuild new English just like in a Lego set.

The Next Step: Then you can add connector words like “and” or “but” and join the bits and pieces together to eventually lead up to where the kids can say anything they want to say in English. It won’t be 100% correct, but they will be able to get their message across, and that’s an important milestone.

Easy Planning: Nearly all of these games are illustrated with photos of them being used in the classroom.  For teachers in Japan there are translations into Japanese – simply hand a copy to your teacher for easy lesson preparation!

Espanol: But it’s not just for teaching ESL or English, nearly all these games work great for teaching ANY language.

45 Mins: Have a look at my lesson plan page to see how to fit these games into your classes.

The theory: Or for an academic look at the advantages of using games in class, have a look at Joel Bacha’s paper on “Play and Affect in Language Learning


Try all the Genki English Picture Books…
Picture Book Weather


Favourite food

I love vegetables

Baby Monkey Family

Build a house
Picture Book Days of the Week
Days of the Week

Baby Monkey on Tour

How are you?

What sports do you play?

How old are you?


Happy Halloween

Winter Clothes

Easter Egg Hunt

Soccer / Can you …?


Brothers & Sisters
Where are the Christmas presents?
Christmas presents?
Keep checking back,
there are more to come soon ….


If you’re not a VIP Owner yet, access to all the Genki English materials is included with the Genki English Teacher’s Set!