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Introduction

A collection of Fun Easy English activities obtained from many online sources. These activities are all PDF pages that can be easily printed.

Note: Most of these activities work best with a friend. Try chatting with a friend online and do the activities together.
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Individual Activities
Grammar

Change all of the verbs into their agent noun forms and match each with the correct step
Change the present form of the activities to the future continuous form
Change the verbs into the past continuous form
Compare all three apartments then change the adjectives to superlatives
Match each imperative verb with the correct sentence
Match the adverbs with the picture that shows the action they best describe
Use the past tense form of the regular verbs to write about the things that people in the picture are doing
Use the numbers next to the adjectives to match the adjectives with the picture they best describe
Write the comparative form of the adjectives into the boxes above the pictures
Write the present continuous form of the verbs in the spaces

Speaking

Ask two friends their opinions about their favorite city, movie, food, season and book
Change the order of the words in the conversations to form complete correct sentences
Compare the two advertisements then match the correct negative prefixes with the adjectives
Complete the names of the places
Draw a line to match each picture with the correct interjection to use in that situation
Find one or more friends to play this game about activities with you
Finish the sentences using words from the word bank
Make phrasal verbs by writing a verb, adverb or preposition in the blank
Match the pictures of the objects used for solving problems with their correct names and definitions
Match the pictures with the correct names
Match the verbs with the picture each one describes
Put the groups of words into the correct order to make questions and answers
Talk to three friends or people you do not know
Together you and other friends take turns closing your eyes and touching the numbered squares
Use the words in the word bank to complete the sentences describing the timelines
Write all the ingredients you will need for your three meals on the grocery list
Write the missing verbs into the empty spaces in the parts of the sentences
Write the name of the room in the correct space
Write the numbers of the furniture and the letters of the food items
Write the present continuous form of the verbs in two of the boxes next to your name

Writing

Address an Envelope and an Application Form for a Library Card

Vocabulary

Change the order of the letters you see to write the correct names of the 12 months of the year
Draw the objects or write their names in the rooms
Fill in the blanks to complete the names of each job
Fill in the blanks to complete the names of the clothing
Fill in the missing letters to finish spelling the vocabulary words
Fill in the missing letters to write the names of each coin and bill
Let’s learn the alphabet and numbers 1 to 20
Look at the activities and decide which ones you do often
Match the frequency adverb with the correct percentage
Match the names of the players and parts of the game
Match the pictures with the correct features
Match the pictures with the correct names of the skills
Match the "things to do" and the name of "places in the neighborhood" where these things happen
Match three of the activities that you associate with training
Use the letters in the boxes to spell the correct names of the health problems
Use the letters in the boxes to spell the weather words
Write the correct season above the months when each season happens in the U.S.
Write the name of the countries in the correct spaces on the map
Write the names of the family members in the spaces next to the pictures
Write the number for each word next to the matching picture
Write the ordinal form of the numbers in the crossword puzzle
Book Activities
About the U.S.A. - 135 pages - About the U.S.A. is an American Studies reader that examines the customs, government, and history of the United States of America. The text provides a wealth of information on U.S. geography and history; the roles of local, state, and federal government; national holidays and symbols; the Constitution; and citizenship. The book, which was written for intermediate to advanced learners of English, contains a range of activities for language students to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (opens to a new PDF window) Great English reading practice.
About America - Learn about the fascinating history and government of the United States of America. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Great English reading practice for beginning to intermediate students.
U.S. Citizen - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers lesson plans for ESL instructors preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test as well as language needed for the reading and writing portions of the English Test. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The following is a collection of those resources. Learn all about the United States of America. Great English reading and vocabulary practice.
Dialogs for Everyday Use - 61 pages - Dialogs for Everyday Use is a collection of thirty situational dialogs that focus on a wide variety of communicative situations and natural encounters in English. Each dialog is accompanied by a contextual illustration and can be used as a springboard for extended listening and speaking practice. The text also includes language notes that provide useful information on grammar and intonation patterns. This text is suggested for intermediate learners of English. (opens to a new PDF window)
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More Dialogs for Everyday Use - 44 pages - More Dialogs for Everyday Use contains thirty-six situation-based dialogs that present spoken American English in a natural way. The text is similar in instructional approach and format to Dialogs for Everyday Use, but includes longer conversational episodes. A photo is included with each dialogue to provide additional contextual support. This book also includes short language notes that focus on specific grammar points. This text is suggested for intermediate to high-intermediate learners of English. (opens to a new PDF window)
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Everyday Conversations: Learning American English - 72 pages - This resource can be used by teachers and learners. Everyday Conversations is intended for sixth- and seventh-grade students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Students can read dialogues in English. Topics of the conversations include introductions and small talk, shopping, asking for directions, hobbies, and giving advice. (opens to a new PDF window)
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In the Loop - 134 pages - In The Loop is a reference guide to American English idioms. It will not only help students learn the meaning of American idioms, but also give them an understanding of the history, culture, values, and beliefs these idioms reflect. In addition to the idioms themselves, the book contains lists of idioms by theme, some ready-to-use classroom activities, and an index that identifies the original listing and any cross-references to the idiom. (opens to a new PDF window)
Developing Writing - 157 pages - Developing Writing is a reading and writing skills text designed for beginning to intermediate learners of English. Each of the twenty chapters in this book is introduced by a reading selection that incorporates the lesson’s model structures, mechanics, and grammar points. Each reading in Developing Writing focuses on some aspect of American or world culture. Each reading passage is followed by composition, vocabulary, and spelling activities. An irregular verb list, grammar rule index, and answer key are also included. (opens to a new PDF window)
American Teens Talk! - 72 pages - Americans Teens Talk! is a collection of interviews of American high school students. Each interview is accompanied by vocabulary notes and discussion questions. The interviews in American Teens Talk! give learners a view into the lives of adolescents in the U.S. Through the written format of the interviews, learners are able to increase their vocabulary, practice their reading and listening skills, engage in discussions, and learn more about U.S. culture. These interviews come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud Children's Songs - Sing Out Loud Children's Songs includes popular children's songs in the U.S.A. Posters accompany the individual Sing Out Loud Children's Songs. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs - 70 pages - The Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs collection contains 13 traditional American folk songs and song lyrics. Listen to the songs online, read the lyrics, and collect the posters that accompany the songs. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud American Rhythms - 70 pages - Do you love music? Want to use it to learn English? Check out the hip-hop inspired song "Peace" from Sing Out Loud American Rhythms. American Rhythms includes a variety of musical genres from many different artists in the U.S.A. These songs will appeal to teens and young adults. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Why English? Comics for the Classroom - This resource can be used by teachers and learners. It includes notes for teachers and activities to use in the classroom at the end of each story. The stories in Why English? Comics for the Classroom – written by teenagers and young adults – will appeal to learners of all ages. These stories provide an enjoyable opportunity to increase vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening, speaking, and writing. The stories and exercises together are a whole-language anthology designed to improve communication skills. This book provides exercises that employ the cooperative/collaborative learning philosophy and address multiple learning styles. These comics come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Lighter Side of TEFL - The Lighter Side of TEFL is a collection of activities taken from "The Lighter Side," a recurring feature section in English Teaching Forum. The text includes word games, crossword puzzles, idioms, limericks, jokes, riddles, and international folk tales. Each activity is self-contained on one page for easy duplication by the teacher and includes teaching suggestions and an answer key. There is also an audio component featuring humorous short pieces for listening comprehension. These lessons come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Lighter Side - The Lighter Side is a collection of activities and a recurring feature section in English Teaching Forum. The text includes word games, crossword puzzles, idioms, limericks, jokes, riddles, and international folk tales. Each activity is self-contained for easy duplication. These lessons are similar to the lessons above but without audio programs.
The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories - This collection of short stories by O. Henry gives the reader a wonderful selection of characters from the United States of 100 years ago. The classic short story The Gift of the Magi is the most famous of O. Henry's stories, but the stories that follow in this collection give the reader a deeper and richer sample of O. Henry's storytelling. This collection of short stories gives the reader a wonderful selection of characters from the United States of 100 years ago. These lessons come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Trace Effects

Trace Effects is an English language comic for students. Who is Trace? Trace, the main character, is a university student from the year 2045 who has accidentally traveled back in time to the present. In order to get home, he must complete a challenging mission to change the future for the better by helping six different young people accomplish great things and have a positive impact on the future. Geared toward young people, Trace Effects exposes users to American society and explores themes related to entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, environmental conservation, and conflict resolution.
Activate Games for Learning English - Guess What?

Guess What? is part of the Activate: Games for Learning American English collection. Guess What? cards can be used for a variety of games in the classroom to provide an opportunity for students to practice making descriptions in English and to learn English vocabulary. For this card game, you will find downloadable cards, game instructions, and game variations.
  • About Guess What? - 4 pages
  • Guess What? Cards - 6 pages - Note: all 6 of the following Guess What? games use these cards.
  • Guess What? Template - 1 page
  • Creating Guess What? Card Instructions - 3 pages
  • Guess What? - In Guess What?, players take turns using English to describe words on Guess What? cards. In turns, one player describes the items with as much detail as possible, while the remaining players try to guess what the student is describing. This game works well in groups of 3-4. It can also be done as a whole-class activity or as a competition among groups.
  • Guess What? - 1 page - Instructions
  • Guess What? - Mime the Words - In Mime the Words, the Describer is allowed to say the topic and nothing else. Instead, the Describer must describe the words on the Guess What? card using mime.
  • Guess What? - Mime the Words - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Guess What? - Yes, No, Maybe! - In Yes, No, Maybe!, the Describer tells the Guessers the topic on the card and the Guessers must ask yes or no questions until they discover what the words on the Guess What? card are.
  • Guess What? - Yes, No, Maybe! - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Guess What?- You Don't Say - In You Don’t Say, the Describer describes the topic on a Guess What? card without using any of the words on the card. The goal is for the Guessers to guess the topic of the card (rather than the words).
  • Guess What?- You Don't Say - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Guess What? Guess the Topic - In 'Guess the Topic', the Describer says the six words below the topic on a Guess What? card, slowly, one at a time. The Guessers try to guess the topic after each word is read.
  • Guess What? Guess the Topic - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Guess What? Guess the Words - In Guess the Words, the topic of the Guess What? card is given. The Guessers race to call out as many words that appear on the card as possible in 1 minute.
  • Guess What? Guess the Words - 2 pages - Instructions
Activate Games for Learning American English: Picture This

Picture This is part of the Activate: Games for Learning American English collection. Picture This cards are a set of cards that can be used for a variety of conversation and word games in English classes.
  • About Picture This - 4 pages
  • Picture This Cards - 48 pages - Note: all 13 of the following Picture This games use these cards.
  • Picture This - Picture This cards are a set of cards that can be used for a variety of conversation and word games in English classes. These cards form the foundation for conversational games that give students the op­portunity to practice speaking with each other about a variety of topics. Picture This cards stimulate conversation through a series of thematically related questions and interesting images that engage students, activate background knowledge, and help match vocabulary words with concrete objects.
  • Picture This - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - ABCs - ABCs provides students with vocabulary practice by asking them to think of vocabu­lary words that are related to many different topics. Students use Picture This cards as a starting point for each topic. Then they come up with related vocabulary items that begin with many letters of the alphabet. This game works well as a whole-class activity or as a competition among groups.
  • Picture This - ABCs - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - Same & Different - Same & Different provides students with the opportunity to use their background knowledge about the items on the Picture This cards to create descriptions that compare and contrast two items on a card. This game works well groups of 3, having one student select the two items and the other two students alternate comparing and contrasting the two items.
  • Picture This - Same & Different - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - Questions, Questions - Questions, Questions gives students practice forming yes/no questions. Using a Picture This card, a player chooses one item, and the remaining players take turns asking yes/no questions to try and guess the item.
  • Picture This - Questions, Questions - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - Name It! - In Name It!, players take turns using English to describe the items or ideas pictured on the Picture This cards. In turns, one player describes the items with as much detail as possible, while the remaining players try to guess what the student is describing. This game works well as a whole-class activity or as a competition among groups.
  • Picture This - Name It! - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - Guess Which Challenge - In Guess Which Challenge, students create sentences that use one of the words on a Picture This card, and they say the sentence out loud, omitting the word from the card. One student tries to complete all six sentences with the correct word, and then he or she guesses the topic of the card based on the six words. This game works best in groups of 3-4 students.
  • Picture This - Guess Which Challenge - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Picture This - In a Minute - In a Minute provides students with practice forming questions that begin with wh- words: who, what, when, where, why, and how. First, players read and respond to the six ques­tions on a Picture This card. Then players race to write as many questions as they can in a set amount of time. This game works best in small groups.
  • Picture This - In a Minute - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Questions Quiz - In Question Quiz, students practice creating questions that contain very specific information about one item from a Picture This card, so that there is only one correct answer to the question. This game works best in groups of 2-4 students.
  • Picture This - Questions Quiz - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Mix It, Fix It! - Mix It, Fix It! allows students to practice creating well-formed questions. First, one player scrambles a question from the Picture This card, and the remaining players work together to unscramble it. This game works best in small groups.
  • Picture This - Mix It, Fix It! - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Paraphrase It! - Paraphrase It! provides students with practice saying the same thing in a variety of different ways by paraphrasing. Paraphrasing allows students to be creative with language to express a particular meaning, while practicing different grammatical structures, word forms, and vocabulary. This game works best in groups of 3-4 students.
  • Picture This - Paraphrase It! - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Pass It On - In Pass It On, students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story. This game provides students with the opportunity to be creative with language and to use their imagination to tell a silly story. This game works best in small groups.
  • Picture This - Pass It On - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Simple Switches - In Simple Switches, students ask each other questions that they have altered from the original question on a Picture This card. The questions on the card act as a starting point for the students’ own questions. This is a great scaffolding activity for teaching how to form questions. This game works best in groups of 2-4 students.
  • Picture This - Simple Switches - 1 page - Instructions
  • Picture This - Word Strings - Word Strings provides students with practice forming phrases and sentences, using vo­cabulary words from a Picture This card as a starting point. This game works best in groups.
  • Picture This - Word Strings - 2 pages - Instructions
Activate Games for Learning American English: Board Games

Activate Games for Learning American English is a collection of games for the language classroom. The board games offer interactive English language practice in a learner-centered, low-stress environment. The board games are part of the Activate - Games for Learning American English collection. Each game shows the path that the players must follow and the English phrases that the players must produce orally. Each board game has a theme that requires the students to produce certain types of expressions, so they practice a variety of vocabulary, grammatical patterns, and functional meanings.
  • About Board Games - 4 pages
  • Board Games Template - 1 page
  • Board Games Dice Template - 1 page
  • Board Game: What You Might Find - The board game What You Might Find provides students with prompts to discuss what they might find in specific locations. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: What You Might Find - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: What You Might Find - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: About Me - The board game About Me gives students a variety of prompts to talk about themselves. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: About Me - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: About Me - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Name 3 - The board game Name 3… gives students a variety of prompts to talk about things they know about. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Name 3 - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Name 3 - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Which One Would the World Be Better Without? Why? - The board game Which One Would the World Be Better Without? Why? allows students to talk about hypothetical situations in an authentic and engaging way. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Which One Would the World Be Better Without? Why? - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Which One Would the World Be Better Without? Why? - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: What Do I Know About ...? - The board game What Do I Know About…? allows students to share their knowledge about a variety of subjects. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: What Do I Know About ...? - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: What Do I Know About ...? - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Would You Rather? - The board game Would You Rather…Why? gives students a chance to express their preferences on a num­ber of different topics. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Would You Rather? - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Would You Rather? - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Name Your Favorite - The board game Name Your Favorite provides an opportunity for students to talk about their favorite things in a variety of categories. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Name Your Favorite - 3 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Name Your Favorite - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Have You Ever? Oh, When? - The board game Have You Ever? Oh, When? Allows students to talk about their personal experiences while practicing the present perfect. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Have You Ever? Oh, When? - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Have You Ever? Oh, When? - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Which One is Different? Why? - The board game Which One Is Different? Why? gives students an opportunity to debate which idea is different from the rest. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Which One is Different? Why? - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Which One is Different? Why? - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: What Someone Does - The board game What Someone Does gives students a chance to talk about what people do in certain situations. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: What Someone Does - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: What Someone Does - 1 page - Game board
  • Board Game: Use a Word - The board game Use a Word provides students with a specific word they should try to use in a sentence. For this board game, you will find the downloadable game, game instructions, and game variations.
  • Board Game: Use a Word - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Board Game: Use a Word - 1 page - Game board
Activate: Games for Learning American English: Word Bricks

Word Bricks help students identify word patterns in sentences. This overview will teach you sentence structure and patterns and help you to master all of the Word Bricks games! Activate: Games for Learning American English is a collection of games for the language classroom. The games in Activate offer interactive English language practice in a learner-centered, low-stress environment. Word Bricks are used for building sentences in English. The Word Bricks have a wide range of words in English written on them: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, pronouns, and so on—all of the building blocks that students need to form complete phrases and sentences in English.
  • About Word Bricks - 5 pages
  • Word Bricks Template - 1 page
  • Word Bricks Cards - 14 pages - Note: all 8 of the following Word Bricks games use these cards.
  • Word Bricks: Brick Bingo - Brick Bingo helps students make connections between the spoken and written forms of words in a fun, low-stress game. The teacher calls out individual words and students remove those Words Bricks from their Bingo boards if they have that word. This game can be played individually or in pairs.
  • Word Bricks: Brick Bingo - 2 pages - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Parts of Speech - In Parts of Speech, teacher gives the players a specific pattern to use, and their sentences must follow this pattern. Students use Word Bricks to build sentences individually, in pairs, or in small groups. This activity is great for lower proficiency level students, as it provides scaffolding to help students generate a correct sentence.
  • Word Bricks: Parts of Speech - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Boundaries - In Sentence Boundaries, the teacher gives the players five specific requirements for their sentences. Each round of the game requires the players to create sentences that follow different patterns. The first team to complete all five patterns (in order) and earn 5 points wins the game.
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Boundaries - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Challenge - Players in a game of Sentence Challenge work in teams to create the longest sentence possible out of their Word Bricks without any help from the teacher. Then, the opposing teams are responsible for ‘challenging’ a sentence if they believe there is an error in a team’s sentence. Points are awarded to teams that appropriately challenge incorrect sentences and to teams that create their own correct sentences.
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Challenge - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Race - Sentence Race is a fast-paced, exciting game that gives students a chance to think quickly in English as they try to earn points by building well-formed sentences using Word Bricks. This game can be played for a specified amount of time or until one team reaches a target number of points. The first team to reach the goal wins the game. Teams of 3-4 students work best.
  • Word Bricks: Sentence Race - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Describe and Guess - In Describe and Guess, players take turns selecting a Word Brick and then describing one of the words on the brick without saying the actual word. The goal is to get the remaining players to guess the word.
  • Word Bricks: Describe and Guess - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Longest Sentence - Longest Sentence asks students to create the longest sentence possible using a set of 15–20 Word Bricks in only 3 minutes. Keeping the time limit short makes for a fast-paced, fun atmosphere as teams compete to make the longest sentence.
  • Word Bricks: Longest Sentence - 1 page - Instructions
  • Word Bricks: Sorting Race - In Sorting Race, players race to find all words of a certain type in a set of Word Bricks. The choice of word category can make the game more or less challenging.
  • Word Bricks: Sorting Race - 1 page - Instructions
Conversation Lessons

Conversation - 1
This is a collection of 30 situational conversations which focus on communicative and natural encounters in English....these lessons are for beginning students.

Conversation - 2
This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.

Conversation - 3
This is a collection of 30 situational conversations. Each conversation is accompanied by language notes....these lessons are for advanced students.

Conversation - 1
English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.

Conversation - 2
English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
 
 
 
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