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I’ve used board games when teaching English Language Learners, and students have particularly enjoyed it when they’ve made their own.

When I was cruising the Web recently, just by chance I found that there were sites that had lots of free downloadable templates for ESL games. Many of you probably knew that already, but it was a surprise to me. They could certainly come in handy at times, especially as models for students designing their own.

Here are some of the best sites I saw, and I welcome additional suggestions:

ESL Galaxy: Communicative ESL Board Games

Lanternfish ESL Board Games

MES English Free Printables For Teachers

ESL Printable Games

ESL-Lounge Board Game Materials

The British Council has a number of downloadable board games.


American English at The U.S. Department of State has an annual competition where people can contribute board game templates to help learn English. You can see and download the winners here.

Create Board Games and Card Games is from Virtual Writing Tutor.

How to Create Your Own Online Board Game is from Richard Byrne.

Three new kinds of TEFL board game is from Alex Case.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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