Hack EAL: Speaking

Flora Michti
14th March 2019
Speaking resources for EAL

Games, speaking cards and role-play activities to help your EAL students improve their speaking skills

From survival English to taboo-style games, these resources will get EAL and EFL learners speaking in no time. Browse through our hand-picked collection of speaking lesson ideas and boost your pupils' confidence in English.

Role play

Practise basic vocabulary in everyday scenarios with beginners and elementary-level students.

Fun ESL Role Plays and Skits for Children

Adaptable, humourous, easy to put together and fun. Many ESL pupils have found these skits fun, become more confident speaking English and enjoyed the learning process.

The skits cover common vocabulary themes and grammar and allow for speaking opportunities in life-like meaningful contexts.

Ideal for small groups, one to one with private tutors or use with your own children. Every skit is adaptable to any number of children.

Scripts are written for ESL beginners with examples of alternatives provided to show how easy it is to adapt them and make them more complex for intermediate levels.

The age bracket suggested is from 6 to 12.

What teachers are saying about these plays:

It has been three years or more since I have been using your materials.
They are GREAT and have been producing FANTASTIC results with kids as young as 3 and as old as 18 - or even older!

My success as an English language drama teacher to czech children is in large part down to YOU and your wonderful plays. I have staged five performances in the past year, and the kids and their parents are ALWAYS delighted. The parents marvel at the kids' confidence during their performance. Not to mention the complex structures they are able to use in a foreign language! Thank you again!!!!

Eurydice Prentoulis, Czech Republic,

We did our final English show of this education year and we used your short plays. Children enjoyed their roles and we had big applause from parents.

We used 'Story Time', 'Quiet Time', 'In the Library' and'Doctor Doctor'. The parents were surprised and delighted by what I did. Although they couldn't understand us, they didn't get bored, because plays are both short and very enjoyable. Thanks for everything. Your ideas, ways of teaching a new language and techniques are really very helpful, thank u so much again. (The school website: muratkolukilkokulu.meb.k12.tr)


We have had GREAT success at the theatre festival in Prague with some of your sketches. We were given the Spectator's Award yesterday! Thank you very much!

Vladimíra Kasalová, Prague, Czech republic
By ShelleyAnnVernon

Shopping for groceries role-play.

Role-play cards for 'customers' and for a 'shopkeeper', to be used along with play money, a calculator and some groceries from your kitchen cupboard. Intended for adult ESOL learners to practise 'Do you have...?', 'How much does it cost?'.
By MissBrowning

Checking into a Hotel: role play and whole lesson with worksheets EFL TEFL

Checking in to a Hotel

Key expressions:
receptionist, manager, customer, reception, rooms, bar, restaurant, bathroom, I booked a room for this weekend, let me check your details, here is your room key, breakfast is served from…

  1. Students learn vocabulary associated with checking in to a hotel.
    -PPT introduces key expressions through a ‘virtual tour’ of a fictional hotel.

  2. In teams they compete to win points in a quiz based on what they just saw.

  3. Students then practice the checking in dialogue through a pair based role play.

  4. Finally using worksheets they can put the dialogue into the correct order, complete a crossword, match the hotel facilities to the pictures and finally write a short opinion based piece on whether they would choose to stay at this particular hotel.

*The PPT and worksheets have Korean translations of the English vocabulary however these can be easily amended as I have included both PDF and word document files.

By NovelTeachingUK

At the airport Role Play Pack

At the airport Role Play Pack.This resource pack will save you hours of your own time.This resource includes flashcards. There are many signs, posters, exercises, illustrated posters and many more resources to help you create a quality role play area.
This resource pack will be most relevant to teachers, trainee teachers and home educators.
By Olynj


Check out this variety of games and make speaking practice fun.

Taboo Game Cards for ESL

There are three sets of taboo game cards. I designed them a bit different from Hasbro Taboo. Players can find a related picture on the cards. While it makes the game easier, cards can be used as flash cards or for different communicative activities.
By ridvans

Beginner ESL / EFL Past Simple Yes/No Questions & Short Sentences - Speaking Game

Speaking practice for young learners of English at the A1-A2 level. I could also be used for extra revision for young B1 pupils.

It's a guessing game for pupils to practice proper formation using past simple questions (Did you...?) and answers (Yes, I did / No, I didn't). It can then be followed by a speaking or writing exercise in which the pupils must make full sentences about one person.

Game Play:
Prepare one game board per pupil.
Pre-teach any necessary vocabulary. Remind pupils that in yes/no questions, they do not need to change the verb form.
Player A decides who she/he is from the board, and keeps it secret.
Player B asks yes/no questions to guess who player A is.
To guess the name, pupils should be encouraged to use full question form - 'Are you [name]?' rather than simply saying the name (you know, extra practice and all!)
Switch roles and repeat.

verbs used:
eat, drink, laugh, cry, go, look for, see

other vocabulary:
biscuit/cookie, mushroom, tea, water, beach, forest/wood, key, book, caterpillar, hare

**Note: this activity complements vocabulary from Alice in Wonderland. Look at my other resources to find more games and activities part of this same unit on past tenses and Alice in Wonderland.
By kelcasper


You've heard of speed-dating...well, this is the censored classroom version - speed-speaking!

Role plays encourage students to speak with different partners, developing improvisation and negotiation skills. This fun and creative activity helps to build students' confidence when speaking in English. It could also be used to focus on cultural issues such as politeness, eye contact and body language in different countries.

The resource includes a detailed lesson plan with notes on differentiation and a suggestion for an extension activity / homework. The role plays for conversation partners A and B are adaptable.

Ideally, this lesson is aimed at international/ESOL students but could be used with English or Drama students too.
By Jayne890

Would you rather ...? ESL / Fun English speaking game - laughs guaranteed! Great for levels A2 - B2

❤️ Would you rather … ? ❤️

This fun game can be used as speaking or writing prompts for min. 2, max. 6 - 8 players.

Learners take turns to answer the questions on the cards.

The given ideas may both not be very attractive but learners will have to decide on one and explain why.

Depending on your student´s language level you can ask them to have a small discussion: learners state their opinion and the others in the group try to convince them of the opposite alternative.

I have enclosed some templates to boost your students own creativity.

Have fun using this game in class!

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I´m Cindy from Leipzig, Germany. I have been a German and English teacher for more than 12 years now. And I love coffee breaks ☕️. Coffee is just great.

Over the years I have realized how much my students benefit most from lessons where THEY are the leaders, where THEY are encouraged to be proactive and learn from each other. Handing over the reins to my students doesn’t make me weaker as a teacher. It makes them responsible for their own learning and is highly motivating.

I don’t want my students to be sailors. I want them to be CAPTAINS!

(And I want coffee!)

My teaching resources are all designed to enable students to USE the language. This is why you will always find the communicative approach in my resources - even simple crosswords come with ideas for speaking activities.

All of my resources have been tested in class and will be updated regularly.

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By Cindy CindyKüehne


Use these speaking schemes to assess your students' level and identify areas of strength and weakness.

Speaking matrix

A matrix to help identify the strengths and needs of EAL children in a year 5 class who are preparing for Cambridge exams but could be useful in other situations too. Focussing on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and grammar. Would ideally like to break down each point further but this was a helpful starting point.
By catherine_38

Assessing ESL Speaking

You can use these assessment indicators to assess ESL (English as a second language) in SPEAKING.

Levels 1 - 8 attached.

By Careerinteaching

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