ESL Pronoun Games

Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

Games are always a great way to turn confusing English language rules into fun learning practice. This lesson will define the different types of pronouns, as well as offering up fun game ideas to use in the ESL classroom.

What Are Pronouns?

Pronouns are words used to replace one or more nouns within a sentence. They come in many forms and can be used in various ways. The vast amount of pronoun types and rules can be very overwhelming for ESL students, so it's wise to introduce each category separately. Games are a fun way to help ESL students practice their understanding of pronoun form and use. Before we jump ahead to pronoun games, let's first review the different types of pronouns used in the English language.

Types of Pronouns

Personal pronouns: used to take the place of common and proper nouns

  • I am walking.
  • They are driving.

Personal pronoun chart
Personal Pronoun Chart

Reflexive pronouns: used when referring back to the subject of the sentence

  • Are you listening to yourself?
  • He is studying by himself.

Reflexive pronoun chart
Reflexive Pronoun Chart

Relative pronouns: used to connect a clause or phrase to a noun or pronoun

  • My father is a person whom I respect very much.
  • My sister, who just turned 12, received a lot of presents.

Relative pronoun chart
Relative Pronoun Chart

Interrogative pronouns: used to ask questions

  • What is your favorite food?
  • Whose textbooks are these?

Interrogative pronoun chart
Interrogative Pronouns 1

Demonstrative: used to represent things both near and far away

  • Those are my friends.
  • This is your lunch.

Demonstrative pronoun chart
Demonstrative Pronoun Chart

Possessive pronouns: used to indicate ownership

  • These cookies are mine, not yours.
  • That is his new car.

Possessive pronoun chart
Possessive Pronoun Chart

Indefinite pronouns: used to refer to an unspecified person, place, or thing

  • Did anyone finish the test yet?
  • I would love to have another piece of cake.

Indefinite pronoun chart
Indefinite Pronoun Chart

Subject or object pronouns: Subject pronouns refer to the subject in a sentence. Object pronouns refer to the object in a sentence.

  • I will give them another test review.
  • Are you going with him?

Subject and object pronoun chart
Subject and Object Pronoun Chart

ESL Pronoun Games

Now that we've reviewed the different types of pronouns, let's look at some games to help students practice pronoun comprehension and acquisition skills in the ESL classroom.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account