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.

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