Adjectives - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
ESL EFL Writing and Listening Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
This enjoyable listening activity can be used to teach adjectives and their opposites. Students complete bingo cards with a selection of specified adjectives. The teacher calls out adjectives one by one. If a student has the opposite of the adjective on their bingo card, they cross the word off. The winner is the student who gets three opposite adjectives in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. You can also play the game with the winner having all nine squares crossed off. As soon as a student has a winning sequence, he or she shouts out Bingo!
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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
You can use this writing activity to teach your students how to describe nouns. The class is divided into teams of four. The teacher then writes a noun on the board. Each student writes as many adjectives that describe the noun as he/she can think of in five minutes. After five minutes, the team members compare their answers. Each team receives one point for each adjective that matches one of their team member’s adjectives, e.g. If the noun was 'cloud' and two students in the team wrote 'fluffy', the team would get two points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Adjective + Noun Dominoes
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
Here is a fun matching game for elementary students to practice adjective-noun combinations. The class is split into pairs. Each pair is then given a set of dominoes. Students take it in turns to put down their dominoes at either end of the domino chain. Each time a student puts down a domino, it must make an adjective-noun combination. If a student thinks the adjective and noun combination does not match, he or she can challenge the other student. The first student to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
How do you feel?
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this fun board game, students practice describing their feelings. In pairs, students take it in turns to move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they are asked to describe their feelings on a given topic. Their partner helps by asking questions. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes
This writing activity helps to increase the vocabulary of lower-level students by practicing adjectives and their opposites. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads an adjective at random from the worksheet. The first group to give an appropriate opposite gets a point. For an extra point, the group uses the opposite adjective in a sentence. All the students then write down the adjective on their worksheet. The group with the most points at the end is the winner. After the game has been completed, the students write ten sentences using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence. The students then work in pairs. The students exchange their sentences with their partner and change the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites. Finally, the pairs create a short story using the adjectives from the worksheet.
Adjective and Prepositions
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This useful worksheet helps students to master some common adjective and preposition collocations. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching sentence halves to make sentences using adjective and preposition collocations. Students then work in pairs. They describe a set of pictures using the collocations from the first exercise. Students then complete questions containing adjectives with their respective prepositions. Then, they practice asking and answering the questions.
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet is perfect for practicing adjective word order. The students use a chart to assist them in rewriting ten sentences, putting the adjectives in the correct order. An answer key is provided.
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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
Here is a productive teaching activity to help students practice forming sentences with adjectives and nouns, using appropriate word order. The class is divided into teams and each team is given a set of adjective cards and noun cards. When you say ‘go’, each team turns over one adjective card and one noun card. They then work together to form a sentence using the adjective and noun. The sentences they write don't need to be true. The crazier the better! Teams get three minutes to make the sentence and write it on the board. When the time is up, each team’s sentence is checked and one point is awarded for correct grammar. One point is also given for every word in the sentence if the grammar is correct. This will encourage the students to write long sentences. Also, if a team's sentence is grammatically incorrect, other teams have a chance to win an extra point for successfully correcting the sentence. Teams then discard the adjective and noun and turn over two new cards. This process is repeated until all the cards have been used up. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Extreme Adjective Dominoes
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this ESL activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching adjectives with their stronger equivalents. This activity helps students to learn to recognize adjectives, which have a similar but stronger meaning, e.g. angry and furious, cold and freezing. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes. Players take it in turns to put down one of their dominoes, making sure that one of the adjectives on their domino matches with one of its stronger or weaker equivalents on either end of the domino chain. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
Hand in my Pocket
ESL EFL Listening Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
Here is a useful song gap-fill worksheet for introducing adjectives. This activity works particularly well with teenagers and adults. The class is divided into teams. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students listen to the song "Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morissette and try to complete 17 missing adjectives on their worksheet. After they have listened to the song two times, the students discuss and compare their answers with their teammates. Teams then take it in turns to write their answers on the board. Students receive one point for each correct adjective and an extra point for spelling. After all the adjectives have been written on the board and the winning team has been announced, the students discuss the meanings of the adjectives. They also discuss what they think the song is about.
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
This teaching activity helps to develop the vocabulary of higher-level students by practicing adjectives and their opposites. The students are split into small groups and each student is handed a worksheet. The teacher reads an adjective from the worksheet. The first group to give the opposite of the adjective wins a point. For an additional point, the group uses the opposite adjective in a sentence. Everyone then writes down the adjective on their worksheet. The group with the highest number of points at the end is the winner. After that, students write ten sentences using two adjectives in each sentence. Students are then divided into pairs. The students swap their sentences and change the adjectives in each sentence to their opposites.
Size, Shape and Colour
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
In this engaging teaching activity, students learn about adjectives of size, shape and colour. The class is divided into teams of three and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together in their teams, the students put adjectives of size, shape and colour into their respective category on their worksheet. When a time limit of ten minutes has been reached, the teams stop writing. The teacher then calls out the first adjective from the worksheet and asks the first team for their answer. If the category is correct, all the teams with the same answer score a point. If the team answered correctly, they try to explain the meaning of the adjective. They could do this by drawing on the board, pointing to something that can be described using that adjective or by making a meaningful sentence. If the team can do this, they win an extra point. This process is repeated with each team in turn until all the answers and explanations have been given. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
This entertaining activity is perfect for teaching sensory adjectives. The activity consists of two games. In the first activity, students play a pelmanism game, matching sensory adjectives of touch, taste, and smell to pictures of things. Then the students play a describing game to practice talking about how things feel, taste, smell and look. Each group of three or four is given a set of picture cards and a set of sensory adjective cards which they shuffle and spread out on the table face down. Students take it in turns to turn over an adjective card and a picture card. If the sensory adjective matches with the word on the picture card, the student keeps the cards as a ‘trick’ and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the student puts them back. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most tricks at the end of the game is the winner. When everyone has finished, the adjective cards are discarded. The students then deal out the picture cards equally. Students then take it in turns to choose one of their picture cards. The other group members ask the student questions about what the thing on the card feels like, tastes like, smells like and looks like, e.g. What does it feel like? The student answers accordingly, e.g. It feels rough. This continues until one of the group members correctly guesses the word on the card. That student keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Adjective + Noun Dominoes 2
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes
This matching game helps intermediate students practice more advanced adjective-noun combinations. Students play the game in pairs. Every time a player puts down a domino, they must create an appropriate adjective-noun combination. A player can challenge their partner, if they think the adjective and noun combination does not match. The first player to run out of dominoes wins the game.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this speaking activity, students practice using adjectives with -ed and -ing endings. Students use the different adjective forms to express opinions and feelings about various things. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given the corresponding part of the worksheet. The students complete sentences with true information about themselves. There are 10 sentences in total. The sentences use an adjective with an -ed ending followed by an adjective ending -ing. When they have finished, the students take it in turns to read and tell their partner about each sentence. Students try to explain their answers and keep the conversation going by asking questions. After that, the students test each other. They exchange worksheets and read their partner’s completed sentences, but instead of saying the adjective, they use the word 'blank'. Their partner then says the complete sentence, including the adjective.
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Compound Adjective Catchphrase
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this fun teaching activity, students get their team to guess compound adjectives by explaining the word to them. The class is divided into two teams. One player from each team comes to the front of the class. Each player is given a compound adjective card along with related vocabulary. The players have to get their team to guess the compound adjective by using similar vocabulary to what’s on the card. They do this by using words and physical gestures to give clues to their team. When a team guesses the compound adjective from the clues, they score a point. Then, another student from the team comes up to give clues for another compound adjective. The object of the game is to be the first team to get seven points.
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Connect 4 - Adjective + Preposition
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an enjoyable activity to help test students’ knowledge of prepositions that come after adjectives. The students are split into groups of three. Two students in each group compete against each other while the third student acts as a referee. Each group is then given a copy of the adjective grid and the referee is given a copy of the answer key. The two students take it in turns to choose a square and then add the correct preposition to the adjective in the square. The referee checks whether the preposition is correct or not and tells the student if he/she is right or wrong. If the student is right, he/she writes his/her name in the square. Play now passes to the other student and he/she chooses a square and so on. The first student to connect four squares in a row is the winner. The student who was the referee then plays the winner and the loser becomes the referee. After everyone has played, the students repeat the activity, but this time they make a sentence using the adjective in the square with the correct preposition.
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-ing and -ed Adjectives
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this insightful group activity, students practice making sentences and questions using adjectives with -ing and -ed endings. Each group is given a set of -ing cards and -ed cards. They deal out the -ing cards and put the -ed cards face down. The first player takes an -ed card from the pile and lays it on the table face up. The player, who has the matching -ing card, makes a sentence about themselves using one of the words, e.g. I think philosophy is very interesting. Then they ask the group a question using the other word, e.g. Are you interested in philosophy? If the player can use the adjectives correctly in a sentence and question, they get a point. They can then discard both cards and it is the next player’s turn. If they cannot, any player in the group can steal the point by making a correct sentence and question using the two adjective forms. Each group records their answers by writing a sentence. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the game is the winner.
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