Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Describing Things - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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Adjectives of Size, Shape and Colour

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students categorize adjectives of size, shape and colour and explain each adjective's meaning. The class is divided into teams of three and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together in their teams, students have ten minutes to put the adjectives of size, shape and colour into their respective category on the worksheet. When the time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing. The teacher then calls out the first adjective from the worksheet and asks the first team for the correct category. If the category is correct, all the teams with the same answer score a point. If the first team answers correctly, they try to explain the meaning of the adjective for an extra point. They can do this by drawing on the board, pointing to something that can be described with the adjective or by making a sentence with the adjective that illustrates the meaning. If the team gives an incorrect category or explanation, the next team gives their answer. This process is repeated with each team in turn until all the answers and explanations have been given correctly. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Describe it

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging card game, students practice matching adjectives to pictures and describing things. Students also learn how to order adjectives. Each group of three is given a set of adjective cards and picture cards. The players take it in turns to pick up and put down an adjective card. Players can choose to take a card from the pack or take the previous card that was put down. The aim of the game is to get four adjective cards that describe one of the pictures. When a player has four adjective cards that describe one of the pictures, they place the cards in front of the picture and describe it. The winning picture is then taken out of the game. The game continues until all of the picture cards have been described.

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Sweet Sensations

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This entertaining pelmanism and describing game is perfect for teaching sensory adjectives. Each group of three or four is given a set of sensory adjective cards and a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and spread out on the table face down in two sets. Students take it in turns to turn over a sensory adjective card and a picture card. If the sensory adjective matches with the word on the picture card, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards 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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The Journey

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This imaginative teaching activity helps students to practice describing things, e.g. size, appearance, condition, etc. In the activity, students describe in detail what they see as they are led on a journey. Students can also discover elements of their personality in an enjoyable way. When each situation is approached, the students close their eyes and take a mental snapshot of the picture in their mind before opening their eyes. Then they write the details on their worksheet. When the journey is completed, the students describe what they saw in each situation. You then give them an interpretation of each situation.

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Think of Something

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students associate words with adjectives and compare their answers with their classmates. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Individually, students go through the questions on their worksheet and write something that they associate with each adjective. Students then ask a partner the same questions and write down their answers. When they have finished, the students compare how many things they have in common with their partner and try to find the adjectives where they both thought of the same thing. Students then choose five of the adjectives from the list and write as many things they associate with them as possible. Each list of items is then read out and the others in the class try to guess the adjective.

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Whatsitsname?

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a guessing game where they describe objects to each other. After practicing language for describing objects, the class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working together with other people in their group, students discuss and make notes on how to describe the objects on their worksheet without saying the names of the objects. When the students have written a description of each object, they pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to describe an object on their worksheet to their partner without saying its name. If their partner guesses the name of the object, the student describing the object puts a tick next to the picture. If not, the student puts a cross. This continues until all the objects have been described. The pair that guesses the most correct items is the winner.

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The Describing Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this challenging group activity, students play a card game to practice words and phrases for describing objects. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of cards. The groups shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. Players take it in turns to turn over the top five cards from the pile. The player then thinks of an object and tries to use the five words or phrases on the cards to describe it. The player must make one sentence per card. The other students in the group judge whether each sentence the player makes is acceptable. When a player has used a card successfully to describe their object, the player keeps the card. Any leftover cards are placed back at the bottom of the pile. Then the next player turns over five cards and thinks of a new object and so on. This continues with a different object being chosen each time until there are no cards left in the pile. The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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