Adverbial Clauses ESL Worksheets, Games and Activities

Adverbial Clauses Challenge

ESL Adverbial Clauses Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free adverbial clauses activity, students play a game where they make sentences containing adverb clauses with specific subordinating conjunctions and verbs. Give each group of three or four a set of subordinating conjunction cards and a set of verb cards. The students shuffle each set of cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. The students take it in turns to turn over a subordinating conjunction card and a verb card. The student then makes a sentence containing an adverbial clause using the conjunction and verb. For example, if the subordinating conjunction was 'after' and the verb was 'eat', the student might say 'After Tom ate lunch, he went to the gym'. Students can make any sentence they like as long as it is grammatically correct and has an adverbial clause in it that uses the subordinating conjunction and verb. If the other students in the group agree that the sentence is correct, the student keeps the two cards. If not, the cards are turned back over, keeping them in the same place. The students continue taking it in turns to turn over two cards and make a sentence until all the cards have been used. Students should try to remember where cards are positioned to help them make sentences as they go through the game. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. As a variation, you can give the students more practice by having them score a point when they make a sentence. Then, for an extra point, the student says the type of adverb clause used in the sentence, e.g. adverbial clause of time.
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Introduction to Adverbial Clauses

ESL Adverbial Clauses Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This adverbial clauses worksheet helps students to recognise and practice using adverbial clauses in sentences. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by looking at examples of adverbial clauses in sentences and matching punctuation rules for adverbial clauses. Next, the students underline adverbial clauses in sentences. After that, the students match the underlined adverbial clauses with the things that they express. The students then move on to categorize subordinating conjunctions used in adverbial clauses. Afterwards, the students match sentence halves that contain adverbial clauses together. The students then underline the correct subordinating conjunction in each sentence. Finally, the students create sentences of their own using the adverbial clauses shown. When the students have completed their sentences, they compare them with a partner.
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