Adjective-Noun Collocations - ESL Games and Worksheets

Adjective-Noun Collocation Dominoes

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free adjective-noun collocations game for elementary students. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. The players then take it in turns to match the adjective-noun collocations by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. When the students have finished, they can shuffle the dominoes and play another round.
 

Adjective-Noun Collocations Race

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a quick adjectives game to help students practice adjective-noun collocations. Give each team of three a piece of paper and assign one student in each team to do the writing. Write a noun on the board. The teams then have two minutes to write down as many adjectives as they can think of to describe the noun. When the time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing. The teams then read out their adjective-noun collocations in turn. Teams score one point for an appropriate adjective-noun collocation that another team has also written. Teams score two points for a suitable adjective-noun collocation that only their team has written. Play a few rounds using a different noun each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Big and Bad Adjective-Noun Collocations

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an adjective-noun collocations worksheet to help students learn and practice nouns that are commonly used with the adjectives big and bad. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. To begin, students create adjective-noun collocations by categorizing nouns from a box with the adjectives big, bad, or big and bad. Next, students complete adjective-noun collocations in sentences with the adjectives big or bad. Students then move on to read sentences and circle the correct adjective to complete each collocation. In the last exercise, students complete adjective-noun collocations in a story with nouns from a box.
 
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Big and Bad Adjective-Noun Collocations Interactive Worksheet

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of online exercises to learn and practice nouns that are commonly used with the adjectives big and bad.
 

Adjective-Noun Collocation Dominoes 2

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this adjectives activity, students play a game where they match adjectives and nouns together to make collocations and then use the collocations in sentences. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. If the player makes an appropriate collocation, he or she scores a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the adjective-noun collocation in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match the adjectives and nouns together by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a collocation is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The game finishes when a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes. The player with the most points wins the game.
 

Adjective-Noun Collocations Worksheet

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 50 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations worksheet, students practice making adjective-noun collocations and using them in stories. Give each student a copy of the first worksheet. Students begin by combining each adjective with a suitable noun from the box to make an adjective-noun collocation. In the next exercise, students think about what other adjective-noun collocations use the same adjectives. Students then add an appropriate noun to each adjective. Next, divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students then complete a short story by filling in each gap with an adjective or noun from Exercise A. Afterwards, students check their answers with their partner. After that, the pairs discuss what they think happens next in the story. The students then write the next part of the story using adjective-noun collocations from Exercise B. Finally, have the students read out their stories to the class.
 
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