Adjective-Noun Collocations ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Adjective-Noun Dominoes

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

Here is a free matching game to help elementary students practice adjective-noun collocations. 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 and noun collocations by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Adjective-Noun Race

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

In this fun adjective-noun collocations game, students practice using adjective and noun collocations. Write a noun on the board. In teams, the students then write down as many adjectives as they can think of to describe the noun. After two minutes, 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.
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Big and Bad Collocations

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - 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. 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 and noun collocations in a story with nouns from a box.
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Interactive Version - In this adjective noun collocations interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to learn and practice 'big' and 'bad' adjective noun collocations.

 

Create a Collocation

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

In this adjective-noun collocations game, students play dominoes by matching adjectives and nouns together to make collocations and then using the collocations in sentences. 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, they score 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. The game ends when a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes. The player with the most points wins the game.
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Let's Make Collocations

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocation Activities - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 50 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations worksheet and pairwork activity, students practice making adjective-noun collocations and using them in stories. Students begin by combining each adjective with a suitable noun from the box on the worksheet 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. In pairs, the 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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Interactive Version - This interactive adjective noun collocation exercises PDF contains a range of exercises to help students learn and practice adjective and noun collocations.

 
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