Adjective Opposites ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Adjective Opposite Search

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Matching, Listening and Speaking - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging adjective opposites activity, students find adjectives in a word search and then work with a partner to match each adjective with its opposite. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students then try to find ten adjectives in the word search and write them in the 'My adjectives' column on the worksheet. When the students have found all ten adjectives, they take it in turns to ask their partner for the opposite of each adjective, e.g. 'What's the opposite of beautiful?' Their partner looks for the opposite of the adjective in their list and replies accordingly, e.g. 'The opposite of beautiful is ugly'. The two students then write the opposite adjective in the 'Adjective opposites' column. This continues until the table is complete. Afterwards, review the answers and meaning of each adjective with the class. Finally, the students work in their pairs and make sentences using each adjective and its opposite, e.g. 'My phone was expensive, but my pen was cheap'.
 

Adjective Opposites 1

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

This free adjective opposites activity helps to increase students' knowledge of adjectives and their opposites. Divide the class into teams of four and give each student a copy of the worksheet. Read out an adjective at random from the worksheet. The first team to call out the opposite of the adjective scores a point. For an extra point, the winning team then uses the opposite adjective in a sentence. All the students then write down the adjective opposite on their worksheet. This continues until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, the students then write ten sentences using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'The tall man drove a black car'. When the students have finished writing, divide them into pairs. The students read their partner's sentences, changing the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites, e.g. 'The short man drove a white car'. Afterwards, the pairs create a short story using ten adjectives from the worksheet.
 

Adjective Opposites Bingo

ESL Adjective Opposites Game - Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun adjective opposites activity, students play games of bingo by listening to adjectives and matching them to their opposites. Give each student a bingo card. Call out adjectives from the caller's sheet in a random order. If the students have the opposite of the adjective on their card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine adjectives, he or she shouts 'Bingo'. When a student shouts 'Bingo', the student reads out the nine adjectives, saying both the adjective and its opposite. If the adjective opposites are correct, the student wins the round. If the student makes a mistake, the game continues. Play several rounds with students receiving a different bingo card each time. As an alternative or extension, divide the students into groups of four or five. The students then play the game in their groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller. This continues until all the bingo cards have been used.
 

What's the opposite?

ESL Adjective Opposites Worksheet and Game - Matching, Writing & Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 40 minutes

This adjective opposites worksheet and game helps students to identify and memorize common adjectives and their opposites. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students use the adjectives from the box to complete the adjective opposites list. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. Next, divide the students into pairs and give each pair a set of adjective cards. Working together, the students read each adjective card and write the opposite of the adjective on the other side of the card. The students then shuffle the cards and place them in a pile on the desk. One student picks up the pile and reads the adjective on the top card to the other student. The other student then tries to guess the opposite of the adjective. If the student guesses correctly, their partner gives them the card and moves on to the next card. If the student says the wrong adjective, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile and the two students swap roles. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards wins the game. As an extension or variation, students play a pelmanism game. Give each pair of students a set of adjective cards and a set of blank cards. Pairs read each adjective card and write the opposite of the adjective on a blank card. When the students have finished, ask them to shuffle the two sets of cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two adjectives match to make an adjective and its opposite, 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. Play then passes to the other student. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
 

Similar or Opposite Adjectives Board Game

ESL Adjective Opposites Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging adjectives board game, students name adjectives that have a similar or opposite meaning to another adjective. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, the two sets of cards, a dice and counters. Have the students shuffle each set of cards and place them face down in a pile on the game board in their assigned space. Players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student to their right looks at the category on the square and takes the top card from the corresponding pile, without showing it to anyone. The student then reads the clue on the card to the player. For the 'similar' category, the player has to name a specific adjective that is similar in meaning to another adjective. For the 'opposite' category, the player has to say the opposite of a given adjective. The correct answer is shown in bold for the student. If the player answers correctly, they stay on the square. If not, the player goes back to their previous square. The card is then placed at the bottom of the pile and it's the next player's turn. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
 

Adjective Opposites 2

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Low intermediate (B1) - 50 minutes

This multi-purpose adjective opposites activity helps to increase students' knowledge of more advanced adjectives and their opposites. Begin the activity by reading out each adjective on the worksheet and eliciting examples of the adjective's meaning and possible synonyms. Next, divide the students into teams of four and give each student a copy of the worksheet. Read out an adjective at random from the worksheet. The first team to call out the opposite of the adjective scores a point. The winning team can then score an extra point by making an appropriate sentence with the adjective opposite. Afterwards, all the students in the class write down the adjective opposite on their worksheet. This continues until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, the students then write ten sentences, using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'The peaceful atmosphere was broken by the sound of a terrible scream'. When the students have finished writing, divide them into pairs and have the students exchange sentences with their partner. The students read their partner's sentences, changing the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites, e.g. 'The noisy atmosphere was broken by the sound of an awesome scream'. Finally, the pairs create a short story using ten adjectives from the worksheet.
 
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