Adjective Opposites - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Adjective Opposite Search

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Matching, Listening and Speaking - Beginner - 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. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given 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, the answers and meaning of each adjective are reviewed 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'.
 

Ajdective Opposites 1

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 50 minutes

This fun adjectives activity helps to increase students' knowledge of adjectives and their opposites. The class is divided into teams of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads 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 pretty girl drove a black sports car'. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into pairs. The students read their partner's sentences, changing the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites, e.g. 'The ugly girl drove a white sports 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 - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable adjectives activity, students play games of bingo by listening to adjectives and matching them to their opposites. Each student is given a bingo card. The teacher calls 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 has made a mistake, the game continues. Several rounds are played with students receiving a different bingo card each time. As an alternative or extension, the students are divided 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.
 

Adjective Opposites 2

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

This multi-purpose adjectives activity helps to increase students' knowledge of more advanced adjectives and their opposites. The activity begins with the teacher reading out each adjective on the worksheet and eliciting examples of the adjective's meaning and possible synonyms. The class is then divided into teams of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads 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, they are divided into pairs and exchange sentences. 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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