Adjective Opposites ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Opposites Search

ESL Opposite Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary: Word Search, Asking and Answering Questions, Providing Antonyms, Table Completion, Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this adjective opposites activity, students find adjectives in a word search and then work with a partner to match each adjective with its opposite. To begin, students find ten adjectives in a word search and write them in the 'My adjectives' column on their worksheet. Students then work with their partner and take it in turns to ask 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. Afterwards, students make sentences using each adjective and its opposite, e.g. 'My phone was expensive, but my pen was cheap'.
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Adjective Opposites 1

ESL Adjective Opposites Activities - Vocabulary Game: Providing Antonyms, Forming Sentences - Group work - Writing Activity: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Story Writing - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 50 minutes

These free adjective opposites activities help to increase students' knowledge of adjectives and their opposites. Read 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. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, students then write ten sentences using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'The tall man drove a black car'. Next, in pairs, 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 write a short story using ten adjectives from the worksheet.
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Adjective Opposites Bingo

ESL Opposite Adjectives Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun opposite adjectives game, students listen to adjectives and match them to their opposites. Call out adjectives from the caller's sheet in a random order. If students have the opposite of the adjective on their card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine adjectives, they shout 'Bingo'. The student then 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, students play the game in groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller.
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What's the opposite?

ESL Adjective Opposites Activities - Vocabulary: List Completion, Providing Antonyms, Guessing, Matching - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

This adjective opposites worksheet and game helps students to identify and memorize common adjectives and their opposites. First, students use adjectives from a box on the worksheet to complete an adjective opposites list. Next, in pairs, students read adjective cards and write the opposite of the adjective on each card. Students then place the cards in a pile. One student picks up a card and reads the adjective on the card to their partner who tries to guess the opposite of the adjective. If their partner guesses correctly, the student gives them the card and moves on to the next one. If their partner says the wrong adjective, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile and the two students swap roles. The student with the most cards at the end wins. As an extension or variation, students play a pelmanism game with a set of adjective cards and opposite cards. Students 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. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Opposites Attract

ESL Adjective Opposites Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Unscrambling, Matching, Identifying, Error Correction, Gap-fill - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is an adjective opposites worksheet for intermediate students. First, students unscramble letters to make adjectives and then match each adjective with its opposite. Next, students write slightly more difficult adjectives from a box next to their opposites. Students then underline the correct adjectives in sentences. After that, students correct adjective mistakes in sentences. Lastly, students complete gap-fill sentences with suitable adjectives from the worksheet.
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Similar or Opposite?

ESL Adjective Opposites Board Game - Vocabulary: Naming Opposites and Synonyms - Group work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging adjective opposites board game, students name adjectives that have a similar or opposite meaning to another adjective. Players 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 a card from the corresponding pile. 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. If the player answers correctly, they stay on the square. If not, the player goes back two squares. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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Adjective Opposites 2

ESL Adjective Opposites Activities - Vocabulary Game: Providing Antonyms, Forming Sentences - Group work Writing Activity: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Story Writing - Pair work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 50 minutes

This set of adjective opposites activities helps to increase students' knowledge of more advanced adjectives and their opposites. First, read out each adjective on the worksheet and elicit examples of the adjective's meaning and possible synonyms. Next, read 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. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, students then write ten sentences using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence. In pairs, students then exchange sentences with their partner and read the sentences, changing the adjectives to their opposites. Finally, pairs create a story with ten adjectives from the worksheet.
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