Adjective Order - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Adjective Order

ESL Adjective Order Worksheet - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This adjective order worksheet activity helps students to practice the order of adjectives. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a chart showing the correct order of adjectives. Students use the chart to help them rewrite sentences, adding in adjectives in the correct order. When the students have finished, the correct answers are checked with the class

Adjective Order Board Game

ESL Adjective Order Board Game - Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun adjective order activity, students play a board game where they practice the order of adjectives by describing nouns. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of adjective cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the adjective cards and deal out six each, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the game board. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they look at the noun and put down as many of their adjective cards as they can to describe it, making sure the adjectives are in the correct order. The player then reads out the adjective order for the noun to the group, e.g. delicious, hot, Italian pizza. The other group members judge the player's use of adjectives and the order. If they think an adjective is in the wrong position or inappropriate, they challenge the player to correct or remove the adjective. When the group members agree the player's adjectives are correct, the player keeps the cards they have used in a pile next to them. The player then picks up the same number of cards from the top of the pile on the game board. If a player lands on a 'Change your cards' square, they can exchange any adjective cards they don't want by putting them at the bottom of the pile on the game board and taking the same number from the top. If a player lands on a 'Free noun' square, they can choose any noun they want and describe it using as many of their adjectives as they can. The game ends when a player reaches the finish or all the adjective cards have been used up. The student with the most adjective cards in their pile wins the game.

The Order of Adjectives

ESL Adjective Order Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This two-page adjective order worksheet helps students to learn about and practice the order of adjectives before a noun. Each student is given a copy of the two worksheets. The students begin by reviewing the order of adjectives from the top of the worksheet. Students then practice categorizing adjectives according to their type. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class and other possible words are elicited for each type of adjective. Next, students decide if sentences containing a series of adjectives are right or wrong. Students put a tick in the corresponding column, depending on their opinion. When they have finished, the answers are checked. After that, students complete sentences by putting adjectives in the correct order. Finally, students put words in order to make sentences that contain adjectives.

Draw the Description

ESL Adjective Order Game - Drawing and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free adjective order game, students practice the order of adjectives by guessing descriptions from drawings. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). One student from Team A comes up to the board and is given a description card, e.g. a red, Italian, sports car. The student then draws the description on the board, drawing each adjective in order. The student is not allowed to speak or write anything, but they can use symbols. Team A has one minute to guess the description and say exactly what's on the card to win. The first student to say the adjectives in order and the noun scores a point for their team. If Team A hasn't guessed correctly after one minute, Team B can try to steal the point by giving an answer. Then, a student from Team B comes to the board and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to play until all the cards have been used. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins. This game can also be played in competing pairs or small teams.

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