Adjective Order - ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Adjective Order

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

This adjective order worksheet helps students to practice the order of adjectives. Give each student 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, check the correct answers with the class.
 
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Adjective Order Interactive Worksheet

ESL Adjective Order Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercise - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete an online exercise to practice the order of adjectives in a sentence.
 

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. Divide the students into groups of three or four and give each group 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. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. 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, check the answers 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.
 
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The Order of Adjectives Interactive Worksheet

ESL Adjective Order Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for online English teachers. The interactive worksheet contains a variety of online exercises to help students learn and practice the order of adjectives before a noun.
 

What Are They Wearing?

ESL Adjective Order Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this adjective order worksheet, students use the topic of clothing to learn and practice the order of adjectives. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students start by putting adjectives from a box in an adjective order chart. Students then complete sentences with adjectives from a box. Next, students underline adjectives that need to change position in a set of sentences. Afterwards, students write descriptions of people in pictures using at least two adjectives in each sentence. When the students have finished, check their descriptions together as a class. In the last exercise, students work with a partner and write sentences about what they and the teacher are wearing. Finally, review the students' sentences and provide feedback.
 
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What Are They Wearing? Interactive Worksheet

ESL Adjective Order Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for people who teach English online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a range of online exercises where they use the topic of clothing to learn and practice the order of 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. Divide the class 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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