Adjective Order Worksheets, ESL Games and Activities

Ordered Descriptions

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

In this fun adjective order board game, students practice the order of adjectives by describing nouns. The players 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 'Free noun' square, they can choose any noun they want and describe it using as many of their adjectives as they can. The student with the most adjective cards in their pile at the end of the game wins.
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The Order of Adjectives

ESL Order of Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This adjective order worksheet helps students learn and practice the order of adjectives before a noun. The students begin by reviewing the order of adjectives from the top of the worksheet. Students then practice categorizing adjectives according to their type. 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. After that, students complete sentences by putting adjectives in the correct order. Finally, students put words in order to make sentences containing adjectives in the right order.
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Interactive Version - This interactive adjective order exercises PDF contains a variety of exercises to help students learn the order of adjectives before a noun.

 

What Are They Wearing?

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

In this order of adjectives worksheet, students use the topic of clothing to learn and practice the order of adjectives. Students start by categorizing adjectives from a box according to their type. 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 in the right order. In the last exercise, students work with a partner and write sentences about what they and the teacher are wearing using adjectives.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive order of adjectives exercises PDF, students complete a range of exercises based on the topic of clothing to practice the order of adjectives.

 

What's the order?

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

This adjective order worksheet helps students to practice the order of adjectives. The worksheet contains a chart showing the correct order of adjectives. The students use the chart to help them rewrite sentences with the adjectives in brackets in the correct order. When the students have finished, check the correct answers with the class.
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Interactive Version - Here is an adjective order interactive worksheet to help teach students the order of adjectives in a sentence.

 

Draw the Description

ESL Order of Adjectives Game - Drawing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free adjective order game, students practice the order of adjectives by guessing descriptions from drawings. 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. 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 a correct answer. Then, a student from Team B comes to the board and so on. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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