Adjective-Preposition Collocations ESL Games and Worksheets

Adjectives and Prepositions

ESL Adjective-Preposition Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill - Speaking Activity: Describing, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This free adjectives and prepositions worksheet helps students to practice everyday adjective-preposition collocations. Students begin by matching sentence halves together to make sentences containing adjective-preposition collocations. In pairs, students then describe pictures on their worksheet using the adjective-preposition collocations from the first exercise. Finally, students complete questions with the correct prepositions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.
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Let's Make Collocations

ESL Adjective-Preposition Collocations Worksheet - Reading and Vocabulary Exercises: Identifying, Matching, Gap-fill, Writing Sentences - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This adjective-preposition collocations worksheet helps students understand and use common adjective-preposition collocations. First, students read sentences and decide if the people in the sentences 'need help' or 'can help', and mark each sentence accordingly. Next, students underline all the adjective-preposition collocations in the sentences and match the people who need help with the people who can help them. After that, students match each preposition from a box with an appropriate adjective. Students then look at the underlined collocations from Exercise B and use them to complete sentences. Afterwards, students choose five of the adjective-preposition collocations from the worksheet and use them to write sentences about themselves or someone they know.
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Are You Good at Guessing?

ESL Adjective-Preposition Collocation Game - Vocabulary: Matching, Gap-fill, Sentence Completion, Guessing - Pair work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this adjective-preposition collocations game, students practice matching prepositions with adjectives and then using the collocations in a guessing game. First, students complete sentences by matching prepositions from a box with adjectives to make adjective-preposition collocations. Next, students make true sentences about themselves by completing adjectives with the correct preposition followed by two words of their own. In pairs, students then take it in turns to randomly read the two words they wrote at the end of each sentence to their partner. Their partner has two chances to guess why they wrote the two words using the correct adjective-preposition collocation, e.g. 'Are they the two things you're good at?' If they guess correctly, the student puts a tick in the box. The student with the most ticks at the end of the game wins.
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Connect 4

ESL Adjective-Preposition Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging adjective-preposition collocations game, students add prepositions to adjectives in order to make adjective-preposition collocations and then use them in sentences. Two students in each group compete against each other while the third student acts as referee. The two players take it in turns to choose a square and add a preposition to the adjective in the square in order to make a suitable adjective-preposition collocation. The referee checks whether each adjective-preposition collocation is correct or not. If it is, the player crosses out the adjective and writes their name in the square. Play then passes to the other student and so on. The first player to connect four squares in a row wins the game. When the game has finished, the student who was the referee plays the winner and the loser becomes the referee. After everyone has played, the groups repeat the two games, but this time they make an appropriate sentence with the adjective-preposition collocation to win each square.
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Preposition Pursuit

ESL Adjective-Preposition Collocations Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group work - Upper-intermediate (B2-C1) - 35 minutes

In this adjective-preposition collocations board game, students practice making adjective-preposition collocations and using them in sentences. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. When a player lands on a square, they make a sentence using one of the adjectives in the square followed by a preposition from their list and say it to their group members, e.g. 'I'm allergic to cats'. If the sentence is grammatically correct and meaningful, the player crosses off the adjective on the board and writes it in front of the preposition on their list. The adjective cannot be used again by any player. The student then writes down their sentence for later. The first player to complete their adjective-preposition collocation list is the winner. Finally, students check their sentences against an adjective-preposition collocations list and share them with the class.
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