Adjectives - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Adjective Bingo

ESL Adjective Opposites Game - Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable adjectives activity, students play games of bingo by listening to adjectives and matching them to their opposites. Each student is given a bingo card. The teacher calls out adjectives from the caller's sheet in a random order.  If the students have the opposite of the adjective on their card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine adjectives, he or she shouts 'Bingo'. When a student shouts 'Bingo', the student 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 has made a mistake, the game continues. Several rounds are played with students receiving a different bingo card each time. As an alternative or extension, the students are divided into groups of four or five. The students then play the game in their groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller. This continues until all the bingo cards have been used.
 

Adjective Match

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

Here is a quick adjectives game to help students practice adjective-noun collocations. The class is divided into teams of three. Each team is given a piece of paper and one student in each team is assigned to do the writing. A noun is then written on the board. The teams have two minutes to write down as many adjectives as they can think of to describe the noun. When the time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing. The teams then read out their adjective-noun collocations in turn. Teams score one point for an appropriate adjective-noun collocation that another team has also written. Teams score two points for a suitable adjective-noun collocation that only their team has written. After a few rounds have been played, the teams add up their scores. The team with the most points wins the game.
 

Adjective-Noun Dominoes

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

Here is a fun adjective-noun collocations game for elementary students. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. The players then take it in turns to match the adjective-noun collocations by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. When the students have finished, they can shuffle the dominoes and play another round.
 

Opposites

ESL Adjective Opposites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 50 minutes

This engaging adjectives activity helps to increase students' knowledge of adjectives and their opposites. The class is divided into teams of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads 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. This continues until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, the students then write ten sentences, using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'The pretty girl drove a black sports car'. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into pairs. The students read their partner's sentences, changing the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites, e.g. 'The ugly girl drove a white sports car'. Afterwards, the pairs create a short story using ten adjectives from the worksheet.
 

Adjective + Preposition Combinations

ESL Adjective-Preposition Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This insightful adjectives worksheet helps students learn and practice some common adjective + preposition combinations. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching sentence halves together to make sentences containing adjective + preposition combinations. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. In pairs, the students then describe pictures on their worksheet using the adjective + preposition combinations from the first exercise. Next, students complete questions with the correct prepositions. The students then ask and answer the questions with their partner. Finally, students give feedback to the class on their answers.
 

Adjective Order

ESL Adjective Order Worksheet - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

This useful adjectives worksheet is ideal for teaching or practicing adjective order. 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.
 

Crazy Sentences

ESL Adjectives Game - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 55 minutes

Here is an entertaining adjectives activity to help students practice constructing sentences with certain adjectives and nouns. The class is divided into four teams. Each team is given a set of adjective cards and a set of noun cards, which they shuffle and place face down on the desk in two separate piles. A three-minute time limit is set and each team turns over one adjective card and one noun card. The teams then race to construct the longest sentence possible with the adjective and noun and write it on the board. When the three minutes are up, each team’s sentence is checked. One point is awarded if a sentence is grammatically correct. One point is awarded for inventiveness. One point is also given for every word in the sentence. If a team writes a grammatically incorrect sentence, they score no points, but other teams can steal a point by successfully correcting the sentence. Teams then discard the adjective and noun, turn over two new cards and the game is repeated. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Extreme Adjective Dominoes

ESL Adjectives Game - Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this fun adjectives activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching adjectives with their stronger equivalents. This activity helps students to learn to recognize adjectives, which have a similar but stronger meaning, e.g. angry and furious, cold and freezing, etc. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that one of the adjectives on their domino matches with one of its stronger or weaker equivalents. Then the next player puts down an adjective at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. When the students have finished, they can shuffle the dominoes and play another round.
 

Hand in my Pocket

ESL Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this adjectives worksheet activity, students complete a song gap-fill with adjectives and then discuss the meaning of the adjectives and song. The class is divided into five teams and each student is given a copy of the song gap-fill worksheet. The students listen to the song "Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morissette and complete the gap-fill with adjectives. When the students have listened to the song two times, they compare and discuss their answers in their teams. The students then listen to the song one more time and confirm their answers with their teammates. After that, teams take it in turns to choose a number and write the missing adjective on the board. Teams receive one point for each correct adjective and one point for spelling. If a team spells an adjective incorrectly, another team can steal a point by being the first to correct the spelling. After all the words have been written on the board and the winning team has been announced, the students discuss the meaning of the adjectives and song.
 

How did you feel...?

ESL Adjectives Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this adjectives board game, students practice describing how they felt the last time certain things happened to them. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a copy of the game board, a dice and two counters. The students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, their partner asks them the 'How did you feel...?' question on the square, e.g. 'How did you feel the last time you had a difficult test?' The student then answers the question by describing how they felt the last time the thing happened to them. Students are encouraged to ask their partner follow-up questions to continue the conversation and gain more information. The first student to reach the finish wins the game. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out how students felt about each topic and to elicit suitable adjectives to describe their feelings and emotions.
 

Opposites 2

ESL Adjective Opposites Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 minutes

This multi-purpose adjectives activity helps to increase students' knowledge of more advanced adjectives and their opposites. The activity begins with the teacher reading out each adjective on the worksheet and eliciting examples of the adjective's meaning and possible synonyms. The class is then divided into teams of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads 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. This continues until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, the students then write ten sentences, using two adjectives from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'The peaceful atmosphere was broken by the sound of a terrible scream'. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into pairs and exchange sentences. The students read their partner's sentences, changing the adjectives in the sentences to their opposites, e.g. 'The noisy atmosphere was broken by the sound of an awesome scream'. Finally, the pairs create a short story using ten adjectives from the worksheet.
 

Adjective-Noun Dominoes 2

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this adjectives activity, students play a game where they match adjectives and nouns together to make collocations and then use the collocations in sentences. The students are divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. If the player makes an appropriate collocation, he or she scores a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the adjective-noun collocation in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match the adjectives and nouns together by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a collocation is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The game finishes when a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game.
 

Adjective Opinions

ESL Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 minutes

This adjectives worksheet activity helps students learn the difference between adjectives with -ed and -ing endings. Students then practice using the different adjective forms to express opinions and feelings about various things. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students complete sentences on their worksheet with true information about themselves. There are ten sentences in total with each one containing an -ed or -ing adjective. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to read their sentences to each other. Students try to explain their answers and keep the conversation going by asking questions. After that, the students test each other by exchanging worksheets and reading their partner’s completed sentences, but instead of saying the adjective, they use the word 'blank'. Their partner then repeats the sentence back, adding in the adjective.
 

Compound Adjective Catchphrase

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Listening, Speaking and Miming Activity - Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this amusing adjectives activity, students play a game where they guess compound adjectives from clues and mimes given by other students. The class is divided into two teams. One player from each team comes to the front of the class. Both players are given the same compound adjective card together with a definition and related vocabulary. The players' task is to get their team to say the compound adjective on the card. The players do this by giving clues containing synonyms of the vocabulary on the card along with gestures and mimes to help their team guess the word. Players are not allowed to say any form of the compound adjective or words used in the definition or related vocabulary. The first team to guess the compound adjective scores a point. Two new players then come up to give clues and mimes for the next compound adjective and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As an alternative, you can remove gesturing and miming from the game to make the activity more challenging.
 

Connect 4 - Adjective + Preposition Combinations

ESL Adjective-Preposition Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is an entertaining adjectives activity to help test students’ knowledge of adjective + preposition combinations. The students are divided into groups of three. Two students in each group compete against each other while the third student acts as referee. The two students in each group are given a copy of the Game 1 grid and the referee is given a copy of the Game 1 answers. The two students 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 combination. The referee checks whether each adjective + preposition combination is correct or not. The referee then tells the student if they are right or wrong. If the adjective + preposition combination is correct, the student crosses out the adjective and writes their name in the square. Play then passes to the other student and so on. The first student to connect four squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game. If no one manages to get four in a row, the student with the most squares wins. When the game has finished, the student who was the referee plays the winner and the loser becomes the referee. The two students in each group are then given a copy of the Game 2 grid and the referee is given a copy of the Game 2 answers. After everyone has played, the groups repeat the two games, but this time they must make an appropriate sentence with the adjective + preposition combination to win the square.
 

-ing and -ed Adjectives

ESL Adjectives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 minutes

In this engaging adjectives game, students make sentences and questions with -ing and -ed adjectives. Each group of four is given a set of -ing adjective cards and a set of -ed adjective cards. The students shuffle the -ing adjective cards and deal them out evenly. The -ed adjective cards are shuffled and placed face down in a pile on the desk. The students take it in turns to turn over an -ed adjective card from the pile and lay it face up on the desk, e.g. interested. The player with the matching -ing adjective card (e.g. interesting) makes a sentence about him or herself using one of the two adjectives, e.g. 'I think sci-fi films are very interesting'. The player then asks the group a question using the other adjective, e.g. 'Are you interested in sci-fi films?' The group members then answer the question in turn. If the player uses the two adjectives correctly, he or she gets a point. The player then discards both cards. If the player makes a grammar mistake or is unable to make a sentence or question, another student can steal the point by making a suitable sentence and question with the two adjectives. The group then records their answers by writing a sentence, e.g. 'Bruce, Caroline and Chris think sci-fi films are very interesting, but Shannon isn't interested in sci-fi films'. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. When the groups have finished, they read out their sentences to the class and feedback is given.
 
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