Adjectives of Feeling and Emotion ESL Games and Activities

Adjective Association

ESL Adjectives of Feeling Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging adjectives of feeling activity, students play a guessing game where they associate things with adjectives that describe feelings. The students are divided into teams of three or four. Each team is paired with another team (Team A and Team B) and given a corresponding worksheet. In their teams, students work together to write down three things they associate with the ten adjectives of feeling shown on their worksheet. For example, for three things that make you feel tired, students might write: hard work, no sleep, not eating. When everyone has finished writing, the pairs of teams sit facing each other. Team A then reads out a category at random, e.g. 'Three things that make you feel excited'. Team B has one minute to call out as many answers as they can that they think Team A has associated with the adjective. For each answer that matches with Team A's list, Team B scores one point. When the time limit has been reached, Team B's score is added up and any answers not guessed are revealed by Team A. Team B then calls out a category for Team A to guess and so on. The teams keep taking it in turns to play until all the adjectives have been used up. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
 

How did you feel...?

ESL Adjectives of Feeling Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free adjectives of feeling 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.
 

How do I feel?

ESL Adjectives of Feeling and Emotion Game - Miming Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun adjectives of feeling and emotion activity, students play a miming game where they guess situations and related adjectives that describe feelings and emotions. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile and mime the first sentence on the card to the group. The first group member to guess the situation and make a sentence using the underlined keywords scores a point. The student with the card then goes on to mime the related adjective. The first student to guess the adjective scores one point. The card is then removed from the game and the next student picks up a card to mime and so on. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. This game can also be played against competing groups or as a class in two teams with students miming in front of the class.
 

When did you last feel...?

ESL Adjectives of Feeling and Emotion Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this entertaining adjectives of feeling and emotion activity, students review advanced adjectives of feeling and emotion by playing a board game where they give true or false answers about when they last felt a certain way. Each group of three or four is given a copy of the game board, a set of true or false cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile next to 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 pick up a true or false card from the pile and look at it, without showing anyone. The group members then ask the player the 'When did you last feel...?' question on the square, e.g. 'When did you last feel charitable?' The player then answers the question by giving either true or false information as indicated on the card. When the player has answered the question, the other students ask follow-up questions to determine if the player is lying or telling the truth. After a few questions have been answered, the other students guess whether the player's answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. The students who guessed correctly each score one point. The next player then rolls the dice and so on. When a player reaches the finish, the game ends and the points are added up. The student with the most points wins the game. This game can also be played without the true or false element. In this version, when a player lands on a square, they answer the question and talk about the topic for one minute without stopping.
 
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