Adjectives of Feeling and Emotion ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Feelings Battleships

ESL Feelings and Emotions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun adjectives of feeling and emotion game, students play battleships using family vocabulary and adjectives of feeling and emotion. In pairs, students start by marking four ships on their 'My ships' grid. Students then take it in turns to choose a square on their 'My partner's ships' grid. However, instead of giving a grid reference to find a ship, the student makes a yes/no question using the corresponding family vocabulary and adjective of feeling or emotion, e.g. 'Is your mother happy?' Their partner listens to the question, looks at their 'My ships' grid and answers according to whether it is a hit or miss. If it is a hit, their partner replies 'yes', e.g. 'Yes, she is'. If it is a miss, their partner replies 'no', e.g. 'No, she isn't'. The student then marks the square with an 'H' for hit or 'X' for miss. The first student to sink all their partner's ships wins the game.
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Feelings Bingo

ESL Feelings Game - Reading, Listening and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this adjectives of feeling game, students play bingo by making true sentences about how they feel in certain situations. Students take it in turns to roll the feelings dice. The feelings dice shows the adjectives: happy, sad, scared, bored, angry and excited. Students look at the sentences on their bingo card and write the feeling shown on the dice in one of the sentences, making the sentence true for them. For example, if the feeling shown on the dice was 'excited', a student who likes sports might write the adjective in the following sentence: I feel excited when I watch sports. After each student has written the adjective in a suitable sentence, they read their sentence aloud to the group to show it is true. If a student cannot truthfully write the adjective in any sentence, they write nothing for that round. The first student to get four squares in a row wins and shouts 'bingo'.
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Describe the Feeling

ESL Feelings and Emotions Crossword - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this adjectives of feeling and emotion activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing feeling and emotion adjectives. In two groups, students invent and write down clues for the adjectives of feeling and emotion written in their crossword. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to ask their partner for clues to the missing words in their crossword. Their partner reads out the clue for each adjective and the other student tries to guess the word. If the student guesses correctly, they write the word in their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student manages to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spellings by comparing crosswords.
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Adjective Association

ESL Feelings and Emotions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this engaging adjectives of feeling speaking activity, students play a guessing game where they associate things with adjectives that describe feelings. In teams, students 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. 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 team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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How did you feel...?

ESL Feelings and Emotions Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free adjectives of feeling and emotion board game, students practice describing how they felt the last time certain things happened to them. In pairs, 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. Their partner then asks the student follow-up questions to continue the conversation and gain more information. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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Mixed Emotions

ESL Adjectives of Emotion Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is an adjectives of emotion worksheet for intermediate students. Students begin by unscrambling letters to make adjectives of emotion. The students then match the adjectives to pictures. Next, students complete sentences with the adjectives. Students then move on to use clues to complete a crossword with adjectives of emotion. In the last exercise, students write 'I feel...' sentences with the adjectives of emotion from the worksheet.
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Interactive Version - In this feelings and emotions interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to learn adjectives that describe emotions.

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

ESL Feelings and Emotions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this adjectives of feeling and emotion worksheet, students learn and practice -ed and -ing adjectives that describe feelings and emotions. To start, students match sentence halves together that use -ed and -ing adjectives of feeling and emotion. Students then use words in brackets to complete sentences with -ed or -ing adjectives. Next, students complete extracts with verbs from a box by changing them to -ed or -ing adjectives. In the last exercise, students use the -ed and -ing adjectives of feeling and emotion from the worksheet to write sentences about close encounters.
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Interactive Version - This feelings and emotions interactive PDF contains a range of exercises to help students learn -ed and -ing adjectives that are used to describe feelings and emotions.

 

How do I feel?

ESL Adjectives of Feeling and Emotion Game - Miming and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 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. Students 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 on the card 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 student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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When did you last feel...?

ESL Feeling and Emotion Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this entertaining adjectives of feeling and emotion game, 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. 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 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 and then make their guesses. The player then reveals the answer. The students who guessed correctly each score one point. When a player reaches the finish, the game ends. The student with the most points wins the game..
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