Compound Adjectives ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Compound Adjective Practice

ESL Compound Adjectives Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Forming Words, Matching, Gap-fill - Speaking Activity: Describing Nouns from Prompts - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This free compound adjectives worksheet helps you to teach your students how to form and use compound adjectives. Students begin by reading through the introduction on the worksheet and reviewing the different ways to form compound adjectives. Students then describe nouns in the first exercise using compound adjectives, e.g. a ten-minute walk. Students then move on to match words together to form compound adjectives and use them to complete sentences. Finally, students describe themselves and others to a partner using compound adjectives.
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Much-Needed Practice

ESL Compound Adjectives Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This compound adjectives worksheet helps students learn and practice a variety of compound adjectives. To begin, students indicate which sentences contain compound adjectives and then match the compound adjectives to pictures. Students then complete sentences with the compound adjectives from the first exercise. Next, students create compound adjectives from clues. Finally, students write their own sentences using the compound adjectives from the previous exercise.
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Sure Fire Bet

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Vocabulary: Matching, Gap-fill, Betting - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this compound adjectives game, students complete sentences by creating compound adjectives from words provided and then bet on their answers. Working alone, students complete each sentence with a compound adjective made up of one word from each box. Next, students bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about their compound adjectives being correct. Students bet between 1 to 5 points for each sentence with 5 being very sure and 1 being not very sure. When students have placed their bets, elicit the correct answers from the class. If students guess correctly, they transfer the amount in the 'bet' column to the 'win' column. If they guess incorrectly, they transfer the amount to the 'lose' column. The student with the most points at the end is the winner.
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Compound Adjective Dominoes

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this fun compound adjectives game, students play dominoes by combining words together to form hyphenated compound adjectives and then using each one in a sentence. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the words combine to form a commonly used compound adjective. If the player forms a compound adjective successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the compound adjective in a sentence. If another player thinks a compound adjective or sentence is incorrect, they can challenge the player. If a compound adjective is incorrect, the player must take back the domino and play passes to the next student. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a compound adjective is formed. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The player with the most points wins the game.
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Compound Catchphrase

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Vocabulary: Providing Synonyms, Describing, Miming, Guessing - Group work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this amusing compound adjectives game, students guess compound adjectives from clues and mimes given by other students. One player from each team comes to the front of the class. Give both players the same compound adjective card together with a definition. 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. 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. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Well-Written Questions

ESL Compound Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary and Speaking: Forming Words, Guessing, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this compound adjective conversation questions activity, students combine words together to form compound adjectives that fit in conversation questions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Student A begins by combining two words from the box on their worksheet to form a compound adjective that fits the first conversation question. Student B listens, looks at the compound adjective in bold on their worksheet and tells their partner if they are right or wrong. If Student A guesses correctly the first time, they score two points and write the compound adjective in the question. If not, their partner gives them a clue by saying the first part of the compound adjective. If Student A guesses correctly on the second try, one point is awarded. Student B then guesses the missing compound adjective in the second question and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner. Afterwards, students ask and answer the conversation questions with their partner.
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