Compound Adjectives - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Compound Adjective Practice

ESL Compound Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Matching and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 30 minutes

This engaging two-page worksheet activity helps you to teach your students how to form and use compound adjectives. Each student is given a copy of the two worksheets. The students begin by reading through the introduction on the worksheet and reviewing the different ways to form compound adjectives. Next, students describe nouns in the first exercise using compound adjectives, e.g. a ten-minute walk. When the students have finished, the correct answers are reviewed with the class. After that, students move on to match words together to form 12 compound adjectives and then use them to complete sentences. The students then work with a partner and practice describing themselves and others using compound adjectives. Finally, the students' descriptions are reviewed together as a class and feedback is given.

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.

Compound Adjective Conversation Questions

ESL Compound Adjectives Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students guess missing compound adjectives in conversation questions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students look at the conversation questions that contain gaps on their worksheet and think about what each missing compound adjective could be. Students get two chances to guess the missing compound adjective in each question. Student A begins by guessing the missing compound adjective in the first 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. For example, if the compound adjective is 'English-speaking', the student would say 'English...' If Student A guesses correctly on the second try, one point is awarded. If not, the compound adjective is revealed and no points are scored. Student B then guesses the missing compound adjective in the second question and so on. This continues until all the compound adjectives have been revealed. The student with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner. Next, the students ask and answer the conversation questions with their partner. When all the questions have been discussed, there is a class feedback session to review the meaning of each compound adjective and go through the students' answers to the questions.

Compound Adjective Dominoes

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this rewarding activity, students play a game of dominoes where they combine words together to form hyphenated compound adjectives and then use each one in a sentence. The students are divided into groups of three and 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 students then pick up the top domino from the pile and place it 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 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 students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again.

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