Compound Adjectives Worksheets, ESL Games and Activities

Much-Needed Practice

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

This compound adjective worksheet helps students learn and practice a variety of compound adjectives. To begin, students tick eight sentences that contain compound adjectives and then match them 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 Exercise C. When the students have finished, check their sentences together as a class and review the meaning of each compound adjective.
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Interactive Version - This compound adjectives interactive worksheet helps students to learn a variety of common compound adjectives.


Compound Adjective Dominoes

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun compound adjectives speaking 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 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.
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Compound Adjective Practice

ESL Compound Adjective Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Matching Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This free compound adjectives worksheet helps you to teach your students how to form and use compound adjectives. The students begin by reading through the introduction on the worksheet and reviewing the different ways to form compound adjectives. The students then describe nouns in the first exercise using compound adjectives, e.g. a ten-minute walk. The students then move on to match words together to form 12 compound adjectives. Next, the students use the compound adjectives to complete sentences. Afterwards, the students work with a partner and practice describing themselves and others using compound adjectives. Finally, review the students' descriptions together as a class.
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Interactive Version - This free compound adjectives interactive PDF contains a range of exercises to help students learn how to make and use compound adjectives.


Compound Catchphrase

ESL Compound Adjectives Game - Listening, Speaking and Miming Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 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 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. 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.
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Well-Written Questions

ESL Compound Adjectives Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this compound adjective conversation questions activity, students guess missing compound adjectives in conversation questions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. First, 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.
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Interactive Version - In this compound adjectives breakout room activity, pairs of students complete conversation questions with compound adjectives and then practice asking and answering the questions with their partner.


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