Parts of Speech ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Silly Sentences

ESL Parts of Speech Activity - Brainstorming, Listening and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This parts of speech activity helps students learn and practice how to use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Brainstorm nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs as a class and have the students copy down the words into the word bank on their worksheet. Once the word bank is complete, divide the students into pairs. The students then take it in turns to choose a word from the word bank to complete each sentence with the parts of speech indicated. Students say each word to their partner, and both students cross it off in the word bank, and write it in the space provided. Each word can only be used once. When the students have finished, review the sentences they came up with together as a class and provide feedback.
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Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs

ESL Parts of Speech Worksheet - Categorizing, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This parts of speech worksheet helps students learn how to identify verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs and use them in sentences. Give each student a copy of the two page worksheet. Students begin by reading a sentence and putting the words from the sentence in the correct categories. The students then read sentences describing verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs and indicate which part of speech is being described in each one. Next, the students put words into the correct parts of speech category. After that, the students put words in the correct order to make sentences. The students then move on to read sentences and underline the correct part of speech to be used in each one. Afterwards, students rewrite sentences, correcting the mistakes. Next, the students read sentences and fill in the gaps with the correct parts of speech using their own ideas. In the last exercise, students work in pairs. The students take it in turns to say a letter of the alphabet and then the word verb, noun, adjective or adverb, e.g. 'C - adjective'. Their partner then has 30 seconds to think of a suitable word and use it in a sentence, e.g. 'Cute - My cat is cute'. Students score one point for each correct sentence. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.    
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Parts of Speech Dominoes

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free parts of speech game, students match words with parts of speech and make sentences using the words. Give each group of three or four a set of dominoes. The student shuffle the dominoes and deal out 10 dominoes each if there are three students, and 8 dominoes each if there are four, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the table. The students then turn over the top domino from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player places one of their dominoes at either end of the domino on the table, matching a word with a part of speech or vice versa. The player then makes a sentence using the word they just matched with the part of speech. For example, if a student matched the word 'of' with 'preposition', they might say 'Windows are made of glass'. The other group members listen and judge the sentence. If the other students agree the sentence is correct and uses the part of speech appropriately, the domino remains in place. If not, the player must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player is unable to put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Parts of Speech Bingo

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Reading and Listening Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this parts of speech game, students play bingo by matching advanced parts of speech with words. Divide the students into groups of 16 and give each student in the group a bingo card. You may wish to take on the role of the bingo caller yourself, or have an extra student take on the roll per group. You or a student then reads a word at random from the caller's sheet and ticks off the word to indicate it has been read out. There are four words to choose from for each part of speech. The students look at their bingo cards to see if they can match the word with a part of speech shown on their card. If they can, they cross off the part of speech. The game continues until a student has crossed off all the parts of speech on their card. When this happens, the student shouts 'Bingo!' The student then reads out the parts of speech they crossed off. If they match with the words that were ticked on the caller's sheet, the student wins the game. Play several rounds, making sure students receive a different bingo card each time. If you have a large class or want to give students more practice with the parts of speech, have the students play the game in groups of five with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller.
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