Sensory Adjectives and Verbs - ESL Games and Activities

Sensational Orders

ESL Sensory Adjectives and Verbs Game - Listening, Speaking and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this engaging sensory adjective and verb game, students order pictures by listening to descriptions of how the items look, feel, taste and smell. The students are divided into pairs (A and B). Each pair sits back to back. Each student is then given a set of picture cards and a number board. Student A places their picture cards in a random order on the number board. The aim of the game is for Student B to arrange the pictures in the same order as Student A. Student A begins by describing the picture in square one by saying what the item looks like, feels like, smells like or tastes like. Student B listens and finds a matching picture, placing it over square one. The two students do this without revealing their answers. If Student B is unsure, they can ask more questions, e.g. 'What does it look/feel/taste/smell like?' Student A continues describing each picture in turn until Student B's board is complete. Student A then reveals the answer for each numbered square. Student B scores one point for each correct match. When the students have finished, they swap roles and repeat the game. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Sweet Sensations

ESL Sensory Adjectives Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

This entertaining sensory adjectives game is ideal for pre-intermediate students. Each group of three or four is given a set of sensory adjective cards and a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and spread out on the table face down in two sets. Students take it in turns to turn over a sensory adjective card and a picture card. If the sensory adjective matches with the word on the picture card, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. When everyone has finished, the adjective cards are discarded. The students then deal out the picture cards equally. Students then take it in turns to choose one of their picture cards. The other group members ask the student questions about what the thing on the card feels like, tastes like, smells like and looks like, e.g. 'What does it feel like?' The student answers accordingly, e.g. 'It feels rough'. This continues until one of the group members correctly guesses the word on the card. That student keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.        
 

Five Senses Game

ESL Sensory Verbs and Adjectives Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 25 minutes

Here is a five senses describing game to help students practice sensory verbs and adjectives. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. The students take it in turns to pick up a card from the top of the pile. The student then describes the word on the card to the group using the two prompts on the card and then adding more clues. For example, if the word is 'ice cream', the student might say: It tastes sweet and creamy. It feels cold. It can also taste fruity or chocolaty, etc. The first student to correctly guess what is being described wins and keeps the card. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
 

What is it?

ESL Sensory Adjectives and Verbs Game - Listening, Speaking and Matching Activity - Low intermediate - 30 minutes

In this fun five senses game, students describe different things using sensory adjectives and verbs for others to guess. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of picture cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal them out equally face down. The students then look at their cards without letting anyone else see and think about how they could describe the things on their cards in terms of how they look, feel, taste, sound and smell. After preparing their descriptions, the students take it in turns to describe one of their picture cards to the group, e.g. 'It can be various colours. It tastes very sweet. It doesn't make any noise. It feels soft and sticky. It usually looks round, but it can be other shapes.' The first student to correctly guess what is being described (e.g. cake) wins and keeps the card. If the group members are unable to make a correct guess after one minute, the student describing keeps the card. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
 
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