Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Parts of Speech - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

In this section, you will find all our ESL/EFL teaching activities, worksheets and games relating to the parts of speech. There are eight parts of speech in the English language: adjective, adverb, verb, noun, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. Understanding the parts of speech and the differences between them is vital for students of English as they move toward more complex language structures. This is why we have made it our mission to provide memorable and insightful teaching activities, games and worksheets that help students understand word meaning, word function, and how to use parts of speech grammatically within a sentence.

It's important for students to gain a clear and thorough understanding of the parts of speech, so we have broken down some of the eight parts of speech into smaller sections to give students a better understanding of the use and function of words, and how each type of word is joined together to make meaningful communication. Therefore, instead of just having a section called 'Adverbs', we have divided the part of speech into types of adverb, e.g. adverbs of frequency, adverbs of manner, adverbs of degree, etc. Whether teaching parts of speech to lower-level or more advanced students, these activities are an excellent way to practice parts of speech and have fun at the same time.

The parts of speech topics are listed below:


Here is a productive set of ESL activities to teach adjectives. These worksheets, games and activities help to develop the vocabulary of students by helping them to practice adjectives and their opposites, adjective-noun combinations, adjective-preposition collocations, adjectives with -ed and -ing endings, and compound adjectives. Students can also learn about adjective word order and sentence formation, how to describe, explain, and express opinions using adjective forms, learn about adjectives of size, shape and colour, and recognize adjectives that have a similar but stronger meaning.

Adverbs of Frequency

These fun parts of speech activities help to teach your students about frequency adverbs and other less common adverbial phrases. There are teaching activities to show students how to formulate questions and answers, and talk about real-life scenarios using adverbs of frequency. Students can also learn about the sentence structures used with adverbs of frequency, practice talking about how often they do things, ask and answer questions about daily routine as well as understand how to ask and reply to yes/no questions using the present simple and adverbs of frequency.

Adverbs of Manner and Degree

These noteworthy activities cover adverbs of manner and adverbs of degree. You will find a wealth of games, worksheets and activities to help your students associate verbs with adverbs, teach adverbial sentence structure, and practice using adverbs of manner and degree to discuss a variety of topics.


On this page, there are parts of speech teaching activities about articles (a, an, the, and no article). With these activities, students can recognize the correct use of articles, practice both definite and indefinite articles, learn how to make general statements with and without articles, and learn how to use articles with various types of noun.

Expressions of Quantity

This parts of speech activities page provides extensive practice with expressions of quantity, e.g. much, many, some, any, a lot of, a few, a little, etc. Students can learn all the grammatical rules associated with quantity expressions and quantifiers. They can also learn how to ask and answer questions, and make statements with expressions of quantity, distinguish countable nouns from uncountable nouns, and learn to recognize the correct use of quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns.

Irregular Verbs

This page is packed with teaching activities about irregular verbs. These activities, worksheets and games help students to identify and use the infinitive, past tense, and past participle form of various irregular verbs. There are matching activities and memory games as well as many speaking activities where students can practice asking and answering past simple questions with irregular verbs.

Phrasal Verbs

In this section, you will find parts of speech activities about phrasal verbs. These activities cover a whole host of phrasal verbs such as phrasal verbs beginning with get, go, come, take and up, work-related phrasal verbs, common and uncommon phrasal verbs as well as three-part multi-word verbs and idioms. There are worksheets, lessons and games to help students understand the meanings of the different phrasal verbs and practice sentence structure. Students can also learn how to ask and answer questions that incorporate phrasal verbs.

Possessive Adjectives, Pronouns and Nouns

This impressive set of ESL activities helps to teach students about possessive adjectives, pronouns and nouns in a variety of fun and interesting ways. There are guessing games, memory games, true or false games and matching games to practice expressing possession. You will also find creative worksheets and fun speaking activities to help students master possessive structures.

Prepositions of Movement

The teaching activities on this page focus on prepositions of movement. You will find a range of fun activities to help students master these prepositions.

Prepositions of Place

Here you will find parts of speech teaching activities for prepositions of place. Students can learn how to describe the location of different objects and places, and practice asking and answering yes/no questions using place prepositions.

Prepositions of Time

These imaginative parts of speech activities cover prepositions of time. On this page, students learn how to use prepositions of time and identify the correct preposition for a range of time expressions. Students can also practice asking and answering questions using time prepositions.

Modal Verbs of Ability

This page provides teachers with a variety of enjoyable ESL activities based on modal verbs of ability. There are games and worksheets to help students practice the language for talking about past and present abilities using can, can’t, could and couldn’t. Students can also practice asking and answering questions about ability.

Modal Verbs of Necessity

On this page, you will find a variety of ESL activities to practice talking about past and present necessity using must, mustn't, needn't, have to, have got to, and need to.

Modal Verbs of Obligation and Prohibition

In this section, students learn how to express obligation and prohibition using modal verbs and other expressions. There are activities to teach students how to talk about obligation and prohibition using can, can't, should, shouldn't, must, mustn't, etc. Students can also practice the use of have to, don’t have to, has to, and doesn’t have to for expressing obligation.

Modal Verbs of Possibility and Certainty

This teaching activities page covers modal verbs of possibility and certainty. There are games, worksheets and activities to help students practice the modal verbs of possibility: may and might. There are also materials to practice expressing certainty and uncertainty as well as mixed modal activities that cover possibility, adverbials of probability and predictions.

Subject and Object Pronouns

On this page, students learn how to use subject and object pronouns. Students also learn how to identify and distinguish between subject and object pronouns. Students can also practice replacing nouns with suitable subject pronouns, and making sentences using appropriate subject or object pronouns.

Verb to be

These parts of speech activities help students to master the verb to be. There are activities to help students understand subject-verb agreement, and how to use the verb to be to make true statements. Students can also practice affirmative and negative statements as well as questions and short answers using the verb to be. There are also activities to practice the past simple of the verb to be.




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