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Adjectives Exercises and Worksheets

1 Basic adjectives for things  (with answers)

 This is an ESL  exercise to help familiarize students with basic adjectives. Students match the adjectives to the pictures and write short sentences. This worksheet helps introduce, reinforce or review students’ knowledge of adjectives. And it helps improve their skills. Click on the image  or the link at the right.to download the printable PDF file.

 

Adjective for things vocabulary and picture matching exercise

Adjectives for things (PDF)

2 Basic adjectives for people (with answers)

 
 
    This is an ESL  exercise to help familiarize students with basic adjectives for describing people. Students match the adjectives to the pictures and write short sentences. Pictures engage the attention of students and they also encourage  students to use critical thinking skills.

 

Adjectives for describing people vocabulary and pcture matching exercise

Adjectives for people (PDF)

3 Feelings adjectives (with answers)

 
     This is an elementary ESL exercise   for  learning and  using adjectives for feelings. Matching the kinds of feelings to the pictures is an enjoyable and fun way to learn adjectives. Pictures also stir students’ curiosity and they are more likely to ask questions to clarify the meaning if they do not understand. First, the students match the words to the pictures. Then they try to write sentences using the words.

 

Feelings adjectives lesson

Feelings adjectives (PDF)

4 Common adjectives dictation

 
    This is the best format of a teaching exercise I have ever used or designed. It’s  a listening exercise, a vocabulary exercise and it’s suited to every size of class. To start this lesson use the adjectives on  the Teacher’s Sheet , page 2 of the PDF. The adjectives correspond to the pictures below ( page 2 of the PDF).  Dictate the words randomly but going  row by row 1-10. The students have to choose or guess which is the appropriate picture for the word. So they are choosing a word to match one of three pictures. They should write the word in the same box as the picture it matches. The teacher can make sentences using the words to make the context and meaning clearer. Also, spell and explain the meanings of words as necessary. First, I go down the rows one by one so students are choosing from three pictures. Then I come back up to the top and  go down row by row again and students  choose  from two pictures to match the word I am dictating. After the students have 2 pictures per row filled in with an adjective I write the remaining adjectives on the board and ask the students to complete the sheet so that every box has an appropriate adjective.

Common-adjectives-lesson

Common adjectives (PDF)

5 Personality adjectives dictation

 
    This is similar to Exercise 3  above but includes many exercises for teaching personality adjectives.

Personality adjectives lesson

Personality adjectives (PDF)

6 Feelings adjectives (with answers)

 
     This is an elementary ESL exercise   for  learning and  using adjectives for feelings. Matching the kinds of feelings to the pictures is an enjoyable and fun way to learn adjectives. Pictures also stir students’ curiosity and they are more likely to ask questions to clarify the meaning if they do not understand. First, the students match the words to the pictures. Then they try to write sentences using the words.

 

Feelings adjectives lesson

Feelings adjectives (PDF)

7 Adjective survey 

  This is an ESL   speaking and writing lesson  for  learning  adjectives. Each student chooses an adjective and writes five survey questions using his/her adjective. They then walk around the class asking their questions and noting down their answers. Finally, they write a short report from their survey  question answers. This is a fun communicative exercise that allows students to mix freely.

 

Adjective survey lesson template

Adjective survey (PDF)

8 Adjective Gallery teaching idea

 
  This is a fun,  creative and communicative ESL  speaking activity for   adjectives. Each student gets one or more slips of paper, chooses an adjective, draws some kind of picture or cartoon about an  adjective (of  their choice or assigned by the teacher) and then writes a multiple choice question about the picture. They can write the correct answer on the back of the slip of paper. When all the students are finished the students can walk around quizzing other students or the slips of paper can be handed around.  Click on the image below or the link to download the printable PDF file.

9 Everyday adjectives

 
    This is an ESL exercise   for  learning and  using common, everyday adjectives . Students match the the adjectives to the pictures is an enjoyable and fun way to learn adjectives. . First, the students match the words to the pictures. Then they try to short conversations using the words. 

 

Adjectives-describing-everyday-situations-worksheet

Everyday adjectives (PDF)

10 Adjectives for a businessman (with answers)

 
  This is an  ESL exercise for practicing the use of adjectives that  might be useful in business English.  Students match the adjectives to the pictures and if possible, try to make a sentence explaining why the adjective matches the picture. 

adjectives for a businessman lesson

Adjectives for a businessman (PDF)

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