Understanding the parts of speech is fundamental to learning the English language. Sorting exercises help students become familiar with different types of word formation. The exercises below can be used to introduce, review or reinforce students’ knowledge of the parts of speech.
The two most common exercises for basic parts of speech:
1. Have students identify parts of speech.
2. Have students create a sentence using a certain part of speech.
This is an elementary ESL sorting exercise for practicing the parts of speech . First, the students sort the words into the appropriate columns. Then they try to write sentences using the words.
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This is a fairly elementary parts of speech exercise for elementary language that students need to know when talking about their homes, local communities and neighborhoods.
When you look at the grammar of personality, it is quite interesting that most of the words are adjectives. But it is worth helping students get to know the noun forms of these adjectives too.
Another specific topic that is great as a parts of speech sorting exercise is health. The language of health has such a wide variety of word formations that it becomes quite obvious why it is very difficult for second language learners.
Parts of speech for relationships is a worksheet and sorting activity to help deepen students’ knowledge of the vocabulary of love, romance and relationships.
I had to teach a group of words and I thought I’d just do a sorting exercise to reinforce the vocabulary a bit. But I gradually realized that this set of words was a pretty good demonstration of a variety of noun endings. Students were pretty curious about the endings and so this exercise worked really well.
This is an elementary ESL exercise for practicing the parts of speech by writing sentences. It is a good way to guage the students’ knowledge of basic grammar. First, the students match the words to the pictures. Then they try to write sentences using the words.
The exercise below is for introducing, reviewing or reinforcing commonly used parts of speech. Depending on the level and ability of the students, a teacher may ask students to work in groups or work independently. This activity works really well as simultaneously an individual, group and class activity. While students work independently the teacher can walk around and choose some of the best ideas and write them on the the brainstorming diagram (which they have already drawn) on the board.