Adjective-Noun Collocations ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Adjective-Noun Dominoes

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Group work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free matching game to help elementary students practice adjective-noun collocations. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. The players then take it in turns to match the adjective and noun collocations by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Adjective-Noun Race

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this fun adjective-noun collocations game, students practice using adjective and noun collocations. Write a noun on the board. In teams, students then write down as many adjectives as they can think of to describe the noun. After two minutes, the teams stop writing. Teams then read out their adjective-noun collocations in turn. Teams score one point for an appropriate adjective-noun collocation that another team has also written and two points for collocations that only their team has written. Play a few rounds using a different noun each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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What's the Collocation?

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Vocabulary: Miming, Guessing, Sentence Completion - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations game, students race to guess missing collocations in sentences. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the sentence on the card using the word 'blank' for the missing adjective-noun collocation. The other students then race to guess the missing adjective-noun collocation from the context of the sentence. The first student to correctly guess the collocation wins and keeps the card. If students are having difficulty guessing, the reader can mime the collocation to help the students get the right answer. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Which is Correct?

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Vocabulary: Guessing, Sentence Completion - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations game, students race to choose the best adjective or noun to complete adjective-noun collocations in sentences. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card, without showing it to anyone. The student then reads out the sentence on the card using the word 'blank' for the missing adjective or noun and then gives three choices for the possible answer. The other group members listen and race to say the adjective or noun that best completes the adjective-noun collocation in the sentence. The first student to say the correct answer wins and keeps the card. Students are allowed one guess per turn. If no one says the correct answer, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile to be used again later in the game. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.
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Big and Bad Collocations

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Worksheet - Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises: Categorising, Gap-fill, Binary Choice - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is an adjective-noun collocations worksheet to help students learn and practice nouns that are commonly used with the adjectives 'big' and 'bad'. To begin, students create adjective-noun collocations by categorizing nouns from a box with the adjectives big, bad, or big and bad. Next, students complete adjective-noun collocations in sentences with the adjectives big or bad. Students then move on to read sentences and circle the correct adjective to complete each collocation. In the last exercise, students complete adjective-noun collocations in a story with nouns from a box.
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Interactive Version - In this adjective noun collocations interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to learn and practice 'big' and 'bad' adjective noun collocations.

 

Create a Collocation

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocations Game - Vocabulary: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations game, students play dominoes by matching adjectives and nouns together to make collocations and then using the collocations in sentences. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the adjective and noun make a suitable collocation. If the player makes an appropriate collocation, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the adjective-noun collocation in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match the adjectives and nouns together by putting their dominoes down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a collocation is formed. The game ends when a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes. The player with the most points wins the game.
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Let's Make Collocations

ESL Adjective-Noun Collocation Activities - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill - Speaking and Writing Activity: Information Gap, Brainstorming, Paragraph Writing, Freer Practice - Pair work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 50 minutes

In this adjective-noun collocations worksheet and pairwork activity, students practice making adjective-noun collocations and using them in stories. Students begin by combining each adjective with a suitable noun from a box on the worksheet to make an adjective-noun collocation. In the next exercise, students think about what other adjective-noun collocations use the same adjectives. Students then add an appropriate noun to each adjective. Next, in pairs, students complete a short story by filling in each gap with an adjective or noun from Exercise A. After that, the pairs discuss what they think happens next in the story. The students then write the next part of the story using adjective-noun collocations from Exercise B. Finally, students read out their stories to the class.
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Interactive Version - This interactive adjective noun collocation exercises PDF contains a range of exercises to help students learn and practice adjective and noun collocations.

 
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