Parts of Speech ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Silly Sentences

ESL Parts of Speech Activity - Vocabulary and Grammar: Brainstorming, Categorising, Forming Sentences - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This parts of speech activity helps students learn and practice how to use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. Brainstorm nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs as a class and have the students copy down the words into the word bank on their worksheet. In pairs, students then take it in turns to choose a word from the word bank to complete each sentence with the parts of speech indicated. Students say each word to their partner, and both students cross it off in the word bank, and write it in the space provided. Each word can only be used once. When the students have finished, review the sentences they came up with together as a class.
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Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs

ESL Parts of Speech Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Categorising, Labelling, Unscrambling, Binary Choice, Error Correction, Gap-fill - Speaking Game: Forming Sentences - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This parts of speech worksheet helps students learn how to identify verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs and use them in sentences. First, students read a sentence and put the words from the sentence in the correct parts of speech category. Students then read sentences describing verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs and indicate which part of speech is being described in each one. Next, students put words into the correct parts of speech category and put words in the correct order to make sentences. Students then move on to read sentences and underline the correct part of speech to be used in each one. Afterwards, students rewrite sentences, correcting the mistakes. Next, students read sentences and fill in gaps with the correct parts of speech using their own ideas. Lastly, in pairs, students take it in turns to say a letter of the alphabet and then the word verb, noun, adjective or adverb. Their partner then has 30 seconds to think of a suitable word and use it in a sentence. Students score one point for each correct sentence. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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What Type of Word?

ESL Parts of Speech Game- Grammar: Gap-fill, Guessing, Sentence Completion, Freer Practice - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a fun parts of speech game to help students identify the position of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. In groups of three, two students play the first game and one student acts as judge. The players take it in turns to choose a square and identify the missing part of speech in the sentence. The student acting as judge checks the answer sheet. If the part of speech is correct, the player chooses a suitable word to complete the sentence. If the judge agrees the word is appropriate, the player marks the square with an 'O' or an 'X' accordingly. It is then the other player's turn to choose a square. The first player to get five squares in a row wins the game. Afterwards, students play a second game, giving the student who acted as judge a chance to play.
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Crucial Combinations

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Vocabulary: Identifying, Gap-fill, Guessing - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this parts of speech game, students race to guess missing parts of speech in sentences. First, in two groups, students identify the two missing parts of speech in each sentence on their worksheet, writing down their answers. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take turns reading each sentence to their partner using the word 'blank' for the missing words and then asking for the two parts of speech they need to complete the sentence, e.g. 'I need a verb and a noun'. Their partner checks the word pairs in the box on their worksheet for the appropriate words and reads them aloud. If the student agrees the answers are correct, they write the words in the sentence and their partner crosses them out. When a pair has completed all their sentences, they put up their hands to have their answers checked. The first pair to complete all their sentences correctly wins.
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Parts of Speech Dominoes

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Grammar, Vocabulary and Speaking: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free parts of speech game, students match words with parts of speech and make sentences using the words. The first player places one of their dominoes at either end of the domino on the table, matching a word with a part of speech or vice versa. The player then makes a sentence using the word they just matched with the part of speech. For example, if a student matched the word 'of' with 'preposition', they might say 'Windows are made of glass'. The other group members listen and judge the sentence. If the other students agree the sentence is correct and uses the part of speech appropriately, the domino remains in place. If not, the player must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Parts of Speech Practice

ESL Parts of Speech Worksheet- Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Categorizing, Identifying, Gap-fill - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a parts of speech worksheet to help students learn and practice the eight parts of speech. Students start by matching definitions to the correct parts of speech. Next, students put words into their parts of speech categories. Students then decide which parts of speech are missing from sentences. After that, students complete sentences with words from Exercise B. Following that, students identify and underline the word that does not belong in each word group. Lastly, students complete sentences with their own words.
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Word Family Races

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Grammar and Vocabulary: Multiple Choice, Identifying, Matching - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

In this parts of speech game, students identify which of several related words is the correct part of speech to complete sentences. In groups, students take turns picking up a card and reading out the sentence on the card using the word 'blank' for the missing word in the sentence, e.g. I thought the movie was very 'blank'. Next, the student reads out three words from a word family, e.g. enjoy, enjoyment, enjoyable. The other group members listen and race to choose the correct word to complete the sentence, along with correctly identifying the word's part of speech. The first student to say the correct word and part of speech wins and keeps the card. Students get one guess per round. If no one gets the correct word and part of speech, 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 of the game wins.
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Word Wizard

ESL Parts of Speech Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Identifying, Categorising, Error Correction, Unscrambling - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this parts of speech worksheet, students identify parts of speech and use them to construct grammatically correct sentences. Students start by completing sentences with words from a box. Next, students sort the underlined words in the sentences by their parts of speech. After that, students identify parts of speech errors in sentences and rewrite them so that they are correct. Finally, students use their knowledge of parts of speech to unscramble sentences.
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Parts of Speech Bingo

ESL Parts of Speech Game - Reading and Listening Activity - Advanced (C1) - 20 minutes

In this parts of speech game, students play bingo by matching advanced parts of speech with words. You or a student reads a word at random from the caller's sheet. There are four words to choose from for each part of speech. The students look at their bingo cards to see if they can match the word with a part of speech shown on their card. If they can, they cross off the part of speech. The game continues until a student has crossed off all the parts of speech on their card. When this happens, the student shouts 'Bingo!' and reads out the parts of speech they crossed off. If they match with the words that were called out, the student wins the game. Play several rounds, making sure students receive a different bingo card each time.
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