How to Teach Adjectives to ESL

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Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe something. ESL students need to learn adjectives in order to have a reasonable understanding of the English language. Fortunately, the Internet provides several resources for teaching adjectives. If you take the time to familiarize yourself with these resources you should be able to find activities that suit your class.

  • Consider the level of your students. Beginner students will need to stick to simple adjectives, while more advanced students will need to learn more difficult vocabulary.

  • Brainstorm any ideas you might have for teaching adjectives. Remember that adjectives are descriptive words, so think about activities that require students to describe or identify people, places and things.

  • Use online resources such as Dave's ESL Cafe, ESL Flow or ESLprintables. Find adjective activities that you think would be appropriate to teach. You can find a number of different resources such as lesson plans, work sheets and games.

  • Give your students many examples. Write some simple sentences on the board and underline the adjective. This will ensure that your students understand what an adjective is before you move on to more complex exercises.

  • Try different activities in your class and see what works. Always review activities to see if your students have retained what they learned. Also try to mix things up; students will likely retain more through games and worksheets than a long list of adjectives.

  • Collect a stable of activities that work. This will help you in the future. When you need an adjective activity you should have several that you can pick from at a moment's notice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't give up if an activity doesn't work the first time. Modify the activity and try again.

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