Your ESL students will practice using adjectives, words that describe the qualities of something. Some adjectives are gradable which means they can collocate with a variety of adverbs in order to signify their level: a bit, a little, fairly, quite, really, very, extremely. Extreme, non-gradable adjectives only collocate with adverbs which have a complete meaning as the adjective is at the ‘maximum’ level. Modifying non-gradable adjectives can difficult to understand but show an advanced level of language once mastered. Encourage your students to incorporate them into their speaking and written discourse.
Emphatic, extreme, or non-gradable adjectives introduced in this handout:
filthy, starving, packed, awful, hideous, exhausted, enormous, tiny, glamorous, grotesque, spotless, deafening, thundering, colossal, terrified, ancient, freezing, boiling.