Fatemeh Pakdaman Shahri Fatemeh Pakdaman Shahri

Describing personalities, TP6
B1 level


In this lesson, students are going to be introduced to personality adjectives by a test teach test method. First, they will listen to an audio to get the the gist and find out that some people have chosen to keep pets with the same personality characteristics, and then they will get to use these personality adjectives in a speaking context, describing people they know.


Abc Listening for the gist HO
Abc listening for specific information
Abc Matching exercise
Abc Matching exercise
Abc collocation HO
Abc Gap-fill HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of personality adjectives in the context of different character and their pets

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation, describing people they know in the context of real life experience


Warmer/Lead-in (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher will lead in by giving HOs to students to do the matching exercise. Then she gets the WCFB.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

The teacher will give them another HO with a matching exercise which is on adjectives and expressions about human personalities. The students will do this exercise in groups in 2minutes. The clarification will come in the FB, which is a WCFB. The teacher will write the ones with which the Ss have the most problems on the board, and clarifies. ICQ: How much time do you have?Then she will tell them that they need these words in the listening exercise.

Listening for gist (1-2 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice personality adjectives in a context

The teacher tells the students that they are going to listen to the audio and identify each person's pet. She will tell the students than they can listen to it only once. Then she will get the WCFB. CCQ: What are you going to find out?

Listening for specific information (3-5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice the understanding of personality adjectives in a wider context

The teacher will tell the students to listen to the the audio again and see if any of these people are similar to their pets. She will tell them that they are going to listen to the audio only once. Then she will get the WCFB. ICQ: How many time can you listen to the audio?

clarification (6-7 minutes) • To allow students to activate their passive knowledge of collocation

Group changing will be done first. Some cut-ups with adjectives and meaning will be given to students. First they will match each adjective with its meaning in 2 minutes, WCFB will come afterwards, then they will try to form the right collocations by the new HOs they get in groups. Early finishers will go to the board and write their answers. In case the students did not get the meaning of some words, the teacher will clarify. My ICQ: How much time do you have?

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide Ss with an opportunity to practice the concept of collocation

Gap-fill HO will be given to students, and they will do the exercise individually. Then they will check their answers in groups and report to class.

Language Practice (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the target language

The teacher will tell the students that her best friend has a great sense of humour and is a very bright woman. Then she will change pairs, and asks them to talk to their partners about someone they know. Then each partner can report to class about his/her partner's character description.

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