Nicole Liao Nicole Liao

TP5 CELTA Istanbul 2016.10.05
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will learn how to ask others to describe people or place and how to answer these questions. Ss will practice listening, speaking, and review some vocabulary within the context of "What's Mia like?" and "What's Shanghai like?" At the beginning, they will be shown some photos of my niece and discuss her age, interest, etc. After that, they will be shown the photo of Mia (from the coursebook), and they will work in P/W try to describe her. Then they will listen to the audio to compare answers. T will then clarify TL and ss will do some controlled exercise and free exercise mainly in p/w.


Abc HO1, exercise 1 to 3
Abc HO2, clarification note
Abc HO3, practice 1-3
Abc H4, TL form

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of language used for describing people/place

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation to describe a person or a place.
  • To provide listening practice within the context of describing people and places.


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context in describing a person and engage students

Ss are shown photos of my niece and T introduce her to ss (script: Can you guess who she is? How old is she? Where does she live?) g/w ss discuss with each other and come up with descriptions about her e.g. her age, height, weight, personality etc.. (Now work in group, and try to guess things about her.) W/C discussion

Exposure (6-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a photo and eliciting questions

Ss are shown the photo of Mia (mention it's from the coursebook) T ask "What's she doing?" (She's relaxing at home.) Read some examples to W/C (She's about 25, she has long, curly hair, she is athletic, ....) p/w ask ss to think how else to describe her w/c w-b

Highlighting (3-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Show HO1 (there are four descriptions: about her health, about physical description, Tell me about her in general, use "like" as verb listen and match the four conversations about Mia) Listening T 6.1 p/w compare answers

Clarification (14-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

w/c think about more answers to the question (1.Do you like Mia? I don't know her very well. Yes, she's one of my old friends. No, I think she's unfriendly. She's ok. 2.How's Mis? She's doing fine. She's been under the weather but she's ok now. Not bad, but very busy at work. p/w freer practice 3.What's Mia like? She's great. She's moody. She's friendly. 4.What does Mia look like? She's tall and slim, with dark wavy hair. She's attractive. She's got a nice figure. ) HO2 p/w to come up with more answers, make notes on HO2 ss write their answers on WB w/c clarification and correction T drill questions and answers p/w to practice questions and answers

Controlled Practice (6-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Elicit the answer to question 1 as an example. sole, match questions and answers (HO1, 3) p/w w/c Listening T 6.2 to check answers freer practice ( example 1, What's your teacher like? She's great! She helps a lot. She is not friendly. I am afraid of her. She is very kind. She is always trying to help.) p/w w/c (error correction)

Semi-Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

HO3(Mia often travels in her job. She is talking to her friend Tom, about Shanghai. Complete Tom's questions.) pre-teach vocabulary "to do business" "humid" "remind ss to use correct "be" in the question - is or are, was" SOLO p/w Listening T 6.3 to check answers. w/c possible other answers p/w to practice question and answer

Free Practice (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Elicit the cities they visited last (can be in Turkey or other countries) Model sentences, elicit answers "What's Adana like?" "What's Adana food like?" "What are the people like?" "What was the weather like?" "What are the buildings like?" p/w to talk about the last city he/she visited. wrap up by asking which city they think is the most worth visiting city HO4 for reference

extra free practice • To provide speaking practice using TL to describe a person

If there is more free time after all the planned tasks, provide additional free practice for ss to describe their favorite person (family, friend, etc.) P/W

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