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Describing people
Pre-intermediate, A2+ level


In this lesson, S learn to describe people using both appearance and personality adjectives through a listening context. The lesson starts with Ss' prediction about T. After eliciting MFP using the context, Ss will draw some interrogative sentences from a bag and answer randomly. This will be followed by group work to work on S via a freer practice.


Abc Pictures for warm up
Abc Matching Vocabulary Cutouts
Abc Cutouts
Abc Listening for detail Hand out

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of adjectives to describe appearance and personality in the context of describing friends and family members

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in an interview in the context of describing friends and family members
  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about adjectives to describe appearance and personality


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows some photographs and asks Ss to make predictions about photographs so that Ss will be interested in the topic.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ss look at the pictures and in pairs talk about their appearance. Then they listen to a man to find out his girlfriend.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

After the listening part, two questions and their answers will be elicited from the Ss so that MFP will be focused.

Clarification 1 (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Ss will draw some questions from a bag and answer them showing the people in the class. Ss work in groups of 2/3 and match the pictures with the sentences. They will check the answers through listening.

Clarification 2 (8-10 minutes) • To focus Ss on the meaning, form and pronunciation of Personality Adjectives

Ss will be grouped, they will match the vocabulary with the definitions. They will walk around and check the other groups' answers. Ss will draw related vocabulary from the bag, and mime out.

Semi-Controlled Practice & freer practice (8-10 minutes) • To further consolidate the TL and allow for some production

Ss will describe the person they love using the TL as in p.150 ex.2d from the CB "English File 3rd Ed"

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