Elaine Cristina Yalcin Elaine Cristina Yalcin

TP8 - Vocabulary - Describing people: character
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will talk about some famous people (what they think of them). After that, students will look at three pictures, of non-famous people and try to guess their personality. They will watch the video for the answers and make some notes, sharing it with other colleagues. They will check the script for their answers and for other vocabularies. Following that, they will do a crossword reviewing and practicing adjectives for describing people's character. When it's finished, they will play taboo as controlled practice. To finish, they will do free practice, talking about some points of their character (negative and positive things) in small groups.


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Abc Taboo cards

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of adjectives in the context of describing people's character.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice listening for specific and detailed information in the context of describing people's character.


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

- Project on the board the picture of Mr. Bean. ask Ss: do you know who is he? What do you think of him? Elicit w/c answers. -Project on the board the picture of Steve Jobs. ask Ss: do you know who is he? What do you think of him? Elicit w/c answers. - Project on the board the picture of Queen Elizabeth. ask Ss: do you know who is she? What do you think of her? Elicit w/c answers.

Exposure and Highlighting (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation. To draw students' attention to the target language

- Project the slide with Catherine, Angelique and San. ask Ss if they know who are these people: Are they famous too? no - Prediction - Based on the photos, ask Ss about their first impression on that people: How do you think they are? Are they shy? or happy? or talkative? - PW - 2 minutes. - - Tell Ss that they will watch the video to check if their predictions were right. Ask them to make notes too (how these people describe themselves?) - GIVE HO1 ICQs: Are you just watching or making notes? (making notes) FB - PW - Check answers Elicit answers from the Ss Give the script to check the answers.

Clarification (8-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- Show slide 3 All the words that we read in the script... 'Are they describing a noun or a verb?' (noun). 'So, what are they?' (adjectives) - Slide 3 Ask Ss CCQs for the words on the board (Follow Language Analysis). Drill for pronunciation. - Instruct HO2 - PW - Duration: 3/4 minutes FB - Correct together with Ss. Ask pairs to write on the board their answers. W/C FB - Ask CCQs for some words. *Ask: What is the difference between sensitive and sensible? feeling emotion or reacting emotionally / being able to reason well

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- Ss will play a game called 'taboo' to clarify and review some describing character adjectives. Whole class: divide Ss into 2, 3 or 4 groups. One person from each group will read the tips, each group has one chance to tell the word (starting from the cardholder group). Mark the points on the board. ICQs: are we going to read the first line out loud? (no) are we going to read the tips one by one? (yes)

Free Practice (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Ss will describe themselves: - How can you describe yourself? Are you clever? sociable? reliable? think about 3/4 things and make notes: explain why or give examples. Think about a negative character as well. - Give Ss extra worksheet with pictures to help on this stage. - Duration: 2/3 minutes. - Small groups - Ss share their opinions and check what they have in common. Teacher monitors for delayed error correction. - Duration: flexible (depends on the time) FB - T asks if they share any similarity or something that they didn't expect from each other. If time: write down some good sentence and an error. Ss correct.

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