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Describing people - Speaking / Vocabulary / Grammar
Elementary level


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Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will have practised their speaking skill using affirmative and interrogative sentences in the context of describing people (their appearances, clothes, activities)

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will have used old and new vocabulary to describe people.
  • By the end of this lesson, students will have reviewed the present simple and the present continuous for description.


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

--> The context is Tunisian weddings where the bride, the groom, and their families wear traditional clothes especially at specific nights. These traditional clothes vary in color and form from one region to another. - Displaying a couple of pictures from Tunisian weddings with people wearing "traditional clothes" (the word that I want to elicit from them). - Teacher sets the context by asking students: "Where were these pictures taken?" "What is interesting about these pictures?" (Traditional clothes)

Useful Language (15-18 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language related to clothes, appearances and activities that will be used in the practice.

- Teacher divides class in two groups and tells students they have 90 seconds to brainstorm other kinds of clothes they can think of (shirts, jeans, shoes, etc.) - Teacher writes what each group came up in a bubble diagram on an A3. - T tells them to take the A3 paper and go outside where different pictures of clothes are displayed. checks if they've already come up with all of them. - Checking the pictures that they found the right name for vs. the ones that were difficult and they didn't guess it. - T displays a personal picture of her with Norwegian girls wearing traditional clothes. - Focusing on clothes, appearance and activities of the four girls. (highlighting the use of the present simple - present continuous)

Speaking task (10-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice speaking using the target language.

- Teacher gives students a couple of pictures of people with instructions. - each is going to guess who is who. - Each students chooses one picture and talks about it to his/her partner - Teacher gives feedback.

Freer practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with a freer practice of the target language in the context of a fashion show.

- Teacher sets the context of a run show (music, microphone, models,) with a help of the other teachers. - Teacher describes one of the teachers "who is walking down the runway", in a fun and engaging way. - Students will have to follow the same modal.

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