Mariam Mariam

Getting to know you
Pre-intermediate adults level


This lesson is primarily aimed at building fluency, although there is also some vocabulary input (personality adjectives) and some useful questions for making small talk. the students are led through a series of stages to build up profiles for imaginary characters who live in the same neighbourhood. The lesson then brings these characters together at a party, where students can practice asking and answering simple questions about work, family, hobbies and so on.


Abc Worksheets 1, 2 and 3. These could be shared between 2 students.

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson students will have practiced speaking for fluency using useful questions for making small talk.
  • By the end of this lesson students will have practiced speaking for fluency in the context of describing personalities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of this lesson students will have practiced using vocabulary related to describing personalities in the context of describing personalities.


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

1.Draw ss attention to the pictures of the front doors on worksheet 1. Ask a couple of general questions. For example: What country do you think these doors are in? Egypt What colour is your front door?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

1.Ask ss to choose one of the houses and answer the questions. 2.Make sure that they are guessing or using their imaginations. There are no wrong answers. 3.Elicit a few ideas as a class . See if ss who chose the same house have the same ideas or not.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

1.Ask ss to match the the adjectives with the definitions (1-8) 2.Check their answers as a class. Ask a few checking questions. E.g -Does a shy person enjoy going to a party? -What kind of person who like going to a party? -If you lose your wallet, what will a kind person do? -What kind of birthday party a generous person give you? (a big one) 3.Write vocabulary on the board and their figure of speech. 4.Check that ss can pronounce the words by drilling.

Controlled practice • To ensure accuracy in using target language.

1.Ask ss to complete to work in pairs to complete the table for the person who lives in the house they chose. 2.Tell ss that they can use the words on the board. 3.Monitor and help as needed. 4.Ask ss if they know 'small talk' is a polite conversation with people you don't know very well, about unimportant things. 5.Ask ss to decide with a partner which of the questions in HO 3 would be suitable for small talk.

Productive Task(s) (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1.Each ss now takes on the role of the people in the house they chose. 2.Tell them that they can use the table for basic information, but can also invent new information. 3.Tell ss that they are going to be going to a party for neighbours who live in different houses. 4.Set the class room up so ss can move around and ask them to mingle at try to talk with a te least 4 neighbours and find out about them. 5.For more confidence pre-teach someways of introducing themselves. E.g: Hi, I'm Mariam. I live at number 11. 6.Let ss mingle and answer questions. 7.Provide feedback on the last activity.

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