Jennifer Luong Jennifer Luong

Lesson #3 - People Places and Things
Upper-Int level


This is a vocabulary lesson with descriptive adjectives for people, places and things.


Abc Green Mountain Adventure - Realia
Abc Vocabulary handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Descriptive Adjectives in the context of People Places and Things.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of descriptive adjectives for people, places, and things.


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will tell a story about a special place I've been to that involves realia: Two months ago, my boyfriend and I participated in a challenge in Vermont. It's called the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge. The challenge had clues (show realia) for us to figure out. The clues led us to a place. This clue (show realia) led us to a hike up a ski slope. It was an extremely hard hike, and we were exhausted by the time we got up! But when we saw where we were, we were thrilled because the view was breathtaking and picturesque. There is a beautiful lake in the mountains (show realia). Since it took us so much effort to get up there, the place became very special to me.

Diagnostic Test (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Learners will individually sort the vocabulary in the word back into People, Places or Things categories. Then, they will split into 3 groups to check their work in groups. After checking, specific members will be nominated to write the answers on the board (2 people per group for one category). They will get into pairs to identify which words are positive and which ones are negative. Learners will be nominated to write their answers on the board next to the lists. I will ask the class to look at their papers, and identify which ones they disagree with (+/- or category). These will be the words I teach.

Teach (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

I will clarify (MFP): desolate, spoiled and unspoiled, exhausted, picturesque using visual examples, situational, mime, visual examples. Then I will drill pronunciation (using beanie?) pass/toss on the stress.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Students will go back to their seats after drilling, and I will give instructions for the information gap activity. Demo with #1. Peer check, feedback.

Freer practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language through a speaking activity.

In the beginning of the lesson, we talked about a special place. Now, you will tell your partner about a person or thing that is special to you. Use as many descriptive adjectives as you can. Give 2 minutes. Gather attention, and elicit interesting stories.

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