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Basma Vocabulary Lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss lean some vocabulary about descripting appearances through the test teach test frame work. The lesson starts with a discussion about people’s clothes. This is followed by a general test about the vocabulary introduced and a clarification their MPF. Finally, there is some controlled practice through pictures of people and free practice via a final role-play speaking activity.


Abc Google pictures
Abc PPT ( created by the teacher)
Abc Face to Face Elementary SB
Abc Face to Face Elementary TB

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of describing words in the context of people's appearances.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a role play in the context of describing people.


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

– Show ss some pictures of people in different occasions. (Google Images) –Ask ss: what are the people wearing?

Test #1 (3-5 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Ex 2b p 82 – ss work in pairs in the breakout rooms to categorize which words are used with have got and which ones are used with be. -Show them the answers.

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

-Go through the answers to the previous exercise, paying attention to meaning, form and pronunciation of vocabulary items. -Show ss a picture of my the celerity Noura el Sebaey who was overweight and ask ss : Do you know her? how does she look in this picture? Ss might answer: fat. Then ask them: what is another word for fat that is more polite? -Give ss few seconds to think. Then say the word (overweight). Ask ss to repeat and show stress. -Ask ss to put it in a sentence. -Ss say She is overweight. -Drill and show contractions like: she's .. -Continue telling about the actress and show ss her picture after loosing weight. Tell them that she lost 75 kilos. Then ask ss: how does she look now? They answer: thin. Then ask them to give another word for thin that has a more positive meaning or a word that is more attractive. Give them few seconds to think. Then say the word (slim). Ask ss to repeat and ask where the stress is. -Ask ss: what is the sentence? -Ss say: she is slim. -Drill and show contractions like: she's. -Ask ss: is Noura beautiful? SS answer: yes. Ask them: What is another word for beautiful? Give them few seconds to answer. Elicit the word (attractive). Ask ss : what is the sentence?. -Ss say: she is attractive. -Drill and show contractions like: she's... Use finger highlighting. -Ask : what colour is her hair? Ss might say yellow. Then say the word(blonde). Repeat. then ask: how long is her hair? Ss answer short. Ask about the sentence. Ss might say a blonde hair. Or say: blonde short hair. Correct by saying the sentence "she's got short blonde hair." -Ask about the colours of her eyes. Ask about the sentence. She's got blue eyes. Then show ss the next picture of Faten Hamama when she was young. -Ask ss to guess: how old she is she in this picture? Ss may answer 20s. Ask: Is she old or young? SS answer: young. and show them the next picture and ask them: Now what do you think about her age in this picture? SS say: 30s or 40s or 50s. Ask ss if they think that she might be 70 or 80 in this picture? Ss answer: no. Then ask ss if they think that she might be 15 or 20 or 25 in this picture? Ss answer: no. Then ask ss. Does she look young? Ss answer: may be. Then ask: What do we call her? Give ss few seconds to think. Say the word (middle-aged). Show stress. Ask ss: what is the sentence? Drill. -Show ss the last picture of Faten Hamama and elicit the word old. Ask about the sentence. Drill. -Show a picture of an Asian man. Ask ss: where does this man come from? or what is his nationality? Ss might answer: China, India, Korea, Japan, Thailand..etc. Elicit the word (Asia) by asking: Can he be from Africa or America? Ss say no. Then say the word Asian as (an adjective). -Elicit the word beard by asking: what is this? Give ss few seconds to think then say the word. Ask: what is the sentence? He's got a long beard. -Refer to the moustache. Show stress. Ask about the sentence: he's got a moustache. -Ask ss: does he have hair? Ss say no. Elicit the word bald. Elisit the sentence. -Can I say : he's beautiful. SS say no. What can I say instead? Elicit the word: good looking.

Test #2 (3-5 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

–Ex 3a Students work on their own and choose one of the people in photos A–D and write a description of that person on a piece of paper, using vocabulary from 2a: (slim, overweight...etc) -Give ss examples like: In picture B: he's tall and slim. He's got long dark hair. He's got black eyes. - Ss answer in pairs or in groups in the breakout rooms. -After coming back from the breakout rooms, ask one ss to form each group to say the description of the chosen picture.

Free practice (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss describe each other. They talk in pairs or groups (in the breakout rooms) about each other saying I think she’s/he’s got … She/He’s wearing…. Ss should have about 10 minutes to describe as many as possible. Then they come back to the breakout room and tell the whole class, then they turn their cameras on/stand up to show their clothes, etc. -Demo the activity with the ss. -Correct errors.

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