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Copy of Describing people - vocabulary
Elementary level


In this lesson, students use vocabulary relating to describing people. They will get experience describing people in pictures and deciding which words are polite or rude to describe appearance. Then we will review vocabulary to do with family relationships and how to describe a person's personality. They will practice further with describing members of their own family.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of adjectives describing people in the context of family and the Royal Family

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of how to describe people's appearance versus personality


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

Look at SLIDE showing cartoon characters. See if the students know the names of the characters. Add the names to the slide. Who are your favourite cartoon characters?

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

Activity 1 - Read the list of sentences and have students say which character on the slide is being described. "She has brown, curly hair"; 'He's middle-aged," etc. Reminder - adverbs of degree - a bit, somewhat, quite, pretty, very Vocabulary - put descriptive words into correct categories- describing someone's face/hair, age, height/build, or general appearance. Then on the next slide, ask students to describe a character. Go around the group and guess who each character is that they're describing.

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

On the next slide, have students match the adjective with the photo and make a sentence. Ask questions to check understanding. "Is she happy?" "No, she's tired." Clarify difference between: What does someone look like? What is that person like? What does that person like to do? How is that person feeling? Next slide - What is he like? What is she like? What kind of person are they? Make sentences using the vocabulary words.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Using the Royal Family, review family words for relationships (aunt, cousin, stepfather, etc.) Then ask students to talk about their families. Choose one person in your family. Tell us what they look like and what they are like. What do they like doing? Example: My mum is quite elderly and has short, grey hair. She is very active because she likes to work in the garden every day. She is kind and she likes to help look after her grandchildren. Report back in whole group.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Homework: Write about some more of your family members. Tell us what they are like, what they look like and what they like doing.

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