sarah ann rudd sarah ann rudd

Elementary level


Ss will review appearance vocabulary in the context of tour groups. Ss will be exposed to TL for the following lesson.


Abc Celebrity Photographs
Abc Vocabulary Ex 1
Abc Pre-Listening Adjectives
Abc Brian and Valerie pic
Abc Famous celebrity table
Abc Listening 1.43
Abc TP2-Celebrity Table
Abc Vocabulary Ex 3
Abc Listening 1.44
Abc TP2-Listening Ex 3

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with an introduction to vocabulary about physical appearance through the context of tour groups

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide listening practice using a text about describing physical appearance in the context of tour groups


Warmer/Lead-in (0-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Brainstorm. Write the topic 'Describing physical appearance' on the board. Put the 4 pictures of celebrities on the board. Ask Ss 'what do the celebrities look like?' Elicit adjectives from Ss. (3 mins) Elicit the word adjective from Ss. Ask them when do we use adjectives? To describe nouns, which are people, places or objects. Tell Ss to imagine that one of the characters is their girlfriend or boyfriend. They have to describe what they look like to their partner. Partner has to guess which character they are talking about. Tell Ss that I will give them each a card. They have to hide it from their partner. Split Ss into partners. Give out cards. Time limit of 2 minutes

Pre-Listening (0-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

SHOW Ss (do NOT give them the handout) the handout for listening activity. Write the adjectives from Ex 1 onto the board. (11 adjectives) Elicit the meaning from Ss. Give each S a copy of one adjective. Ask them to come up to the board to stick their adjective underneath one of the characters that is stuck on the board. When Ss have finished, Ss will go around the characters and read out what adjectives other Ss have stuck underneath them. Drill pronounciation.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (0-4 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Give Ss handout. Ss match the adjectives in the box to the pictures and complete the sentences. Play recording. Ss listen and check their answers. Play the recording again. Ss listen and repeat. Ask Ss what the word opposite means? Ss provide examples of opposites and write them on the board. Explain that some adjectives can have a negative connotation. fat,thin etc

Controlled Practice (0-4 minutes) • To provide Ss with controlled practice of the TL

Show the Ss Vocabulary Ex 3. Elicit the meanings of the adjectives, ask Ss to describe someone famous that matches the adjective. Give Ss handout. Put Ss into pairs. Ss put the adjectives into the correct category. If Ss finish earlier than others, they can add more adjectives into the columns. Feedback - Ss feeback to the class and fill in the table together

Grammar (0-5 minutes) • To clarify the MFPA of the target langauge.

Ask Ss what is an adjective? What is a noun? Explain to Ss that in English, adjectives never change their form and ALWAYS go before the noun. Write the example He's a handsome man on the WB. Highlight the subject adjective noun Write the words She's, woman, a, beautiful, on the WB Ask a confident S to come up to the board and re-write the sentence. Drilling CCQS: do adjectives come before nouns? Yes They are beautifuls women - Ask Ss what is wrong with the sentence Elicit from Ss that adjectives do NOT have a plural form. Drill the sentences She is a beautiful woman They are beautiful women He is a tall man They are tall men

Controlled Practice (0-7 minutes) • To allow Ss to practice the TL within a controlled exercise.

Explain to Ss Put Ss into pairs. Ss will discuss in their pairs which celebrities match the description Ss will complete the table. Draw table on the board and ask Ss to come to the board to write their answer.

Pre-Listening 2 (0-2 minutes) • To expose Ss to the lexis before the listening task.

Show Ss the picture of Brian and Valerie. Introduce the characters, that they work for Explore London Tours. Look at the picture and describe Brian and Valerie. Put Ss into pairs. Elicit descriptive adjectives from Ss during feedback stage.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (0-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ask Ss to think about the questions as they listen to the recording. Where is Brian? At the airport What does Valerie talk to Brian about? Brian is at the airport to meet people on the tour. Valerie describes what they look like. Play the recording, Elicit the answers from Ss. Show Ss Listening Ex 3 handout. Explain to Ss that they have to listen to the recording and match the people to the pictures. Ss listen to the recording again. Elicit the answers from Ss during feedback Match the people to the picture. There is one extra picture.

Feedback (0-3 minutes) • To provide students with feedback and correct any common errors.

Feedback to Ss any common errors that were noted during the session. Answer Ss questions.

Extra Activity • To fill the time if there is any left over

One S will sit in the middle of the classroom with their back to the WB. Another S will write the name of a famous person on the WB. Ss have to describe the cleebrities appearance in order for the other S to guess their identitiy

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