Bella Bella

Bella, Family (personal adjectives)
Intermediate, B1 level


In this lesson students will learn new vocabulary, adjectives of personality, related to a family topic. They will do different activities which help them to describe people's character.


Abc Pictures
Abc vocabulary strips
Abc Dialogue and definitions
Abc answer key (matching activity #2)
Abc cards for drilling

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of personal adjectives in the context of family

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of family and people they know


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

The teacher starts the lesson by talking about his family. He will say that some of his family is reliable so you can trust that person and be sure that he will always help you, the other member of his family is competitive because he always wants to win, the other person is sensible which means that he has common sense and thinks first before making a decision.

Matching activity (5 minutes) • To check what words are the students familiar with.

The teacher attaches nine pictures to the wall next to the board. There are going to be six or seven students in the class so they will work in two groups. The teacher hands out nine strips with the adjectives to each group. The students decide how to match the words with the pictures. When they are ready they come up to the board and stick in the adjectives under the pictures. For this lesson time limit is 5 minutes. When they are ready with the answers they stick the strips under the pictures. At this stage there is no FB

Matching activity #2 (10 minutes) • To give students more practice with vocabulary

While they are busy with matching activity the teacher writes the following on the board: - Jack is very aggressive. He is always getting into fights. - Yes, I know. He also writes down two definitions on the board: People who get angry quickly and like fighting are _______ People who like giving orders to other people are ________ This is going to be a modelling for the next activity. The teacher is handing out the sheets of paper with two dialogues and definitions of the personal adjectives below them. Students work individually, the read the dialogues with underlined target language. Then they have to match the TL with the definitions. When they are ready they check their answers within their groups. The teacher gives them an answer key and after that they go to the wall and correct their mistakes (matching activity).

Feedback+Pro (6 minutes) • To check understanding of the vocabulary

When the students have corrected the mistakes the teacher will ask them CCQs in order to check they are confident with the meaning of the TL CCQs: - How do we call a person who likes showing his feelings? - How do we call a person who is so attractive and everybody likes him/her? - What kind of person can make other people do what they want? The teacher shows the cards and works in pronunciation and asks students to repeat after him.

Controlled Practice (5 minutes) • To let students practice the TL of the lesson

The students work in pairs. One of them chooses an adjective and describes it without saying the word. The other student must guess what adjective is that. Then they swap. They will have 5 minutes for this activity.

Whiteboard activity (5 minutes) • To give students an opportunity to compete

The teacher writes down nine adjectives on the board. The students are divided into two teams. They stand in a line face to the board. The teacher reads out a definition and the students must circle the word as fast as they can because they will 1 point for each correct answer.

Semi-controlled activity (5 minutes) • To let students practise the TL

The teacher asks the students to think of any adjective and find a person among their friends, colleagues or family members who have this characteristic feature and tell their partners. The teacher gives an example: I have a friend who has a charming daughter. She has curly hair, blue eyes and a beautiful smile. everybody likes her. Then the students work in pairs and share opinions.

Whiteboard activity (XO game) (7 minutes) • To give further vocabulary practice to students

The teacher draws nine squares with letters inside each square. The students will work in two groups. One team is X, the other team is O. One team chooses the letter, the teacher reads out the definition and they must guess what word is it. The students play until one team wins (aim is to guess all the words in a row).

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