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Activity type: this is a creative writing activity in which students write about people. They will need adjectives to describe different characters and looks; there is a worksheet at the end which contains useful lexical items.
Level: Intermediate and above
- For this activity you will need pictures of shoes. Cut some out of magazines. Make sure that they contain a variety of shoe types. You will need roughly eight-ten pictures.
- Gather the students around in a circle and ask them to look at the shoes. In pairs, ask them to describe the shoes to their partners.
- Once they have done this for a few minutes, ask the pairs for some class feedback.
- Ask them to imagine who owned the shoes and what type of person he/she was. Note that you will have to encourage them to use their imagination.
- Again ask for class feedback after a few minutes.
- Hand out the vocabulary worksheet below; explain that this is a list of adjectives which will help them to develop their descriptions.
- Ask the students to try to match the meanings and the words with a partner.
- Put the students into different pairs and ask them to complete the worksheet.
- Change the pairs around and ask them to compare the answers that they have. Go over the correct answers.
- Tell the students to choose one picture of shoes. In pairs, tell them to write a short paragraph describing the person that they think wears the shoes.
- Monitor and correct as they are doing this. Remind them to use the new vocabulary items.
- Depending on the size of your group, ask the students to show each other the paragraphs. They can read them out or you can stick them on the walls.
- Tell them not to say exactly which shoes they are writing about. As they read the other students should try to guess which shoes they are describing.
For homework, ask the students to write about either themselves or a family member. Tell them to describe which type of clothes the person likes wear, how they look and remind them to use some of the new lexical items.
With your partner, match the definitions and the words.
- A slob
- Clean cut
- All over the place
- Someone who is lazy, dirty, untidy and possibly rude
- A person who knows a lot about art and culture; a person with expensive taste in things
- A very fashionable person who cares a lot about his/her appearance
- A person who commits crimes; a dishonest person
- A person who behaves differently to other people- other people may think he/she is strange
- An untidy person who wears old and worn out clothes
- A person who is untidy and who looks very disorganized; not sure of what he/she is doing
- To look very important and well educated; someone who is respected
- A person who is polite, smooth but in an overly confident not sincere way
- A person who cares a lot about being clean and neat