Monday, 21 August 2017

Describing Character and Personality - ESL EFL Activities and Worksheets

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Character Traits

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this 'Find Someone Who' activity, students practice asking and answering questions about character traits. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by going through the items on their worksheet and forming the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then move around the classroom asking and answering questions about character traits and completing their worksheets. If a classmate answers 'no' to a question, students repeat the question with other classmates until one of them says 'yes'. Students write this person's name in the appropriate column and ask the student to give an example of the trait, e.g. A: Do you like to try new or exciting things? B: Yes, I do. A: Can you give me an example? B: Yes. Last week, I went skydiving. The student then writes the example on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the teacher goes through each item and elicits the adjective that describes the character trait. The students also give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates' character traits, sharing any interesting examples. An answer key is provided.

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Matchmaker

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this memorable teaching activity, students write a profile for a single friend or relative. The profile includes information about the person's appearance and personality. Students then become matchmakers and try to match similar people together. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing a form about a male or female friend or relative who is single. The form includes information about the person's positive and negative personality traits, interests, appearance and other personal details. Students then go around the class and try to find a partner for their friend or relative. They do this by interviewing as many people as possible before deciding on the best match.

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What do they do for a living?

ESL EFL Writing and Matching Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students describe and characterize people in certain jobs. Each group of four is given a jobs worksheet. Working in their groups, students describe and characterize the sort of person who does each job on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, each group is given a set of people picture cards and told that each person does one of the jobs on their worksheet. The groups look at the descriptions they wrote and assess which description should go with which person and why. The students consider the appearance and overall impressions they get from the pictures to help them make their decisions. When everyone has finished, the groups compare their answers. Finally, the correct answers are given and the groups give feedback to the class.

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You've Changed!

ESL EFL Writing, Listening, Speaking and Matching Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging class activity, students write sentences, demonstrating the habits of someone with a certain characteristic. Students then read their sentences to each other and try to find a partner who has the opposite characteristic. Each student is given a characteristic adjective card. Working alone, the students complete the sentences on the card, demonstrating their chosen characteristic. When the students have finished, they stand up and walk around the class, reading out their sentences to each other. When a student finds someone with the opposite characteristic, they sit down together. When everyone has found a partner, the pairs' sentences are checked to see if they are paired correctly. As an extension, the students complete the same set of sentences, describing how their characteristics have changed. Students then read their sentences to the class.

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