Describing Character and Personality ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Personality Adjectives Crossword

ESL Personality Adjectives Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is personality adjectives crossword to help students practice adjectives of personality and their opposites. In pairs, students take turns asking their partner for a clue to one of their missing personality adjectives. Their partner reads out the opposite of the personality adjective and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the adjective. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this character and personality adjectives breakout room activity, pairs of students work together to complete an interactive crossword with adjectives of personality and character.


Personality Adjectives

ESL Personality Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this describing personality worksheet, students learn and practice a variety of personality adjectives and complete descriptions of people using the adjectives. First, students match personality adjectives in a box with definitions. Students then match each personality adjective with its opposite. Next, students categorize the personality adjectives according to whether they have a positive, neutral or negative meaning. Students then move on to complete sentences with the personality adjectives. After that, students do two gap-fill exercises where they complete descriptions of themselves and someone they know using personality adjectives. When the students have finished, have them read their descriptions to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this personality adjectives interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises where they learn adjectives of personality and practice using them to describe people.


Personality Traits

ESL Personality Traits Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free describing personality activity, students practice asking and answering questions about personality traits. Students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and forming the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then go around the classroom, asking and answering the questions about personality traits and completing the worksheet with classmates' answers, e.g. 'Do you like to try new or exciting things?' If a classmate answers 'no' to a question, the student repeats the question with other classmates until one of them says 'yes'. The student writes this person's name in the appropriate column and asks them to give an example of the trait, e.g. 'Last week, I went skydiving'. The student then writes the example on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, go through each item and elicit the adjective that describes the personality trait.
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ESL Matchmaking Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this describing personality activity, students create a profile for a single friend or relative. Students then become matchmakers and try to find a match for their friend or relative by asking and answering personal information questions. In two groups (male or female), students think of a male or female friend or relative who is single and would like to find a partner. If students cannot think of anyone, they write about a person they know well or invent someone. The students then fill in the worksheet about this person by completing a profile containing their personal information, e.g. their appearance, positive and negative personality traits, interests, etc. When everyone has finished, students practice the questions they need to ask to find out about possible matches. Students then speak to the people in the other group and try to find a partner for their friend or relative. They do this by interviewing as many people in the opposing group as possible before deciding on the best match. Afterwards, students tell the class about the most suitable match they found and explain the reasons for their choice.
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What am I like?

ESL Positive Personality Adjectives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

Here is a free describing personality game to help students practice positive personality adjectives. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a personality adjective card. The student with the card describes the positive personality adjective on the card to the other students by making a sentence with always, usually and hardly ever, writing each sentence on the card as they go. For example, if the personality adjective was 'adaptable', the student might say 'I always adjust to new conditions. I usually respond well to change. I'm hardly ever inflexible'. The student is not allowed to say the adjective or variations of the word in their description. The first student to successfully guess the personality adjective being described wins and keeps the card. If no one manages to guess the adjective, the card is removed from the game. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, review the students' sentences for each personality adjective together as a class and have the students agree on a definition for each one.
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What are they like?

ESL Personality Adjectives Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun personality game, students define and guess adjectives related to personality. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the personality adjective in bold to the other students, without saying the adjective or using the underlined words on the card. The first student to successfully guess the personality adjective being described wins and keeps the card. Students continue taking it in turns to describe an adjective of personality until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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What do they do for a living?

ESL Characterizing Activity - Speaking, Writing and Matching - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this insightful character traits activity, students describe and characterize people in certain jobs. Students then use the descriptions to match pictures of people to the jobs. In groups, students describe and characterize the sort of person who does each job shown on the worksheet using adjectives of character, personality and appearance. Next, give each group the set of people picture cards and tell them 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 may also 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 Describing Character Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging describing characteristics 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. Working alone, students complete sentences on a character adjective card, demonstrating their given characteristic. Next, tell the students that the cards are in pairs, with one card describing a person's characteristic in the past and the other describing the person's characteristic now. The students' task is to read their sentences to each other and find someone with the opposite characteristic. Students then walk around the class, reading out their sentences to one another. When a student finds someone with the opposite characteristic, they sit down together. When everyone has found a partner, check the pairs' sentences to see if they are paired correctly and write the matching adjectives on the board. As an extension, the students create the same set of sentences, describing how their characteristics have changed using other character adjectives. Students then repeat the activity and try to find someone who has the opposite characteristic.
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