Describing Character and Personality - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Character Adjectives Worksheet

ESL Character Adjectives Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this character adjectives worksheet, students learn and practice a variety of character adjectives and complete descriptions of people using the adjectives. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching character adjectives in a box with definitions. Students then match each character adjective with its opposite. Next, students categorize the character adjectives according to whether they have a positive, neutral or negative meaning. Students then move on to complete sentences with the character adjectives. After that, students do two gap-fill exercises where they complete descriptions of themselves and someone they know using character adjectives. When the students have finished, have them read their descriptions to the class and provide feedback.
 

Character and Personality Adjectives Crossword

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

Here is a character and personality crossword activity to help students practice character and personality adjectives and their opposites. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing adjectives, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner reads out the opposite of the 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.
 

Character Traits

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

In this free describing character activity, students practice asking and answering questions about character traits. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. 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 character 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 character trait. The students also give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates, sharing any interesting examples.
 

Matchmaker

ESL Personality Adjectives Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this personality matchmaking 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. Divide the students into two groups (male or female) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students then 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.
 

Personality Types

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

In this fun personality adjectives game, students define and guess adjectives related to personality. Give each group of three a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile. The student with the card describes the personality adjective in bold to the other students, without saying the adjective or using the underlined words on the card. The student is also not allowed to say variations of the disallowed 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.
 

What am I like?

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

Here is a free positive personality adjectives game for intermediate students. Give each group of three or four a set of personality adjective cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile. 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. If you have a weak class, allow students to say the first letter of the adjective before they give their three sentences. Students continue taking it in turns to describe a personality adjective until all the cards have been used. 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.
 

What do they do for a living?

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

In this insightful characterizing activity, students describe and characterize people in certain jobs. Students then use the descriptions to match pictures of people to the jobs. Give each group of four a jobs worksheet. Working in their groups, students describe and characterize the sort of person who does each job shown on the worksheet using adjectives of character, personality and appearance. When everyone has finished, 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.
 

You've Changed!

ESL Characterizing Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Matching - 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. Give each student a character adjective card. Working alone, the students complete the sentences on the 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 stand up and 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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