Sunday, 19 November 2017

Describing People's Appearance - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Lessons

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Appearance Crossword

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing words related to physical appearance. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working together, the students invent and write down clues for the physical appearance words written on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner reads out the clue for that word 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 word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.

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Describe a Classmate

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they describe a classmate's appearance and the class tries to guess who it is. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students secretly choose a classmate to describe. Students then tick the boxes on the worksheet that describe the classmate's height, build, eye colour and hair. After that, the students tick the clothes their chosen classmate is wearing and write down the colour of each item. Students then use the information on the worksheet to write a description of their classmate's appearance. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to read their descriptions to the class. The class then tries to guess who is being described.

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Describing People

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

This rewarding five-page lesson helps to teach students how to describe people's appearance and clothing. In the lesson, students learn how to use the 'verb to be' to describe height and body build. The students also learn to use 'have' and 'has' to describe hair colour, hair length and facial features. The lesson also helps students to practice describing what someone is wearing. The lesson includes many fun writing, speaking and drawing activities to help students master describing people.

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Describe and Draw

ESL EFL Listening, Speaking and Drawing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an excellent worksheet activity to help students practice describing people's physical appearance, clothing and body posture. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. In their pairs, students take it in turns to describe people on their worksheet for their partner to draw. The descriptions include physical appearance as well as clothing and body posture. Their partner's task is to listen carefully and draw the people on the worksheet. As an extension, students describe a famous person to their partner. Their partner draws the person and guesses who it is. The drawings are then shown to the class for them to guess.

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Describing Someone

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this compelling worksheet activity, students practice adjectives for describing people's appearance, personality and character. The students begin by looking at how to describe someone's appearance. The students then complete two exercises dealing with adjectives to describe physical appearance, personality and character. After that, the students write two short dialogues in pairs describing famous people. These dialogues are then read to the class.

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Pen Friend

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an amusing teaching activity for describing appearance. In the activity, students write to a pen friend, describing and inventing information about someone's height, weight, facial features and clothing as well as general appearance. Students work in groups of seven or eight and sit in a circle. The students begin by inventing a name and age for the person writing the letter. Students then write the information at the top of the letter. When they have done that, they fold the letter so that the sentence they have written is hidden, and the next sentence beginning ‘I'm...’ is visible. They then give the letter to the student on their right. The students invent the information to complete the new sentence, which is now at the top of the letter, e.g. 'I'm tall and quite slim'. When they have done that, they fold the paper as before and give it to the student on their right. This process is repeated until all the sentences have been completed. When the letter is finished, the students open out their letter and read it aloud to the group. This is their new pen friend! The letters should make an entertaining read. The students can then use the same worksheet to write a reply to their new pen friend.

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