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|Aim:||To practice words related to body image and appearance|
|Interaction:||Whole class (any, preferably at least 3)|
|Exercise type:||Matching, filling in the gaps|
|Language:||B2 or C1|
|Materials:||Post-it notes or strips of paper with tape; a handout with a chart for each of the students|
Since the majority of the words that are used in the exercise can be found in the first 90 seconds of the Illusionists trailer, you may choose to do an introductory activity to familiarize your students with the vocabulary.
An Introductory Activity
Show your students the first 90 seconds of a very short teaser of the Illusionists film:
Ask the students the following questions before starting the activity:
- What do you think the film is about?
- Do you think the film approves of cosmetic surgery for vanity?
- What alarming statistics are mentioned in the teaser?
- What do these numbers refer to:
- Would you consider undergoing a plastic surgery just to change your appearance?
- Do you know someone who has undergone a cosmetic surgery?
- Could you name some arguments in favor and against plastic surgeries?
Preparing for the Activity
1. Take 12 post-it notes and write the following words on them. Write each word on a separate post-it note:
To take the central role
You can also use strips of paper and tape instead of post-it notes.
2. Stick a post-it note to the back of each of the students without telling your students which word they have. If you have less than 12 students, some students may end up with two post-it notes on their backs.
Alternatively, if you have very few students (3 or 4), you can choose to hide words around the classroom (under the chairs, under the desks) or stick them on the walls around the classroom. If you choose this option, then in the third column of the handout the students will need to write down the name of the object on which they found the word and its location in the classroom.
If you have more than 12 students, then repeat some of the words, so that each of the students has a post-it note on their backs.
3. Give each student a handout with a chart.
If you have a very large classroom, you may choose to give one handout for two or three students and allow them to work in a group.
1. Each of the students needs to walk around the classroom, looking at the backs of other students and the words that they have.
Remind the students that they are allowed to communicate only in English.
2. Once a student finds on someone’s back a word that fits one of the gaps in the chart, the student writes down this word and the name of the student who is wearing this word.
3. The first student to complete the chart correctly wins and gets an extra point.
4. If you have several students filling in one handout, then the group that fills in their handout first wins.
The handout and the explanation can be downloaded here: Body image and appearance Kick Me Vocabulary Game
Previously, I also shared several ideas for speaking activities on fashion and appearance which can be found here and two activities and a matching game on adjectives to describe personality and appearance which can be found here.
Previously I shared several ideas for speaking activities on fashion and appearance which can be found here.
In this post I want to concetrate on the vocabulary to describe appearance and personality. All three activities have been desined for B2 students and have been successfully used in my classroom.
The first activity is picture based and is aimed at introducing or reviewing adjectives to describe clothes. Check it out in a slideshow below.
Students need to choose the correct adjectives to describe the clothes in each of the pictures. Sometimes more than one adjective can be used to describe a picture.
The next activity is aimed at reviewing the adjectives to describe appearance, the task of the students is to complete the sentences with the correct adjective from the box.
And finally a matching game with compound adjectives.
You can read the description below or download it here together with the cards: Compound Adjectives To Describe personality and Appearance – Matching Game
|Cmpound Adjectives To Describe personality and Appearance – Matching Game|
|Aim:||To practice compound adjectives related to personality and appearance|
|Interaction:||Individually or in groups of up to 3 students|
|Materials:||A set of cut up cards for a person or for a group|
Have fun learning and leading in the classroom! 🙂
|CONDITIONAL BATTLE FIELD|
|Aim||To practise the use of conditional sentences type 0, 1 and 2|
|Interaction||Groups of 3, 4 or 5 students|
|Exercise type:||Filling in the gaps, correcting mistakes|
|Time:||15 – 25 minutes|
|Materials:||A marker and a whiteboard, a set of question cards for the class.|
The game is available from download from Slideshare and here >>> CONDITIONAL BATTLE FIELD
The aim of the game is to practice the use of conditional sentences type 0, 1 , 2, and 3 as well as mixed conditionals.
The game is designed for upper-intermediate students, but you can easily modify the questions.
The game includes three types of questions:
1. Filling in the gaps, where players need to put the verbs in brackets in the correct form (Fill category);
2. Finding and correcting mistakes. Each sentence in this category has a mistake or two in the use of conditional sentences, the task is to find the mistake(s) and to correct it/them (Fix category);
3. Choosing the most suitable option out of two (Choose category).
The game has a main screen with a Jeopardy board, the students select the type of question and its value (more difficult questions value more) and click on a corresponding button.
This will take a student to a question slide. When the students give their answer, click on the question mark button in the bottom righ-hand corner, this will take you to an answer screen.
Have fun learning and teaching!
Click here to download the editable Conditional Sentences Grammar Game > Conditional Sentences Jeopardy 1, 2, 3
|Aim:||To practice vocabulary, all 12 tenses and conditional sentences (adjustable). To practice storytelling techniques (building suspense, flash-backs, flash-forwards, etc.)|
|Interaction:||Groups of three or four|
|Exercise type:||Speaking, storytelling|
|Language:||Depends on the level of Students|
|Level:||A2 – C2|
|Materials:||1 set, cut up per group (the set can include as many cards as you decide and may vary depending on the level of the students).|
|Procedure:||In this activity the students make a chain story, using the words and images on the cards, as well as the tenses or grammar structures indicated on them. With a little imagination and sense of humor from your students this game can get hilarious. If you want to emphasize the use of tenses and grammar structures, there is an extra tense component on each card, this component instructs the students not only to use a noun, a verb or an adjective on the card but to construct the sentence in a certain tense. This can bring into the story flash-backs and flash-forwards (so you may need to pre-teach these storytelling techniques first).
The printable handout can be downloaded here >> Wacky Stories – Comminucative ESL Game
The game is also available for download on slideshare:
GUESS WHO YOU ARE/ GUESS WHAT YOU HAVE – SECOND CONDITIONALS
To practise the use of second conditionals and vocabulary for technology, devices, gadgets, professions and everyday objects.
Pairs or small groups
Speaking, guessing words
Technology, devices, gargets, appliances, professions, every day objects
A set of cards with pictures and words on them.
1. The class is divided into pairs.
2. Each of the students gets a set of six cards with words or images on them.
3. The students need to keep the cards to themselves only, and should not show them to anyone.
4. In each of the pairs one of the students picks one of his/her cards without showing it to the others and without telling the others what the word is. Another student has to guess the word from the clues given by her/his partner.
5. All the clues must be given in the form of the second conditional, the students need to pretend that the person who is trying to guess the word already has this object/thing or is that person.
If I were you, I would wear a uniform, a mask and I would carry the heavy air-tank on my back.
If I were you, I would drive the fire truck.
If I were you, I would save people and their houses.
Student, who needs to guess the word:
I am a firefighter.
If I had many of them, I would look old.
If I were an old person, I would have a lot of them.
If I had them, I would buy a lotion to get rid of them.
If I were you, I would use it to drink juice.
If I were you, I wouldn’t drop it.
If you worked in a bar, you would have to carry many of them every day.
6. The students take turn giving clues and guessing words.
7. The game continuous until all words are guessed. Alternatively, the teacher can set a time limit and the student who has guessed the most words wins.
8. The game can also be played in groups of three or four.
A printable handout with teacher’s notes can be dowloaded here (>>Guessing game to practise second conditionals<<) and is available on Slideshare
I have made this Jeopardy game to help my students review the use of Past Tenses – Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous.
The game includes three types of questions:
1. Filling in the gaps, where players need to put the verbs in brackets in the correct past tense (Fill category);
2. Error correction, where each of the sentences has a mistake in the use of past tenses, the task is to find the mistake and to correct it (Fix);
3. Choosing the most suitable option according to the picture (Choose).
The game has a main screen with a Jeopardy board, the students select the type of question and its value (more difficult questions value more) and click on a corresponding button. This will take a student to a question slide. When the students give their answer, click on the question mark button in the bottom righ-hand corner, this will take you to an answer screen. On the answer screen, click on the house icon to return to the main screen with the jeopady board.
Click here to download the editable > Past Tenses Review Jeopardy