|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.
Last week I was grading speaking and writing exams of B2 level students and I was appalled at how many times a student can use the words “interesting”, “good” and “great” in a two minute speech or in a several lines of text no matter what they are talking or writing about. Everything seems to be either interesting or good or great: the film is interesting, the cast is great, the special effects are really good. These three adjectives are multi-purpose words and are used to describe pretty much everything, and while they might save some memory resources, I believe that our studends need to learn to tap into the richness of the language and be able to describe things more precisely, because, without a doubt, it is one of the skills they will need in the future.
So I’ve gathered together 82 words and phrases that can be used instead of good, great and interesting. Each word or phrase is accompanied with a definition, collocations and picture examples of its use in the news, online publications and words of famous and outstanding people.
Grammar with comics and jokes: Comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives + comic-strip style exercise
You can also hear me going through the slideshow in a video that was made for the university I am currently teaching at.
The Presentation covers comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives, it includes some irregular comparative and superlative forms and discusses the difference between the comparative and superlative degrees. It also features sentence patterns and a short practice exercise.