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Kick Me Vocabulary Game – Words to talk about body image and appearance

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
Time: 15-20  minutes
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?
  • numbers
  • 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:

Celebrity-obsessed

Unattainable

Perception

Overweight

Overestimate

Commodification

Repugnant

Rebellious

Prejudice

Epidemic

Pursuit

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.

 Activity

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.

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Adjective to Describe Personality and Appearance – Two Activities and a Matching Game

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.

Adjectives to describe clothes activity

Adjectives to describe clothes activity

Adjectives to describe appearance activity

Adjectives to describe appearance activity

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
Exercise type: Matching
Language: B2
Time: 7-12 minutes
Materials: A set of cut up cards for a person or for a group
Procedure:
  1. Cut up the cards along the dotted lines.
  2. Give each student a set of cards (for an individual activity) or hand out one set of cards for a group of students (for a group activity).
  3. Set a time limit for the students to match the cards to make compound adjectives (see the answers). An online stopwatch can be of help to keep track of the time: www.onlinestopwatch.com
  4. Award extra points to the student or the group of students who are the first to complete the puzzle.

Have Fun!

Have fun learning and leading in the classroom! 🙂

Essay or speech about an outstanding or a famous person.

Writing an effective essay or speech about an outstanding or a famous person.

A guide for speaking and writing + exercises on speaking and writing.

In this slideshow you will find tips on writing an effective essay or speech about a famous person. It covers the rhetorical structure of the speech, the ways to make your essay/speech engaging for the audience, and some cohesive devices to make your essay/speech flow smoothly. The slideshow also includes useful phrases and vocabulary to talk about outstanding people.

Speaking activities + Teacher’s notes: Fashion and Appearance.

Speaking activities + Teacher’s notes. Talking about Fashion and Appearance. Discussion ideas and thought-provoking questions.

The PPT suggests two interactive communicative activities (“speed dating” and four corners) to encourage and facilitate the discussion of fashion and appearance.
speaking activities
The PPT includes 20 thought-provoking questions and ideas to get the students talking, all of the discussion questions and and both of the speaking activities were successfully used in my classes (14-24 students).

Giving an effective for and against speech.

Giving an effective for and against speech. Engaging the audience. Factors of attention. Phrases to make your speech cohesive.

This presentation covers the rhetorical structure of a For-and-against speech and includes tips on how to engage the audience and how to close your speech effectively. It lists 9 factors of attention that any speaker has to consider before giving a speech. The presentation guides you through every step of developing your next speech, from opening your speech to closing it. The presentation also includes useful phrases and linking words to order your arguments, to provide your opinion, to express disagreement or doubt, to be evasive, to talk about pros and cons and to summarize your speech.

Irregular Verbs – Some resources for learning and practice

Some useful online resources to learn and practice irregular verbs in the English language.

Past Tenses Jeopardy Game

main screen

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);

question

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);

fix

3. Choosing the most suitable option according to the picture (Choose).

chooose

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.

answer

Enjoy!

Click here to download the editable > Past Tenses Review Jeopardy

 

 

Modal Verbs for Deductions

I created the following resentation for B2 level. The PPT covers the use of modal words to make deductions: to express certainty, probability, possibility or impossibility. The PPT also includes an exercise to practice the use of these modals. The presentation covers the following modals: must, can’t, should/not, ought to/ought not to, might, may/may not, could, will, will not/won’t.

There is also a clear and concise explanation of the difference between may and might.
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