Who Is It – Celebrities.
A fun game to practice description and talking about people and their lives is the celebrity guessing game.
Get a photo collage of many celebrities. A student starts talking about one celebrity and others must then guess who it is. … Read More ....
Mr. Has Been
I have used this recipe to hilarious effect over my teaching years. Always a winner!
It focuses on the present perfect continuous tense and gets students practicing this form/conjugations.
Come to class dressed up kind of looking like Mr. Bean. … Read More ....
A Video Lesson
One great recipe is to play a video with vocabulary content. Not flashcards but something real and beautiful. Then, students either write or speak or brainstorm all the vocabulary from the video in the specific category you mention.
An example … Read More ....
This is an excellent video to study places in a house.
As the video plays, you can have students note the places in the house. Check by replaying. Ask the students how the place has changed, what was happening in … Read More ....
Building Basic Technical Writing Skills
The Society for Technical Communication’s award-winning
Technical Literacy Project adapts many
real-world science instructions and descriptions for use in
high-school science classes. These cases gradually build
student writing skills by revising, correcting, or expanding
scaffolded, sequenced text … Read More ....
Faces – Who is it?
This is a nice game to play to practice describing people (an important language skill). Simply put up this photo. or this one. Print it out if you want students to work in pairs / groups.
Students take … Read More ....
Describing People from Memory Information Gap
Here’s a way to practice vocabulary and sentences related to describing facial and body features, but it can be modified to include clothing and colour vocabulary, too.
First, practice the vocabulary and language: Stand at the front with a whiteboard … Read More ....
Bring an item that is so unusual that the learners are not likely to recognize what it is. Spend some time eliciting basic descriptions of the item and guesses about what it is and how it’s used. If possible, pass … Read More ....