Task-Based Lesson: How to Describe People

How to Describe People

How to Describe People – Vocabulary and Grammar

Physical Characteristics

Build Characteristics

  • Overweight
  • Fat
  • Slim
  • Skinny
  • Well built

Height Characteristics

  • Short
  • Tall
  • Average height

Hair Characteristics


  • Blond
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Grey


  • White
  • Long
  • Short
  • Curly
  • Straight


Personality Traits


  1. Extrovert
  2. Introvert
  3. Outgoing
  4. Shy
  5. Bossy
  6. Stingy
  7. Cheap
  8. Friendly
  9. Unfriendly
  10. Lazy


  1. Proud
  2. Charming
  3. Optimistic
  4. Independent
  5. Dependent
  6. Optimistic
  7. Negative
  8. Humble
  9. Fearless
  10. Responsible



Personality Traits and Physical Characteristics

  1. I used to be shy butI am not shy anymore
  2. I used to be skinny, Now I am fat and happy
  3. I was responsible when I was in highschoo
  4. I was very friendly when I was a teenager now I am a bit shy
  5. I used to be the smartest in class
  6. I am the shortest guy here
  7. She is the most responsible classmate
  8. I consider myself a positive person.

How to Describe People – Lesson Plans


Schema Activation (10 Mins)

Teacher is going to play the hot potato with a balloon

  1. Students make a circle and the teacher gives the first student the balloon
  2. He plays some awesome songs while students pass the balloon around
  3. Awesome music stops, students with the balloon has to answer a question, the question is inside the balloon.
  4. Teacher plays  the game two or three times.

Pre-Task (90 Mins)

Task#1 (30 Mins)

Reinforce vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation by playing this bingo

  1. Students review vocabulary using a quizlet set,  they check the vocabulary with a partner
  2. they ask question by asking
    1. how do you say…?
  3. Teacher creates a bingo using my freebingocards.com
  4. Teacher sends  the link to every student so everyone plays from the phone.

Task#2 (20 Mins)

Talk in the past and present about physical appearance and personality traits

  1. Teacher creates a survey.
  2. Students answer the survey themselves .
  3. Students interview  a classmate
  4. After 5 mins, they switch seats and interview another classmate

Task#3  (40 Mins)

Listening for details

  1. Teacher introduces key words that students might find in the video.
  2. Teacher gives students to listen to a dialogue and note down words they hear
  3. Now students listen to some statements and they identify if those statement were made  by a man or a woman
  4. students verify the answers with the answer given by another partner.
  5. Now students listen again and note down some of the questions they made in the video. They create a dialogue using those questions as a reference.

Main Task  (40 Mins)

Describe personality traits and physical characteristics.

  1. Students are given options, they pick a celebrity from the options.
  2. They analyze and study the characteristic of their characters.
  3. When they feel ready,  they go and introduce themselves as if they were those celebrities
  4. They move around the classroom and introduces themselves a couple of times.

Post-Task (40 Mins)

  1. Teacher reinforces accuracy in pronunciation and grammar based on the problems heard while monitoring the activities
  2. Students make groups and make  a small circle, they think about two of their physical characteristics. They have to record all sentences.

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