Hi There. I am almost at the end of my TEFL course. I have a lesson plan for teaching how to describe a person’s physical appearance. I have so many(too many) ideas which have sent me off in all directions and I am now getting bogged down with comparative superlative adjectives which is not my aim. I simply want help in teaching elementary students how to describe a person’s physicality
12 April, 2008 at 15:52
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You might want to think about a Test-Teach-Test approach for this language point. Test to what extent your students can already describe people’s physical characteristics, then build on their knowledge by presenting the language you want to teach (adjectives and opposites, he’s got… etc), and finally test their understanding of it.
Describing physical characteristics is very visual, so take advantage of that – use pictures and photos. A language point like this is also a good opportunity for personalisation. For example, as a practice activity, you could have your students describe a classmate to a partner who has to draw him/her. Everyone can then have a look at all the pictures and try and guess who is who!
That should get you started. If you want to post some of the ideas that you’ve had so far too, or your lesson plan, I’ll be happy to comment on them.