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ESL ELL Activities: Physical Appearances & Describing People

Grade Levels
4th - 12th, Adult Education
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This product has two activities that will help your ESL students learn vocabulary for physical appearances while practicing their speaking, listening and reading skills. The vocabulary used in both activities is limited to facial features only. (See below for a list of included vocabulary.)

• Activity One: 24 Yes/No Short Answer Task Cards

Students will work with a partner.

Each student will ask his/her partner about the person on the task card. The partner will answer with a complete sentence. When they are done, they can exchange both cards for another pair.

For example: Task Card 3A will read: “Does Angela have black hair?”

Task Card 3B will answer: “No, she doesn’t.”

Task Card 3A will read: "Are her eyes blue?"

Task Card 3B will answer: "Yes, they are."

• Activity Two: Matching

Students will match the description with the correct picture. Depending on time and/or student ability, you can use less cards. There are 24 pictures and 24 descriptions.

You could also have students choose a card at random and describe it to a

partner for speaking practice.

Another variation is for the teacher to pass out the pictures to students. The teacher then reads a description and the student who possesses that card will raise his/her hand.

Vocabulary included: short/long/medium-length/shoulder-length hair, brown/gray/black/blond/red hair, curly/straight/wavy hair, mustache/beard/goatee, blue/brown/green eyes, ponytail/braid/bun, glasses, hat, braces, freckles, bangs, bald, pierced ears, old/young

Please note: This product will work best if you have a color printer. Eye color and hair color are included in the activities.


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Total Pages
18 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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