Language Resident Name: Aleksandra Bystrova
Class theme/topics discussed: Appearance
Goal of the class:
- To describe a person
- To name body parts
How did you structure the class?
I hang a picture of a person on the board, then I ask students to write the body parts they know. All together they come to the board and brainstorm the vocabulary.
- Activity 1. Word Pairs
I print out words on pieces of paper (long, short, light, dark, curly, straight, etc.) and pictures. Students find pairs in pairs, so the pictures are paired with the words.
- Activity 2. Vocab Presentation
Show pictures of celebrities and ask what kind of hair they have – short or long, curly or straight, etc. Then make it harder and ask students to describe the celebrity’s picture on their own.
4. Activity 3. Connect the description with a picture.
5. Activity 4. Roll a face
3 teams. One person draws on the board. Team members roll dice to each category: face, nose, etc. and describe it to the artist. F.e. short curly hair. At the end, students have a face and must describe it. Then they exchange pictures with each other and guess what the elements are.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The students knew many words related to appearance and body parts. It was more difficult for them to work with description words such as long/short hair, curly/straight hair. However, I tested their knowledge after a couple of days, and they did well. They found the last task a little difficult because they could not find the vocabulary to describe certain elements in the pictures. I encouraged them to use gestures.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I would change the last assignment a bit, so that it would be easier for the students to describe the pictures using vocabulary they know. Despite that, the lesson went well.