ESL Speaking Activity: Picture Profiles

Picture Profiles is a simple speaking activity that is a great way to practice describing people’s physical appearance and personality. In this activity, students work in pairs and look at a portrait photo of a person and describe the person’s appearance and build a profile of that person using a number of categories.
Activity time: 10 minutes and above
Level: teens and adults (Lower-intermediate and above)
Skills practiced: Speaking, describing physical appearance and personality
Method

Put students into pairs and explain that they are going to view some pictures of people. 
In pairs, the students should describe the person’s appearance and build a profile of the person by using the following categories: Name, Nationality, Age, Profession, Likes/Dislikes, Life Goals and Ambitions and 3 words to describe the person’s character. You can use the prepared Powerpoint and printable handout below.
When they are finished, the groups can share their ideas and discuss their choices.

 
Picture Profiles Presentation

 

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ESL Game: Sound Charades

Sound Charades is a super fun game for young learners but could be also used with other levels. This version of charades is played the same as the original but in this version you can only make sounds. Students can either write their own or used the prepared cards. A student from the class selects a card and must imitate the sound of the object. The other students in class must guess what the object is. The student who guesses correctly then goes next. 
Activity time: 10 minutes +
Materials required: Blank pieces of paper OR Vocabulary cards (see below for examples)
Skills practiced: Vocabulary practice
Level: Young learners (could be used with other levels)
Method

First, you can get students to write up their own cards or use the printable cards.
A student selects a card with the name of an object on it.
That player then has to imitate the sound that objects make.
The other players have to guess the objected that is being imitated.
The player who guess correctly goes next.  

 

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More Vocabulary GamesDiscover more ESL vocabulary games.
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Vocabulary Circle – A simple warmer for all ages and level.
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Quick Fire Vocabulary – This vocabulary revision game is a great way to revise vocabulary with all levels and ages. This activity is a great way to review vocabulary with your class and can be used again and again.
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