Do you have a unit about “personality” coming up? Then you’re most certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about how to make it even better.
Check out this fun ESL activity related to personality to add some fun into your classes! Don’t be a slave to the textbook, but mix things up a little bit.
A Fun ESL Activity for Personality
Most ESL textbooks for adults have a unit of some sort on “personality.” It can get a wee bit boring doing the same old standard things. Students have seen them before and you may feel like you don’t want to do it again either. It’s entirely normal to feel like this.
The good news is that there’s a better way, as long as you’re willing to get a bit creative and close those textbooks up for a bit. This is a fun ESL game you can try out with your students when you’re studying personality.
Personality Game: How to Do It
Here is a fun personality game that I made which is the perfect way to finish off your class with some awesome.
1. Put the teams in groups of 4-6 and have them choose a “captain.”
2. The captain sits at the front with a pen and a paper and their teammates also have a pen and paper.
3. Put up the questions 1 by 1 on the PowerPoint and have the captain write down their answer. Their team also has to write down what they think the captain will say for his/her answer.
4. My 2 rules are that the captain must have eyes forward and hands together (ie: no signalling the answer to their team) and the teams must talk quietly. I threaten to disqualify any team on the first attempt of cheating.
5. Check answers at the end, and if matching, the team gets a point. The winner gets a prize of some sort, usually in Korea I give out Choco Pies!
This personality game takes around 20 minutes, but you could do more or less questions obviously to suit your time constraints. Here are the questions:
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Describe Your Personality Video
This short video can make an excellent lead-in to your unit. Tell students that people are describing their personalities. Elicit a couple examples from the students first. For example, funny or honest.
Then, play the video and get students to write down all the personality descriptor words that they hear. They can compare with a partner and then you can give the answers to the class.
After that? Continue on with your lesson, and of course, finish off your lesson with this game described above.
What do you Think About this Fun Personality Game?
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