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Building Character Adjectives Vocabulary


This intermediate level lesson employs a fun questionnaire to focus on developing personal description vocabulary. Students can practice conversation skills while also focusing on improving their command of refined character description. This first phase is then followed by a vocabulary development exercise sheet.

Aim: Developing and broadening knowledge of character adjective vocabulary

Activity: Questionnaire followed by vocabulary matching activity

Level: Intermediate


  • Ask students to describe a family member, write descriptive adjectives on the board.
  • Distribute questionnaire and ask students to pair up and ask each other questions contained in survey.
  • Have students report back to the class on what they have learned about their partner's best friend.
  • Divide students up into small groups and ask them to complete the adjective worksheet.
  • Check worksheet as a class.
  • Ask students to provide the opposite of each adjective listed on the worksheet - this activity can be done as a class or in small groups.
  • As a follow-up exercise, have students write a description of one of their family members, friends or relatives with special emphasis on using the adjectives discussed during the lesson.
What kind of best friend do you have?

Exercise 1: Ask your partners the following question about his/her best friend. Make sure to listen carefully to what your partner has to say.

  1. Is your friend usually in a good mood?
  2. Is it important for your friend to be successful in whatever he/she does?
  3. Does your friend notice your feelings?
  4. Does you friend often give presents, or pay for lunch or a coffee?
  5. Does your friend work hard?
  6. Does your friend become angry or annoyed if he/she has to wait for something or someone?
  7. Can you trust your friend with a secret?
  8. Does your friend listen well when you are speaking?
  9. Does your friend keep his/her feelings to him/herself?
  10. Is your friend usually not worried by things, no matter what happens?
  11. Does your friend think the future will be good?
  12. Does your friend often change their opinion about things?
  13. Does your friend often postpone things he/she has to do?
  14. Is your friend happy one moment and then sad the next?
  15. Does your friend like to be with people?

Exercise 2: Which of these adjectives describes the quality asked about in each of the survey questions?

  • generous
  • easygoing
  • ambitious
  • cheerful
  • hardworking
  • trustworthy
  • impatient
  • optimistic
  • sensitive
  • moody
  • sociable
  • indecisive
  • reserved
  • lazy
  • attentive

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