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Descriptive Vocabulary for Cinema, Movies, and Stars


The use of descriptive adjectives during class tends towards the mundane. Students use simple adjectives to describe their classrooms, cities, jobs and so on. However, when reading or watching films students are confronted with a much wider range of descriptive language. This lesson focuses on using popular films to help students start using more varied descriptive language in their own conversations.

Speaking about various actor and actress and the films they have appeared in provides an ideal opportunity for students to use "bigger than life" descriptive adjectives - thus widening their the descriptive vocabulary skills.

Aim: Improve vocabulary skills used when speaking about the cinema, films and movies

Activity: Matching exercise combining descriptive adjectives and famous actors and actresses

Level: Intermediate


  • Ask students to name some of their favorite actors and actresses. Encourage them to use descriptive adjectives to describe them.
  • Have students pair up and use the activity. Ask them to choose one or two descriptive adjectives that they feel describes the actor or actress best. Students should feel free to discuss their opinions.
  • As a class, go through the list of actors and actresses and discuss which adjectives they have chosen to describe the various actors and actresses.
  • As a follow up activity, ask students to choose an actor or actress that they are very familiar with and write a description of the various films that he/she has done using the various descriptive adjectives from the list, as well as others that they know or look up in a dictionary.
How would you describe your favorite actor or actress?

  • Handsome
  • Comely
  • Plain
  • Overrated
  • Impeccable
  • Boring
  • Extrovert
  • Sophisticated
  • Agile
  • Sinister
  • Multi-talented
  • Beautiful
  • Absurd
  • Versatile
  • Ironic
  • Glamorous
  • Idiotic
  • Woody Allen
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Judy Foster
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Jim Carey
  • Demi Moore
  • Arnold Schwarzeneger
  • Sophia Loren
  • Bruce Willis
  • Will Smith
  • Meg Ryan
  • Tom Hanks
  • You choose!
  • You choose!
  • You choose!

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