Describing Character and Personality ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Matchmaker

ESL Matchmaking Activity - Vocabulary and Speaking: Completing a Form, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled and Freer Practice - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this describing personality activity, students become matchmakers and try to find a match for a friend or relative by asking and answering personal information questions. In two groups, students think of a male or female friend or relative who is single and would like to find a partner. Students then complete a profile about the person, e.g. their appearance, positive and negative personality traits, interests, etc. Next, students speak to the people in the other group and try to find a partner for their friend or relative. They do this by interviewing as many people as possible before deciding on the best match. Afterwards, students tell the class about the most suitable match they found and explain the reasons for their choice.
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Personality Adjectives

ESL Personality Adjectives Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Categorising, Gap-Fill - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this describing personality worksheet, students learn and practice a variety of personality adjectives and complete descriptions of people. First, students match personality adjectives in a box with definitions. Students then match each personality adjective with its opposite. Next, students categorize the personality adjectives according to whether they have a positive, neutral or negative meaning. Students then move on to complete sentences with the personality adjectives. After that, students do two gap-fill exercises where they complete descriptions of themselves and someone they know using personality adjectives. Lastly, students read their descriptions to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this personality adjectives interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises where they learn adjectives of personality and practice using them to describe people.

 

Personality Traits

ESL Personality Traits Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free describing personality activity, students practice asking and answering questions about personality traits. Students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and forming the questions they need to ask to do the activity, e.g. 'Do you like to try new or exciting things?' Students then go around the class, asking and answering the questions about personality traits and completing the worksheet with classmates' answers. When a classmate answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks them to give an example of the trait, e.g. 'Last week, I went skydiving'. When everyone has finished, go through each item and elicit the adjective that describes the personality trait.
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What do they do for a living?

ESL Characterizing Activity - Speaking, Writing and Matching - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this insightful character traits activity, students describe and characterize people in certain jobs and use the descriptions to match pictures of people to the jobs. In groups, students describe and characterize the sort of person who does each job shown on the worksheet using adjectives of character, personality and appearance. Next, groups look at their descriptions and assess which description should go with which picture and why. Students may also consider the appearance and overall impressions they get from the pictures to help them make their decisions. When everyone has finished, groups compare their ideas and the correct answers are revealed.
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You've Changed!

ESL Describing Character Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging describing characteristics activity, students write sentences, demonstrating the habits of someone with a certain characteristic. Students then read their sentences to each other and try to find a partner who has the opposite characteristic. Working alone, students complete sentences on a character adjective card, demonstrating their given characteristic. Next, students read their sentences to each other and find someone with the opposite characteristic. When a student finds someone with the opposite characteristic, they sit down together. When everyone has found a partner, check the pairs' sentences to see if they are paired correctly and write the matching adjectives on the board.
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Personality Adjectives Crossword

ESL Personality Adjectives Activity - Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2-C1) - 25 minutes

Here is a personality adjectives crossword to help students practice adjectives of personality and their opposites. In pairs, students take turns asking their partner for a clue to one of their missing personality adjectives. Their partner reads out the opposite of the personality adjective and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the adjective. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this character and personality adjectives breakout room activity, pairs of students work together to complete an interactive crossword with adjectives of personality and character.

 

What am I like?

ESL Positive Personality Adjectives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

Here is a free describing personality game to help students practice positive personality adjectives. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a positive personality adjective card and describe the adjective to the other students by making a sentence with always, usually and hardly ever, writing each sentence on the card as they go. For example, if the personality adjective was 'adaptable', the student might say 'I always adjust to new conditions. I usually respond well to change. I'm hardly ever inflexible'. The student is not allowed to say the adjective or variations of the word in their description. The first student to successfully guess the personality adjective being described wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, review students' sentences for each personality adjective and have the students agree on a definition for each one.
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What are they like?

ESL Personality Adjectives Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this fun personality game, students define and guess adjectives related to personality. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the personality adjective in bold to the other students, without saying the adjective or using the underlined words on the card. The first student to successfully guess the personality adjective being described wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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