1-Describing appearance (What does he /she look like?)
Height Build Age
tall, tallish, short, frail, stocky, slim, thin, young, elderly, middle-aged,
shortish, medium height plump, fat, skinny, well-built teenager, in 20s, 30s, 40s
Face Eyes Nose Chin
big round blue eyes,
round, oval, square, with large, small, bright, double, jutting,
scares, dimple, wrinkles, narrow, slanting, piggy, receding,
freckles, sun-tanned, pale deep-set, sharp, square……
Eye lash Lip Hair Clothes
bald, straight, casual, scruffy,
Thin, thick, curved,
Curly, underpopulated curly, spiky, shabby, smart,
wavy tidy, messy
2-Describing Character (What's he like? )
1. Use the words below to describe what your friends, family and teachers are like.
2. In pairs: one student writes down a description and the other student must guess who it is.
careful, hard- aggressive, dull, boring, generous, energetic,
working, tough, careless, imaginative, loyal, self- confident,
worried, practical, ambitious, controlled, selfish, shy,
cheerful, sensible, crafty, moody, stubborn,
broadminded, independent, sensitive, trusting, reliable,
active, curious, strong-minded, gentle, naive modest, clumsy,
secretive stupid tolerant, intelligent
II-STRUCTURAL PARTS OF A COMPOSITION
The composition describing a person should be divided into 3 parts:
INTRODUCTION: you should briefly set the scene giving general information about the
person, say how when, where you first saw, met or were introduced to that person.
Mary is my best friend. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the ‘Donosti’ a few years
ago as I need someone to talk in English, and he was a teacher. We got on well immediately
and we have been friends ever since….
MAIN PART: you should describe physical appearance, character (personal qualities),
hobbies, and interest. You should write a paragraph for each topic.
To describe appearance: you should describe details of the person’s age, height, build,
facial feature, hair, clothing…..moving from the general aspect to the details.
Smith, who is in his early forties, is of medium height and average build, with an oval face
and receding hair. He’s got beautiful almond eyes and a charming smile…..
To describe character (personal qualities) you can support them with examples or manner
and mannerism (the way they speak, the gestures, a particular habit) and or justification.
He is very outspoken and says what he feels. He has an extraordinary sense and really
cracks me up. And what I really admire about John is his integrity and loyalty, and he
always there when ever you need him……..
To describe hobbies/interest, lifestyle and beliefs: you should talk about the person’s
habits, interest, daily routines….
In his free time he loves reading and watching films, particularly independent one. He also
enjoy playing boarding games, and he’s absolutely fantastic at trivial.
CONCLUSION: You write your feelings and comments
My friend is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I really enjoy sharing things with him.
It’s always fun with him, and you never feel blue. I know for sure we’ll be friends for ever.