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ESL Worksheets: Describing People Collocations

Level: Advanced
Objective: practice collocations related to appearance
Brainstorm and introduce the idea of collocations:
Ask your students to think of 2 people they know well (family, friends, acquaintances) and ask them to describe 2 of their facial features, such as hair, eyes, etc.
Elicit adjectives that describe the facial features and write them on the board as examples:
big, round, slanted up, slanted down, squinty, protruding, puffy eyes
receding, wavy, curly, straight, spiky hair
Tell the students that these words collocate, or sound ‘good’ together, and are better remembered in phrases as they are often used in each other’s company.
Pair work:
Hand out the worksheet. Students find the word that goes well with the words listed (1-13). Monitor and take the exercise up in the open class.
Group work:
Students choose another appearance related word (shoulders, nails, posture) and come up with more ‘company’ words that can be put before or after the assigned word. Monitor and read out loud the combinations students wrote.
As an alternative, they can choose a noun that is already included on the worksheet and add more adjectives to it. (e.g.: highlighted/permed hair)
Student Worksheet: Describing People Collocations
  • nose
  • eyes
  • cheeks
  • skin
  • hair
  • face
  • lips
  • chin
  • teeth
  • build
  • eyebrows
  • smile
  • ears

1. Bushy, thick, raised, arched, curved .

2. Receding, wavy, curly, straight, spiky, highlighted, permed .

3. Double, dimpled, square, round, pointed .

4. Heavy, muscular, medium, stocky .

5. White, crooked, protruding .

6. Silky, smooth, glowing, rough, callused, dry .

7. Long, square, wrinkled, freckled, sun-tanned, oval .

8. Large, small, almond-shaped, slanted, puffy, squinty .

9. Cold, beaming, cheery, charming, broad .

10. Red, pale, rosy, soft, sunken .

11. Long, pointed, huge, hooked .

12. Small, large, low, pointed .

13. Full, thin, cupid, downturned, upturned .

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