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This is a lesson plan for intermediate and up based around pictures of interesting people and language of speculation and deduction. Credit to my workmate Mont for the idea, thanks Mont.
Download the handout here:
Warmer – Who’s that guy?
Write the following expressions on the board:
He might/may/could be… (possible)
There’s a chance that he’s… (possible)
He can’t be… (impossible)
There’s no way he’s… (impossible)
He must be… (almost certain)
I’m pretty sure he’s… (quite certain)
Then show them the picture of the guy at the top of the post. Students come up with 5 deductions/speculations based on the picture. Tell them they can speculate about his age, nationality, job, personality or anything else they like.
The show them the pictures from the handout. Give them a few minutes to make speculations about the people.
Then show them the following list:
- A lawyer
- A police officer
- A serial-killer
- A billionaire
- A rock star
- A bank robber
- A chef
- A professional sports-person
Tell student that they must decide which person has which job. The secret is: There’s no correct answer! But don’t tell them that yet. Give them 5-10 minute to make speculations and provide reasons for which person has which job, then have them present their reasoning to the class and debate them. Only then can you reveal that there’s no correct answer!
Follow up activity
Composition: Can you judge a book by it’s cover? Have students write and essay/article on the topic of first impressions and judging people based on their appearance.