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Interesting People: Deduction and Speculation

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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:

speculate pictures interesting people

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.

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Might/may…. but worksheet

This is a worksheet on might/may… but for qualifying criticism.

You can download the worksheet here:

might may… but

Might/may  – qualifying criticism

Messi may/might be small, but he’s the best Player in the world.

She might/may not speak much in class, but she always does well in the exams.

We use “may/might…., but” as another way of expressing “although/even though”

Even though he’s small, Messi is the best player in the world.

Although she doesn’t speak in class, she always does well in exams.

Match the sentence halves together.

1.    It might be cold, a.     But he’s fitter than me.
2.    He might be handsome, b.    But it has charm.
3.    She might look stupid, c.     But it’s sunny.
4.    He may be a heavy smoker, d.    But he’s great company.
5.    Exeter might be a small city, e.     But when you get to know him he’s really sweet.
6.    The dog might be really annoying, f.       But he’s a nasty piece of work.
7.    He might seem unfriendly, g.     But it gets me from A to B.
8.    It might not be the best car in the world, h.    But she knows a lot more than you.

Key: 1-c, 2-f, 3-h, 4-a, 5-b, 6-d, 7-e, 8-g

Make sentences about these celebrities using the structure: