English for Speakers of Other Languages

29. Describe Characteristics of People, Places & Things

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced

Corresponding State Language Forms

Compound and complex sentences with more specific vocabulary (nouns and adjectives)

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Describe people, characters and objects
  • Describe characteristics of things using sensory details
  • Describe a local place and give directions to a location
  • Make, read and describe a map

Sample Language Patterns:

Describe, people, characters and objects:
  • (My, his, her, our, their, name’s) ___ has been/was ___ (adjective).
  • What was/were your ___(s) (noun) like?
  • My___ (noun) have had/has had ___ (article + noun).
  • ___ has had/have had ___ (article + noun).
  • What was your ___ (noun) like?
  • What was/were ___ (Pronoun) like?
  • ___ (Pronoun) was ___ (adjective).
  • Tell me about ___ (article). What is ___ (article) like?
  • What did ___ (article + noun) have?
  • What was ___ (he, she, it) like?
  • Tell me about ___ (him, her, it).
  • ___ (Pronoun) has been a ___ (adjective)…
  • What was/were ___ like?
  • What is name for this?
  • What is/was this called?
  • It is called a ___.
  • This is ___ (article + noun).
  • What’s the composition of____?
  • It is composed of ____ (noun phrase), and ____(noun phrase).
  • What did it have?
  • It had ___ article + adjective) ___ (noun).
Describe characteristics of things using sensory details:
  • In what form is ___?
  • How did it feel?
  • It felt like ….
  • It seemed that….
  • What kind of ___ was it?
  • Tell me what the ___ tasted (5 senses) like.
  • What ___ (color, size, shape, etc) was it?
  • It was ___ (adjective) and ___ (adjective), and then it felt more…
Describe a local place and give directions to a location:
  • There was/has been/have been a ___ (noun) ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • There were/have been ___ (noun plural) ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • Can you tell me where one could/might find a ___?
  • Excuse me, can you give me/provide me with directions to…
  • At the end of the ___, turn ___ (directions).
  • You’ll see it if you look ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • Turn ___ when you see the ___ (prepositional phrase), turn/go/proceed ___ (direction) until you get to…
Make, read and describe a map:
  • Where can (I, you, he, she, they, we) find ___ (noun)?
  • ___ (noun) was/has been/are/had been ___ (preposition) the ___ (noun).
  • The ___ (noun) was/has been/are/had been ___ (preposition) the ___ (noun).
  • Where can a ___ be found?
  • It can be found____( preposition), ____ (prepositional phrase).
  • Could you describe the location of ______ (noun phrase)?
  • The ____(adjective +noun) is located _____(prepositional phrase).