English for Speakers of Other Languages

6. Describe People & Things

Level: Beginner/Early Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms

Common nouns and adjectives

Simple sentences with the verb to be, using common nouns and adjectives. The (my, her) ______ is/are _______. A (it) has/have _________.

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

  • Use common nouns and adjectives to describe objects
  • Describe people and characters
  • Express sensory details

Sample Language Patterns:

Use common nouns and adjectives to describe objects:
  • (My, his, her, our, their, nameís) ___ is ___ (adjective).
  • What is/are your ___(s) (noun) like?
  • What does your ___(noun) have?
  • What does it have?
  • My ___(noun) has/have ___ (article + noun).
  • ___ has/have ___ (article + noun).
Describing people and characters:
  • Tell me about your ___ (noun).
  • What is your ___ (noun)ís name?
  • Tell me about ___ (him, her, it).
  • ___(name). ___ (Pronoun) is ___ (adjective).
  • What is your ___ (noun) like?
  • What is/are ___ (Pronoun) like?
  • ___ (Pronoun) is ___ (adjective).
  • Tell me about ___ (pronoun + article).
  • What is ___ (article) like?
  • What do/does ___ (article + noun) have?
  • What does ____(he/she/it) look like?
  • What is____ (he/she like)?
Express sensory details:
  • What shape is ___?
  • How does it feel?
  • What kind of ___ is this?
  • Tell me what the ___ tastes like.
  • What ___ (color, size, shape, etc) is it?
  • It is ___ (adjective) and ___ (adjective).