Levels: pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate.
Ages: older kids; teens; young adults.
Type: role-play; revising personality adjectives; games.
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns displaying personality types).
Language focus: vocab – personality adjectives.
Note: this idea was inspired by Keith Johnstone’s book, Impro for Storytellers (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1990).
Students think about what it means to be happy, to be a seducer, etc.
Give each student an adjective or personality type and a small piece of paper.
Each student lists the kinds of behaviour he/she thinks a happy person, or geek, or whatever they have, would exhibit.
Collect the papers and shuffle them.
One student is having a party. The other students are given a piece of paper as they come up to the host’s front door.
The visiting students must demonstrate their adjective or personality type, but aren’t allowed to say the word that describes it. They can demonstrate either with the host or with each other. The host’s job is to wander around and try to spot the adjective or personality type.
When the host is successful, both he and the actor get a point, and both can now help try and identify adjectives or personality types. Continue this way, adding more and more people identifying the adjectives or types, until all are discovered, or until you find some which are unguessable!