Magazine Personalities

Magazine Personalities

Magazine Personalities is a great way to get to know your class in your first lesson and also to get them speaking about themselves and their interests. I use this activity with my teen and adult classes and have found that it’s a great way to get them talking. It also gives you a great insight into your students’ hobbies and interests which can be invaluable when writing lesson plans that engage your students and their interests.

Activity Time: 
 10 mins +

Materials required:  See presentation below

All levels of adults and teens.


Open the download. There are a total of three slides. On Slide 1, you will see the first prompt. You can tell the class that they “have been been delayed in the airport for five hours”. Here you can ask has anyone ever been delayed in the airport or missed their flight etc if you wish. Ask them to describe how they felt and how did they pass the time etc.
On slide one you must click the picture of the face for it to appear.

In Slide 2, you inform the students that the airline has given them enough money to purchase any two magazines from the newsagent.
As in Slide 1, you must click on the picture for it to appear.

In Slide 3, I have put a selection of typical magazines that can be found in English. You can click on each picture to make it appear and then ask the class to discuss the magazine. What type of magazine is it? What would they expect to find in it? etc.

After you have discussed all the magazines, the students then pick two that they would buy. Ask each student to explain why etc.
You can add or change any of the magazines I have added.

I hope you enjoy this activity. If you use and like this activity or have any suggestions, please let me know.

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