Lesson 19 – What kind of friend are you?

Warm up

  1. Ask what students think is important in a friend’s personality. Give the example: They should be friendly. Write friendly on the board. Ask what other things they think are important and write them up on the board.
  2. Elicit or teach: confident, generous, reliable, and other words from the Key language. 
  3. Ask for the opposites of the adjectives on the board and write them beside their positive words.

Main Activity

  1. Tell them they are going to find out about their own personalities. Put them in pairs.
  2. Ask them not to answer the questions, but to read them and underline any words they do not understand. Tell them to ask their partner to explain any words they do not understand. 
  3. Ask if there are any words they still do not know. Ask other students to explain before you explain yourself. 
  4. On the board, write: 

What do most people do?

What should they do? 

Tell students to talk about these two questions in relation to the questions in the questionnaire, and then to choose the true answers for themselves. 

  1. Tell them to check their scores. 
  2. Ask if they agree with the description of themselves and of their partner.
  3. Ask which questions had a big difference between what people should do and what people really do. Ask what they answered for those questions and why.

What kind of friend are you?

For every a, score 1. For every b, score 5. For every c, score 10.

Check your scores:
How friendly are you? Questions 1, 4, 8
3-7 Perhaps you feel that you do not need other people, but some people might think you are a bit cold sometimes.
8-20 You are a friendly person and you are naturally polite. You like to get to know people.
21-30 You are a very friendly person. Shy people might think you are too friendly sometimes!

How confident are you? Questions 2, 3, 5
3-7 You are not shy! Perhaps you do not like to be alone very much and need to have people around to have a good time.
8-20 You are not usually shy, but you are sometimes. You like being with other people, but you can have fun alone too.
21-30 Some people think you are a bit shy sometimes. You are a very quiet person, and you do not enjoy meeting too many new people.

How reliable are you? Questions 6, 9, 11
3-7 You do not plan to be unreliable, but perhaps some people might feel that they can not rely on you.
8-20 You are usually reliable, and you try to do the right thing if you can.
21-30 You are a very reliable person. You always try to keep your promises and do the best thing for other people
How generous are you? Questions 7, 10, 12
3-7 You are a really kind and generous person. Your friends are lucky to know you!
8-20 You are a generous person, but you think about what is good for you too.
21-30 Some people might think you should be more generous sometimes. What do you think?

  1. Please check your score.
  2. Discuss, do you agree with the description of yourself and of your partner.
  3. Which questions had a big difference between what people should do and what people really do? What is your answer? Tell the reason.

Follow up

  • The class chose four adjectives of good personality from the list they produced during the Warm up session at the beginning of the lesson. 
  • Put students into three groups. Each group thinks of one question, with a, b, c answers like in the questionnaire, for each of the four adjectives. For easy scoring: 
  • Make “a” the most positive/best answer, scoring 10.
  • Make “b” the medium answer, not so good and not so bad, scoring
  • Make “c” the negative/worst answer, scoring 
  • Each group writes each question on a separate piece of paper, making a class set of 12 questions altogether, like in the original questionnaire.
  • Combine all the questions into a single questionnaire by putting them on the wall under the four adjectives they chose. 
  • Each group writes a short score sheet in their own words for one of the adjectives. You write the remaining one. As a guide, write on the board: 

3-7: personality description not very good

8-20: personality description = better

21-30: personality description = good

  • Students do the questionnaire and check their scores.
  • You can photocopy their questionnaire so they can try it on their friends in other classes 


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