New Cutting Edge Intermediate Module 8
Choose one thing that you used last weekend and answer yes/ no questions about it until your partner guesses what it is:
Is it made from paper/ cardboard/ plastic/ metal/ fabric/ wood/ glass/ leather/…?
Is it square/ rectangular/ round (= circular)/ triangular/ oblong (= oval = egg-shaped)/ sharp/ fragile (= easy to break)/ …?
Is it big/ small/ heavy/ light/ dangerous/ expensive/ cheap/ noisy/ smelly/ long/ portable/ shiny?
Does it use petrol/ electricity/ gas/ water/ …?
Does it give off (= produce) heat/ light/ colours/ noise/ fumes?
Are there some/ many in your house/ this room/ this building?
Has it got a handle/ a lid/ buttons/ a screen/ batteries/ a motor/ cables/ pipes?
Is it used for…?
Do you use it to…?
Do you use it often/ very often/ every day/ several times a day/ in the morning?
Do you use it in the bath/ the kitchen/ your workplace?
Can you buy it in a department store/ convenience store/ stationery shop/ electronics shop/ street market…?
Is it a kind of furniture/ white good/ consumer electronics/ cutlery/ crockery/ machine/ gadget?
Do you need to recharge/ shake/ wash/ polish/ refill it?
Is it dark brown/ navy blue/ pastel yellow/ bright orange?
Extended speaking- A thing that is important to me
Listen to your partner give a presentation on one thing that is important to them. Don’t interrupt or ask questions until you are sure that they have finished, then ask about any of the topics below that they haven’t talked about.
What it looks like- colour, size, shape etc
What it sounds like
What it smells like
What it can be used for
What you usually use it for
Its good points
Its bad points
Why it is important to you
Why you chose this thing to speak about
How you got it
Where it is/ where you keep it
How it compares to similar things
Strongest memories associated with it
How long you’ve had it
How long you think you will continue to use it
Things it is similar to
Together, try to decide on the greatest invention of the last 100 years. Present your ideas to the class. Defend your invention against the negative things the other groups say and then vote at the end on which is the greatest (you can’t vote for your own idea).
What are the negative points of modern technology?
PDF version for easy printing: DescribingObjects