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Unit 2 A sense of identity


Writing a profile

12 Words describing appearance

A Put these words into the correct categories in the table. Use a dictionary to help you.

shoulder-length handsome dyed straight scruffy

middle-aged in (their) twenties/ thirties young

blonde fashionable beard well-built moustache

attractive spiky tall overweight smart ugly thin

wavy short

Hair Size Age General impression
shoulder-length tall middle-aged handsome
dyed short in (their) twenties/ thirtiesscruffy
straight well-builtyoung attractive
blonde thin   spiky
beard overweight   smart
moustache     ugly
wavy      

B Complete the descriptions using the table in A.

You'll easily recognise Tim. He's 1 ... {size) and he's got 2 ... (hair). He usually wears sunglasses and he's got a 3 ... {hair). He's not very smart, but he isn't 4 ... {general impression) either. He'll probably be wearing casual jeans and a T-shirt. Oh, and he's slightly 5 ... {size).

You'll easily recognise Tim. He's short and he's got shoulder-length hair. He usually wears sunglasses and he's got a beard. He's not very smart, but he isn't ugly either. He'll probably be wearing casual jeans and a T-shirt. Oh, and he's slightly over-weight.

You won't miss Helen! She's tall and 1 ... (size), and quite 2 ... (general impression). She's got 3 ... (hair), which she dyed recently. And she's very 4 ... (general impression). She'll probably be wearing a new pair of trainers and carrying the latest mobile phone!

You won't miss Helen! She's tall and thin, and quite attractive. She's got blond hair, which she dyed recently. And she's very fashionable . She'll probably be wearing a new pair of trainers and carrying the latest mobile phone!

13 Words describing character

A Match the character adjectives on the left with their oppositeson the right.

1 funny                     a mean
2 quiet, shy               b anxious
3 easy-going             c cheerful
4 miserable             d confident
5 generous               e serious

1 funny - e serious
2 quiet, shy - d confident
3 easy-going - b anxious
4 miserable - c cheerful
5 generous - a mean

B Now complete these sentences with an appropriate adjective from A. There may be more than one possibility for each gap.

1 Maria is extremely confident She never gets anxious about anything.

2 Paul is too shy to ask Linda out. If she says no, he'll be very embarrassed.

3 It was generous of you to buy me a present. Thanks a lot.

4 Tina is very serious. She doesn't have much of a sense of humour.

5 OK, I'll take you to the party - there's no need to be miserable.

6 Dave is very good at telling jokes. He's a very funny person.

14 Writing

A Now write a profile of your best friend. First answer these questions.

1 How old are they?
2 Where do they live?
3 What do they look like?
4 How are they similar or different from other teenagers?
5 Why do you get on with them?
6 What things do you do together?
7 Will you still be friends in the future?

B Now complete this profile.

My best friend is called ... and is... years old. He / She lives in ... . He / She's got... hair and ... eyes. He / She's .... (physical appearance). We've been friends... (time).

... is a typical... (nationality) teenager. He / She likes / dislikes ... (music, sports, food). I think we get on well together, because I'm a ... (character radjective) person and he / she is... (character adjective). We also both enjoy ... (which activities?).

At school, he / she is good at... (school subjects). We ... (things do together at school). At the weekend we ... (things do together at weekend). In the future I think ... (will you still befriends?)

Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing descriptions. Travel and sightseeing.

Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words describing appearance.

Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing a Talk. The Millenium Dome.

Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing a letter of complaint.

Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing a composition. The Lottery.

Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing a biography.

Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Writing a report. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERNET TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
 

Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Writing a discursive composition. An ideal job.

Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday nightmare.