English Task–Descriptive Speech

Hey! 

This is a writing exercise about descriptive speech, for which I am asking you to create a fictional character. This description will go beyond physical characteristics: I really want you to create a character, a persona, and a story. You will also create a portait using one of these websites. It’s fun, and it will give you the chance to write more about their life and personality, instead of their physicality. I chose pickaface.net to create my fictional person. 

  • Create your person’s face. 
  • Name them. 
  • Write their story, experience, personality traits, background, objectives, etc. Write anything worth knowing about this person in 200-500 words. 
  • Email the picture and written description of your fictional character at lucymeyers49@gmail.com, and I will post it as soon as possible. 

Good luck! 

-Lucy

Meet my fictional character, Ben LaVille. 

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Ben was always the quietest person in the room, he didn’t like to receive too much attention. His voice was low, but his outfits were loud. Bizarrely, Ben would get attention because of the way he dressed. People would stare at him and whisper to one another, but he didn’t  mind that type of attention–the type that occurred far away from him. What Ben didn’t like was loud people who would try to interact with him, try to make him laugh, and force him to be nice. Ben’s mother was very much like that. She was always inquiring about him, and always trying to (very loudly) get his attention. He resented her for that. When Ben was 21 years old, he graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Computer Science and moved to Colombia to work for an American pharmaceutical company. He loved his life. He didn’t have many friends and was happy about that. After five years, he moved back to America for a job in Billings, Montana. He bought a house, a horse (named Joey), and a dog (Lucy). Ben met his soulmate on the Internet. François was a journalist, working for the Billings Gazette, and he thought Ben was the most interesting person on the planet. They gave each other the perfect amount of space, and eventually adopted a daughter, Flora-Lynn, who is now four years old. Ben donates money every month hoping to save the world and accumulate good karmic energy for him and his family. He has developed a passion and talent for gardening and cooking organic meals for François and Flora-Lynn.

Word count: 267

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Three Tips for ESL Teachers

1. Be Knowledgeable and Prepared

As an English teacher, you should know more about English and Language Acquisition than the average person. Know you tenses, know you prepositions, and try to have a decent grasp on spelling–always Spell Check! No one can possibly know everything about a language, but make sure that your lack of knowledge doesn’t cost you your students’ respect. Personally, I am no better than anyone, and I always do myself the favor of preparing a solid lesson plan, and reviewing the material before a lesson.

2. Listen to your Students

Open your heart, feel the classroom’s energy, and pay attention to details. Typical me, but it works! As an ESL teacher (any teacher), you cannot allow yourself to be the center of the class, or do things like forget a student’s name or ignore a question. I tend to redirect most of my lessons according to my students’ needs. Having a solid lesson plan is as important as knowing how to depart from it depending on your students’ moods and/or aspirations for the day. This is their class, you are here to serve them with the most precious gifts, knowledge and fluency. Have respect for their eagerness to learn, and understand the daily struggle that learning a new language can be.

3. Have a Good Time

This is a no brainer, and has everything to do with building and responding to the classroom’s energy. In a nutshell, if you are bored, your students will be bored. If you don’t want to be in class, your students won’t either. On the other hand, if you’re a natural entertainer, do that, and throw in a little knowledge once in a while! If you spend an entire class having a good time in English, your students will learn just as much (if not more) as they would have in a typical and overdone rigid/interactive presentation.

Extra Credit:

I keep referring to them as “students” or “your students,” but I try not to get wrapped up with hierarchy and such social divides. If this is your job, you should spend more time with them than you do with your friends and family members. Treat them as such. My students are my friends, and more often than not, they are my teachers too.  I have tremendous respect for them, and this makes for trusted relationships, and a harmonious classroom environment.