Describing People

Students use ‘have’ or ‘have got’ for describing people.

What You Need

1 x DimmiDeck

Suggested Lesson Plan

(This is a simple PPP lesson. PresentationPractiseProduction)


  1. Choose whether today’s focus will be on ‘to have’ or ‘have got’. Once decided, use only that form during the lesson.
  2. Introduce the grammar structure in your usual way. Have they studied it in a previous lesson? Can you elicit it from them? Do you have a text in your course book for introducing it?
  3. Cover or revise the MPF of the form.
  4. Show one of the DimmiDeck characters and elicit a model from one of the students describing their hair and eye colour. ‘she has/has got blonde hair and a blue eye*’ If you did our last lesson ‘Match Maker’, you could also use clothing. ‘He has/has got a belt’.
  5. Elicit different eye colours, hair colours, clothing types and other useful vocabulary as needed in a mind map. Leave it on the board for the duration of the Practise phase, but remove it before the Production phase.


  1. Give a card to each student at random.
  2. In pairs, have them describe their character to their partner using the chosen grammar form.
  3. Monitor and help as necessary.
  4. Have students repeat their descriptions to the class and group correct.
  5. Repeat the exercise two or three times.

You can also use this opportunity for sentence creation and a writing exercise. Get students to come up with a name for their character and write a short paragraph about them and what they do!


For the Production phase of this lesson, head over to ‘Gimme Five’ a Dimmi twist on ‘Guess Who’ and ’20 Questions’. If your students needs extra practise or you’d like to take advantage of some real world materials, do the following Production exercise first. At this level, the more production the better!

  1. Choose a student at random.
  2. Have them describe you, the teacher.
  3. Choose another student and have them describe the first student.
  4. Continue until everyone has had a chance to speak and correct as necessary.

*DimmiDeck characters are cyclopses. This means that the plural form ‘blue eyes’ is never correct. Use this to your advantage. Instead of students repeating the phrase ‘he has ___ eyes’ parrot-fashion it forces them to think about what they are saying. It’s a good opportunity to test who is paying attention and thinking in their L2.