Friday, August 17, 2012

Activity 12- What`s the Occasion?

This activity can be used to practice vocabulary related to clothing and the present continuous as well!

Level: beginning/intermediate
Vocabulary: clothingGrammar topic: Present Continuous
Language skill: speaking
Device needed: any device with a built-in digital camera
Number of devices needed: one per student
Internet connection: offline


This is a class project that requires in-class and outside-class work.

Part 1: 
On the first day, give each student a slip with a particular situation written in it (EX: GOING TO SCHOOL/CHURCH/WORK/THE BEACH/THE CHURCH/THE MALL/THE GYM/A WEDDING/A JOB INTERVIEW/ A ROMANTIC DINNER/ A FAMILY PICNIC/A NIGHTCLUB/ETC...). Remind them that they should not reveal which situation they were given. Then, explain that they should go home, pick up in their closet the outfit they would wear for that occasion and take pictures of all items (clothes/shoes/accessories) and a picture of themselves wearing the outfit for that occasion.

Part 2:
On the second day, ask students to sit in small groups. Explain that they should show the pictures they have taken (and orally say the name of all clothing items) and other group members should guess where their classmates are going dressed like that. As a follow-up, ask students to show the picture in which they are wearing their outfit and have other classmates describe using the Present Continuous (ex: you are wearing a pink dress, high heels, a watch and a necklace). You can also have them vote on the student who was best dressed for the assigned occasion.

Alternative suggestion: In part 1, ask students to send you via e-mail their picture wearing the outfit. Then, in part 2, you can show the pictures of all students in a slide presentation and elicit from them the sentences in the Present Continuous (follow-up part).

Source: Vinicius Lemos


  1. Great activity, Vinicius! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us!

    1. Thank you for the positive feedback Denise. You have certainly encouraged me to keep on developing more activities!

  2. Wonderful. I will share this with my teachers on Monday

    1. Hi Susan! Thank you so much, I am truly glad that you liked my activity and that is such an honor to know that you are going to share it with other teachers!

  3. Great activity,Vinicius! I'll share this with my coachees.
    Eneida Coaracy