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Appearance – What do they look like?

Appearance – What do they look like?


in the upcoming week we are going to talk about the appearance, that is, how somebody looks, about body features, clothes and fashion.

I have decided to limit the number of topics we cover during the whole week to two. Both the students and I have noticed it will be more beneficiary for the learners. Our teachers and I follow the same pattern of conducting the workshops but all of us have different teaching personality types, different ideas for activities and energy. Therefore, thanks to having a limited number of topics you will be able to revise vocabulary even better during the week.

As previously, I encourage you to join our writing part in the lat section of this article. There is no shame in making mistakes! Everybody here is learning and everybody makes mistakes 🙂 Thanks to your text, not only you learn by your own mistakes, but other people too! It’s called social learning.



Topics connected with: clothes and fashion; appearance


“Don’t judge the book by its cover” says the old proverb but is that really possible in reality? Revise vocabulary related to the look to be able to deescribe someone and yourself.

1. What does he look like? BBC Flatmates – beginner – pre-intermediate

The Flatmates is a series of podcasts with extra activities produced by BBC. It tells stories of a group of young friends. The level of this podcast is beginner to pre-intermediate but even more advanced students can learn some new words.


2. The way we look – 6 minute English – intermediate and up

This podcast takes about 6 minutes and includes plenty of useful vocabulary to describe one’s appearance. It’s also a bit more advanced than the previous one. Make sure to listen to it a few times on your way to work or to workshops. The more frequently you repeat it, the more vocabulary will stay in your memory. Include the new words in your writing to remember them better.


3. Adjectives and adverbs – a revision from BBC

To describe someone’s appearance we need to know adjectives and adverbs. Revise grammar in this easy-to-use revision unit. Notice, there is a whole section of grammar revision topics that looks really modern and can help you out with refreshing the basics of English grammar.



1. The true cost of fast fashion – The Economist (British accent)

In this video you will learn about the real consequnces of consumerism in the world, especially the UK. To undertsand the video better, watch it first to get the main idea. Secondly, watch again, pay attention to the new words, jot them down, check them in the mini-dictionary under the video. After you get all the new words. Turn off the subtitles and watch again to answer the following questions:

  1. What is fast fashion and what is the synonym for it?
  2. What are the consequences of fast fashion?
  3. What does Savanna Rags do and where does it send its clothes?
  4. What influence does a growing middle class has on the waste industry?
  5. What is the mission of Rent the Runways?
  6. What does Patagonia brand promote? What do you think of it?

Answer the questions in the comment section to be checked.

Useful words: landfill (a place to dump waste), garments (clothes, outfits), dispose (discard, get rid of, throw away),  castoffs (unwanted pieces of clothing), a plant (a factory), fashionista (a person who follows fashion trends), rags (a piece of old, often torn, cloth used especially for cleaning things -> see an idiom: from  rags to riches), runway (catwalk),  swanky (fashionable and expensive event), flagship stores (original, the most important, characteristic shops), disrupt (distrub, interrup), tackle (deal with), apparel (clothing), demand (amount of products people want), mend (fix), for the sake of wearing a pair of jeans (just, only to …), viable (profitable), follow suit (to act or behave in the way that somebody else has just done)

2. Slow fashion – The Feed (Australian accent)

After working with the previous video you can jump to watching this one about slow fashion – the topic opposite to fast fashion. You will find yourself understanding much more after learning words from the earlier video. However, the accent might be more challenging to some of you. Don’t get demotivated. It is highly important to listen to diverse accents in leanring English.


Join us in the English practise and write two paragraphs (about 200 words) about one chosen topic. Follow a three-part structure – introduction, main body, summary. Post your answer here or bring your text to the workshops. It will be a great form of a revision of words for other students and for you a booster in learning. Trust me. 🙂


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