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Vocabulary - verbs for describing sounds

describing sounds in English


This flipped lesson plan deals with verbs for describing sounds in English and is based on a video about a condition called misophonia. People who suffer from it experience emotional or physiological responses triggered by certain sounds.

C1 / Advanced60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


At home students are supposed to complete four tasks. First, they need to decide which sound verbs (e.g. smack, slurp, swallow, etc.) are connected with which parts of the face. Then, they need to match these parts of a face with correct verbs. In the second task, students have to complete sentences with the correct verbs from the previous exercise. Next, they move to another activity. This time they have to look at the pictures and match verbs of different sounds (e.g. tick, creak, drip) with correct objects. To put the vocabulary in practice, students need to choose five verbs from the previous exercises and write sentences with them.


The in-class worksheet starts with a short task on various sounds. Students have to make a list of sounds they hear every day. Next, there is a short lead-in to the video. Ask your students what the term misophonia might mean. Then, make students watch the video and find out if they were right. After that, students watch the video again and answer four comprehension questions about it. The next point is a short discussion consisting of just two questions. Before you ask your students what sounds they find irritating, make them study the sentences in the next exercise and underline words and phrases we use when something irritates us. The exercise includes the following vocab: pet peeve, unbearable, drive sb nuts, make sb cringe, annoy. Next, students move to the last task and look at the list of the most irritating sounds (even more verbs for describing sounds in English). Moreover, using vocabulary from the previous exercise, they discuss sounds they hate.



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