Why are we late? (personality traits)

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Vocabulary - Personality traits

advanced adjectives to describe personality


The main objectives of this lesson are to:

  • expand vocabulary by practising the use of advanced adjectives to describe personality traits;
  • develop listening and interpretation skills through an informative video;
  • discuss punctuality.

This lesson on advanced adjectives to describe personality allows students to express their thoughts on punctuality and improve their listening comprehension skills. Students also learn about timekeepers and timebenders and work in pairs to ask and answer questions to summarize their partner’s attitude to time.

C1 / Advanced60 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


The lesson starts with a warm-up activity in which students choose a definition that best reflects their attitude to time and explain their choice. Then, students watch the intro of an informative video and answer questions about what they think of the video and its content. After that, they practise listening and interpretation skills. Students watch the second part of the video, read a short text and find one thing that is not true according to the speaker. They also practise advanced adjectives to describe personality by finding the definition or synonym of the words in bold (e.g. fidgety, conscientious, nonchalant, etc.) in the other sentences. After that, students discuss more points about time and punctuality and watch the third part of the video to compare their answers.


In this part of the lesson, students watch the fourth video segment and elaborate on the statements about being on time. They reflect and talk about the points related to punctuality and personality traits, brainstorm ways to become more conscientious, and check their ideas by watching the last part of the video. After that, students pair up to ask and answer some questions. The questions contain advanced adjectives to describe personality traits students have learned in the lesson. Then, based on the answers, they summarize whether their partner is a timekeeper or a timebender and explain their choice. The lesson is wrapped with a discussion about punctuality.



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  1. Alex Neville

    Great lesson!

    1. Olia

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  2. Eleanor Stapleton

    Great lesson! I love this topic and love the newness of it compared to your other lessons, you guys always come out with new and interesting topics when I think there can’t be any other topics left!
    One thing I don’t like so much is the way the video is split up- personally I get a bit frustrated at watching a video in bits like this! So for my lessons I’ve been watching the first half of this video and then doing the activities and prompts with it, and then the last bit about how to change if there’s time. So watching it in 2 bits instead of 4. Sometimes I just watch it all the way through.
    Also, on the first slide, me and a student got really in depth talking about the second point – time being a mystery to be studied and understood. Made me think that an advanced lesson about space time, travel, how time progresses differently when travelling at the speed of light, etc., could be cool!
    Thanks so much <3

    1. Olia

      Thanks for your feedback! We love that you were able to use the lesson and adapt it in a way that is more convenient for you 🤗 And thanks for the lesson idea!


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