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What Are They Wearing?

What Are They Wearing?

Students describe someone in the class by talking about what he or she is wearing or doing. A speaking activity using the present continuous.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Clothing

Grammar:  Present continuous

Time:  20 minutes


  • Prepare slips of paper with the names of each student.



Review vocabulary for items of clothing. Use examples by asking what students are wearing.

  • hat
  • coat
  • sweater
  • shirt
  • t-shirt
  • dress
  • skirt
  • jacket
  • pants
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • shoes
  • sneakers
  • boots

Give one slip of paper to each student. Ask the students to keep the information a secret. 


Ask the students to get into groups of 4 or 5 people.


The students’ task is to describe the person on their slip of paper by talking about what he or she is wearing or doing. The other students in the group listen and try to guess who is being described.

For example:

He is wearing a blue shirt and jeans. 

He is standing next to his desk. 

He is laughing. 

He is using his pen.


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