This is an activity I really like to use with my students, it is suitable for B1-B2 students. They'll be able to practise three of the four skills, reading, speaking and writing, while they learn new vocabulary.
I got the idea for this activity from an episode of the Simpsons in which Marge becomes a realtor. She is told to use positive language when describing houses in order to sell more. In this way a 'small' house is described as 'cosy'.
|It's not small but cosy.|
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You should allow at least 1 hour to complete the whole activity although the third exercise, being a composition, can be done at home.
In the first exercise students must read the description of a house where the adjective nice is repeated several times. They should replace it with an appropriate adjective. The idea is to make students aware that there are other adjectives they can use apart from nice.
In the second exercise students are given the characteristics of a very special flat. This is a very old apartment that needs renovating in a rough neighbourhood. Students must use positive language in order to focus on the positive aspects of the flat. I always tell them they can exaggerate things but never lie. They tend to find it a bit difficult at first but once they start to come up with ideas they enjoy it a lot.
To conclude the activity students must use their own ideas from exercise 2 to write an article similar in structure to one they read at the beginning.