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Questionnaire about birth order and personality traits. Where do you come in your family? Do you believe that your birth order is related to your personality development? Please complete the questionnaire about your position in the family and say something about your personality traits.
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Personality Traits

Pre-task:
Questionnaire about birth order and personality traits

Where do you come in your family? Do you believe that your birth order is related to
your personality development? Please complete the questionnaire about your position
in the family and say something about your personality traits.

Name:
Please tick your birth order:
□ First-born Child
□ Middle Child
□ Only Child
□ The youngest Child
1. How many brothers Description:
and sisters do you
have?
2. Please take a look at
□ Dependable
□ Irresponsible
the personality traits in
□ Well-organized
□ Spoilt
the right column and
□ Responsible
□ Impatient
tick the traits that
□ Good self- control
□ Uncomplicated
describe you.
□ High achiever
□ Outgoing
□ Cautious
□ Creative
□ Spoilt
□ A negotiator
□ Objective
□ Shy and quiet
□ Demanding
□ Calm
□ Conscientious
□ Even-tempered
□ Independent
□ Competitive
□ Self-confident
□ Easygoing
□ Reliable
□ Friendly
□ High achiever
□ A peace-maker
□ Serious
□ A people-pleaser
□ Supporter of law and
□ A great listener
order
□ Responsible
□ Humorous
□ Bossy
□ A perfectionist
□ Intimidating
□ Patient
□ Competent
□ Disorganized
□ Studious
□ Introvert
□ Extrovert
□ Dependent
□ Messy
□ Diligent
□ Amiable
□ Picky
3. Are there any other

personality traits you
have but cannot find
on the list above?
Please write them in
the right column.
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Task 2: Questionnaire of your partner’s birth order and personality traits

Do you want to know how your partner describes himself/herself? Please interview
him/her and check his/her personality traits on the following chart by using the useful
expressions or your own words.

Useful expressions
1. Can you tell me what kind of person do you think
for interviewing
you are?
people
2. Do you think you are…?
3. Can you describe yourself briefly?
4. Is there anyone saying you are…?

Your partner’s personality traits:

Your partner’s name:
Please tick his/her birth order:
□ First-born Child
□ Middle Child
□ The Only Child
□ The youngest Child
1. How many brothers Description:
and sisters does your
partner have?
2. Please take a look at
□ Dependable
□ Irresponsible
the personality traits in
□ Well-organized
□ Spoilt
the right column and
□ Responsible
□ Impatient
tick the traits that
□ Good self- control
□ Uncomplicated
describe your partner.
□ High achiever
□ Outgoing
□ Cautious
□ Creative
□ Spoilt
□ A negotiator
□ Objective
□ Shy and quiet
□ Demanding
□ Calm
□ Conscientious
□ Even-tempered
□ Independent
□ Competitive
□ Self-confident
□ Easygoing
□ Reliable
□ Friendly
□ High achiever
□ A peace-maker
□ Serious
□ A people-pleaser
□ Supporter of law and
□ A great listener
order
□ Responsible
□ Humorous
□ Bossy
□ A perfectionist
□ Intimidating
□ Patient
□ Competent
□ Disorganized
□ Studious
□ Introvert
□ Extrovert
□ Dependent
□ Messy
□ Diligent
□ Amiable
□ Picky

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Task 1: Taiwanese celebrities’ birth order and their personality traits

According to the discussion with your partner, do you believe birth order influences
personality development? Some people do, others don’t. Look at the Taiwanese
celebrities below, then work with your partner and guess their birth orders according
to the personality traits they have.
1.
Name: Jay Chou
Personality Traits

I am described as:

• dependable

• well-organized
• responsible
• independent
• high achiever
• demanding


• unforgiving
• sensitive

Jay Chou is a pop singer. Chou's music
Please guess and tick my birth order.
mixes Western R&B and hip-hop with a
□ First-born Child
distinctive Chinese flavour. "In order to
□ Middle Child
be noticed in the West, Chinese culture is
□ Only Child
the starting point," he told Reuters in a
□ The youngest Child
recent interview.
2.
Name: Wang Yung-ching
Personality Traits

I am described as:

• responsible

• conscientious

• independent
• a high achiever
• natural leader
• well-organized

• reliable
• punctual
• bossy
• moody
• intimidating
• a perfectionist
• picky
• competent
Mr. Wang Yung-ching is an influential
Please guess and tick my birth order.
entrepreneur with a large business empire □ First-born Child
in Taiwan.
□ Middle Child
□ Only Child
□ The youngest Child

3.
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Name: Takeshi Kaneshiro
Personality Traits

I am described as:

• selfish

• disorganized
• irresponsible
• a risk-taker
• impatient
• uncomplicated

• inattentive
• unrealistic

Takeshi, born and raised in Taiwan by a
Please guess and tick my birth order.
Taiwanese mother and Japanese father,
□ First-born Child
plays the leading role in the kung-fu film
□ Middle Child
Flying Daggers.
□ Only Child
□ The youngest Child

4.

Name: Ang Lee
Personality Traits

I am described as:

• a negotiator

• shy and quiet
• calm
• even-tempered
• indecisive
• friendly


• a peace maker
• a people-pleaser
• a great listener
Ang Lee, Taiwanese film director, is a
Please guess and tick my birth order.
critically and commercially successful in
□ First-born Child
the film industry. His first
□ Middle Child
Hollywood-mainstream movie was Sense
□ Only Child
and Sensibility (1995); others are
□ The youngest Child
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and
Hulk
.

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Reading

In-task

Task 4:
Listen to teacher’s reading

Are you ready to know how birth order influences your personality development?
Before exploring the text, please listen to teacher reading the text for you first.

Task 5: Skimming for general understanding

Do you hear anything interesting or surprising in your teacher’s reading? Now check
the text and see more interesting and surprising points.

Birth order factor and your personality: 8 facts that might
surprise you1


Discover how your personality is influenced by your position in the family. Read this
extract about the connection between birth order and personality and find out.

Only Children

Positives: Only children are the movers and shakers- task-orientated, highly
organised, conscientious and reliable. They like concrete facts and details, and are
comfortable with responsibility.

Negatives: The negative characteristics of only children can be difficult to put up
with. Often unforgiving, they can be demanding and unwilling to admit it when
they're wrong. They generally don't accept criticism too well. Other people mqay
think of them as sensitive and indeed, their feelings are easily hurt.

First-borns

Positives: Natural leaders, first-borns are often high achievers- many politicians,
spokespersons and managing directors are first-borns. They frequently have a sense of
entitlement and possibly superiority. Some are compliant nurturers/caregivers, while
others are aggressive movers and shakers. They are both in control, but use different
methods. Generally, first-borns are picky, precise people that pay heed to details,
tending to be punctual, competent and organised. They want to see things done
correctly first time around and dislike surprises.

Negatives: They are frequently moody, and they occasionally lack sensitivity. They
can be intimidating, especially by pushing people too hard or refusing to take no for
an answer. They are sometimes a bit 'know-it-all' and are often poor at delegating –

1 Based on an article by Dr Kevin Leman
http://www.ivillage.co.uk/relationships/famfri/family/articles/0,,163_559974,00.html

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mainly because they don't trust others as much as themselves. They also tend to be
bossy perfectionists and overly conscientious.

Middle-Borns

Positives: The classic middle child is very relational; a people-pleaser who usually
dislikes confrontation. They basically need to keep life smooth, and their motto might
be 'peace at any price'. They are usually very calm, will roll with the punches as
amiable, down-to-earth people and great listeners. They are skilled at seeing both
sides of a problem and keen to make everybody happy, making them good mediators
and negotiators.


Negatives: They tend to be less ambitious or driven than first-borns, but much more
eager to be liked― or, at least, to be happy with other people. They can have a
difficult time setting boundaries, so they can drift into 'co-dependence' by trying to
please everyone. They are not good at making decisions which offend others and tend
to blame themselves for the failures of others.

Last-Borns

Positives: Last-borns are the cheerleaders of the world. They have good social skills
and love to entertain and talk to other people. They make friends readily, and quickly
make others feel at home. They’re extrovert, energised by the presence of other
people and probably not afraid of taking risks.

Negatives: Last-borns often tend to get bored fast. They are fearful of rejection and
have a short attention span. When the fun stops, they've had enough and want to
check out. To some extent they're self-centred. They can harbour unrealistic
expectations of finding a relationship that’s always fun, and, of course, such
relationships simply do not last.

How do you fit into the mix? Do you think your birth order has influenced your
personality?


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Task 6: Reading comprehension

Do you find more interesting bits after reading the text? Please share what you find in
the text with your partner and discuss the questions below. You can work out answers
by referring to the text you read while discussing.

1. Did you guess right in Task 3 according the reading? Based on the text you
read, can you tell me who is first-, middle-, only-, and last-born?

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

Image you are a kindergarten teacher working with a group of children named Nick,
Jennifer, Alan, Martin and Melissa. Read the following questions and think who best
fits the situation below, according to what you read in the text.

2. One day Jennifer dragged Melissa to the teachers’ office and asked teachers to
discipline her? Would Jennifer be first-, only-, middle- or last-born?


______________________________________________________________

3. Alan is a good helper, putting away scattered toys in the classroom. Would he
be first-, only-, middle- or last-born?


______________________________________________________________

4. Jennifer rarely comes back to class late after the break. Would she be first-,
only-, middle- or last-born?


______________________________________________________________

5. Melissa rarely concentrates during story time and is not willing to share toys
with other children. Would she be first-, only-, middle- or last-born?


______________________________________________________________

6. Martin stands on the playground and does not know what he should do, slide
or swing? Would he be first-, only-, middle- or last-born?


______________________________________________________________

7. Nick is friendly, and other children like to play with him. Would he be first-,
only-, middle- or last-born?

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______________________________________________________________




Task 7:
Clarifying meanings and grouping

After reading the text, you might notice personality traits can be positive, negative or
neutral. Which traits do you think are positive, negative or neutral? Please discuss
with your partner and tick (√)in the bracket for positive, cross (×) for negative and
leave in the bracket blank for neutral. Use your dictionary if not sure about meanings
of the words or expressions.

( )Dependable
( )Independent
( )Irresponsible
( ) Patient
( )Well-organized ( )Excellent in ( )Spoilt
( )Shy and quiet
( )Responsible
academic and
( )Picky
( )Calm
( )Well-behaved professional
( )Impatient
( )Competitive
( )Self-controlled achievements
( )Outgoing
( )Easygoing
( )Cautious
( )Self-confident ( ) Amiable
( )Friendly
( )Objective
( )Reliable
( )A negotiator
( )A peace-maker
( )Demanding
( )High achiever ( )Diligent
( )A
( )Conscientious ( )Serious
( )Self-centred
people-pleaser
( )Subjective
( )Supporter of
( )Uncomplicated ( )Even-tempered
( )Hard-working law and order
( )Precise
( )A great listener
( )Selfish
( )A perfectionist ( )Disorganized
( )Messy
( )Extrovert
( )Bossy
( )Hot-tempered
( )Studious
( )Simple
( )Competent
( )An effective
( )Introvert
( )Complicated
( ) Dependent
team player
( )Humorous

( ) Intimidating

Task 8: Grouping-synonym and antonym

In the text, do you find words for personality traits description contradictory while
others have similar meanings? Synonyms are words or expressions with same or
similar meanings, antonyms mean opposite. Please work in pairs and categorize
words or expressions above as synonyms or antonyms. An example is provided.

Example:

Synonym
Antonym
1. Selfish
1. Introvert
2. Self-centred
2. Extrovert


Synonym
Antonym
Synonym
Antonym










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Synonym
Antonym
Synonym
Antonym










Synonym
Antonym
Synonym
Antonym









Task 9: Share in words/expressions grouping work

Listen to other groups’ grouping work and compare theirs to yours. If you find any
different answers between groups, please write them down.

Synonym


Antonym


Synonym


Antonym


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Task 10: Learners’ note

Do you learn new words from the texts you read? Do your peers teach you any new
words? Do you know how to group negative, positive, and neutral personality traits?
Are you happy with the synonym and antonym grouping activity? How will you put the
new words and categorized personality traits in your vocabulary notebook and
reorganize your vocabulary notebook? You can choose to follow the vocabulary
notebook model below or else organize yours in your own way.


New Words
Definition
Sample sentences

















Post-task
Task 11: Lexical-Grammar discovery

Do you notice that the phrase tend to’ appears in the text many times? Can you read the
text again and circle ‘tend to’ in the text when reading. Observe how it is used and
discuss the following questions in class.

1. What does ‘tend to’ mean in the text? For instance, only-borns are
task-orientated; tend to be extremely well organised, highly conscientious and
dependable. Does it mean most only-borns are likely to be organized? Or does it
mean the opposite?

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

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