Ezgi Ozsalih Ezgi Ozsalih

TP 2a Nationalities and Colours
Beginner, A1 level


In this lesson, students will learn about the vocabulary of nationalities and colours. The lesson will start with the general review of previous lessons and the introduction of colours through pictures of some well-known people from different countries. This is followed by the game of country-nationality pelmanism. After the students match the countries and nationalities, they will listen to a recording, check their answers and do a speaking activity to clarify the difference between countries and nationalities. To practise the colours, we will focus on the flags of the countries. The Ss will match the flags with the countries/ nationalities and work in pairs to practise speaking by using the nationalities and colours. In the end we will focus on pronunciation, classification and speaking activity.


Abc Colour cards

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of the vocabulary of nationalities and colours in the context of flags

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in dialogues in the context of nationalities and colours.
  • To practise the pronunciation and stress of the nationalities.


Warmer/ Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set the lesson context and engage the students in the lesson

T will ask about the colours on the students at the beginning trying to elicit the colours from the Ss. Then, T will write 7 mostly used colours on the board when students say the colours. Following this, T will check the understanding with some questions like "which colour is this?" and with colour cards. Lastly, Ss will be given feedback.

Revision of background vocabulary/ Introducing colours (3-5 minutes) • To revise the students' background knowledge of countries and jobs, and introducing colours.

T will draw a table on the board on which there will be pictures of some well-known people and which demands the information about the names, countries and jobs of these people besides the colours on the pictures. T will show an example on a student to clarify what to do in the activity and let the Ss work in pairs to find the answers to the questions. When they find the answers, they will come and write the missing information about the well-known people.

Vocabulary #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with the new vocabulary "nationalities" by adding to their previous knowledge "countries.

Ss will be given country and nationality cards on a table. They will be divided into two groups so there will be one set of cards for each group. They will try to find the matching words ( country-nationality) and stick them on the board in their correct places. They may have difficulty understanding the instructions so T will show an example before the game starts.

Vocabulary #2 (7-10 minutes) • To let the students categorize the nationalities according to their endings and to provide Ss with the correct pronunciation of nationalities.

Ss will be given handouts to put the nationalities in the correct box according to their endings. At this stage the country cards on the board will be removed just leaving the nationalities on the board not to make the Ss confused. After they put the nationalities in the correct box, T will show the stress on the words to the students. Ss will repeat and learn where the stress is on the words and how can they find the stress on similar words.

Speaking #1 (2-4 minutes) • To practise speaking fluency by using the new vocabulary and previous knowledge.

There is a speaking activity on the Ss' handouts. There is a table in which there is country and nationality information about some people. At this stage Ss will be given the question of "What's /your/ his/her nationality?" and how to answer the question. After T's demo, Ss will practise spaking by asking and answering questions according to the information in the handout with their partners.

Vocabulary #3 (6-8 minutes) • To practise colours in the context of country flags

T will draw a table on the board with coloumns of flag, country and nationality. T will have six cards in her hand because putting all the country flags would cause confusion and the aim here is not to find which country has which flag but to practise colours. T will show the cards to students. After T tell the ss what flag is through pictures, the Ss will be asked to stick the cards to the correct places on the board. Then T will give the example of " The Turkish flag is red and white." To make them keep this in mind, T will write the sentence on the board. Following this step, the Ss will be asked to write sentences like this in groups of three. T will be monitoring the students in case some of them have difficulty making the sentences.

Speaking #2 (5-8 minutes) • To check the ability of students to ask and answer the new vocabulary related questions.

In this stage, Ss will practise countries, nationalities and colours in one activity. As most of the students are from Turkey, they give the same answers all the time. To avoid this, each student will be given different country cards with flags on them. Then, they will all stand up and work together. They will ask the questions of "Where are you from?" "What's your nationality?" and "What colour is the flag of your country?" and try to answer the questions according to the information on the cards given to them. T will be among them too with a similar card to avoid misunderstandings.

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