Michael Coetzee Michael Coetzee

No he's not!
Beginner level


In this lesson, students will practise positive and negative forms in the context of asking and answering questions about friends, family, colleagues and famous persons.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of positive and negative statements and questions in the context of celebrities and people the student knows.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide an opportunity to practice making positive and negative statements, and ask questions, in the context of celebrities and people the student knows.


Lead-in/Speaking Practise (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show students photos used in previous lesson. Ask questions: "Is she ugly?" "Is he famous?" etc. Put photos on WB.

Speaking Practise (8-10 minutes) • To give students an opportunity to practise using the target language.

Let students work in pairs. Get them to ask each other about their best friend. (Give handout with model questions). 1. Is he/she a friend from high school? 2. Is he/she a mother/father? 3. Is he/she shy? 4. Is he/she smart? 5. Is he/she interesting? 6. Is he/she fun? 7. Is he/she from South America? 8. Is he/she from China? Get student feedback - tell the class something about your partner's best friend. "Is her best friend smart?" "Yes, her best friend is smart." "No, her best friend isn't from China."

Grammar and lexis written practise (10-12 minutes) • To practise usage of is/are in the context of questions about people known to the student, and to practice positive and negative statements.

Give students handout 1. Let them work in pairs to complete it. Individual feedback to class.

Group Speaking Practise (10-12 minutes) • Give students the opportunity to practise the target language in a personalised context

Get students to go around the class, asking one another questions about a family member? Demonstrate. "Do you have a husband? Is your husband shy?" After mingling, ask what they've learned about a student. "What did anyone learn about ....?"

Speaking practise (7-10 minutes) • To give student an opportunity to practice positive and negative statements

Use photos from lesson 1. Let them work in groups of 3. Each group gets a picture of a celebrity. They must provide one positive and one negative statement about him. "He is not..." "He is..."

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