Triantafyllos Koumpos Triantafyllos Koumpos

What about you? Asking people about themselves
A2 Elementary level


Abc Coursebook Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a controlled and semi controlled environment in the context of meeting new friends

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of present simple using -wh- questions in the context of "What about you?"


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1. Show an image of friends at the Ss.Ask them a. what do you see? b. are these people friends? c. do you like making friends? d. what do you ask when you meet someone new? what do you want to know? Demonstrate with a student. Write on the board. Work in groups and write down the things you want to know. 2. Use their ideas to revise on how to form Qs in Present Simple. Nominate 2-3 Ss and help them to make some Qs about some of the information they want to know. Model the Qs, drill w/c and then nominate again for feedback on form and pronunciation.

Writing/Pre-speaking practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with writing Qs practice in the context of meeting new friends and prepare them for the following speaking activities.

1. Tell students they are going to find out about the other people in the class. Put them in pairs and give out the photocopies. Look at the words and ask their partner about any they do not know. 1-2 mins 2. Ask if there are still unknown words. Elicit from students for meaning. If not T defines with concept Qs. 3. Ss work in pairs and help each other to write two Qs for each of the 6 subjects. Use any words you want. 4. Demonstrate with a couple of Ss the following examples: 1. How old are you? 2. Where do you live? 5. Check for understanding. Ask students: what do you have to do? are you working alone? 6. Monitor 7. Peer check. 4. Feedback. Nominate 4-5 students. Ask them what they wrote. At this stage watch out for pronunciation. Correct accordingly and then drill w/c and individually.

Controlled speaking practice (10-15 minutes) • To check for understanding and practice producing both Qs and answers in the context of meeting new friends.

1.Tell Ss that they must answer to their own 12 Qs on a piece of paper. 2. Demonstrate with a S. Write one Qs on the board. Explain that the answer should be a full sentence. e.g. Where are you from? I am from Izmir. 3-4 minutes. 3. Monitor 4. Peer check 5. Divide them into pairs. Ask them to choose 6 out of 12 Qs. Student A will read the answers and Student B will have to find the correct Qs. Then they swap. 7. Demonstrate with a Student 8. Check for understanding. 9. Monitor. 10. W/c feedback. Nominate Ss to perform

Semi Controlled Speaking Practice (10-12 minutes) • To involve the whole classroom in a speaking activity where students will practice Qs and answers related the context of meeting new friends

1. Explain them that now they are at a party. Tell them that you will put a song playing, they should go around the room and ask people the Qs they wrote earlier. Ask them to take notes when they find someone similar to them. Answers should be a full sentence. e.g. 2.Where you you live? I live in Levent. 2. Demonstrate with a student. 3. Check for understanding. 4. Music stops. Ss go back to their seats. Ask them if they found someone similar to them. Nominate 2-3 (depending on time) and ask them to share their findings. 5. T takes notes of relevant errors and corrects after the task is finished. Use drill and nominate for feedback

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