Dorcas Jimenez Dorcas Jimenez

Negative verb 'to be'.
A1 level


Abc Gap fill handout

Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice the singular negative form of 'to be' in the context of famous people and places.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Skills: To give students controlled speaking practice.


Lead-in (5 minutes) • To continue with Medya introduction to nationalities, this time producing the negative form.

I will re-introduced myself to the class. I will say may name and will tell them that I'm American, I'm not Chinese. Then, I will ask students to work in groups of 4 using their cities names for conversation.

Exposure (6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will demonstrate ex. 9b, using ex 2 and will distribute another piece of paper with information to help them complete the ex. Students will work in pairs to create negative sentences. Leonardo di Caprio is not Italian and also practice the contraction form, isn't Italian.

Clarification (7 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

We will check the pronunciation of words in ex 9a. Capital (city) a singer, a company, (headquarters, songwriter, record producer.) I will elicit the meaning of the words in parenthesis by saying: "Beyoncé is a ____. and will mimic singing. She is also a___ ? If you write songs, you are a song __?

Sem-icontrolled practice (6 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Using the handout mentioned on the previous stage, students will work in groups of four and will create three negative and three positive sentences each, e.g. Beyoncé is American. Fiat is not a Japanese company.

Controlled Practice (10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

I will handout a stack of country and capital words. Students will practice in groups of 4 saying sentences such as: "Cairo is not the capital city of Spain." Then we will elicit nationality names by demonstrating: I'm from America, I'm American. I will show them pictures with stereotype personalities and will proceed to elicit: he is ___ German, French, Japanese. They will continue working in groups of 4 Finally , I will stick on the board the ending of the different nationalities and they will placed them into their respective groups

Semi-Controlled Practice (10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

I will handout cards with names last name, nationality, and place of residence. Students will have each two cards; one card is who they are, and another, who are they looking for. They will ask and answer questions: "What is your name, or Are you John?" Yes I am. No, I'm not. They will rotate around the classroom trying to find the person assigned to them.

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