Annette Frost Annette Frost

Nationalities Lesson: Vocab and Singular Positive Present (to be)
Beginner level


In this lesson students will learn vocabulary for nationalities, as well as singular positive present conjugations of the verb "to be" in order to introduce their own nationalities and those of their peers in complete sentences. The lesson will include pronunciation exercises in addition to some closed practice student-student interactions.


Main Aims

  • To review country vocabulary and introduce nationality vocabulary in order for students to introduce themselves and their peers by their country of origin.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce and practice using "to be" in the singular positive form in order to discuss nationality in complete sentences.


Warmer - Alphabet Song (1-4 minutes) • Refresh pronunciate of letters and energize the students.

- Introduce the "alphabet song" as a quick warm-up for the class. - Utilize the other student teachers to help sing the song.

Fill-in-the-Vowels: Country Names (8-10 minutes) • Review country vocabulary spelling and vowel pronunciation.

-Handout the fill-in-the-vowel worksheet. Write the 5 vowels on the board and review the pronunciation of each one. -Divide the students into pairs (and one group of 3) to work together to complete the spelling of the countries. (Pre-stage: write the country names with missing vowels on the board). -Monitor the students while they work. -Once they have completed the worksheet, ask for volunteers to fill in the vowels on the board: i.e. "Who can come fill-in every 'a'?" Continue until all country names are complete.

Nationality Vocabulary: Mix and Match (5-9 minutes) • Introduce new vocabulary and its pronunciation

-Pass out the mix and match country and nationality worksheet. -Divide the students into pairs to complete worksheet. -Monitor the students. -When they are finished, ask for volunteers to say which country goes with which nationality. -Write the correct nationality on the board next to each country name. -Repeat the pronunciation of each country and each nationality. Have the class repeat each one.

Pronunciation (7-10 minutes) • Practice proper pronunciation of nationalities

-Pass out pronunciation guide and explain symbols. -Have the whole class read aloud the country followed by the nationality. -Divide the class into pairs. Have one student say the country, and one say the corresponding nationality. -Monitor students' pronunciation.

Putting the pieces together: Introuducing Your Nationality (7-10 minutes) • Explicity introduce basic grammar of singular positive "to be" in order for students to introduce themselves and others in complete sentences.

-Review: I am from the USA. I am American. I am from Turkey. I am Turkish. -Pass out the conjugation/contraction handout, and give each person a flag with a country name. -Demonstrate while pointing to the grammar sheet: I am American; You are Turkish; He is Swiss. -Divide the students into groups of three with each one holding their "identity" up. Have each student in the group practice saying "I am, you are, s/he is" along with the relevant nationality. -Monitor for correct grammar and correct pronunciation.

Fill-in-the-blank Grammar Practice: Contractions (5-8 minutes) • Create an understanding of conjugations and contractions of singular positive "to be", and to apply this in the context of nationality and identity. Good segwey activity for the next lesson.

-Hand out final worksheet -Divide into pairs and give 3 min to complete the worksheet -Have each group read their completed sentences allowed. -Correct grammar and pronunciation and give positive feedback.

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