Nationalities Lesson: Vocab and Singular Positive Present (to be)
To review country vocabulary and introduce nationality vocabulary in order for students to introduce themselves and their peers by their country of origin.
To introduce and practice using "to be" in the singular positive form in order to discuss nationality in complete sentences.
Procedure (33-51 minutes)
- Introduce the "alphabet song" as a quick warm-up for the class. - Utilize the other student teachers to help sing the song.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.