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The Singular Negative Form of 'to be'
Beginner level


In this lesson, students will do exercises about countries and nationalities. They will learn the singular negative form of 'to be'. They will listen to simple sentences that bring nationalities and singular negative form of 'to be' together and move on to GW to practice speaking about the subject.


Abc Photo
Abc Grammar
Abc Exercises 1-2-3-5-6

Main Aims

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

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give sts controlled speaking practice


Lead In (3-5 minutes) • To prepare the students for the exercise

First, T briefly introduces herself and sticks a photo on the board. T talks to Ss about the person in the photo, asking simple questions they are familiar with, such as; 'What's his name?', 'Where's he from?' and 'Is he Italian?'

Building Context (10-15 minutes) • To connect this lesson to the previous one and practice nationalities

T will give Ss HO of exercise 1-2-3 from Face2face Starter TB, page 168. T will go through numbers and people's names. Ss will work individually for 1 and 2, they may be allowed to compare their answers with the person sitting next to them. For the 3rd part T will draw a table on the board, give Ss pieces of paper(one or two each), and ask them to come to the WB to stick the paper. To move on to the singular negative form of 'to be', T asks Yes/No questions.

Presentation & Practice (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the singular negative form of 'to be' so that learners know how to construct it

T will explain the form by writing '-' and '+' on WB. Use three photos to give different examples, using the words Ss are familiar with. Give Ss HO. Tell Ss to look at exercise number 8 from Face2Face Starter Workbook, p15 and pick someone randomly to answer. Play CD1-33 and work on pronunciation.

Practice (12-15 minutes) • To make students practise be (singular) negative

Before moving on to exercise 9 from Face2Face Starter Workbook, p15, T will explain the words Ss will come across with gestures and pictures. Do the example. Ss will work in pairs and decide whether the sentences in exercise 9 are true or false. T will monitor Ss and ask them when they finish the exercise. For exercise 10, T will give examples that Ss are familiar with. Ss will work in new pairs. In exercise 11,T will form two groups to make Ss read their answers to one another. T asks each pair to tell two of their sentences to the class.

Production (4-6 minutes) • To review the subject and give students controlled speaking

T will make Ss select a random piece of paper saying their nationality. Ss will be asked to walk in the room and ask each other questions about their nationality/ true false questions. T will wrap up the lesson with this activity.

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