Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq

TP1 Vocabulary
Beginner level


In this lesson, students will review country vocabulary and be introduced to nationalities in the context of talking about where people are from. The teacher starts a lesson with a warmer where he posts names of countries on the walls of the classroom with the vowels missing. Students then go round and write down the countries on their paper. The teacher will then take answers from students individually as feedback. The teacher then pre-teaches nationalities and students match nationalities to countries. Students will have many drills to ensure full grasp of the topic.


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Main Aims

  • Vocab- To review country vocab and introduce nationalities in the context of talking about where people are from

Subsidiary Aims

  • Grammar- To introduce and practice the singular positive form of 'to be'


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher starts to write the alphabet on the board and encourages students to say the letters out loud. The teacher writes the vowels in different colour to help students elicit the difference between vowels and consonants. The teacher writes the vowels separately then posts a group of countries on the walls where vowels are missing. SS go and write the countries' names. They check the answers in pairs after they finish.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher shows students the Turkish flag and elicits answers from ss about what that is. The teacher stresses the fact that this is a country. Then, the teacher shows a picture of Turkish celebrities and elicits answers from ss. He then stresses that it is nationality. The teacher tries other pictures of flags and people to make ss differentiate between countries and nationalities. The teacher then moves around holding a picture of a country and another of a nationality. He moves around and asks ss quickly about countries and nationalities and they should choose which hand has the right answer.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

SS do exercise 1.b and the teacher highlights how nationalities generally end with -an, -ish, -ese, -ian. As feedback, the teacher asks the ss individually and writes the answers on the board to highlight what nationalities end with.

Clarification (7-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher plays the sound track for ex 2.a. Ss listen and repeat. The teacher writes examples from the listening on the board to show the stress pattern in nationalities and countries. Ss then practice chorally.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss work in pairs on ex.3.a to fill in the gaps after looking at photos A-D. To check their answers, they listen to the ex.3.b. The teacher asks ss individually for answers. The teacher then asks some ss about where they are from and what their nationality is. Then asks ss about their colleagues' answers. The teacher writes answers on the board and shows the verb to be positive form from SS's answers. Ss then do ex.4 individually for 2 minutes, then they check their answers in pairs. The teacher gets feedback from pairs.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The teacher plays the sound track for ex.5 to enable ss to have more practice on nationalities using positive verb to be. Ss repeat chorally and individually and the teacher checks if ss have any difficulty. Ss then do ex.6.a individually to further their written competence of nationalities. Then, they get in pairs to compare answers and match with pictures from A-D.

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