Austin Austin

Singular Negative form "To Be"
Beginner level


The main aim of this lesson is to use the context of famous people or places to provide clarification and practice of the singular negative form of "to be."


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Main Aims

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

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice countries and nationalities vocabulary. To give students practice in speaking for accuracy.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Use pictures of flags on the screen as a refresher of nationalities.

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

Using example 6a, have students highlight the negative forms that they can find in the text. Project the example onto the board and highlight the first one for the students. Have students pair up (one group of 3) to complete Monitor class feedback

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

We will look at NEGATIVE form For example... I'm not Turkish I'm not fat I'm not short She's not German He's not Russian He's not American Give instructions on Excersise 7 from text, then hand out materials and have students complete. Feedback: project example on the board and have student's complete

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

Use adapted activity from 9a Explain activity, give example with the first sentence. Have students break up into pairs. Perform activity Feedback: have student's provide answers Project Flags on the board and have students put an X through the nationality it is not and circle the nationality that it is.

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

Adaptation from activity 10 (eliminated the writing portion) Have student's group up with each other and tell each other what they "are not." Students go around and each take a turn giving their sentances. Then they continue to go around until everyone has said 3 things. I give instructions set them off Example: I'm not a cat feedback: elicit from students what their partners said

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Have student's stand up and ask each other FALSE questions. Example: Are you American? No, I'm not American. Feedback: Taking notes from monitoring, ask back to the class, "who is not...." See if they remember which class mate said they were not something.

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