Donna Hancox Donna Hancox

Speaking for accuracy and fluency using the verb 'to be'
Beginners, A1 level


In this lesson, students will practise speaking for accuracy and fluency using short question and answer forms with use of the verb 'to be' at the beginning of the Q. for positive or negative form, ie: Q: are & is ...? A: is or isn't, and 'wh' Q. form with the verb after the 'wh'. Applying learned vocabulary of colours, countries, nationalities and numbers. Review of contracted form using apostrophes. Varied activities through the lesson to learn and use the forms with increasing fluency.


Abc Course Book

Main Aims

  • Grammar Practise

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice speaking with increasing accuracy and fluency using the verb form 'to be'


Introduction greetings Non verbal (4-5 minutes) • Use the previously learned greeting.

1. The T gestures to the WB language and signals students to stand up for PW mingling. A. Hello ………………, how are you? B. I’m fine, thanks. And you? A. Fine, thanks. The T covers the WB and students continue. The T monitors use of language and corrects for accuracy: pronunciation, and any omitted language.

CONTEXT and MEANING use of WB (3-4 minutes) • Understand the context the language might be used before the activity and introduce the TL

CONTEXT use of WB Photo of 2 people greetıng each other. MEANING use of WB INTRODUCE TL - T-S, Ss seated. 1. The T refers to the language on the white board (the same as the activity cards handed out for the next activity) The T asks the Q. and elicits the answer from students. Card Set 1 Card Set 2 Question Answer Name Name What is your name? My name is ................. City or Country Where are you from? I’m from ............... Nationality Are you Turkish? Yes, I’m .......... No, I’m not ......... Is your teacher Turkish? Yes, she / he is..... No, she / he isn’t ...... Is your teacher British? Days Is it Monday today? Yes, it’s ........... today. No, it isn’t ............ today. Is it Wednesday today?

FORM and ACCURACY (5-6 minutes) • To be use the question and answer form in context.

2. The T introduces the activity by calling up a S and modelling dialogue using the card sets. There are 2 sets of cards labelled 1 and 2, for question and answer. 3. Chesting: T explains the activity and gives out the cards. PW S-S practise. 4. Students swop the cards and practise the dialogue.

FORM and PRONUNCIATION (3-4 minutes) • Controlled practise for develop accuracy.

5. The T stops the Ss and elicits each student to answer the questions. The T and Ss check accuracy of pronunciation and T models using natural language. Choral drilling. The T highlights use of is and are Q. and A. Forms. The T highlights use of apostrophe for contracted form.

FORM (4-5 minutes) • Develop fluency through free practise

6. The T takes away set 2 and gives every student set 1. The T gestures for students to stand up and PW mingle so that each student gets a chance to ask and answer the questions. Students can refer to set 2 on table when needed.

FORM (3-4 minutes) • Review form used.

7. The T gives out the matching HO. Students work individually Ss check in pairs.

FORM (3-4 minutes) • Review form used.

8. Chesting: T explains the close activity and gives out 9. Ss listen to recording 1.54 and correct answers.

FORM (3-4 minutes) • Develop fluency through free practise

10. The T uncovers the WB and asks students Are and Is questions and elicit Ss to ask questions around the class. Ss use prevıously learned days, numbers, colours, nationalities and jobs and Ss can extend as they wish.

CONTEXT and MEANING use of WB (2-3 minutes) • Use question form 'wh'

11. The T reviews TL on WB. The T ask questions about the pictures using the Q. forms and Ss answer. The Ss are invited to ask each other questions. Use of previously learned vocab. Jobs Who is / are Days When is Colours, numbers What is / are City, countries Where is

FORM (4-5 minutes) • Recognise the order of words in the Q forms used.

12 Teacher give the WC 1 sentence packet, one at a time to put on wall in correct order. The S tell the T when finished who checks with Ss Is this correct? Are you correct?

FORM (3-4 minutes) • Develop fluency by using the question forms to answer question from a text.

13 Chesting: T explains the information gap activity and gives out the information. Ss work in pairs walking around the room answering the questions on the wall ORALLY from prevıous actıvıty.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY FOR EARLY FINISHERS • Recognise the Q and A forms learned

T gives out the HO and explains the Domino game extension activity. ACCURACY FINAL PRACTISE students match the Q. and A. form. This can also be sent home for review practise.

END • Use goodbye language

Teacher: Thank you students. Students: Thank you, see you tomorrow or see you on Tuesday.

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