Anna Bavido Anna Bavido

CELTA Teaching Practice 1
Beginner Adults level


This lesson covers use of positive being verbs particularly in their contracted form. The concept will be presented by the teacher verbally soliciting and modeling statements with being verbs, including use of 'Is' 'Am' and 'Are' with the appropriate pronouns. Students will practice by contracting pronouns with verbs in sentences from a HO and by doing a fill-in-the-being-verb worksheet. Students will then verbally practice statements with being verbs in pairs with a speaking activity HO. All handouts are from Chantfield's Straight Forward: Beginner from MacMillian.


Abc Speaking Pairwork Activity
Abc Contractions and Fill-in-the-blank
Abc Reading from Previous Lesson

Main Aims

  • To focus on positive forms/use of the verb " to be" in the present tense.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Controlled speaking for accuracy
  • Practice job and phone numbers vocabulary


Presentation (5-6 minutes) • To present statements that use pronouns contracted with a being verb

Introduce yourself. "I'm Anna. I'm from the USA. I'm a teacher." Ask a few students to do the same and tell about themselves. Write on WB the examples using I/you. Move on to he/she/they. Use the pictures and information from the previous lesson (reading) and get students to tell you about the people, helping them to use he/she/they as apprpriate. Elicit some examples on to the WB.

Language Clarification (4-5 minutes) • Clarify being verbs

Highlight the use of the verb be to students from the examples on the WB. And the use of contractions. Also help students with the pronunciation of the contracted form e.g. He's/we're

Practice (5-7 minutes) • Practice contracting pronouns with being verbs

Demo folding handout so that only exercise 1 is visible. Ask if they will do exercise 2 (answer: no) Model on the WB contracting pronouns with being verbs in a sentence. Ask students to do exercise 1 in pairs. Check answers with WC.

Practice 2 (8-10 minutes) • To use the correct being verb in writing

Model on the WB filling in a being verb. Tell and mime to students they will first write the exercise and then practice saying the sentences with their partner. Unfold paper and begin. Check answers with WC.

Language model (4-7 minutes) • To prepare students for speaking activity

Draw on the board stick figures for a man, a woman, and a couple with info about names, where they're from and their phone numbers. Solicit sentences from students about these stick figures by asking "What's his name?" "Where are they from?" etc.. Write their sentences on the board.

Speaking Practice (13-15 minutes) • To verbally produce statements with being verbs

Demo the activity. Divide students into pairs A/B. Give student A HO from page 114. Give student B HO from page 118. students in pairs share info and write in the missing information. Get students to report back giving full answers for feedback.

Time Filler (4-5 minutes) • To review TL

Students will write 3 statements with being verbs about their partner. They can use the blank back page of one of their HOs. Feedback will be 2 to 3 students reading a sentence aloud.

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