Verb to be - negative
Beginner A1 level
To teach negative form of verb to be
To practice nationalities, countries and jobs through listening and speaking activities
Procedure (45-59 minutes)
The lesson starts with greeting students and asking questions. Here, I highlight the difference between plural 'you' and singular 'you'. e.g. "A: How are you? (To the whole class) B: We are fine. B: And you? (To the teacher) A: I am fine."
I draw 17 boxes on the board and stick 17 language items on the top. Any volunteer in the class come to the board and place flashcards in the correct blank to make sense. e.g. I am not, He/She/It isn't. Then we practice pronunciation of them.
I ask a question 'e.g. Are you a singer?' while showing the sign 'cross'. The student answers the question according to the sign. Then, they work in pairs. They make their own questions while showing a sign and answer them to the sign.
Students will work individually. They listen to some sentences which are not correct. While listening, they will write the correct ones. When it is finished, they will work in pairs and check the answers. The sentences will be drilled as a whole class. e.g. a plane, on a plane, they're on a plane.
Students fill in the blanks on the worksheet. They will complete the dialogues with the correct form of the verb to be. Then they listen to the recording to check their answers. Then students practice the dialogues in pairs. Meanwhile, I write some sentence on the board for error correction. When students finish practising, they will find the mistakes in the sentences on the board.
Students again listen to some sentences. This listening activity is for better understanding of contractions. Students tick the sentence they hear. Then, some students show the difference between two sentences (He is Scottish. / He's Scottish.) by reading them aloud.
Matching competition. I divide students into three groups. Then I give a pile of cards (contains 20 items for forming 10 sentences) to each group. I remind that sentences are divided into two and they will find the correct pairs. When they find it, they stick them on their desks. The group who finishes the first and correct will be the winner. If time, I will do speaking activity on the worksheet from the coursebook.