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Conversing about jobs/learning verb "to be" in present simple
Beginner level


In this lesson, students will learn to ask and answer questions about various jobs, increasing their conversation skills and vocabulary. They will also learn the verb "to be"in simple present tense, which will help them feel more comfortable in creating new sentences.


Abc Props for role play

Main Aims

  • To have students become comfortable conversing about various careers through question and answer. Also, introducing the present tense of the verb "to be."

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will learn to recognize and use contractions of the verb "to be."
  • They will also learn to recognize the negation of the same verb.


Warmer/Lead-in (10-15 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students through conversation, writing and reviews

Introduce the verb "to be" through the WB, and with a HO1 containing the conjugations, with negatives, going over each word and then asking sts to repeat. Give an example for each.

Test #1 (10-15 minutes) • To gauge students' understanding of the verb "to be" in simple present

Give students HOs for filling in the blanks with proper verb conjugations, thus reviewing how much they have retained. Have them work in pairs to check over each others' answers. Afterwards I will ask each student directly to share one answer to ensure they can pronounce properly.

Teach (10-15 minutes) • To get students to ask and answer questions about jobs, using verb "to be"

Use flashcards to remind students of the various jobs they learned about in previous lesson. Ask them the job and write answer on WB. Then introduce the question and answer forms they will learn using the WB. The questions are "What do you do?" and "What is your job?" Take turns with each student to adapt question and answer to each profession.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of both the verb "to be" and questions/answers about jobs.

Pair students. One will have flashcard of a job. Have them ask each other the questions written on the WB, adapting to their chosen profession. When they finish, review some question forms they know, writing them on the WB- give them blank papers and ask them to write their NAME, AGE, JOB, NATIONALITY, PHONE NUMBER...role play a cocktail party and have students mingle and ask each other the questions to get to know each other. Encourage them to introduce themselves to review their TL skills so far.

Free practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language word spellings

Have students spell a job name by writing it on the WB while classmates help

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