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Lesson 1: Introductions

Lesson 1: Introductions

ESL students make a list of English speaking countries and a KWL chart for the US and the UK.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Introductions

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Give a self-introduction.
  2. Make a list of English speaking countries.
  3. Recall previous knowledge of the US and the UK.

Assessment

  1. Observe students’ self-introductions.
  2. Students name the countries after brainstorming.
  3. Use a KWL chart (Save for Lesson 15).

Materials

  • Student textbooks (optional: if included in the course)
  • Index cards (one for each student)
  • Prepare 15-20 teacher responses to the prompt, “I am…” with pictures (for teacher)
  • Wikipedia List of countries where English is an official language (for teacher)
  • Scratch paper for each group of students

Procedure

Self Introductions (45 minutes): I am…

  • Write, “I am…” on the board and ask students to brainstorm 5-10 ways to finish the sentence.
  • Give one index card to each student. Ask students to write their name at the top of the index card and write their responses to “I am…” under their name.
  • The teacher introduces him or herself using the prompt “I am…” Show pictures to make the presentation more interesting.  Answer any questions.
  • Tell the students it is their turn to introduce themselves to the class. Ask each student to take turns standing at the front of the room and delivering their self-introduction. Collect the index cards after each presentation.

 

List English Speaking Countries (15 minutes)

  • “What are English-speaking countries?”
  • Ask the students to get into groups with 4 or 5 people.
  • Give the students 5 minutes to brainstorm and write down as many countries as they can where the official language is English.
  • Go around the room, one group at a time, naming an English speaking country. 
  • When a group cannot name an additional country, they are out. The winner is the last remaining group.

 

Previous Knowledge of the US and the UK (25 minutes)

  • “What do you know about the US and the UK?”
  • Ask the students to stay in their groups.
  • Ask the students to get a piece of paper and fold it in quarters. Hold the paper horizontally. Ask the students to write at the top left, “What I know about the US” and at the bottom left, “What I know about the UK.”
  • Give the students 10 minutes to brainstorm and write down their ideas on the paper.

 

  • “What do you want to know?”
  • Ask the students to write at the top right, “What I want to know about the US” and at the bottom right, “What I want to know about the UK.”
  • Give the students 10 minutes to brainstorm and write down their ideas on the paper.
  • Collect the papers and discuss common ideas with the class. Keep the KWL Charts for Lesson 15.

 

Homework (5 minutes)

  • Read Unit 1 in Book 1. Write 3 questions/responses in your homework notebook and bring to the next class.
  • Read and bring the course outline.

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