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Ministry of Education.

Lesson 1: What is your name and where do you come from?

Specific objectives

 The children will:

  • learn and say the name of each group member
  • answer questions about their name and country of origin.


  • ball or bean bag
  • large world map
  • booklet (RTF 852KB)
  • artifacts, or pictures from students' culture


  • Write each student's name, and your name, clearly in large print on the white board.
  • Prepare a large question and answer cards with the text "Where do you come from" and "I come from_________."

Lesson sequence

  1. Seat the students in a circle and greet them individually by name. Encourage them to greet you by name. Point to your name and yourself. It may be necessary at first for the students to copy you in 'parrot' fashion.
  2. Use a ball to roll to students one at a time (or throw a bean bag) and greet them by name as you do so. When the students are confident enough, they can roll the ball to each other as they say "Hello ________."
  3. Use the world map to show the children where you come from. Point to the country and say "I come from _________." Introduce the question and answer card and pointing to the question ask students one by one where they come from. They may be able to point to the map and show you. They may need to 'parrot' their answer with you at first. If there is a confident student, let them be the 'teacher' and sit in the teacher's chair and ask the question of each student.
  4. Put the children in pairs and encourage them to practise the question and answer sequence. Do this many times with different partners. It may be necessary for you to circulate and continue modelling the questions and answers.
  5. Introduce the booklet. Give each student a booklet. Have a booklet for yourself and model how to complete page one. If the students are unable to write in the name of the country they come from, the teacher should do this. In the box, you should draw some things typical of the country you come from, eg. if you come from NZ you might draw a kiwi, some forests, or some sheep. If you have artifacts or pictures from a student's country, give these to the student. Encourage the children to draw some things that are typical of their country. If this is too difficult, trace an outline of their country, from your map, and let the student colour this in.
  6. As the students are doing their pictures circulate and talk to them about their pictures. You may be able to label some of the things in English (always include the article when you are labelling, eg. a tree the buildings). Assist each student to read the sentence and point to each word.
  7. To conclude the lesson each student could show their picture to the group and read the sentence "I come from ___________."

Note: Ask the students to bring along things from their culture for the next lesson.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018