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Lesson 2: How old are you?

Specific objectives

The children will:

  • revise question and answer sequences from the previous lesson
  • ask and answer questions about their age.



  • Write students' names and your name in large print on the whiteboard.
  • Prepare question and answer card with the text "How old are you?" and "I am ___ years old."

Lesson sequence

  1. Repeat steps one and two as described in lesson one.
  2. Introduce and teach this song to help learn names.
    Hello (sing to the tune of 'Shoo fly, don't bother me')
    Hello ______________'s here today
    Hello ______________'s here today
    Hello ______________'s here today
    Let's turn around and shout 'hooray'!
    Sing the song for each student, encouraging everyone to join in.
  3. If any students have brought any artefacts or pictures from their country, talk about each piece. (You may be able to have a special display table for the artifacts.)
  4. Revise and practise question and answer card from lesson one, about country of origin. Encourage students to have turns being the 'teacher' and asking the question.
  5. Introduce new question and answer card about age. Write your age next to your name on the whiteboard. Ask each child their age and write it beside their name on the whiteboard. Pointing to the question and answer card ask the question and encourage students to answer, one at a time. Again, they may need to 'parrot' their answers, with your help. (It is a good idea to begin with the most confident student. This way, the less confident students have more opportunities to listen and get the idea of what to do.)
  6. Put students in pairs to practise the question and answer sequence. They should practise with each member of the group. If you think the students are coping well with this, have them try asking and answering two questions in a row (i.e. the country or origin question, and the age question).
  7. Give out the student booklet. Practise reading page one - each student should do this individually. Turn to page two and the teacher should model how to complete this page in his/her own booklet. In the box, the students can draw a picture of themselves. The teacher should complete any writing the student is unable to do.
  8. Circulate among the students and assist each one to read the page, pointing to the words.
  9. To conclude, bring the students together again, and have each one read their page and show their picture to the group.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018