Small texts for beginners Witch Hazel says: "Our friend Sunflower has hit again! She has just sent us an exciting activity we can us with our youngest students. Isn't she an amazingly hyperactive hyper-nice hyper-friendly English language teacher?

by Jocely de Deus Pinheiro

     

    Instructions for using the following small texts:

    LEVEL OF STUDENTS: beginners (Semestre 1)

    HABILITIES USED: reading, speaking, listening

    necessary materias: phtocopy of the texts below

    1. Photocopy the texts and give each student a different one.

    2. Divide students in groups of 3s, maximum 4s.
      1. Part –1: Instruct students to read their small text for their group members while the others should take note of the following:
    1. Name:
    2. Age:
    3. Country:
    4. Nationality:
    5. Marital status:
    6. Occupation:
    7. Likes:
    8. Doesn’t like:
    9. Curiosities:
      1. After all members have read their small texts, they can correct their friend’s "listening comprehension". This is a good activity to motivate students to communicate directly with each other without having the teacher as a mediator.
    1. Part-2: Following this first activity, students should describe the person on their sheets of paper using the information given. They must use the 3rd person single of the Present Simple.

2.2.1. If teacher has time, and depending on the amount of students in class, ask them to describe their "person/animal" to the plenary. Another option is to assign a small composition to be done at home!!!

2.2.2. Teacher can ask follow-up questions so that she can check whether students understood their friends’ description...

PART – I: Read the following text

This is John Smith. He’s Colombian but he lives in Brazil. He is a prisoner. Mr Smith is 33 years old. He doesn’t work or study. Mr Smith cannot read or write but he can play the guitar very well. He plays the guitar every day at 6:30 pm after dinner. The other prisoners all like his music. Mr Smith likes POP ROCK but he doesn’t like SAMBA. Mr Smith likes Brazilian food and drinks…He loves brown chocolate but he doesn’t like white chocolate. His room number in the prison is 333 on the 3rd floor. People call Mr Smith "The Music Man". Mr Smith is a happy prisoner. He wakes up at 5:15am and has breakfast; he eats very much!!! He has black coffee and bread in the morning but he doesn’t eat fruit or drink milk. He smokes very much!!!

PART – II: Describe the person using the information given.

Name: Mark Spencer

Age: 43

Country:Italy

Phone number: 00 334 379 561

Marital status: single

Occupation: Civil Servant

Languages: Italian, French, English

Learn English: Job, Travel, Translate

Sports:Football

Favourite food: Pizza, bread

Car: Mercedez Benz

Music: Classical music, Romantic

Abilities: Play the piano, juggle, cook

Part I: Read the following text

 

This is Juan Uribe. He’s from Madrid in Spain but he lives in Argentina. He is an actor. Mr Uribe is 23 years old. He works for TV ARGENTINA. He also studies; he studies Journalism at the Federal University of Argentina. Mr Uribe cannot sing or dance but he can play the violin very well. He loves classical music and he listens to it every day from 5:10 am to 8:45am every morning. After this he has fruit juice for breakfast and goes to university. Mr Uribe is a very good student. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Mr Uribe lives in a flat. His flat number is 133, on the 1st floor. Mr Uribe loves Spanish food but he doesn’t like Argentine food. He loves milk caramels but he doesn’t like chocolate. He doesn’t smoke.

PART – II: Describe the person using the information given.

Name: John Kidman

Age: 53

Country: Australia

Phone number: 00 337 393 541

Marital status: divorced

Occupation: Lawyer

Languages: French, English

Learn English: Job, Travel, Translate

Sports: Football

Favourite food: Sandwiches, COKE

Car: Rolls Royce

Music: Romantic and Opera

Abilities: Dance, sing

PART – I: Read the following text

This is YOYO. He’s from Mexico but he lives in the U.S.A. He is an actor in a circus. YOYO is 33 years old. He works for THE WORLD CIRCUS. He doesn’t study but he works very much. YOYO can sing, juggle, and dance but he cannot play any instruments. He loves the circus and he works every day from 4:40pm to 22:00pm every evening. Before this he has fruit juice and bread for dinner and prepares his show. YOYO is a very good actor. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English. YOYO lives in the circus. He lives in a circus van with other actors. His van number is 33 and he sleeps on the 1st bed. YOYO loves Mexican food but he doesn’t like American fast food. He loves sweets and chocolate. He doesn’t smoke.

PART – II: Describe the person using the information given.

Name: Luana Snake

Age: 17

Country: India

Phone number: 00 334 379 561

Marital status: single

Occupation: actress

Languages: Hindi, French, English

Learn English: Job, Travel

Sports: Volley

Favourite food: Fruit, bread

Car: (no car – a bicycle)

Music: Classical music, New Age

Abilities: Sing, dance, juggle, cook

PART – I: Read the following text

 

This is Boney. Boney is an African elephant. It is an actor in the circus. It works for THE WORLD CIRCUS. Boney works very much. Boney can ride a bike, juggle, and dance but it cannot play any instruments. It loves the circus and it works every day from 4:40pm to 22:00pm every evening. Before the shows it has fruit, bread, and water for dinner. Boney is a very good actor. Boney lives in the circus. He lives in a circus cage with other elephants. Its cage number is 33 and it sleeps on the 1st part of the cage. Boney loves apples but it doesn’t like bananas. It loves sweets and chocolate.

 

PART – II: Describe the person using the information given.

Name: Maria Bloom

Age: 23

Country: England

Phone number: 00 334 379 561

Marital status: married

Occupation: student

Languages: French, English

Learn English: Studies, Travel

Sports: Volley, Gymnastics

Favourite food: Fruit, bread

Car: (no car- a motorcycle)

Music: Rock and Roll

Abilities: Play the violin, dance

 

Notes for the teacher: Did your students enjoy Sunflower's activity? I'm sure they did! And don't be surprised if she'll send us something even more exciting very very soooon...