Welcome to the class - Absolute Beginner English Lesson Plan for ESL or EFL teachers - Introductions, the alphabet, colors, days of the week and goodbyes

Absolute Beginner English Lesson Plan

Welcome to the class! Introductions, the Alphabet, Colors, Days of the Week, and Goodbyes

Lesson goals: By the end of this lesson, students should know the alphabet, spell their names, introduce themselves, identify colors, days of the week, and say goodbye (see you on….)
Level: Absolute Beginner – Alphabet, colors, hello (introductions), spelling your name, and goodbyes.
Instructions for teachers in blue.

You can either copy the contents of this page or download the lesson plan below. The file you download includes both versions of the lesson plan – with and without the instructions.

The answer sheet is available for download at the bottom of the page, along with the example homework for this lesson.

1. Listen and answer. Use your name.

– Ask a number of students (in smaller groups, you can ask all students) what their names are, introduce yourself and welcome students to the class.

Teacher: Hello, what’s your name? Student: My name is ____________.
Teacher: I’m ______________. Welcome to the class! Student: Thank you.

2. The alphabet. Listen and repeat.

– Say each letter and ask students to repeat. Alternatively, sing a song, to make it more fun. Once you have made sure that students are already familiar with the English alphabet, you can encourage them to work in pairs and spell/ pronounce their names to their partner. (This is especially useful if students do not know each other.)

Absolute Beginner English Lesson Plan - The English Alphabet

 



3. Listen to the alphabet again. Put the missing letters in their places.

– Students listen to the alphabet again and when they hear a letter, which is missing, they write it down in its place.

Absolute Beginner English Lesson Plan - The alphabet Missing letters activities

Introducing colors

If you choose:  Ask a given number of students to each come to the board. Spell either one color per student or several letters per student (if you wish to engage more students) and let them write on the board as you spell the colors black, white, yellow, green, red, gray, blue (in whatever order). Then move on to the next activity.

4. Match the colors with the words.

– Now that students can see the words on the board, they can easily match them to the colors in this exercise. In addition, spell and pronounce the colors together.

Remember! GrAy is in America, and grEy is in England!

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green blue yellow black red gray white

5. Look at the pictures. Write the colors you see.

This could turn out to be a lot of fun (especially if your students are Pokémon Go fans). Four pictures of Pokémon Go characters are shown below. Students must list all the colors they see against each character. The idea here is to encourage students to identify as many colors as they see.

absolute beginner English Lesson plan for EFL and ESL teachers - Introducing colors: Pokemon Go characters: yellow and gray ______________________________________________
absolute beginner English Lesson plan for EFL and ESL teachers - Introducing colors: Pokemon Go characters: blue green yellow ______________________________________________
absolute beginner English Lesson plan for EFL and ESL teachers - Introducing colors: Pokemon Go characters: blue black white ______________________________________________
absolute beginner English Lesson plan for EFL and ESL teachers - Introducing colors: Pokemon Go characters: yellow black red ______________________________________________

6. Color the Pokémon Go characters as you wish. Write what colors you used under each character.

This is an optional activity, best used with children, or in case you have enough time. Students use only red, black, white, green, gray, yellow and blue to color the characters below. They can use 3 different colors (any of the above) for each character when they color. When done, they list the colors they’ve used for each character. You may then ask a number of students what colors they’ve used for character No 1, 2, 3 and 4. (Of course, using white here means that the area is not colored.) 

Teaching Colors in English to beginners - Coloring Pokemon GO characters 1 Teaching Colors in English to beginners - Coloring Pokemon GO characters 2 Teaching Colors in English to beginners - Coloring Pokemon GO characters 3 Teaching Colors in English to beginners - Coloring Pokemon GO characters 3
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Introducing days of the week.

6. Find the words from the box in the puzzle below.

– A word puzzle. The days of the week are put in order in the box below. Students must find them in the puzzle horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.

Monday   |     Tuesday     |     Wednesday     |     Thursday     |    Friday    |     Saturday     |     Sunday

Y

A M F E U S U X T

Y

T O K R R U J U

H

C

U N U I I N W S

U

W

E D N E S D A Y

R

A

S A N X S A A Y

S

P

D Y H L R Y I Y

D

O

A T E D T W A L

A

R Y S A T U R D A

Y

 

7. Put the days of the week in order.

– The days of the week in the box below are not in the right order. Letting student remember information from the previous exercise, ask them to put the days of the week in order.

Friday     |    Thursday      |     Tuesday     |     Saturday    |     Monday     |    Wednesday     |     Sunday

1._____________________ 2._____________________

3._____________________ 4._____________________

5._____________________ 6._____________________

7._____________________

 

If you chose: You could ask students to the board,  spell the days of the week for them and let them write. This will improve their spelling and will help them further memorize the days of the week.  

Time for Goodbyes!

8. Thank students for the class, and say goodbye.

– Go round the class and, using the names of the students, as well as the day you are going to see them again, say: (Alternatively, you can write it on the board, and help students read the lines first, and then go round the class.)

Teacher: Thank you _______! See you on _________. Goodbye!

Student: Thank you! See you on _________. Bye!

 

Download the Answer Sheet and homework.

Instructions for the homework: Students trace the alphabet, the days of the week, as well as the colors. There are blank circles against each color, which must be colored.




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