We live in the world with a lot of different ethnical groups. We hear the names of different countries and nationality adjectives and nouns in the news all the time. Without proper practice students will make mistakes as they face problems with spelling, pronunciation, and memorizing different forms. That is why it is so essential to help them to put the words to work at your lessons. The first words are learnt at the beginners level but even upper-intermediate students need to expand their nationality vocabulary when they talk about emigration or Olympic Games.
As a teacher you need to choose which words you want your students to learn. You can use your course book as a framework but you can use your own materials too.
How To Proceed
Stage 1: presentation of the vocabulary with the help of visual aids
The teacher can use the world map or flashcards with people in national costumes to introduce new vocabulary.
Example 1: "Look at the map. This is Italy. Italians live in Italy. They speak Italian".
You can stick your flashcard on to the board and write key words underneath. In this way you introduce both the spoken and the written form of the vocabulary.
Stage 2: elicitation
Stage 3: focus on grammar
Stage 4: revision
To round up your lesson you can use the photos of celebrities and ask the students to identify their nationalities. If they have no idea about someone’s background they can ask questions and then come up with the answer.
T: Millions of immigrants have moved to the USA. Some of them became very famous. Look at this picture. Who is this man?
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