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1 Grammar 3

a / an ; to be : negative

Holiday photos
Student A
A
Dan Felipe
José
Tomoko ustralian,
A Brazilian? 26?
30, chef, Kate panish,
S shop assistant?
J apanese, 30, 24, actor
Kate’s
doctor Australian,
B D brother
A C 27, teacher B
Tatiane
Brazilian? 23? engineer?

C
Anya
German? 28?
shop assistant?

D
Nikolas
German? 35? dentist?

$
Student B
E
Tomoko
Felipe Tatiane Anya Nikolas Canadian? 28? doctor?
rgentinian,
A rgentinian, R
A ussian, Greek, 29,
26, architect 23, lawyer 22, shop dentist H
F
assistant G F
E
Dan
American? 30? lawyer?
Kate’s husband?

G
Kate
American? 27? lawyer?

H
José
Brazilian? 24? engineer?

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1 Grammar 3
a/an; to be: negative

Holiday photos
Target language: a/an; to be: negative
Activity type: paired information gap
When to use: Use this activity after Lesson 1.3.
Time: 20 minutes
Preparation: Photocopy and cut up one worksheet for each pair of students.

Procedure
Put students into pairs. Give each pair a Student A and Student B worksheet. Tell students
not to show their worksheets to each other.
Explain that each student has some correct information about the people in the picture
which is written on the picture. There is also some information that they are not sure about
(at the sides of the picture). Each student must check the handwritten information by
asking their partner questions, e.g. A: Is Nikolas German? B: No, he isn’t. He’s Greek.
Students ask and answer questions and correct their information where necessary. When
they have finished, elicit the corrected information from students in open class using
negative forms, e.g. Nikolas isn’t German, he’s Greek.

Answers
Student A: Nikolas’s Greek and 29; Anya’s Russian and 22; Felipe and Tatiane are
Argentinian, Felipe is an architect and Tatiane is a lawyer
Student B: Tomoko’s Japanese and 30; Dan and Kate are Australian, Dan’s a chef and
Kate’s a teacher, Dan is Kate’s brother; José’s Spanish and he’s an actor

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