Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Family (for young AND older learners)

Verbs: to have, to be
mother, father, husband, wife, daughter, son, sister, brother, grandfmother, grandfather, granddaughter, grandson, extension: aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousins

- Have students draw and label their family tree. Then, have student describe their family. I have a mother. I have a father. There are five people in my family.
- Complete pairs: mother-______(father); husband-_______(wife), etc.
- Have students think! My mother's mother is my _______ (grandmother). My father's father is my ________ (grandfather). My mother's sister is my ________ (aunt). etc.

Do you have a mother? Does he have a mother? Do you have a sister? How many sisters do you have? Who is the oldest/youngest? What is your mother's name? How old are you? How old is your brother? What is her sister's name?

Older learners:

An incredible amount of material, exercises for older leaners about the family!
Use "We Are Family" as a wrap-up to a grammar ppint. MODIFY the song (take out verbs, nouns, vocabulary for a fill in the gap workseet). It's easy. Have your students LISTEN for the missing pieces. What does the song mean? Listening comprehension can be fun!

Speaking: What does family mean? What other types of families are there? What type of family do you want for your future? What are the biggest problems facing families today?

We Are Family, by Sister Sledge
We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev'rybody and sing

Ev'ryone can see we're together
As we walk on by
(FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie
(ALL!) all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose


Living life is fun and we've just begun
To get our share of the world's delights
(HIGH!) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal's in sight
(WE!) no we don't get depressed
Here's what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won't go wrong
This is our family Jewel


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