For Beginners: ESL Lessons About Introductions, Likes, and Dislikes

For Beginners: ESL Lessons About Introductions, Likes, and Dislikes
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Who Are You?

Students enter the room to see the words, “Hello, my name is _______________” written on the board. The teacher is holding onto a ball. The teacher begins by saying, “Hello, my name is _______________.” The teacher then writes his or her name on the board and leaves plenty of room for more words.

The teacher then hands the ball to another student who says, “Hello, my name is ___________.” The teacher ensures that every student in the room gets a chance to introduce themselves.

Likes and Dislikes

Once everyone has finished the teacher grabs the ball, and then writes the words, “I like _______________” on the board. Now, it is time for a brainstorm. Have your students think of as many words in English as they can to complete the sentence, “I like _________.” Write those words onto the board as they say them. Feel free to help them think of more words.

Depending on the ability of the language learners in your classroom, you will have students who can tell you what they like and students who cannot. Begin by showing them pictures of various sports, games, and activities from this beginning ESL lessons: introductions PowerPoint (the lesson will download as you click the link). Brainstorm as many activities as you can and make a list. Have your students copy that list into their notebooks under the header, “I like_______________.” When you have compiled a list of likes, move onto a list of dislikes.

Now, have your students make pairs of two. Write the following prompt on the board, “Hello, my name is _________________. I like _______________________. I don’t like __________________.” Have each student fill out the free beginning ESL lessons: interview worksheet. Instruct them to go up to ten different people, introduce themselves, and learn what the other person likes and dislikes. Based on the skill level of your students, you will see students who completely understand what to do and others who need help. Make sure you are keeping an eye on the entire classroom and helping those students who are struggling with English consonant and vowel sounds.

Game – Name Recognition

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Divide the class into two teams. Invite a volunteer to the front of the class. Begin with either the left or right side. Say, “Tell me the name of this student.” If they get it right, they get a point. They can get an additional point if they can name something that he or she likes. If they get it wrong the other side gets a chance. This is a good game to play early in the school year to help with names. Do this for every student in the class.


Tell everyone to hand in his or her interview worksheets. Tell them that they are now going to take a quiz on how well they were listening to each other during the interview. Have them number 1-10 in their notebook as you ask questions like, “Number one: What does Tao like?” Make up 10 questions like this and then collect the quizzes.


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This post is part of the series: ESl Lessons

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