Who Are You?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I September 24, 2022
General English
Places, People
A1 Beginner
To Be
Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults discussing and describing people's backgrounds, with a focus on the verb "

Lesson Overview

Who are you, and what do you do? In this lesson, students will discuss and describe people and their various backgrounds. This lesson features audio of people talking about themselves. Students will also learn and practice the verb “to be” and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will be introduced to and practice the verb "to be" in affirmative, negative, and question forms. This includes understanding its usage for names, ages, feelings, nationalities, and professions. Examples from the lesson and homework include sentences like "I am a student," "She is from France," "They are not British," and questions like "Are you American?”

  • Listening: Students will develop their listening skills by hearing audio clips of people talking about themselves, including their nationalities, professions, family sizes, and reasons for being in a specific place. They will practice identifying specific information and correcting false sentences based on the audio content.

  • Speaking: The lesson encourages students to engage in speaking activities by describing themselves and others using the verb "to be." They will participate in role-playing dialogues and answer questions about personal information, fostering interaction and spoken English development.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary related to personal descriptions, family relations, nationalities, professions, and everyday situations will be taught and reinforced. Examples include words like "single," "married," "student," "teacher," "tourist," "manager," and nationalities such as "French," "Mexican," and "Finnish."

  • Homework: Tasks focus on reinforcing the grammar point (the verb "to be"), vocabulary acquisition, and the ability to ask and answer personal information questions. Students will complete sentences using the correct form of the verb "to be," fill in blanks with missing words related to the lesson's vocabulary, choose correct answers in multiple-choice questions, and match questions with the correct responses to ensure comprehension and retention.


Listen to the audio to learn how people describe themselves to others for the first time. What’s your name? Where are you from? What do you study? It is a pleasure to meet you! Learn how to introduce yourself in any situation.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

conference [noun]: a big, formal meeting in which big groups of people get together to listen to talks on a particular subject; a small, private meeting to discuss a particular matter or problem
occupation [noun]: a person’s job
owner [noun]: someone who owns something or has some property
business partner [noun]: a person with whom you do business with or run a company with
multinational [adjective]: involving or relating to more than two countries, nationalities, or nations
married [adjective]: having a wife or husband
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