Absolute Beginner English Personal Information

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Now that students can spell and count, they can also begin giving personal information such as their address and telephone number. This activity also helps review and build on their counting and past exercises.

Part I: What is your Phone Number?

Begin by asking for a student's telephone number. Once you've begin, ask the student to continue by asking another student. 

Teacher: What is your telephone number?

My telephone number is 586-0259. (Model 'telephone number' by accenting 'telephone number' in the question and in the response.)

Teacher: Susan, hi, how are you?

Student: Hi, I'm fine.

Teacher: What is your telephone number?

Student:  My telephone number is 587-8945.

Student:  Susan, ask Paolo.

Susan:  Hi Paolo, how are you?

Paolo: Hi, I'm fine.

Susan: What is your telephone number?

Paolo: My telephone number is 786-4561.

Continue this exercise around the class.

Part II: What is your address?

Once students are comfortable giving their telephone number, they should focus on their address. This might cause a problem due to the pronunciation of street names. Before you begin, write an address on the board. Ask students to write their own addresses on a piece of paper. Go around the room and help students with individual pronunciation issues so they feel more comfortable before beginning the exercise. Ask the student who began to continue with another student.

Teacher:  What is your address? My address is 45 Green Street. (Model 'address' by accenting 'address' in the question and in the response.)

Teacher:  Susan, hi, how are you?

Student: Hi, I'm fine.

Teacher:  What is your address?

Student: My address is 32 14th Avenue.

Teacher:  Susan, ask Paolo.

Susan:  Hi Paolo, how are you?

Paolo:Hi, I'm fine.

Susan: What is your address?

Paolo:My address is 16 Smith Street.

Continue this exercise around the class.

Part III: Personal Information - Bringing It All Together

The final part should make students proud. Combine the phone number and address into a longer conversation asking about nationality, jobs, and other simple questions from information that students have already studied. Ask students to continue the activity with partners around the class.

Teacher:  Susan, hi, how are you?

Student: Hi, I'm fine.

Teacher:  What is your address?

Student: My address is 32 14th Avenue.

Teacher:  What is your telephone number?

Student: My telephone number is 587-8945.

Teacher:  Where are you from?

Student: I'm from Russia.

Teacher: Are you American?

Student: No, I'm not American. I'm Russian.

Teacher:  What are you?

Student: I'm a nurse.

Teacher:  What's this?

Student: That's a book.

Teacher:  Goodbye.

Student: Goodbye.

Continue this exercise with each student around the class.

 

Back to the Absolute Beginner 20 Point Program

More advanced students can practice speaking on the telephone with these dialogues. You can also help students by going over basic numbers in English during the lesson.