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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

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In this topic, the students should be able to use simple English sentences:
  1. To state their name (I am Amina/my name is Amina), age (I am 13 years old/he is 14 years old),
  2. To state place of their residence (I live at Mtakuja Village/I live in Mpanda).
  3. To say who is in their family (My father’s name is Joshua/My mother’s mother is my grandmother); and
  4. To state what they are good at/not good at (I am good at dancing/he is good at Mathematics)


TEACHER STORYTELLING: I am Mwalimu Ben. I am going to teach you today. Our today’s topic is called ‘My Family’. We will learn how to express ourselves and our family members like Uncle, Aunt and Mother. For example, we say ‘She is my mother’ and ‘he is my Uncle’.

Pick female student and say; ‘What is her name?’
Ask them to raise their hands to answer the questions:
EXPECTED RESPONSES:
  • Her name is Amina.
  • She is Amina.
  • She is called Amina.
  • She is known as Amina.
  • They call her Amina.
Accept every response. If they fail to give correct responses, guide them. Some will say her full name, and some will call her by her first name, and sometimes by her surname. All of them are correct.
Pick male student and say; ‘What is his name?’
Ask them to raise their hands to answer the questions:
EXPECTED RESPONSES:
  • His name is John.
  • He is John.
  • He is called John.
  • He is known as John.
  • They call him John.
Accept every response. If they fail to give correct responses, guide them. Some will say her full name, and some will call her by her first name, and sometimes by her surname. All of them are correct.
MIXED PRACTICE
Pick any student and ask students: What is the name of this student? (Allow responses and correct them if it is necessary)
Pick another student and ask them: Who is this? (Allow responses and correct them if it is necessary)
Pick one female student and ask them: What is his name? (Allow responses and correct them if it is necessary). The aim of this question is to see if students can distinguish gender.
Pick one male student and ask them: What is her name? (Allow responses and correct them if it is necessary). Again, the aim of this question is to see if students can distinguish gender.

Call one student forward and ask him/her ‘How old are you?’.
EXPECTED RESPONSE(S): ‘I’m 14 years old’
Turn to students and ask them: Who can tell me his age? /Who can tell me her age? Allow students to try to respond to you.
Move around the class asking individual students: How old are you? Allow students to respond to you.
Pick two students (a boy and a girl) among of those who have answered the questions properly. And bring them forward. Write their names on the board and under their names, write their ages.

AMINA          JOHN
    12                   14
Ask Amina and John again: ‘How old are you?’
AMINA: ‘I am 12 years old’
JOHN: ‘I am 14 years old’
Then turn to the class and ask the whole class the same question. Ask each student to pronounce the sentence just like Amina and John. ‘I am ……. years old’. Make sure each student has understood to say his/her age properly.

After this class exercise, turn to Amina and John again.
Ask the class: ‘How old is Amina?’ Guide the class to respond properly by using the construction “She is 12 years old”.
Ask the class: ‘How old is John?’ Guide the class to respond properly by using the construction “He is 14 years old”.

MORE PRACTICE: (YES, HE IS…’NO HE IS NOT…)
Ask students more random questions which need chorus answers:
  •          Is Amina 12 years old? (Guide them to correct responses like: Yes, she is 12 years old)
  •          Is Amina 14 years old? (Correct response: No, she is not 14 years old)
  •         Is John 14 years old? (Correct response: Yes, he is 14 years old)
  •          Is John 12 years old? (Correct response: No, he is not 12 years old)
ANOTHER TEACHER’S NARRATION: I am Mwalimu Kachele. I live at Kachele Village in Rukwa Region. I teach at Chisenga Secondary School. I come from Sumbawanga.
  •          Where does Mwalimu Kachele live?
  •         Where does Mwalimu Kachele teach?
  •         Where does Mwalimu Kachele come from?
  •          Which region does Mwalimu Kachele come from?
(Allow students to respond to the simple narration. Guide them to answer correctly if necessary).
This text will help students understand how to express someone’s residence. Ask them the following questions to exercise more:
  •       Where do you live?’ (Guide them to give out correct sentence like: ‘I live at Kachele Village/I live in Mpanda’. Help them to differentiate between ‘at’ and ‘in’ when introducing the residences where people live.
  •      Which region are you from?’ (Help them answer properly: For example, ‘I come from Katavi region’)
  •      Where are studying?’ (Guide them to say where they study at the moment; For example, ‘I study at Karema Secondary School’

TEXT: Write this simple text on the board:
My name is Pili. I am 12 years old. I live in Mpanda. My father’s name is Pandisha and my mother’s name is Agripina. My best friend’s name is Mwalu. We all study at Karema Secondary School. I have two brothers and one sister. I have many uncles and aunts as well. I also have a grandfather and grandmother. I like music. I am good at dancing music. Mwalu is good at singing. I am very good at dancing Bongo Fleva music but I am not very good at singing. Mwalu is very good at singing English songs but she is not very good at dancing Bongo Fleva music.
Questions:
(i)                             Who is Pili’s friend? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
(ii)                          How old is Pili?
(iii)                        How many sisters does Pili have?
(iv)                         What does Pili like?
(v)                           Is Pili good at singing?

MORE EXERCISE
Pick one student (at least move and ask each student this question: ‘What are you good at?’
EXPECTED RESPONSES:
  • I am good at playing football.
  • I am good at dancing music.
  • I am good at playing basketball.
  • I am good at Mathematics.
  • I am good at Geography.
  • I am good at English.
  • I am not very good at drawing.
OTHER PRACTICE QUESTIONS: QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
The other questions are like:
  • Are you good at playing football? Yes, I am good at playing football.
  • Are you good at dancing music? Yes, I am good at dancing music.
The other questions are like:
  • Are you good at stealing? No, I am not good at stealing.
  • Are you good at beating others? No, I am not good at beating others.
PRACTICE TEST:
Choose the correct word in the brackets:
(i)                 Our teacher ______(am/is/are) good at English.
(ii)              Her Uncle’s name ________(are/is/am) Joshua.
(iii)            His parents’ names _________(is/are/am) Mr. Kabule and Mrs Kabule.
(iv)             She ______ (live/living/lives) in Arusha.
(v)               I ___(am/is) student.
(vi)             ____ (may/my) name is Sikujua.
(vii)          _____ (his/her) name is Amina.
(viii)        _____ (her/her) name is Alphonce.
(ix)             How old ___ (is/are) you?
(x)               I am 12 ____ (year/years) old.
(xi)             _____ (are/has/is) Amina 12 years old?
(xii)          They _____ (live/lives) in Mpanda.
(xiii)        She _____ (lives/live) in Sumbawanga.
(xiv)         We _____ (studies/study) at Karema Secondary School.
(xv)           Mwalimu Ben _______ (teach/teaches) us English.
(xvi)         My father’s father is my ____________.
(xvii)      My mother’s sister is my __________.
(xviii)    My father’s brother is my __________.
(xix)         My mother’s mother is my __________.
(xx)           Pili is good ______ (in/at) dancing.
(xxi)         Mwalu ______ (is not/does not) good at dancing.
(xxii)      Pili ______ (doesn’t good/isn’t good) at singing.
(xxiii)    He is not _________ (very/good) good at drawing.


OTHER TOPIC OBSERVATIONS:
Some will say your full name. all are correct although one uses Teacher and the other uses “Mwalimu”. To introduce a teacher’s name by starting with the word Mwalimu is acceptable. It is the same as calling Professor Kabula or Reverand Jacob.

Resources
Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (2015) Baseline: Orientation Course for Form One – Students’ Book, Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences, MoevT, Dar es Salaam.

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