1 Select at least a dozen names of major towns and cities from different countries, write them on the board or OHP and use with the whole group to practise pronunciation and to extend vocabulary.
2 Learners each choose one of the towns as their home town and write it down without revealing it.
3 In pairs, Partner A has to guess Partner Bs nationality (according to the town chosen), then roles are reversed.
Conversations start with Lei è . . . / Tu sei . . . + a nationality?. Demonstrate how they might develop with the following, reminding learners of the importance of correct -o/-a endings.
4 Learners circulate to find the nationality of three other people then report their findings back to their original partner, e.g. John è francese, di Parigi. Alternatively, each learner can be asked to give the nationality and home town of their original partner to the whole group.
1 Divide the class into groups and give each learner a role card. Ask them to assume that role and to imagine they are in a queue at a bus stop, the bus is late and they start chatting.
2 Allow a few minutes preparation time to think of questions they might ask.
3 As they start talking, encourage them to greet each other, to use Scusi? and to say goodbye.
4 A potential follow-up activity could be to ask them to write down a profile of their
own identity as on page 20 and / or the identity of one of the
others in the group in the third person.
1 In pairs, learners prepare for the activity by practising the numbers. A shows a number using his/her hands and B says the number as quickly as possible. Repeat ten times then change roles.
2 Highlight the question Qual è il tuo/suo numero di telefono?
3 Ask learners to compile a list of everyones telephone numbers. Announce that anyone who prefers not to circulate their number should simply invent one. Encourage them to repeat the question each time, prefaced by Scusi and a name, and to say Grazie when they have the number. If necessary, the number can be repeated for confirmation.
4 Check the numbers are correct by asking each learner for his/her number and writing it on the board.
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