Where are you from? (Speaking activity)

Click on the link below to download an easy to use role play speaking activity for beginners. There’s a sheet with 14 flags to cut out and stick on cocktail sticks, and some little charts for students to fill in with the information they pick up from the conversations.

I’m from… flags (Creative Commons)

I use this in my students’ first ever Arabic when all they know is “I am…”, “ya” and “ma:a salama”. It could even be used simply with “ana” and “ana min”. Students go around and introduce themselves to each other, and have a minimum of 3 mini conversations. Each time, the student writes down the other’s name and country.

The following countries are included, but feel free to edit and use your own choice of countries. I tend to use European countries for the first lesson because they are so close to the English names, and then use Arabic countries in later lessons.

  • America
  • England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Wales

Sample dialogue for total beginners:

ahlan, ana Michael

ahlan, ya Michael. ana Belinda. ana min faransa

ahlan, ana min isbaniya.

ma:a salaama!

It can be used with more advanced students as a question and answer activity, or in conjunction with other role play cards for a more complex conversation. Students could also expand with giving the city they’re from, eg.

ana min Cardiff fee Wales.

Enjoy! Do let me know how you use this activity and what variations you add in.


About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English
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